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Writing About Thad   1 comment

This isn’t a pleasant piece, but I want to write about it here, to get some of the sadness out of my system. I’ve just received news about a man I’ve respected since the mid-Eighties, when I entered college.

Thad was president of the school when I entered, but he’d had a long and distinguished career before then at other schools, beginning as a professor of English at a northeastern university. I recall this large man, addressing us all at the front of the room during our orientation meeting, wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. I ran into Thad a few times after that during the remaining years of his presidency, always a friendly face and caring for his students.

This morning, the word worked its way to me that Thad is in a hospice, going through his last illness. He hasn’t died yet, but it’s only a matter of time, probably no more than a month or so. I’m praying for him, for a gentle death, and I’m praying for his family.

Posted October 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

Even Dozen   Leave a comment

I’m writing this in advance (and hope to get everything together from myself, Jemmy, Diana and Morgan to do an article in between Monday and today). But, when you see this, I’ll be 12 years old.

Gee, I look awful mature for only 12, don’t I …?

Once the initial excitement calms down, new rezz days are like new birthdays … basically just another goal on the scoreboard. Once you hit 10, you only start really looking at a rezz day every five years after. But it’s still a bit of an accomplishment to have gotten this far. I’m only a few years younger than Second Life itself, after all; and many people thought, following the years of the Great Hype exploding, that we wouldn’t still be here. Then the Imminent Death of the Grid was again predicted with the rise of Samsar.

But SL is still going, and so am I; and next month, we’ll be marking another anniversary on this blog. So thank you for your good wishes, and keep on stopping in!

Posted October 11, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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Digital 11

As opposed to, say, a natural 11; but then, I don’t shoot craps in Las Vegas.

Rezz Day 11 sneaked up on me this year; it’s been another very active week or so in Real Life, and promises to keep on moving in that direction for several more days.  But yesterday completed another turn around the sun for me.  While I was putting together this style, I was laughing about how we were all gettin’ up there with Belle Roussel and the members of her Chop Zuey group.  Second Life itself is just a few years older than me; but that’s quite mature in the world of computers.  And fairly old indeed in the history of graphical virtual worlds (assuming you begin with The Sims and SimCity).

There are still some old-timers out there, I think, from the days of Linden World; I’m pretty sure I and my contemporaries haven’t outlasted everyone yet of that vintage.  The time is approaching, though, when we are going to be the elders, no matter how youthful we look in world — when myself, Belle, Berry Singh, Gidge Uriza, Winter Jefferson et al. will be the elders of our slice of the Grid.  Hopefully we’re doing what we can to maintain a good Grid, to keep the power running to the shining servers of Second Life so that this game that’s more than a game will thrive and fulfill its potential.

Until then, I keep marking the days, exploring and styling, and looking forward to the next year.  I hope I’ll see at least some of you in world during that time.

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: IKON Hope (Sapphire)
  • Hair: JUMO Diva
  • Ensemble: DE.Boutique Reveal gown and Queen Bee heels
  • Accessories: David Heather Richie stole (cream); GeWunjo Mara suite (necklace, earrings, bracelet and diadem); Maddict Starlet gloves; Chop Zuey Pagoda ring; kunst Diva cigarette holder
  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Clair (Akeruka, slot 2)
  • Lashes: thick head system lashes, supplemented with FATElashes 2.0
  • Lipstick: .kosmetik Lustre Lipstick.runway (Omega, slot 4 [use ALL ZONES; buttons are reversed)

Posted October 12, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion, Personal

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2 for 2

It’s been five years since I got this RL personal in this SL blog.  But I do like to share happiness when possible, and this is a happy moment.  My youngest has graduated from the local high school tonight, and will be heading on to college in the fall.  It’s entirely possible that the house will be empty this fall, as his sister is hoping to enter medical school as well; she graduated from college back in December (which I forgot to share at the time, but I was flat exhausted that day).  It’ll be the first time in 26 years we’ve been by ourselves if that’s the case, and it may take getting used to.  On the up side, it’ll give us a chance to clean out the house some!

