Archive for June 2010
Hi everyone!! I’m back again… took a day off there. Anyhoo… today’s post will be short and simple it’s just a repost of a letter that appeared on my Plurk timeline and one I had re-plurked. I felt it was important enough to post it here as well.
Please do take a moment to read it, and also take a moment to say a prayer for our sweet Mother Earth… especially today on Summer Solstice Day. Thank you everyone!!! MUWAH!!
See you on the grid!!! Hugz N Xxxxses!!
This is an open letter from Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Present Chief and Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation of the Sioux):
Gulf Coast Oil Spill – Sioux Prayer Request
A Great Urgency
To All Nations
Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.
We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.
The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.
I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.
I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc’I Maka).
We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.
As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.
So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.
Onipikte (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Hey there kiddies!!! So glad to see that you have come back for more!!! I just found out that, contrary to popular knowledge, blog weeks only have SIX days not seven! LOL! So that means that today is the final topic for the Big Bad Blogger Challenge. 😦 The topic for today is:
Well, yes this was my first BBBC, and YES it was a fabulous experience for me too!!!! This was also my first time really getting serious about my blog. I mean I opened this blog account about a year and a half ago, and that was just on a lark and maybe kind of like a dare from my then SL business partner/boyfriend. I had just a few entries… nothing major or really important… or even very noteworthy. Just a few posts so that I could say, “I have a blog too you know” LOL I also think I did it so that I could get that cool little Gravatar to show up when I posted comments to other peoples blogs. (I still can’t seem to get that sucker to work right half the time either.) LOL Oh well, I mean that was all until now… until some little comment I saw from Alicia Chenaux in my Plurk timeline made me think…“You know, I think I could actually do this!… I mean what’s one week?”
I have to say that I had a lot of fun this past week, and it really helped me to break free of my self-imposed “writer’s block”! (at least for the moment) I even surprised myself that I could do it, and that I didn’t give up mid stream (although I was tempted to). What surprised me most of all, was the comments and the feedback that I got from all of you. It really warmed my heart to hear that you read it, and liked it, and took the time to tell me so. To all of you….THANK YOU!! You are truly golden gems!! The support that I gained through your comments and feedback was tremendous and very uplifting!!! Probably more than you know. So THANK YOU!!! Each and every one of you!!! (Yes, sweetie, I thank you too! You have been tremendously supportive to me through this- but then again I did expect that from you because you are always supportive to me- you get an extra special thank you later!) (blush)
As for the future of this blog??? Hmmmm… that’s a good question. I’m still uncertain. I will say that I am definitely up for the challenge again next year!! Also, I found the pressure of the deadline to be tremendously alluring. Not to mention having a topic chosen in order to give me direction. But I will most certainly give it a try!! Maybe not daily, but I don’t see why I can’t do something at least weekly, or maybe a couple of times a week. We’ll see. Just keep your eyes out here to this spot and you never know….maybe something will show up! After all… it’s all about changes isn’t it? 😉 Thanks for listening and commenting!!! MUWAH!!! (cozy) (girlkiss)
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! See you on the grid!!!
Xxxses n Hugz!!!
PS~ Alicia, do I get my Day 7 topic question now??? Pleeeeeezzzzeee! (rofl)
Hi Gang!!! Me again back for another go round at this blogging thing.
For those of you that are just joining in now, I have been inspired to return to my blog via the Big Bad Blogger Challenge organized by my dear friend Alicia Chenaux. You can read all about the challenge here.
Today’s topic is blogger’s choice, so I think I’m going to take a moment here to talk about changes and reflections on changes.
“The one thing that stays the same is change.” I don’t know who said that first, but I’m sure it was someone! It has always rung true for me though. When I was younger I embraced and looked forward to change. Sought it out at times even. The funny thing is that now as I’m getting older (and maybe a little wiser too) I kind of like when certain things stay the same. I mean not things like the pair of underwear your wearing, cause that’s just gross. But things like knowing I’m coming home to the same place each night. Knowing that if I log in to Plurk or SL the same group of people will be there to welcome me. Things like these are good with minimal changes.
Lately there have been a lot of changes in my life…both of my lives, Second and First. For one thing, I hardly log in to SL anymore I am very sad to say, and when I do it’s just to pay rent or pass a message to someone. I also seem to Plurk a lot less then I used to in the past. I used to spend hours and hours…and hours on both of these activities, yet now I am hardly in either place. All of this leaves me to wonder…do people notice I’m gone? Am I missed? Did I have any kind of impact at all there?
I also know that my general personality in both places has changed. For the better or for the worse, that’s not for me to say, it’s just different. I know what brought those changes about and I kinda like that. Before I had an intimate relationship with my SL business partner, and we were going to take it further but never did. Then he kinda left SL for various reasons…I still have contact with him, but it left a space there. So I plurked more.
