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Cathy Curie

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  1. My brother (Kathy Yamamoto) was part of the pre-release beta testing and when Second Life went public He brought me in. I fell in love with SL, spent less and less time in Sims Online over the next few months, my friends there wondered where I had gone so I turned them onto SL and slowly started a migration into SL from SIMS. I think that I was one of the first people to actually make an alt (Fall of 2003) because I started out as 'Jerry Garcia' being a die hard fan of the Grateful Dead, though I am a female everyone expected me to be a man and to be a musician. Being neither, after a few months of that, I got tired of it , shelved 'Jerry Garcia' and made my current avatar, Cathy Curie.
  2. Thanks, Ishtara. After 8 years in Second Life, you get to where you instictively know how to work within it a bit. This virtual world is a different reality with its own rules and subtleties and situations that are unique to it.
  3. Loved your post. Yeah, I thought the missing post thing was odd, too. Took it in stride and just posted in a more apropriate area. No problem. Nope, the Center is pretty low maintenance and not a lot of traffic or contact so nothing changing there.I just leave the lights on so to speak and the only thing the center does really is send a notecard with some information and links. No biggie. It's just a sign and notecard giver attached to my house in De Haro, after all. No convent is needed, anyway. It's not that type of order. :smileyhappy: Nope, they did not have computers in 6th century Seville, just a holy man driven to gather and exchange the world's knowledge. And Hey, you know, if someone were to join the order, after READING the group mission statement, for the most part I would hope that they are pretty much coming from the headspace described in my post. There will always be randomness and dishonest folks. I guess that will happen but I trust they will get bored or filtered out. St. Isidore will take it in stride and we will go on. You know, if you are a dude in rl and maybe not even catholic...but then you find this odd catholic order thingy in sl and ..you feel compelled to serve in sl with us in that capacity, who am I to say it aint bone fide? Service and good acts are things anyone can do, without joining an order though. Why join it if it is not a good fit? Just go out and do good, avoid bad and say your prayers as my Priest once said in Mass. Hey, pretty simple.
  4. Not sure where else to put this. It got removed from 'Off Topic'. No vows.Catholic. An in-Second Life Order named for the patron saint of the internet, St. Isidore of Seville.We work within the virtual community serving through prayer, aide and good works. *The Isidorest modern habit is blue, the Blessed Mother's color, and also represents electricity. On her head is a large coif which is winged to symbolize the speed of exchange of knowledge online. Its' whiteness denotes purity.My hope is to just quietly work in sl and find other Catholic women of like mind. St. Isidore of Seville Patron Saint of: computers, computer users, computer programmers, Internet Born: c.560 in Cartagena, Spain Died: April 4, 636 Canonized: pre-Congregation Feast Day: April 4 So, how does Saint Isidore of Seville become the patron saint for the Internet? The Observation Service for Internet, who drew it's mission from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, researched the Internet and related technologies to select a patron saint that best reflects the concerns and ideals of computer designers, programmers and users. The saint chosen by the Observation Service for Internet was Saint Isidore. "The saint who wrote the well-known 'Etymologies' (a type of dictionary), gave his work a structure akin to that of the database. He began a system of thought known today as 'flashes;' it is very modern, notwithstanding the fact it was discovered in the sixth century. Saint Isidore accomplished his work with great coherence: it is complete and its features are complementary in themselves. *Disregard any other members listed in group. There is only one for now. The others are friends who were just helping to flesh out the member list for stability but are not Isidorest nuns. If you are a Catholic woman looking for a way to express vocation and service online, this may be for you. You are not required to be single in real life or take special vows.We are just simple sisters . Now, normally 'Sister' refers to a consecrated woman with simple vows,(though this order is not a formally recognized one...these are first baby steps) most often one who works in an active apostolate ministering to people. ..religous women who want to devote their online life to an active non-contemplative life of prayer, meditation and service. I see the order as an outlet for Catholic women in Second Life who want to be in SL in a serving,christian way that offers a little more vocation and dedicative feel. What would be good to bring to this order? Devotion and love and a desire to serve, those are good. A way of being a light and reflection of the love of Christ in a subtle laid-back way, no heavy handedness, that's a great trait. A sense of humor, quiet life of action and knowing when to just be, quietly there...absolutely great. Not there to prosletize just ...around. livin it, showing it through action and character. Pretty much, so far, mentoring and volunteering to help with virtual charities has been the outlet in SL. Other than that, just being IN Second Life as a present reminder of the Church as folks go about their virtual second lives,being low key but open, ready to help or just be seen. 
  5. Enchantment Island 43, 124, 48 (PG) * The Museum of Amazing Illusions & Magic * This one is just plain fun
  6. hey, search the Vassar location. The university has an incredible reproduction of the Sistine Chapel.
  7. My qualifications are very simple. In my real life, I suffered, sought help and am a recovering addict with the help of my family and church. All of it very real life. The only thing given in the Center is a notecard with testimonies, stories, links and resources. Contact in SL is simply so that there may be someone to encourage the person along. No real life information is asked. You seem really concerned and admirably sensible and I valued and welcomed your responses. Your recommendation for a real life contact phone number and address for help is a great one. Your cautions about online predatory motivators and privacy are absolutely 'bang on' and should always be at the fore of anyone's actions. Thank you!
  8. In response, I will say that the support and resource offered is real life links and referals to real life acredited therapists and counselors. Encouragement is given to use the real life resources available and the online support is simply to be an understanding contact for the times when SL gets out of hand. Again,anyone would be directed through the links and resources offered at the Center to real life counseling services.
  9. SECOND LIFE GAME ADDICTION SUPPORT CENTER For those who are neglecting real life, spending too much time in Second Life, finding that they cannot reduce the time spent online on their own and unable to go a day without logging in. The center for Second Life virtual life addiction offers support,counseling and group meetings to address virtual life usage issues that affect real lives, families, finances,personal health and marriages. The center is located at the SE corner of De Haro sim.We work by notecard contact.There is a mailbox by the main house porch. The mailbox is checked every morning. You will be contacted to arrange time for an initial get-together to talk or just listen. She has been in Second Life since 2003 and is not easily shocked or surprised, whatever it is you need to talk about. This is what was needed in Second Life for years; a space where people will not judge, will understand what you are going through and listen and offer support if desired. agnespolder , I will post later to try and answer some of those questions. I may actually want to keep part of that private and wonder if we can communicate in IM inworld or via email. Cathy Curie.
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