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Dawning

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“Come on just kill these
Demands and notions
All this commotion is not worth it
Come on just give this
A second coming
An age is dawning with all smiles and laughter …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Avi-Glam Eyes – Radiant Eyes (Lime)
LeLutka Hair – HF04 (Naturals HUD)

Style & Pose

Mandala Jewelry – Miyabi Necklace New Release @ N21, through November 12 *
TETRA Top – Open Back Jacket (for Maitreya, Freya, Isis, and Venus) New Release @ Uber, through November 22 *
TETRA Pants – Silk Track Trousers (for Maitreya, Freya, Isis, and Venus) New Release @ Uber, through November 22 *
!Bang Poses – Sit 025

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: The Trace
🎧 Sounds: Iamamiwhoami – Kill

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Come Unfold

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I know places we can go, babe
Coming home, come unfold babe
The high won’t fade here, babe
No the high won’t hurt here, babe
So come lay and wait
Now won’t you lay and wait
Wait on me …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Serene Eyes (Ivy) New Release @ Cosmopolitan, through October 8th *
Entwined Hair – Amelia (Light Reds HUD) New Release @ The Crossroads, through October 28th *

Style & Pose

Blueberry Top – Shyla Knotted Top (Lara, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Physique, Venus, and Standard Sizes)
Just Because Pants – Rena Sweatpants (Lara, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Physique, Venus) New Release @ FaMESHed, through October 27th *
!Bang Poses – Recline 3M

Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Lykke Li – I Know Places

Sometimes

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Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head – Bianca
Genesis Lab Skin – Anabel (Cream)
Avi-Glam Eyes – Reflection Eyes (Royal Blue)
Opale Hair – Mari (Light Brown HUD) New Release @ The Book of Daniel Fundraiser, through September 20th *

Style & Pose

Empire Jewelry – Nerine Leg Chains
United Colors Dress – Sonia (Navy)
Thalia Heckroth Shoes – Ines Boots (in Midnight for Maitreya Lara) *
!Bang Poses – Stand 546

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Blithe
🎧 Sounds: Goldmund – Sometimes

All Is Full of Love

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When I moved to Arizona, one of my first missions was to visit the Grand Canyon. Something I only had familiarity with through pictures and film references, I was awed by the thought of seeing this extraordinary geological sight in person, and I made the trip with a mixture of eager anticipation and deep reverence.

But something I was not expecting was that the Grand Canyon (as the official website brilliantly describes), “overwhelms our senses through its immense size”. I felt as though every iota of my vision was filled, my peripheral vision straining for a small measure of relief, and after a few minutes of ardently gazing, but seemingly not being able to take it all in, I genuinely felt a sense of anxious regret settling upon me. “Why do I feel so unfilled by this?” I wondered. “I feel so small, insignificant, unworthy. Is this just too immense or intense to be fully experienced in a meaningful way?”

So I did the only thing that I knew would center me: I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. The crystal clarity of Northern Arizona air was kissed with a gentle, autumnal chill that filled my lungs and quieted my mind. And in an unusual but seemingly perfect way, that’s when I began to finally to feel the fullness of an appreciation for nature and its incredible and awe-inspiring power.

But Mother Nature, as my best friend Lux wrote the other day, “is beautiful, but can also be devastating and terrible.” He knows this firsthand; his home country of Italy was beset by a powerful earthquake on August 24th, its harrowing tremors and aftershocks claiming nearly 300 lives. When heartrending events like this occur, whether caused by natural disasters or man-made violence, it’s human nature to ask why, to wonder at the sad destiny or fate that allows so many lives to be claimed long before their time. But something equally profound also takes place: we, who are so often consumed by the frustrations, stresses, and disappointments of our own personal microcosm, begin to make a profound nascent shift into caring about the macrocosm. Apathy gives way to altruism; callousness is replaced by compassion. It’s as if all at once, we remember that we’re all in this together. That being able to give our empathy, care, and support to others is perhaps the greatest expression of our humanity.

We shouldn’t need to stand on the edge of a vast and astounding canyon, or wait for the aftermath of a significant and life-claiming event, to understand the depth and breadth our significance and value; to recognize our ability to be gracious and compassionate; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and open enough to receive, and to begin sharing those gifts with others. All is full of love. Sometimes all we need to do to see it and feel it is to close our eyes, and open our hearts. ♡


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“You’ll be given love, you’ll be taken care of
You’ll be given love, you have to trust it
Maybe not from the sources you have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions you are staring at
Twist your head around, it’s all around you
All is full of love, all around you …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Truth Hair – Vienna (Variety HUD)

Style & Pose

Just Because Top – Tess Tank Top (Fatpack for Maitreya Lara) *
Just Because Pants – Jen Capris (Fatpack for Maitreya Lara) *
Thalia Heckroth Shoes – Ciel Ankle-Strap Sandals (in Blush for Maitreya Mid) *
!Bang Poses – Recline 4 (Edited)

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: The Bay
🎧 Sounds: Björk – All is Full of Love

Home

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There have been a number of lovely memories inspired within me this last week, and perhaps my favorite was recalling the time I spent in Ireland while I was at University, a ten day tour with my small chamber choir as we toured several cities, stopping to sing at churches, pubs, and even a castle or two. I felt so bestirred by emotion during that trip, yet unwilling to take for granted a single moment. In my head like a gentle mantra, I kept remembering a concept attributed to Confucius in my philosophy courses: “No matter where you go, there you are.” To be true, no matter where we visited in Ireland, I was so present in that place and time, I could almost feel the passageways of my mind taking careful, ardent notes of my surroundings and experiences, in order to paint the most meaningful memories.

And one particularly lush recollection I have of Ireland is its bodies of water, how unique they felt to me. The North Atlantic Ocean lapping the shores of Galway was the same one I’d swam in whilst visiting New Jersey as a girl, but it felt so profoundly different: stoic and serene, worldly and wise, as though it was regarding this young woman with its thoughtful blue-gray eyes, asking her to stay awhile, maybe have a pint, and please: feel right at home.

The other day, I wrote that: “the most simple and poetic way I know how to describe it is that when you find your place here, Second Life feels like coming home.” I would expand upon that to say that it’s so much more than the platform that inspires this feeling, but truly the people and experiences we share within. I feel as though I’m emerging at last with grateful clarity from the occasional storms that have paused for a while on my prairie these past few weeks, and I have a number of wonderful SL residents to thank for that. Because without you, kind souls, this virtual world is like a harbor without a lighthouse. Or to borrow a beautiful sentiment from my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda: “You occupied the house that darkly awaited you, and then you lit the lamps …”


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“Relieved … I’m so relieved
The tables are turning
Don’t sacrifice this feeling
Home, is this my home?
Been starting over
Bathe in the water …”

Look

Slink Body – Hourglass v1.5.1
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Elysian Eyes (Sunrise) *
Elua Hair – Oceana (Blonde HUD)

Style & Pose

TETRA Lingerie – Sporty Bra & Panties (fatpack for Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass & Slink Physique) New Release @ Kustom9, through August 10th *
!Bang Poses – Tease 3

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Black Basalt Beach
🎧 Sounds: Engineers – Home