I found that as I plurked more, I was in SL less. Yet I felt a stronger presence to SL through plurk than actually IN SL. I think it’s because in SL I tend to stay cooped up in my house or at my mall. Maybe I go shopping, maybe go to a party, but basically I spend a lot of time in SL on my own. But with Plurk, I’m in constant contact with a whole LOT of SL’ers!!! And I LOVE that!!! I LOVE people!!
I love to meet all kinds of people from all over! It brings me a thrill. I love to meet different people and realize that the more different we think we are the more we are actually the same! I know in SL and in Plurk I had been very outgoing, and flirty, and maybe even a little dirty too. (blush) But heck I was single and loving it! Besides, in FL I am soooo not that outspoken….at least not until I get to know people. You may find this hard to believe but I’m actually kinda shy. LOL
Then I met my current special someone and that’s when things really changed for me personally. I think he sees things in me that I need to be reminded of. He treats me in a way that makes me feel different…in a very good way too. I still don’t know exactly how we made the transition from SL to FL, but we did. Boy am I ever glad that we did!!! He opens up my life to new possibilities, new thoughts, new ideas, new concepts, new places, new culture!! A whole lotta new shall we say!!! LOL!! It’s quite exciting, and quite the adventure. I am sooo ready for it and sooo looking forward to these changes.
So I stop, take a breath, and reflect…SL, FL, Plurk…all things change. I think about my friends in SL and on Plurk. I miss them very much by not logging in as much. I think about them a lot too. One thing that anyone who really knows me can tell you is….I LOVE my friends!!! I would do (and have done) whatever it is that I could to help a friend if they need it. In life it’s your friends that help to carry you through the good and the bad times, so you better dam well be there when they need you too.
It’s funny how you can feel so close to people that you haven’t met in the flesh. That you can feel such a part of their lives just through a silly little “Good Morning Plurkies!!! Here I am what are we doing today?” post on a webpage. When they laugh, I laugh, when they smile I smile, when they cry, I cry. And all this we express to each other through those silly little yellow face guys and maybe a dancing banana or two. 😉 🙂 It’s amazing how much those dancing bananas or a little (cozy) hug can mean when you really need it!
Well, I see I’ve been rambling a bit here, and maybe I went a little off topic too… LOL Oh well! Bottom line…things in life change. Just because I don’t log in as much or don’t leave a comment on your time line, doesn’t mean that your not in my thoughts and on my mind and in my heart. So, if you do see me log in to SL, or you do see me around on Plurk please…feel free to say, “Hey Star! Good to see you again! Glad you’re here.” Or whatever may come to your mind. Point being…reach out…touch a friend…let them know you care. Let them know that even if things in life change, you’re still there for them and know that they will still be there for you too! (cozy) (girlkiss) (heart)
Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! Have fun kids, and see ya on the grid!!!! MUWAH!!! Xxxxses N Hugz!!!!
~the Changing Star
Once again another entry here for the BBBC Day 4! WOOT!!
RL Bloggers – Do you lie about your age? Do you think you act your age? Are you where you thought you’d be at your current age?
OK first off let me tell you I’m 44 in FL gonna be 45 in December… so in a lotta ways that makes me an old lady in SL. LOL Also, no, I don’t lie about my age. I’m quite proud to be the age that I am, but most people think I look a lot younger than that. They have a hard time believing me when I tell them my real age. I do tend to see a lot of jaws drop… LOL Come to think of it, this is probably a little why my SL avie is younger than me in FL. She’s in her early 30 somethings. I think she’s also prettier than me too, but some people tell me that’s not true. I think my avie is younger because…. heck have you seen any 44 year old stripper/escorts??? I think not!
I like hanging out with all of my SL and Plurk friends that are younger than me because it helps me to feel young. Even though I like to think that I act my age… for the most part… but what does that mean exactly? Is there a rule book that we need to follow on how to act at certain ages???? Meh! I still love to have a good time and act silly and crazy sometimes. There are also times when I act older than I am too. I think when I have something in my head that I need to work out, then I might act more like an “old lady”. LOL
This is definitely not where I thought I would be at this point in my life. Where I was “supposed” to be is VERY different from where I am. But you know what?? THIS is where I am, and at this point, right now, with all the good stuff that’s going on for me finally…..I think it’s a pretty dam good place to be!!! So pull up a rocking chair, relax, have a glass of prune juice with your tea, and let’s log in for a little bit of fun!!! (It’s OK if you leave your teeth in the jar too, no one will mind….it’s a virtual world after all!)
