The Edge of the World

I stand at the end of a path that drops off into an endless darkness.  A massive earthquake had caused the path ahead to fall into darkness below. Looking down I see broken pipes pouring water into the pit of endless shadow. A large rock falls away and falls into the dark abyss. I have been tasked with exploring the abyss –  a job that is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Who knows what I will find… or if there is anything down there at all aside from the shadows.

by J.L.Wolffire


Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for the PlayStation 3.


Both this game’s story and setting takes place in the magical world of Ni no Kuni as well as the town of Motorville, which is geographically based near the city of Detroit, Michigan.


The protagonists in this game consist of Oliver (Wizard in training/Wand), Mr. Drippy (Lord High Lord of the Fairies), Esther (Songstress/Harp), Swaine (Ex-Prince aka Thief/LockGun) and Marcassin (Swaine’s little brother/Emperor/Wand).


The antagonists in this game consist of Shadar (Dark Djinn aka Demon Mage/Staff), Cassiopeia (Evil Empress aka White Witch) and Apus (White Witch’s Faithful Companion).


This game follows Oliver as he tries to save the world of Ni no Kuni from destruction at the hands of both Shadar and the White Witch while also trying to save his own mother.


In conclusion, this game’s storyline is not only the perfect blend of science & sorcery, but also shows the timely bond between parent & child forevermore.

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Jewelry-Making Workshop with Gloria and Justin

At SEEDs for Autism, our ongoing series of workshops provide new opportunities to empower our participants and encourage them to GROW. These talented young adults gain confidence interacting with the community as they assist our staff during these educational and inspirational events!

Intro to Jewelry Making: Mixed Metal Earrings

The Intro to Jewelry Making class on Saturday was a great success! By providing step-by-step instructions and live demonstrations, Gloria (instructor) and Justin M. taught workshop attendees how to create a beautiful pair of mixed metal earrings!

Workshop attendees pay close attention as Justin and Gloria work together to demonstrate each step

Justin SHINES as Gloria’s star pupil in the Jewelry department at SEEDs. Due to his high quality work, attention to detail and delicate touch, Justin is the only participant entrusted to work with more expensive materials such as silver. This workshop at SEEDs for Autism gave Justin the opportunity to take a leadership role and share his talents and skills with the community!

Justin provides one on one instruction


Justin demonstrates how to use the drill


Justin supervises while his student drills


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If you would like to learn more about this life-changing program please visit our website

Spring Poetry at SEEDs for Autism

Writing poetry encourages creativity and self-expression. Poetry stirs the imagination and helps us grow emotionally and intellectually as we examine our thoughts and feelings in a symbolic way.  Here, the participants at SEEDs for Autism use poetry to celebrate the coming of Spring!


Featured Artist: Interview with Camille

Animals and Rainbows by Camille
“The drawing is really cool because it’s vibrant, creative, and cute.”  Brianna

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism. One of the creative, yet practical ways we practice these skills is by conducting interviews. Participants make eye contact, utilize active listening and focus on the speaker to gain information. Brianna put these skills into ACTION by interviewing one of her peers about her love of drawing.


Question: What are your favorite things to draw?
Answer: Nature, landscapes, travels, and animals.
Question: How long have you been drawing?
Answer: I started when I was little.
Question: How did you learn to draw so well?
Answer: By looking at pictures, illustrations, cartoons and different shapes or something to get ideas.
Question: Why do you like drawing?
Answer: Because it’s fun, relaxing, it makes me happy, and it’s my hobby!

Interviewer: Brianna

Self Portrait by Camille
“I like this drawing because it’s pretty abstract.” Brianna


My Life with Hot Wheels by Brian

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The reason I collect and play with Hot Wheels is because I have really liked them ever since I was a little kid. The reason I like them is because they look like real cars. The reason they look like real cars is because they used the models and makes of the real cars. The only reason I like Hot Wheels is because I daydream of driving them. The only reason I daydream of driving Hot Wheels is because it feels like I’m driving a real car. When Hot Wheels keeps making new cars it makes me want to buy more of them.  The reason I want to buy more Hot Wheels is because I like to play with them and daydream about them. When I keep dreaming about Hot Wheels it keeps me calm and relaxed too. The dream I had about my Hot Wheels feels like I need to buy more. I just learned that Hot Wheels is making new models by year. There are Hot Wheels cars that I really need to help me with my life. I really need Hot Wheels so I can really start playing  and daydreaming about them too.

