My turn came up this year last Friday for the Anglican Cathedral’s Posadas, and I played host again to the Holy Family at my island. Several people visited, and I took one on a tour of the space station while he was there. (He enjoyed it a lot, despite it being several hundred years ahead of his preferred time period, 1928 Berlin.) The statues have technically moved on for the year, but I’ve hung on to copies for my own use. Any who would like to visit through December 24 are welcome. However, I’d also encourage you to follow the travels of the “actual” Holy Family by joining the Anglicans of Second Life group. Notices are posted most days on where the Posadas statues will be bound to, and all are welcome to participate in the rites, as well as share fellowship.
The Anglican Cathedral’s Advent tradition of Posadas has begun again. For the next four weeks, the Holy Family will travel toward Epiphany Island, stopping at houses and other places along the way for a night or two. Here we see the statues at Philemon’s and Isabel’s house, a small corner of Canada in the ocean of the Grid. If you’re interested in keeping up with Mary and Joseph and wish to follow them on their travels, join the Anglican Cathedral group, and you’ll get a daily landmark to where the statues will be.
While at Phil and Isabel’s house yesterday, I was privileged to meet a friend of theirs, lindsay Sabetha, who is an artist in Real Life, working in acrylics. She was exhibiting some of her work in a small gallery near where the Posadas statues stood yesterday, and I spoke with her for a time. lindsay lives east of Toronto in the country, and was extremely lucky to have studied in her younger days under the late Arthur Lismer, CC, one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Seven (generally credited with establishing a uniquely Canadian æsthetic in landscapes). If you’re familiar with Lismer’s work, you can see the influences here in lindsay’s style; but I’m tempted to say that her use of color is a touch bolder than her mentor’s was. She also does excellent seascapes, and I’d urge you to take in an exhibit if you ever get a chance to.
“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau
The merchants at the monthly Uber event are giving us a last splash of summer before we settle into coats and sweaters for the winter. The cold season comes fast and hard in Second Life — one day your sim may be sunshiny and all flowers; the next, you’re blanketed in white. Why not find somewhere to take in a little last-minute color to tide you over until spring returns?
Want more sunshine before the snow flies? Turn the page.
Now goes under, and I watch it go under, the sun
That will not rise again.
Today has seen the setting, in your eyes cold and senseless as the sea,
Of friendship better than bread, and of bright charity
That lifts a man a little above the beasts that run.
Turn the page for more….