Sailing into the Sunset ~ Nantucket

After a looooong hiatus, I’m getting back into SL.  At first my goal was to find other people who read Tarot, because I’m just starting to learn it and I love it. I found a few groups, but no one who seems to be active when I am, so that so far has been a bust.  Instead, I remembered why I loved it in the first place. It’s just a great place to play. That’s all. I don’t need a long drawn out goal or purpose, I can just enjoy having fun.  The only problem is, there are so few people I used to know who still are on. I am, thankfully, still part of some active groups, and can start there, I suppose, making new friends.

What happened to everybody?  I suppose that’s as much my fault for being offline for so long, but I suspect there has been a rather large hiatus, and that is sad.  My main question is this:  Are enough people left who play when I’m on, who are not on SL just for sex?  Because that’s not what I want. I really enjoyed the friends I made before, many of whom I am still friends with elsewhere.  Is that still possible?

If not, I’m having fun anyway, setting up a little house and sailing my new Flying Tako sailboat, which I got for free!  Wowza!  I love free stuff~ (I got it here: Home of the Flying Tako Sailboat, Gray (31, 151, 22) – General).  I have not, yet had the urge to explore my old mermaid haunts….. maybe later.  The top of the water is fine for now!

Tala!

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West of Degrand 2 by Storm Thunders
West of Degrand 2, a photo by Storm Thunders on Flickr.

Love how she has a matching fish with her! Wonderful Chinese theme in her fins.

Love the colors! Thanks Windlight!

How far would you go to stand with your fellow man, for the greater good?  My SL friend Cotton steered me to this wonderful collection of musicians on literally every corner of the planet, singing together one song, in tune and in time.  Each part is added by the artists as the song itself travels around the world.   It’s a beautiful rendition of Ben E King’s classic oldie “Stand By Me”.  African choirs sing. Russian Cellist Dimitri Dolganov plays in Russia.  There are guitarists in Caracas and bongos in the Congo….Stefano Tomaselli jazzes it up on Sax in Pisa, Italy. Roger Ridley’s taking it on the street in Santa Monica.  Grandpa Elliot (blind and toothless) sings from the French Quarter (There’s a washboard too!) Clarence Bekker belts it out with vocals in the Netherlands.  The Twin Eagle Drum group in New Mexico keeps rhythm. Francois Viguie’ plays the tambourine in Toulouse, France.  Cesar Pope joins in with what looks like a Ukulele in Rio de Janeiro.

 

All of these artists are “Playing for Change”….in a song played and recorded around the world. 

 

The video is an independent release, and comes from the documentary “Playing for Change:  Peace through Music”

 

Want to join the movement?  Visit their site at playingforchange.com

So, I head over to a concert in an art gallery with a show by an artist I had never heard of just to hear my favorite musician Louis Volare….

and there at the top, as I listen to music, I am drawn…I mean sucked into the absolute hypnotic mystery of this one photograph. He’s called the Haserot Angel….and he sits at a cemetery somewhere in Ohio.

The photographer, whom I only know as Eidolon Dreamscape in Second LIfe and Bittermuppet on Flickr has captured him, this mysterious crying angel in such a way that I myself am drawn to tears. Now I do not cry. I very rarely cry. But this picture (not the one here, but the one in Second LIfe…very similar to this but with the wings showing)…it actually made me feel for this ….statue!

Second life, real life, whatever. My real body was crying real tears and still is. Call it synchronicity or coincidence. It’s an incredible thing.

I am humbled by it…..drawn to my knees.

Good job, Eidolon!

See his full stream : http://flickr.com/photos/bittermuppet/

Wow it’s so awesome!

KK Dallagio at the helm

KK Dallagio at the helm

The ship currently sits by the outdoor theater in SL New England…but won’t be there long!

Lora Chadbourne, a Mayflower descendant who painstakingly recreated the ship in second life, gave a wonderful talk in world. The whole intervew is available, as are free hats and moccasins for all!  (I will definitely wear my moccasins next time I go drumming in the forest!)

The SLNE blog has the interview transcribed as well as more pics. 

You can actually get on the boat and look around. It is truly incredible …the feeling, to imagine how the passengers might have felt on that scary and cramped voyage, full of hope, probably fear, and surviving the ills of storm and disease.  Makes me very thankful our ancestors made the trip!

Great fun!

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

This ship is amazing!

This ship is amazing!

Oh my!  New locations, new stuff, freebies, wow oh wow!

New sim just opened up recently and we are exclusive (so far) there regarding the Mer life!

It’s the Neverland Jazz sim and it is so awesome!  Who doesn’t like the whole Peter Pan theme?

Everything is there!  Here is the stage:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Bay/88/166/22

And once there (in addition to the great music) you can teleport to all sorts of wonderful places such as

Another new shop is at the Barn in the very popular SLNE (New England) Sim, Nantucket Square:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Nantucket/52/182/31

And of course, the main shop at it’s new location, with Mer playground!

http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Blue%20Lagune/21/22/21

It’s all open and ready for your perusing and exploring pleasure!

Enjoy!