Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Going On Hiatus

December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Regroup and Retrench

February 6, 2013: Winter is a time for study and reflection. Here at Iranigami, this is the time of year we gather up the information we’ve collected for the year, work through the data, and analyze what we’ve learned.

For me personally, the concept of winter as a time for study and reflection has added meaning, as I started taking math classes at a local community college in January. I mentioned before that I’ve been home-schooled since I was twelve. I finished all the math units my home-schooling program offered a few months ago, and wanted to continue on into diffy Qs before I forgot all the math I’d learned already, so taking this class was my best option. I want to go away to university next year, so this is good practice for me, going to classes and being out among other students again.

I feel like an Imaginary must feel in that classroom! Not only am I younger than the other students, I also stick out because I’m in a wheelchair, and I look different - due to my neurofibromatosis, my appearance is subject to certain very obvious deformations. If I was lacking in sympathy before for what it would be like to be a unicorn, or a kraken, or the 25-hertz whale, I’m getting a much better idea about that now.

I love Iranigami, but once I start college full-time, I know that it will only be a matter of time before my studies begin to interfere with my ability to do my job as Keeper for Iranigami. I hope I can continue for another year or two before that happens, but it will depend on how well I’m able to keep up with my studies.

Even when the time comes that I need to step down as Keeper, and someone else takes my place, I hope to stay active with Iranigami. Some adults become more active in the fight against the Bogs and Murks – the poachers and smugglers of Imaginaries - although since my mobility is compromised, that might not be a good option for me. My role may be more like that of Nonny or Gwyneach, adults who remain in service to our cause through their own specialties. I have always wanted to do more research into the lives of the ce siths and black dogs – maybe I can pursue that.

I’m getting ahead of myself, I know, but it’s winter, a time for study and reflection. Whatever happens, I know that Iranigami will go on, and I am proud to have played a little part in preserving, protecting and defending the Imaginaries of our world. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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