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! See you on the grid!!!! WOOT!!! Xxxxses N Hugz!!!
~“Old Lady” Star
Me again here, and I’m actually sticking with this so far!!! :O Today’s topic for the challenge is relationships, and here’s the question:
SL Bloggers – How hard do you think it is to find a relationship in SL? If you have an SL relationship, have you met in the physical world? Would you meet them? Do you think it would change your SL relationship if you met?
RL Bloggers – Would you start a relationship with someone you met online? Would you have a problem telling people that’s where you met? Do you think it’s easier to meet someone online rather than at work or at a club?
Well let’s see, I have had several relationships in SL and not all of them were by the hour for the $L either! 😉 LOL Seriously though, I have never had a hard time “finding” a relationship in SL. As a matter of fact most of them found me! Starting a relationship in SL has been much easier for me than starting one in FL. I think that’s partly because I live in a rural isolated community and I have a full set of teeth and a college education…this makes me so far out of the norm here it’s not even funny!! Not to mention that the gene pool here has maybe just a little too much or maybe not enough chlorine in it to keep it viable! 😛 So even if there were any eligible suitors, I kinda prefer that my men walk upright, y’know??
But in SL that is all different. People I meet here are creative, intelligent, funny and a pleasure to be around. Not to mention I think my avatar is one pretty hot looking number y’know?? 😉 I think this makes it easier for me to open up and be myself and not feel like I’m being judged because of my body type or looks. I’m far less self conscious in SL that is for sure…. I’m also far more of an exhibitionist too! LOL So yes finding a relationship in SL is pretty easy. Now finding a GOOD one that lasts for awhile….that’s a whole other subject!! LOL
As for meeting them in the physical world sure! I love meeting my SL/Plurk friends in the flesh!! It’s always so exciting and adds a wonderful new dimension to the relationship (be it a friendship or a romantic partner). I have met a few of my SL “lovers”, shall we call them, in FL too. It usually turned out to be fun, but most of them it just didn’t seem as fulfilling in FL as it did in SL. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s because my bed was missing the right pose balls? I’m not really sure. But, those relationships are now in the past and seem to be complete and have run their course.
Now there is the present, and in the present I am in a wonderful relationship with another SL avatar who I did meet in FL!! In fact I spent most of the month of January with him in FL getting to know him while exploring his world and his country. We had so much fun and liked it so much that we are now in the process of making it permanent!! Much to the surprise of us both!! Neither of us thought we would have a FL relationship, and we both thought that all of our “adventures” would be purely in SL, but then SURPRISE!!! LOL Here we go embarking on the greatest adventure of them all!! So with any luck, by next month I will be plurking and logging in from the other side of the world! Instead of being on SLT I will have to get used to now doing the math as I will be on SLT +9!! ROFL Oh well, i guess this is why there are watches.
As for changing our SL relationship, the answer is yes. Our meeting in FL has forever changed both of our Second Lives. For me it meant giving up my SL “career” and really committing to a single person while trying to curb my enthusiastic flirty nature. 😉 Knowing now that any little word play that I engage in is purely that…word play. There will be no secret midnight rendezvous anymore. While my avatar in SL was into having multiple partners and experiences, I must admit that in FL I am much more reserved and I love being in a devoted and committed monogamous relationship. As for him, well that is his blog to write! 😉 (Love you sweetie!)
When it comes to telling our friends and family where we met, I have no problem saying that we met online. I usually just say that we met in Plurk because I do keep my SL world very far away from my family and from most (but not all) of my friends as well. Trying to tell your dad that you’re a virtual escort/ pole dancer stripper who became a virtual mall owner and business person is not something that I think would go over too well if you know what I mean. 😉 LOL So for the most part we leave SL in SL and FL in FL and I met my loving Yak online in a “social chat environment”! And I am sooooo very grateful that I did!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! Thanks for listening! See you on the grid!!! MUWAH!!!
Xxxxses N Hugz!
/me smiles and waves hello
Hey there friends, lovers, and strangers!!! So nice to have you back again!! Today the BBBC question is:
Hmmmm let’s reflect here a moment. Well I haven’t really been spending a lot of time in SecondLife lately. I’ve been kinda busy with my First Life, but I am grateful for Plurk because it helps me to maintain contact with my SL friends and more. OK so that would be number one then. My Plurky pals are definitely a positive thing in my life right now that counts toward SL and FL. They seem to be there with a warm (cozy) and a (girlkiss) or maybe a (banana_rock) or two just when it is needed most. It’s amazing how much those silly little yellow plurkicons can brighten your day and make you smile.
