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Phoenixa Sol

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  1. Hiya all, I can finally return to SL. I am filming a project and looking for specific locations: 1. An authentic looking saloon 2. Anything to do with bull riding 3. Rodeo arena Thank you in advance for any info!
  2. Here's the short version, "What Secondlife means to me?" Secondlife unlocked a prison I'd been in for almost 30 years when a drunk driver hit us head on and paralized me for 3 days in 1978 my dancing, diving and gymnastics was over plus I feared my music was too. A little longer version: In secondlife, I can dance again. I can dive, do gymnastics (okay.. I can do only some gymnastics due to the animations issues and limitations of the secondlife grid itself, and most of the moves I've had to make myself). I can fly graceful patterns and even wear the wings I've always felt were on my back, but never actually emerged in real life. I can set down my kleenex, stop crying about what I've lost, and indulge in a new dimension of dance that is challenging, enjoyable and look ma... no sprains, blisters or bruises! Through my dancing in secondlife, I can heal a wound inflicted on me 30 plus years ago The unfinished longest text version full of the details and including images.... https://www.facebook.com/notes/phoenixa-sol/how-dancing-in-secondlife-gave-me-back-my-sanity/10151629917109876 A victory dance in secondlife with explanations, one of my many dance videos I've created in secondlife with my own dance method. I also have a dance tutorial online: Inspired by this project, I may make a video collage crunchdown of the blog of how dancing in secondlife gave me back my sanity. I love secondlife, thank you for creating it!
  3. Second Life was the surprise rescue to a part of my soul I didn’t realize was so traumatic it was locked away for 30 years. Prior to May 1978, I was a dancer (9 years), a gymnast, (6 years) and a springboard diver, (3 years) through school. Though my activities were varied, in my heart, I am a dancer. Every piece of music I heard, I choreographed in my head. Until that May day, I would dance to it when I could. I felt the greatest joy and freedom when dancing. At some points, I'd even feel like I was flying. In high school, I could take my first formal training. It was heaven to me to dance. On May 12, 1978, we were hit head on by a drunk driver doing over 45 mph. I was paralyzed for three days, my left arm, 2 months. I was now bedridden. I had to be fed, it was truly horrendous. I prayed to be able to play the piano again. Eventually, I could move and I was very grateful. But, over all this time and since those early days, my heart has longed to dance again. As life, strife and illness struck, even the most limited dancing movements became impossible. After the 1994 premature birth of my daughter, due to her disabilities, I became pretty much home bound. The world closed off to me. The 2000 gift of "the internet" opened the world back up to me, and I have enjoyed helping independent musicians worldwide at a large online site. But, with all the assistance and getting them exposure, I felt there MUST be some way to reach a wider audience for some of them. As I sought this, I found a link in a Wired article, and came to check out Second Life. As I struggled through the gray fog of learning to exist in this virtual splendorland, I sought out the dancing opportunities. As I collected more of the best dances, I began to put a few routines together. I soon realized that machinima would be the only way that everyone could see what I create regardless of lag, etc., I could have the audience see the moves as I intended them to match the music. During my hard work learning to do this, it dawned on me that I was happier, joyful, exuberant and couldn't wait to show my latest and then start my next. It was then, that I realized this piece of my soul had been imprisoned for nearly 30 years at that time, and suddenly second life had become the key which released it from prison. I'm eternally grateful, that even with the limitations, that Second Life exists. While yes, I cannot dance in Real Life any more, I can do so vicariously through my avatar and regain that inner joy once again. To share it with others who enjoy it is wonderful. Where life threw me lemons, Second Life enabled me to make lemon meringue pie.
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