.. winter’s lifeless world ..

Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater

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Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time in world sitting at the sim creation known as Furillen. The environment is a stark frozen winter scene and is an interpretation of the real world location of the same name located in Sweden. Serene Footman is the Second Life resident that has pulled this location together. Much of the surroundings are quite representative of the real world location and I would imagine that Serene has created the ‘feeling’ of Furillen.

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Within the homestead sim (Love of Life), there are areas to sit alone or with friends both inside and out in the elements. The minimalistic design offers a hotel building with each room containing a unique set-up. There are other building around the sim where no detail has been left out. You get the feeling that you are arriving just as someone else has vacated a room.  The real world Furillen was the site of a limestone industry and Serene has also done a wonderful job incorporating that aspect as well with the space.

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The entire area is perfect for those taking pics in Second Life both for artistic and for location pics. It can work well for a blog backdrop as well as snaps of a gathering of your friends.  Serene has even run a couple of themed photography competitions in recent months and the interpretations by the various SL residents is amazing. Sometimes the snow flurries about and that’s awesome for some and not so much for others.  I personally enjoy it as it offers a realism but it can be a problem for some graphics cards.  The music on the stream is a custom playlist that Serene has put together especially for Furillen.  This might be one of my favorite reasons to visit, but I think mostly it is because the music just “fits” the habitat so well.

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Lately, there have been a smattering of events on the sim – from art showings, to ‘happy hours’ where there is a mad rush to join by sitting on one of the famous pier chairs, to an impromptu immersive art presentation by SaveMe Oh.  The Furillen group is the best way to keep up with what’s happening – planned or spontaneous events.

To find out more about Furillen -virtual and real – check out Serene’s website.

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.. you learn to do by doing ..

One of my favorite quotes can be found in the picks on my Second Life profile.

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying,
to run by running, to work by working;
in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
                                             ~ Anatole France

This quote just purely makes sense to me. While I think that the quote really focuses on the last bit about love, it is true about everything.  We learn in many ways, but for most of us, we learn best by “doing”.  It makes me think about what I’ve learned during my years in Second Life.

I’ve learned how to ‘play’ in Adobe Photoshop.  I’ve learned to create graphics for large and small events.  I figured out how to find sources for graphics that could be purchased to utilize in these posters, invitations, logos, announcements, etc.  I have learned how to plop one of those designs onto clothing templates (mesh and system) but it isn’t always easy for me. I’ve learned that I can be over-committed to virtual events for good causes just like I over-commit in my first life with work.  I’ve learned to landscape and set up relaxing, beautiful, enticing natural spaces and I’ve truly learned to shop!  Definitely learned all those by doing them!

But I’ve learned other things too…I’ve learned that people find the virtual world an excellent place to hide, to show their fears, to overcompensate for their shortcomings, to be bullies, to be rude and show anger…all behind the cloak of the internet.  I’ve also learned that good friends can be made, that love can be found, and it can even transcend beyond the internet. Sadly, I’ve learned that hearts can break even more intensely than with a real world relationship.  I’ve learned to accept the departure and disappearance of friends and those close to me. And slowly, I’ve learned that real, caring, truthful friendships are very rare in all worlds.

What have you learned?

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Credits:

The Scene
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Location:  Chateau Village – a ‘World of Darkness’ roleplay sim
(for more information on the sim and the roleplay, click here)

 I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
Skin: -Glam Affair – Caroline Skin –  New Day  – America C
Freckles: IGOTIT – Ginger Freckles Face and Body (SaNaRae)
Eyes: {S0NG} :: Luna~ Envi Eyes
Lashes: ::BB:: Mesh Lashes V.01 (minimalist black)
Hair: Exile::Loose Ends (Collabor88)
Ears: [MANDALA] SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU
Earrings: Cae :: Elusive :: Earring
Necklace: MINIMAL – Alianza Necklace LightGold (ShinyShabby)
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Rings: MINIMAL – Amanecer Ring *7* Silver (Gacha Garden)
Rings: MINIMAL – Zima Ring *5* Gold (The Season’s Story)
Rings: MINIMAL – Zima Ring *6* Silver (The Season’s Story)
Rings: ieQED jessi.rings.silver
Outfit:  *agp* (Agapee) Amy outfit wool brown-Slink/TMP/Maitreya (Kustom9)
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V3.4
Shoes:  Ingenue :: Amelia Boots (Maitreya) :: Chestnut (past Collabor88)
Bag:  !gO! Mercy.Bag

Poses:
oOo Studios – Travelogue_four

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.. take me back to my refuge ..

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you….
In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other;
only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches
when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout

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Credits:

The Scene
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Location:  Blithe
{anc} flottante puppy. milk . walk

I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
Skin: -Glam Affair – Caroline Skin –  New Day  – America C
Freckles: IGOTIT – Ginger Freckles Face and Body (SaNaRae)
Eyes: {S0NG} :: Luna~ Envi Eyes
Lashes: ::BB:: Mesh Lashes V.01 (minimalist black)
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Elspeth with scarf (Season’s Story)
Ears: [MANDALA] SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU
Earrings: .Charm. Helena ~ Earring (The Fantasy Collective)
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Rings: MINIMAL – Amanecer Ring *7* Silver (Gacha Garden)
Rings: MINIMAL – Zima Ring *5* Gold (The Season’s Story)
Rings: MINIMAL – Zima Ring *6* Silver (The Season’s Story)
Rings: ieQED jessi.rings.silver
Sweater:  {amiable}Over-sized Knit Cardigan Gacha_13 (Wayward Winter)
Jeans: Addams // Lixie Super Skinny Jean //
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V3.4
Shoes:  fri. – Jessica.Boots (Wolf)

Poses:
an lár [poses] – Constant Series

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