For number two (although in my heart this is the number one thing) I would have to say my new relationship with my sweetie. We first met in plurk and then developed our love affair in SL and now we are bringing it full circle to FL!! (warning!- take out your hankies for this next part or keep the barf bag handy- I’m gonna get mushy) He totally rocks my world!!! All my worlds!! I have never met a man like him so far, and I most certainly have never had a relationship that even comes close to what this is! (trust me that’s a lot! I ain’t no spring chicken here, been on the farm for over 44 years now y’know!) He makes me anxious to wake up in the morning so I can talk to him and I love to wait up at night for him to wake up and tuck me into bed for sleep. He makes me smile, and laugh, and cry, and love! He is most definitely the most special thing in my life at this time! (see aren’t you glad I warned you about the mushy part! I know riiight!!! LOL)
This brings me to number three which kinda has to do with number two as well. I am thrilled to be moving across the world to share my life with this new man! He lives in Europe and I live in the Unites States, so if we want to be together (which we really do) then one of us has to move! Since he has some obligations right now where he lives and I’m unemployed at the moment (and adventurous), it just seems natural to be me!!! I’m very excited (and nervous) to be moving to a new country and learn a new language while experiencing a new culture. This is positively the most positive thing that has happened to me ever in any of my lives!!!
Ok, I think I gushed enough now! LOL Hopefully this answers the question of the day for all you fine readers! I’m also very excited to be participating in this project!!! This looks like it’s going to be a very positive thing for me as well!! Ooops that makes four things then…i hope that’s allowed…Alicia, is it OK to have four??? LOL
Just remember that when everyone around you is frowning just stand on your head and they all turn to smiles!!! Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart and then people won’t mind if you just laid a fart! 😉 LOL See you on the grid!!! Hugz N Xxxxses!!! MUWAH!!!!!
Hey there y’all!!! I know I haven’t been around for awhile… oh well…been lots going on here, but that’s for another post. Today I’m here because of the Big Bad Blogger Challenge 2010 (BBBC) organized by Alicia Chenaux. Another awesome friend of mine from the wonderful world of SL! WOOT!! You can find out about the challenge here!
Anyway, today’s BBBC question is: Why did you become a blogger? How has it enriched your life?
Hmmmm good question! Well I would think that the first part of that would be to ask….am I a blogger? I have a blog (cause if you’re reading this then you know I have a blog or you couldn’t read it….duuuhhh) But, does having a blog necessarily make you “a blogger”? I don’t necessarily think of myself as a blogger, but maybe that will change if I get more regular with posting to the blog here. I much prefer posting to Plurk….but isn’t Plurk then just another form of blogging? Hmmmmm good questions. So to answer the question of “Why did I become a blogger?” I would have to say that I did it, for the heck of it!
Now, “How has it enriched my life?” This question implies that my life has been enriched by being a blogger. BUT if I don’t consider myself to be a real bonafide blogger then this part of the question would seem to not apply. Hmmmmm… such a quandary here…..maybe accepting this challenge wasn’t such a good idea. LOL But if I rethink the question then I can tell you what HAS enriched my life. My life (First Life that is) has most definitely been enriched by SL and Plurk!!
SL has enriched my life by helping me to discover further who I am, and to feel free to express other aspects of myself that I have kept hidden away until now. It also helped me to become bolder as an individual and more confident too. One of the best things that SL has done for me is to expand my circle of friends and acquaintances!!! I would think that this is the single most BEST thing that SL has done!! I have met sooo many more wonderful people than I could ever have met before!! People from all over the globe….it has been a pure miracle!!! Some of these lovely people that I have met through their SL avatars or their “Plurkatars”, I have been blessed to have met in First Life as well! These meetings to date have been nothing short of heavenly!!! I am truly blessed to know and have met each and every one of them!!! WOOT!!!
Of course there is one other way that SL has enriched my life, and it’s a story that we all have heard before too. It is through Plurk and SL that I have been blessed to meet a brilliant man! A man that has managed to capture my heart and the rest of me too. After many (and i DO mean MANY) years of being single and even giving up on the idea that I would ever have a partner in life. Here he comes….just like my knight in shining armor…. to carry me away to the other side of the world!!! He doesn’t come riding on a horse, but he does come playing a saxophone and making me laugh!!! Oh my God do we laugh!!! That is the greatest gift of all!!
So back to the topic at hand… to blog or not to blog? to be challenged or to not be challenged? I guess that now I can say….”Yes, Alicia! Yes, I AM a blogger!!!” And blogging and SL and Plurk have enriched my lives immensely!!!! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! Now let’s see if I can do this every day for the rest of the week! LOL
/me sends out big Hugz and Xxxxses to all of her friends in the metaverse!!! See you on the grid sweeties!!! MUWAH!!! Love you all!!!