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Who would like to do a quest?

Find (and photograph or draw or sing about) 3 things that are blue.

Colors are fun. 🙂


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Emma Walks

Quest #16 was: “Celebrate human powered transportation in whatever form you wish!”

My favorite type of human-powered transport is…walking!

(I want to get into biking someday, but right now I don’t have a bike.)

Walking is a wonderful, natural way to move around. I really enjoy a walk through a park, an interesting town, or a forest.

Walking is also good for you, of course. And something else I’ve pondered is that you are more free when you walk than when you drive. Why?

Well, in short, many fewer laws apply to you when you walk. You can walk (or run) really, really fast or really, really slow. You can choose not to wear your prescription glasses. In some places, at least, you could drink a beer while walking. You do not need to be registered, licensed, or insured to walk. It’s free to walk – you don’t need to buy a car, gas, or pay any of the multitude of other costs of a car.

I drew this picture to celebrate walking.

Now, let’s go take a walk!

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After quite a long pause, I’m returning with my seed quest results!

There are some bushes I pass by often. I’m not sure what they are. But I noticed earlier in the winter that they have big, strange seed pods dangling from them!

I wasn’t sure if I liked the look of these pods and I left them alone.

Luckily, I saw one in the parking lot later. It has been broken open and the most wonderful seeds had rolled out!

These seeds are so adorable. They don’t even look quite real to me. The amount of seeds you see here are how many come out a single pod.  If these could be strung, they’d make lovely beads. Quite wonderful, isn’t it?

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Getting back to our roots with Quest 15.

Find and share seeds of any kind!

You might find them outside or in your kitchen or…who  knows!

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Yay, it’s fun to get back to questing!

I made a tiny collagraph. Well, I hope it counts as one!

I love the idea of using scraps, bits, and odd things to make a print. I made mine with q-tips and a heart I cut out of cardboard. I glued them to an empty incense box, inked them, and pressed onto the paper!

Here’s my small (about 1×2 inches) print!

It shows trees and a heart, because I love trees! Or maybe these trees love each other. =)

I just think it’s really cute. This is a fun technique that I’d like to try in different ways in the future.

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Quest #13 might have been a little intimidating.

But the truth is that I found my object almost right away after writing that Quest idea.

I was taking some trash out to the dumpster and there on the ground were long seed pods…

I had never noticed before that there was a tree in that area that drops these.

It may be hard to see in these photos, but they have wonderful twists and curves. They’re a dark, chocolatey brown color with a slight shine. On the ground or on your desk, they sit in a way to seems to imply movement even though they’re still.

I thought about what their magical story might be. Maybe they come from space with little bean-folk riding inside. Maybe they are magic wands the send spirals of sparks flying.

But the other day I discovered their true magic. Once again I was under that tree, but this time it was very windy and I learned something fantastic.

In the strong wind, these pods do move! They blow in dancing spirals and speed back and forth like crazy snakes! The wind propells them, spinning along the ground. How wonderful! That’s their true magic story.

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Quest #13

Quest #13 has tip-toed onto the blog, wearing very quiet slippers and carrying a magic wand…


The quest is to go outside and find an object, then tell us the magical story behind this object.


It can be short or long, told in words or pictures,  however you want to interpret this.


And now the Quest waits silently, sometimes sprinkling sparkly dust about the room…

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