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Precautions   Leave a comment

As far as I can tell from the Michigan HHS information, there are no reported cases of COVID in my particular area yet.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t coming, of course. Just that it hasn’t been detected here yet.

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Posted March 17, 2020 by Morgan Vanderzwaan in Personal, Real Life

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“Oh, for a muse of fire ….”   Leave a comment

“Always be a poet, even in prose ….”

Charles Baudelaire

Many Second Life bloggers, including us at Around the Grid, do more than just shoot pretty pictures of pretty clothes or wonderful builds. We also try to talk about what we’re photographing, and we like to add quotes to further help along the story.

The first blogger I recall using quotes was my friend and “namesake,” Harper Beresford. She hasn’t published very regularly since about 2016, as far as I can see; but, when she does, there’s usually a quote of some kind in the text that catches your attention. Many other bloggers have done so over the years; for instance, Anne Daumig at The Wanton Wardrobe makes the quote her entire text, aside from the product list.

One source we’ve been using lately at AtG is the Web site for Poetry Magazine. I’ve known about Poetry for years in print form (I’m a trained librarian, remember, and I worked at college in the periodicals department), but I’ve visited their Web site on occasion since about 2012, when the magazine celebrated its 100th anniversary. They did a cover every month of that year with Pegasus, the symbol of divine inspiration; I chose the January issue to keep on my desk (so to speak [grin]) as a reminder that Real World arts reaches into the Second Life, and that the humanities is more than just prose and visual arts.

Poetry is just a few years shy of its 110th anniversary now, and it’s outlasted any other attempt made to publish interesting verse in the English language. For years, until a bequest by the estate of Ruth Lilly, its finances were, to say the least, living on a tightrope — writing and publishing poetry has never been an insanely profitable enterprise, even in the days of the bards. The publishers and editors have persisted like Elizabeth Warren, though, their mission to bring to attention the best in verse, both old and new, and to show there’s more to poetry than 19th-century romanticism, especially in America. You can learn more of the magazine’s history at their site.

The publishers have done a truly excellent thing, which draws me back time and time again to their site — they have placed their entire issue archive online for free. This brings an extraordinarily deep reservoir of work out into the widest possible availability, and I’ve been using it lately for my pieces here on the blog. I encourage you to stop by their site and browse through this collection, as well as searching by keywords for poems that may strike you as useful … or just for your own personal reading and enrichment. Remember that Goethe said, among the things we should do each day, is read a good poem. It gives you something to think about besides the depressing cadences of the news and Facebook.

Secret Gardens   Leave a comment

Great grandfather’s farm is still there
But it isn’t the same ….

Judy Collins, “Secret Gardens”

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Some of my fondest memories are of a barn, such as the one you can just make out behind me here. After all, I may be much a product of cities and college these days, but I started out as a country girl in rural Michigan.

Read more about the secret gardens of my heart ….

Decade Challenge   Leave a comment

Strawberry Singh may be a Linden these days, but she still can do separate posts — just not plug stuff. She put up a challenge on the Community Forum a few days ago. Below is my contribution to the thread.

The photo on the left is from my November 2010 article, “Sweater Weather.” The one on the right I just took yesterday. Skins were improving by November 2010, although makeup tattoos (what we think of more as Bakes On Mesh these days) were still a few months away. This is probably the best photo I took in 2010; many of the others I’m embarrassed to confess to these days (grin).

Posted January 10, 2020 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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Christmas 2019   2 comments

From all of us, to all of you ….

Writing About Thad   3 comments

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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