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Monthly Archives: January 2010

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What has SL meant to me? What impact have virtual worlds had on my day to day world? Instead of writing paragraphs, I think I’ll make a list.

1. My kids think some days I love Second Life (SL) more than them. How silly they are!

2. SL has pushed me to be a better communicator and a better presenter with adults. (plus I learn all the new abbreviations for things and pretend to know what I am talking about when using them!)

3. I have friends from all over the world and enjoy talking with a wolf from Italy almost every day! I learn shopping tips from a crazy NYC girl. I enjoy stories from a sweet woman in TN. And… I shield my children from the crazy language of a man in NE!

4. I own an art gallery and host events for those crazy friends and anyone else who happens to wander through. The art gallery features real world and SL artists. The events include live guitarist, Joaquin Gustav, from Buenos Aries, and local AZ talent, Barty Aum!

5. I have joined professional learning communities with educators from all over the world. I am inspired by social studies teachers in Virtual Pioneers led by New York educator, Spiff Whitfield (SL name) and technology teachers a part of ISTE! Have you met Shamblesguru?

6. I have learned how to build, clean up, host charity events, and have crazy adventures including skydiving, dancing on roofs, flying over the Wall of China, pillowfights, and surfing! We have raised money for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Red Cross.

7. I have helped my husband become a DJ! Yes… right from his computer… in his pjs… he shares his favorite tunes at different times and places in a virtual world. Blues on the Green on Sunday mornings is his official time and location. If you haven’t ventured in-world yet, join us then for breakfast!

8. I explored new ideas and talents and met people from other walks of life. From the comfort of my couch, I have traveled the world and floated in space and done yoga and tai chi. I have become a rhino and a peacock. I can be a beautiful blonde at any time. I have an incredible wardrobe and can dance on my head! Who’d have thought 🙂

9. At a time in my life that is about being a mom to 4 kids, a wife to a wonderful husband, and enjoying a full time career, I have time to grow and laugh and be me — and indulge and just soak up fun things without ever leaving home.

10. People will laugh and think of these cartoon adventures and have a hard time wrapping their heads around such experiences. I smile and nod and hope someday they step foot in a prim-filled world — even if it is just to see what it is like to fly.

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