15 Dodge Challenger SRT15 Dodge Charger SRT2017 Camaro<sup>®</sup> ZL1 2017 Nissan GT-R (R35)’16 MERCEDES-AMG GT3’16 Cadillac<sup>®</sup> ATS-V™ RLamborghini Sesto ElementoLamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo16 Honda Civic Type R’17 JEEP <sup>®</sup> WRANGLERChevy<sup>®</sup> Silverado™17 Ford F-150 Raptor15 Ford F-150Dodge Ram 1500Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4Corvette<sup>®</sup> C7 Z06™

Jeff’s Odd Destinations: Trees of Mystery

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If there is one thing about California, it’s that it’s probably the American Capital of Attractions, Vacation Spots and Tourist Traps. They seem to have everything to see, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and that is not including the famous beaches and cities. Good Gravy, Cali, don’t hog all the tourists. You’re soon gonna make the 49 other states scrape the barrel to get some visitors.


Anyway, enough complaining, back to business. There is one particular Roadside Oddity in the Golden State in the town of Klamath in the Del Norte County that I find of great interest, a strange woodland known as “The Trees of Mystery.” Awesome Name, right?

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The park, now claiming to be the oldest redwood nature attraction, first opened in 1931 by Carl Bruno probably hoping to expand the regions economy beyond logging (a bit ironic as we will later get to). It was originally a fishing camp but evolved into a roadside oddity/amusement park/natural preserve named “Wonderland Redwood Park” and later “Kingdom of Trees.” It got its current name in 1946 when, returning from military service, Ray Thompson bought out the park. His family has run the place since. The original attractions are various trees growing in unique and unusual ways. They include the…

  • Cathedral Tree: Nine trees growing out of a large stump in a semicircle. Easter services and wedding are held here each year.
  • Candelabra Tree: A once mighty Sequoia that fell over. Still not dead, it’s branches grow to the sky like like candles.
  • Octopus Tree: Lots of roots going this way and that way. You can even crawl underneath the tree!

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Trust me, there are too many of them to talk about right now. We need to address the starring attraction of the Trees of Mystery: the Lord of Lumberjacks himself, in person, Paul Bunyan with Babe the Blue Ox! Standing at almost fifty feet with ax in hand, Paul waves as visitors come to visit his wooden wonderland. He can tell jokes and riddles, chew the fat with folks and predict the weather (if the trees are all bent in any direction, then its windy!) Could this be due to a voice actor in a hidden room? Nah, I’m pretty sure that it’s Paul for real. The Lumberjack Giant lumbered in when Ray first got ahold of the property. He was first made out of paper-maché but fell apart within a year due to rain. I mean seriously! Did anyone not see that coming? Luckily smarter heads prevailed and Paul has been refitted with more sturdy material. It’s not completely Bunyan without Babe, of course, as the Big Blue Beef was added in 1951. He would snort and blow smoke out of his nostrils when he first came but has been on better behavior now due to scaring the kiddies.


These, of course, are not the only attractions available. There is the Trail of Tall Tales full of chainsaw carved wooden sculptures. Many of them tell stories of Paul and his lumber camp, but some are original creations. You can take a ride on the Sky Trail gondola. If you’re a nature lover you can take a walk in the Wilderness Trail for a walk in the beauty and majesty of the woods for the sake of it, nothing special just a normal forest. At the gift shop there is the six roomed End of the Trail Museum, containing a lifetime of collected Native American artifacts from across the continental United States. The museum is free of charge for all visitors to the Trees of Mystery.


Nearby is the charming, “vintage,” Motel Trees. These 23 rooms are all individually forest themed with details and beauty. Adjacent to it is the Forest Cafe for a hearty good ‘ole fashion bite to eat. Here you can have your dinner under the Klamath River or under the sky of the Redwoods…. well, OK, its individually themed dining rooms, but they are amazing. I hope they serve up a good stack of pancakes.

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Oh man, this is too cool for me to hold in. Years ago as a kid, I remember visiting the Trees of Mystery. I can still remember seeing Paul Bunyan. For quite some time after that I was enthusiastic with tall tales especially with the mythos of the lumberjack giant. You can look up more information on the website here at But if you have seen the film Axe Giant pleas don’t bring it up. I doubt Paul is very flattered at the portrayal of him in that movie.