I’m going to Flagstaff this winter for Christmas and Christmas Day too. It’s going to be so much fun. We are going to open presents and eat tamales and rice and beans. We are probably going to the movies too. I hope it snows up there too. We are just spending just a couple of days there. I’m really excited too. This is are first year up there in Flagstaff. We are going to have a nice breakfast too.
The ponies of Equestria prepare for their first Friendship Festival, which is overseen by Princess Twilight Sparkle in Canterlot. The festivities are interrupted by an invasion of monstrous storm creatures commanded by the broken-horned unicorn Tempest Shadow, who uses magical obsidian orbs to petrify Twilight’s fellow princesses; Princess Celestia unsuccessfully urges Princess Luna to seek help south of Equestria, uttering “the queen of the hippo” before being interrupted. Twilight flees the city alongside her five pony friends – Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack, and Fluttershy – and her assistant dragon, Spike, setting out with them in search of the aforementioned “hippos”. Tempest is contacted by her superior, the Storm King, who reminds her to gather all of Equestria’s princesses in order for him to activate his mystical staff with their magic, promising to restore her horn in exchange.
In the desert city of Klugetown, a feline con artist named Capper falsely offers to guide the seven friends to the hippos, secretly intending to sell the ponies to settle a debt to a local criminal. However, he develops a genuine friendship with them after Rarity generously mends his coat. Twilight discovers an atlas in Capper’s manor that reveals the “hippos” to be hippogriffs, exposing Capper’s treachery to the others. When Tempest arrives in pursuit of Twilight, the seven evade her aboard a delivery airship. Tempest interrogates Capper over Twilight’s whereabouts, but he deliberately misdirects Tempest to atone for deceiving the seven.
The airship’s birdlike crew reluctantly allow the seven passage during a lunch break, revealing themselves to be former pirates that have been forced into the Storm King’s service. Rainbow Dash persuades the pirates to defy orders and take the seven to the hippogriffs’ kingdom on Mount Aris, performing a Sonic Rainboom that inadvertently gives their location away to Tempest. Disgruntled by her friends’ carelessness, Twilight single-handedly engineers her group’s escape in a makeshift hot air balloon, leaving Tempest to destroy the ship with the pirates and Capper on board.
The seven reach Mount Aris to find the kingdom deserted. Following a singing voice to a fountain, they are pulled down a whirlpool where the singer, the seapony Princess Skystar, gives them air bubble helmets and takes them to her underwater home of Seaquestria. Princess Skystar identifies her kind as the hippogriffs, transformed by a magic pearl used by her mother, Queen Novo, to hide from the Storm King’s assault; Queen Novo demonstrates by turning the ponies into sea ponies and Spike into a pufferfish. When Queen Novo denies them the pearl to use against the Storm King, Twilight desperately attempts to steal the pearl while letting her oblivious friends socialize with the seaponies as a distraction. Pinkie Pie nearly changes Queen Novo’s mind until Twilight triggers an alarm, prompting the outraged queen to banish the entire group to the surface.
After arguing with her friends over her actions, an ashamed Twilight is abducted by Tempest and brought before the Storm King in Canterlot to have her magic absorbed; Tempest gains Twilight’s sympathy upon divulging how her own friends feared and shunned her for her dangerously unstable magic after she lost her horn in a monster attack as a filly. Meanwhile, Twilight’s friends reunite with Capper, the pirates, and the hippogriff Princess Skystar to infiltrate Canterlot and rescue her. Seeing the group repel his army, the Storm King uses his empowered staff to unleash a tornado on the city, betraying Tempest as well. Twilight saves Tempest from the tornado and reconciles with her friends, working together with them to take the staff from the Storm King and disperse the storm. The Storm King hurls an obsidian orb at the seven in a final effort to reclaim the staff, but Tempest jumps in his way, petrifying them both. The Storm King’s body falls and shatters, while Twilight and her friends use the staff’s magic to revive the petrified ponies and repair the damaged city.
The Friendship Festival resumes, and the ponies celebrate with all of the allies they have made on their adventure. Tempest is convinced by Twilight to join them by using controlled sparks from her still broken horn to provide a fireworks display, happily accepting the friendship of Twilight and her friends
My name is Jake and I’ve been attending Seeds for Autism. At Seeds there are many departments I get to work in, and one of those departments is weaving. In weaving we make a variety of hats and scarves. We also make soap holders and other items. I work with the weaving instructor Bailey on Thursdays and she is really nice.
In weaving we learn how to weave and knit. The tool we use is called a loom. We use different types of looms depending on what we’re working on at the time. Because there’s so much to do, Bailey usually lets us choose what to work on based off of our strengths. I like working on hats and soap holders. Working in this department is really cool because I get to see the product as I’m working so it makes me feel productive. Learning things step by step is how I learn and succeed the best. This department also helps me relax and I sometimes wish I could do it all day.
Bailey is a good instructor because she is very patient when I make mistakes. She lets us work independently and stands by in case we need help. She teaches me things by verbally explaining and demonstrating it at the same time. By following along with her it helps my brain reinforce information given to me and allows me to be independent the next time.
I think everyone should learn how to knit and weave because it’s relaxing for the brain. It’s important to learn how to slow down in life and working in the weaving department helps me do that. When you do so many activities in life like me the most important skill to have is knowing how to give yourself and your brain a rest and this is what the weaving department has taught me.
