This moment yearning

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THIS moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone,
It seems to me there are other men in other lands

yearning and thoughtful,
It seems to me I can look over and behold them in
Germany, Italy, France, Spain,
Or far, far away, in China, or in Russia or Japan,
talking other dialects,
And it seems to me if I could know those men I should
become attached to them as I do to men in my own
lands,
O I know we should be brethren and lovers,
I know I should be happy with them.

Spring is in the Air

And I wear flowers in my hair, from a new to me store NSP Floral Jewels.  Beautiful hair pieces and corsages for your spring and summer look.

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This orchid and ivy hairpiece is the perfect hair accessory for a spring evening out. And works perfectly with the new hair, Elsa, from Diva from the Season’s Story.

Also wearing
Glam Affair skin – Aria in Jamaica
Ikon Destiny Eyes – Field
Crystal Line Jewelry – Floret Pearl (Japan Fair)
Location – Junkyard Blues

The peaceful light of the ever-shining sun

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久方の
光のどけき
春の日に
しづ心なく
花のちるらむ

In the peaceful light
Of the ever-shining sun
In the days of spring,
Why do the cherry’s new-blown blooms
Scatter like restless thoughts?

…Ki no Tomonori

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Brownstones

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The Argrace hair, Crystal Line jewelry (with color change HUD) and the [k]rooms star can all be found at Japan Fair. I am so excited to see Argace doing a red hair color.

I did not get around to blogging Barnesworth Anubis’s fabulous 5th Avenue skybox when it was at Collabor88 last month, too sick to feel like moving from my old house. However, as soon as I razzed it, I knew I had to move into that gorgeous brownstone. It reminded me so much of my first apartment. In fact, it is almost identical, other than being much, much bigger, with 6 rooms instead of 4. But the big rooms with windows and glass doors are identical to the two big room in my old apartment, the big difference being that there was this small 8 foot space between the 2 big rooms and the bed room that was the bathroom/kitchen area. That house was built before refrigeration and the kitchen was 5 feet by 4 feet in size. Yes, space for a stove and a sink and an upright body. The cupboards and fridge were in the hallway! And what cupboard, they went from the top of the fridge to the 12 foot high ceiling. That meant I could stand underneath my kitchen cupboards and needed a tall ladder to reach the shelves. Yeah, good times!

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The Barnesworth Anubis 5th Avenue skybox reminds me of my old apartment on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue – an avenue rich in history and full of wonderful brownstones.

This was our first apartment and my roommate and I had almost no furniture which lent itself to great parties since we never had to worry that something would get broken. We also had a closet that was about 4 feet wide and 28 feet long  (Yes, 28! It was like a cave and we needed a flashlight to see at the far end.) – long enough that when we had a party we could put every single breakable thing in storage. We would rent a keg and stick in a bed of ice in the tub and invite all the neighbors so no one would complain about the noise. We also invited the landlord, knowing he would not come under the assumption that if someone complained he would think – how bad could it be, they invited me? That was our strategy and it worked.
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I got me to Japan Fair

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After Gidge’s said Get Thee To Japan Fair the other day, I knew I better head over to Japan Fair  as soon as possible.  Japan Fair is raising money for ShelterBox a charity that helps people who are displaced whether by natural disasters or the manmade disaster of political violence providing them with a box containing emergency supplies necessary for survival. They do amazing work all around the world and deserve your support.

However, there’s ample reason to go in addition to supporting ShelterBox. These boots, for example, are reason enough for a trip to the fair. From Coco, you can wear them with or without socks. They come in several colors but given it’s springtime, I opted for the lovely blue.

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Art and Teaching

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I sometimes joke that my love of art began while playing Masterpiece, the art auction board game. But, that was purely superficial. My lifelong deep appreciation for art came from my art teacher. I actually had two art teachers, a husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. S. She taught 7th and 8th grade art and he taught 9th-12th. Since our entire class took art in 7th & 8th grade, her classes were larger and much more basic. She was a good teacher and I liked her, but her husband was a great teacher, a master teacher and I loved him. Not only did I learn a lot about art from him, but I also learned about teaching and humanity.

He was a preternaturally calm teacher, steering his way through life on such an even keel that even a hurricane could not twist him about. He may have grown up on a farm and taught in a small farming town and lived on a farm himself, but he brought an urbane sophistication to life – sharing with us his appreciation of modern culture, music, books, movies and artists that were often unheard of. He was active in the community, persuading the town council to fund a city-owned art gallery that brought art into our town. Imagine a town of 1400 people with an arts center with revolving exhibitions, musical theatre,  art classes, writing workshops, music lessons and even a recording studio all funded by the city and the grants that he helped pursue. During these years of retrenchment and austerity, that such a small town continues to support the arts – well, if only there were more teachers like him in towns across America.

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Intrigue Co has a fun little watercolor pose prop for the budding watercolorists of Second Life – a fitting contribution to the watercolor theme for April’s Collabor88. It even comes with framed and ready to hang copies of the finished work. I didn’t actually use the poses because they are made for painting on the floor or in the grass, not on an artist’s work table, but since I just moved and put in a place to paint in a corner of my kitchen, I decided to use it there.

The thing about Mr. S was that he encouraged us to draw outside the lines, but not just on paper. As he saw it, the rules were there as a guide – to make sure we rubbed along comfortably in life, but that they were not a limit. That when it made sense and it was worth it, it was okay to break the rules and  that sometimes the rules needed to be broken. Civil disobedience was, in his eyes, was drawing outside the lines to realize a better world just as drawing outside the lines often realizes a better painting.

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Get Thee To Japan Fair

I was scrolling through my PLURK feed early yesterday morning and caught “JAPAN FAIR” from one of the blog aggregators that I added recently. That sounded like sometihing I couldn’t miss so I changed my blogging plans and decided to find this. The blog post they listed didn’t give a slurl and I couldn’t find it in search.

God Bless Dr Google.

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Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

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I go out to work on a Monday morning
Tuesday I go off to honeymoon
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And Then It Was The 8th

Collabor88 landed with a BOOM and a THUD and the only other sound you heard was the sound of fashionistas heels clicking as they raced to get in. I am as excited as anyone with the gorgeous watercolor palette this round, it’s a very Gidgey experience.

KatatOnik right out of the gate and the adorable flats from Ingenue reminded me of the party dresses of yesteryear that I love so much. Is it wrong I want to dress like that every day? Continue reading

Help Me Find You on Marketplace

My afternoon began with a text from one of my best friends, Codie. “I need your help. I have to find something to wear to Dirk’s funeral.”

We spend a lot of time getting dressed for frivolous things in SL, things that don’t matter.  It’s amazing how your thoughts wander though, when what you are dressing for something that does in fact matter to you, when it’s not frivolity and trite.  Continue reading