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Precautions   1 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 ….”   2 comments

“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.

No Escape   3 comments

It appears there’s no escaping the coronavirus, even in Second Life. I was visiting the new round of The Mens Dept, and I found this for sale … a set of statues and décor for an “Anti Coronavirus Disinfection Team.” There could be a bit of black humour here, reflecting the times we’re passing through; but it appears the maker is serious as well. They say that 100% of profit will be used “for buying real protective suit for medical institution.” (Sic) (I do NOT know if this is real or not, so use your judgement before purchasing. CB)

In reality, we do need to exercise some concern over what’s coming. The thing is to do it without jumping over the cliff edge like a lemming supposedly does. (They don’t.) Do the commonsense things you’re supposed to do anyway as part of a proper health regimen — wash your hands thoroughly, don’t cough into the open, and don’t leave your home if you feel any symptoms — will all help tremendously. These won’t stop the spread, but they’ll slow things down tremendously, to where public health can cope far easier with the infection.

Update: I didn’t think of this before, but here’s the page from the Public Health Agency of Canada on current conditions and recommendations. And, in courtesy to the American readers, here’s the same information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Posted March 6, 2020 by Conan Bankersbox in Real Life

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Retro Future Hair — British Pathé   1 comment

It’s been bananas for a while for all of us except Morgan; she’s working on a story, but isn’t satisfied with her photos yet. Me, I’m driving my son into the university every single weekday, as he abhors driving, and I’m searching for time to get anything done. (I can’t testify to the others.)

I want to get something up, though, and I discovered this via British Pathé. Looks like “ombré” hair is nothing new ….

Posted January 28, 2020 by Harper Ganesvoort in History, Real Life, Video

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RL Sidebar: Build a Hoosier Cabinet   Leave a comment

What am I doing talking about a Real Life piece of furniture in a Second Life blog? Well, I’ve never considered restricting myself to just Second Life, as long-time readers know. And I found an article on the history of these things on Facebook today — yes, Facebook actually has useful things! Especially useful because it led me to exercise my secret superpower of research training, and I found another article. More on that in a moment.

This piece of kitchen furniture is what’s called a Hoosier cabinet, after the original maker, Hoosier Manufacturing of New Castle, Indiana. These people set off an industry that lasted for 30 years, in making kitchen cupboard and work centers, essentially movable pantries. Stock units held storage for staples from flour and sugar to glassware, crockery and utensils. As more manufacturers came in, the styles and customization increased in elaborateness.

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Posted December 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life

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Christmas 2019   2 comments

From all of us, to all of you ….

Christmas Eve 2019   1 comment

As always since the beginning of this blog in 2007, Around the Grid presents our holiday tradition, our plea and hope for peace in this world for all creatures and things. The 1977 video, embraced by thousands in the years since, was from Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, and the only one I know of that David Bowie ever did for the season.

May you and yours find the peace, blessings and joy of the Divine as you perceive it, tonight, tomorrow, and all through the year.

Amen.

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