Hello my name is Daniel and I’m going to be talking about my experience in helping SEEDs move to our new location. We rented a UHaul truck for the move, put stuff in and we took it to the new facility and unloaded it. I unloaded the moving van with my peers Charlie and Kyle. We emptied the van together and put the chairs in the office area with the filing cabinets. Our instructor Nathan moved the cabinets on the dolly and put the chuck jaws in the wood area.
Sewing had to go in the back of the new place and Jewelry had to go towards the front of the new facility. The props went to the back but in the corner. My weight training became a very useful skill to move heavy items. We haven’t moved in completely yet and it is a slow process but we are making progress in the move. The old place is slowly becoming barren as stuff is being moved to the new place. We’ll be using professional movers for the big stuff such as wood lathes ,forges, kiln, anvils etc.
I’m looking forward to what the future holds for SEEDS.
By J.L. Wolffire
Prologue: The fever
When I was 10 years old my family and I took a vacation to place called Fever Swamp in Florida. Soon after a lot of people got sick including me and my family. The virus killed my family but I was still suffering. It felt like my whole body was being torn apart. The doctors on call gave pain meds to help the massive pain I was having and soon I drifted off to sleep.
“This is bad.” A Doctor said
“I know Dr. Freed.” A nurse said
“The kid is a fighter.” Dr. Freed said
“For now all we can do is make him comfortable.” Dr. Freed said
-A few days later-
My eyes opened to a dimly lit room. I heard a steady beeping. My body felt sore. My sense of smell was way better than it ever was. And I can see in the dark. My ears picked up sounds I did not hear before. I felt better than I did when I was sick. Someone came into my room.
“Hey you’re awake.” A voice said
“Who are you?” I asked
“You don’t remember do you?” he asked
“No sorry.” I said
“It’s okay, you and your family came down with a fever that killed a lot of people, you have been asleep for about 4 days.” He said
“My family, they’re dead aren’t they?” I asked
“Yeah, I’m sorry.” He said
Tears started fall
“There is a family that said that they would take you in. They live here and have a place near the swamp.” He said
“I’d like that.” I said
About an hour later I managed to calm down and tried finding something be happy about. I sighed knowing it would take time. After a bit, I got dressed. Jeans and a sports tank top along with some really cool looking sandals.
I smiled as I saw myself.
“Wonder if I can have my stuff from my house shipped out here?” I asked
“Someone is already working that.” Dr. Freed said
“So the foster family, when are they coming for me?” I asked
“I just called them, they will be here in about an hour or so.” Dr. Freed said
“I called a friend of mine to move the stuff from your house in the Midwest to your foster home.” Dr freed said
“Thanks.” I said
Soon I was in a jeep heading for my new foster home.
“So you got a name?” the man next to me asked
“Jesse.” I said
“I’m Jack, my son Danny is about your age.” Jack said
“Thanks for taking me in.” I said
“The virus did a lot of damage and took a lot of lives. We moved out of town when it happened. Once they gave us the all clear we moved. A lot kids are left without families. I was one the many families that signed up to adopt those who lost their families .” Jack said
“Danny and his friends tell tales around campfire at night.” Jack said
“That’s life in the 70’s for you.” I said
“Yep, good times.” Jack said
“Do you believe in the scary tales people tell?” Jack asked
“Yeah, I love investigating them.” I said
“Lots of my stuff back at my old house helps me investigate them.” I said
We pulled into the house. It looked like a mansion and around it were cornfields and I saw an old mine, too.
“Oh I am loving this place already.” I said
“I thought you might.” He said
We head into the house and met with Danny. We soon became friends and we headed to his room. It’s a huge room, seeming to be a mix of pirate ship and forest. Danny was year older than me. He is really cool.
“So, up for a camp out tonight?” he asked
“Sure.” I said
As night drew closer we headed for the spot. Along way I heard something. It sounded so familiar.
“Jesse what is it?” Danny asked
“It some kind of noise, it’s so strange. It’s not far, come on.” I said
I ran off towards where the sound was coming from.
“Jesse, slow down!” Danny called out
I did and he caught up and we came to a clearing.
“Ok, now I hear it too.” Danny said
We looked around and soon I stopped. Something wasn’t quite solid but was fast becoming so. With an echoing thud the object that was semi transparent was now fully materialized.
“Is that a police box?” Danny asked
“Looks like it but there is more to it.” I said
We headed over. And I ran my hand across the wood.
“Feels like wood. But do you feel that?” I asked
Danny put his hand on the wood.
“That is crazy.” Danny said
The door opened inward and a man poked his head out. He was tall, wore a pin stripe suit, Converse shoes and had a brown trench coat.
“Oi Ello there.” he said
Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey for Windows & MAC.
In this game, Wishbone (Our favorite snack & book loving hound) is accidentally sent into a virtual storybook setting of the Odyssey by Homer where he unintentionally takes both the role & identity of Odysseus.
In this game, you follow the story of of Odysseus for by doing so will you eventually free Wishbone from this virtual storybook setting.
Along the way, you meet timeless characters from the Odyssey consisting of Eurylochus (Odysseus’ 1st Mate), Polyphemus (cyclops & son of Poseidon), Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the seas), Circe (witch), Tiresias (blind prophet), Hades (god of the underworld), Zeus (king of the gods & god of lightning and thunder), Calypso (demi-goddess), Penelope (Odysseus’ wife) and Telemachus (Odysseus’ son).
In conclusion, this game teaches you history, mythology and culture as you play. Thus, I hope you find this game as educationally fun as I do.