Posted May 22, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

Christmas Eve 2017

From 2016.  But this year of 2017, my annual tradition has even more meaning than before.  My son is now 18 years old, and my daughter 22 and newly graduated from college, and the turmoils of the world make me fear for them both.  Please read all the way through for my personal message from last year.

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As always, Around the Grid upholds its Christmas Eve tradition — here is Bing Crosby and David Bowie from 1977, performing their famous duet, “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth.”  This was the last Christmas special Bing did before his death.

Almost every time I write an article in these pages, I use my “signature” graphic, which bids you all peace.  It has several meanings for me:  the earthly dream, sung of by two wonderful musicians above, and the more lasting, eternal peace we greet each other with in the Episcopal Church (as well as other liturgical churches).  Peace on earth has been a dream for my generation — those of us who still remember our dreams of that time — since our youth in the Sixties and Seventies, and sought by people of goodwill around the world for hundreds of generations.

Nearly forty years after these singers, now both sadly dead, performed this song — which has become a holiday classic in its own right — the world still reels on through conflict and hatred, and the dream of peace among all peoples seems elusive, more of a pipe dream than a reality.  But I have to believe that there is still hope for peace — both the kind we think of, between each other, and the sharing of the true peace of God, “which passes all understanding,” no matter how each of us perceives God in our minds and faiths.  Perhaps, on the day we achieve earthly peace, the peace of the Earthly Paradise will be made at last apparent to us all, and that other serenity become the true inheritance of us all ….

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

May you and yours have a merry, meaningful and — most of all — hopeful Christmas season.

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10 Years of Writing!

The 2017 staff of Around the Grid — (l-r) Correspondent and Photographer Jem Sternhall; Publisher and Chief Correspondent Harper Ganesvoort; Senior Photographer Conan Bankersbox

Written by Harper Ganesvoort

When I started Around the Grid on November 20, 2007, I had no idea how long I would keep this up, nor that two others would join me over that decade of writing and photography.  I was by myself back then, just getting away from rezzing in and out and using free rooms for a place to camp my buns — my system buns in 2007! — while I hunted for interesting things to do and investigate.  I’d found a cheap apartment in the Dunyvaig region of the Mainland with a sleeping-bunk loft for “nighttime,” and I thought I might be insane enough to take on writing a second blog!  (I was doing some political and general blogging back in 2007.)

Not surprisingly, many things have changed in 10 years.  I look a lot better (grin).  I gave up the poliblogging in 2009, ’round about January 20.  I now rent an entire island, with several additional platforms above the living space.  (One thing hasn’t changed; I still run tight on prims.)  I’ve acquired two others to work with me.  And, from that null start in 2007, this blog has seen 1,370 articles published, 1,304 of them originally written by me.  Assuming around 500 words per article, that’s well over 650,000 words of news, fashion, exploration, poetry and song, short fiction and general balderdash by me.  And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of photography I’ve done.  (Nor the ocean of lindens I’ve spent.)  Makes a girl tired to contemplate that much work on what was supposed to be a pastime.  I hate to think what Jemmy will say when she reads this piece; she’s only 36 articles in her short time — thought that’s still better than one a month, and some 18,000 words on her part.

I know all of us usually have something to say.  We always think and hope it’s interesting, thought-provoking, or just plain beautiful.  The only audience we aim for usually is the Second Life Resident, mostly with a fashion focus, but sometimes using that fashion to illustrate other things that we’ve done as the spirit moved us.  We’ve discussed the occasional piece of SL news, turned a focus on other Residents’ work, and once in a while took a stand on things in Real Life when we felt it was needed.  Whether or not we’ve accomplished our goal is, of course, in the readers’ hands. And we shall continue striving for that goal, through however many years we find Second Life interesting and the power gets fed to the servers in California.  Again, as always, we invite you along for the ride.

Milepost 10

Here I am on one of the Social Islands, the current second stop for a new Resident.  Things have changed a lot in the First Sims since I first logged in on the old Orientation Island ten years ago.

That’s right, 10 years. Turn the page for some reflections.

Posted October 11, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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