TEDDY BEAR HUGS

TeddyBear HUG

We hug others when we’re excited, happy, sad, or trying to comfort. Hugging, it seems, is universally comforting. It makes us feel good. And it turns out that hugging is proven to make us healthier and happier. (Healthline Info)

I’m a hugger! are you? In Virtual Worlds they are many ways to hug: there is the friendly hug, a jump in your arms hug, a pounce on you and lay you out on the ground hug, and the sensual hug for lovers. Some folks shy away from hugs but if they knew how they help relieve stress and boost your heart health, wouldn’t more give and accept the hug?

The reason hugs feel so good has to do with our sense of touch. According to scientists, it’s an extremely important sense which allows us not only to physically explore the world around us, but also to communicate with others by creating and maintaining social bonds. But… I contemplate this… since we really don’t feel the touch of another human in Virtual Worlds, are we still receiving the same benefits that hugging and touch give to us in the Real Life world?

According to Medicinet – “Oxytocin: It is the love hormone that relieves stress and boosts heart health. It also helps in losing weight, lowers blood pressure, fights diseases, increases libido, reduces stress, and gives us a feeling of comfort. A 10-second hug helps the body fight infections, eases depression, and lessens tiredness.” Just what we need in Virtual Worlds, a higher libido LOL

Anyway I will close this blog post saying that I love a hug, vw or rl… if you see me HUG me, a hug touches the soul. As Mimi said ” “Laughter with those that understand us is music for the soul. A hug at the right moment and a kind shoulder to lean on, Is the sprinkle of magic that keeps us walking towards hope.” – Mimi Novic

Step in Sunbeams and Give someone a HUG today!

eESCAPE ARTIST

My fairy soul stands in the middle of an old western stone cabin ready to fly to the OOC party to dance and laugh with her many friends, old and new, all virtual. It feels so real. I feel so alive when inside this pixelated world and I forget all about my real life world problems: Covid 19, Our divisive America, a husband with an incurable Cancer disease chipping away at his life: if only for a few hours.

Sometimes I feel guilty that I escape my first life, to live a second life, other times I feel elated to be able to maneuver through a virtual maze with ease and grace. Sometimes I don’t want to leave my safe virtual world where no physical harm can touch me, where everyone is beautiful to look at, where I can fly. Other times I scold myself for having fun while my husband lies on his couch withering away.

In this pixelated world I have many friends. In my real world I have a few close friends. But since ‘social distancing’ I have not seen my close friends. In my pixelated world I hug and kiss my many friends without a thought. I do know that behind each avatar there is a ‘real’ person escaping their own life issues or perhaps they are just enjoying playing dress up and have no issues. I can’t really say.

I do know this, without my pixelated world to immerse myself in, I would likely fall into a deep depression and not make up my bed in the morning. I wouldn’t do my chores or be the gentle caretaker I must be each day for my husband. So I will dive into this pixelated world once again today fully immersing my heart and soul in a make believe world where life is beautiful and I take a deep breath of life in my virtual fantasy.

THE SUNS of the HYPERVERSE

The avatar adventures of Sunbeam Magic includes many Suns.  Before I came and immersed myself in OpenSim I had many (many) alts.  At one time in Second Life I think I counted a total of 25 *LOL*… many were used for Roleplay as for a couple years AAcme and I were totally into RP.  Others were made to ‘re-create’ ourselves as many times we tried to “quit” the world and vowed never to come back.  It seemed to be taking over our real life time and emotions ran high at times over silly incidents. After over a decade since we first discovered virtual worlds now I can not even remember the whys or what for regarding the high emotions!

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One (out of 3 or 4) of my FREEBIE shops @Nara’s Nook 

 

When we first went to an OpenSim grid (3rdRock and InWorldz) we made new avatars for new names and jumped in with both feet, socializing, becoming an Events Manager, building, creating, opening shops, managing others’ regions, Mentoring, joining Admin teams… you name it we tried it! Then we found other grids as they popped up and before HG you had to join them to see them.  So as the years went on I became a member of over a dozen grids.  Some (most) still have my original avatar on file, even if I have not logged into that particular grid in over a year.  Amazing! I did decide after roaming away from the closed grids to always be ‘Sunbeam Magic’.  IT goes back to my grass roots, as when I first joined Second Life, the legacy grid, I started as ‘Sunbeam’ Jewell… changed to Magic as surname because I feel these worlds are MAGICAL!

Below are a few of the profile shots from the many grids I am a member of:

 

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CRAFT10-14-2011

Digi Sun_3-17-2015

DigiWorlds 3-17-2015

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Early OS avie

Osgrid 3-06-2012

Franco avie 12-16-2015

Franco 12-16-2015

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GCG Sunbeam 4-13-2015

Great Candian Grid 4-13-2015

IO Sun 3-8-2012

Island Oasis 3-08-2012

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Kitely 10-14-2012

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Lost Paradise 11-19-2012

Metro Sun_9-03-2012

Metropolis 9-03-2012

NN Sun (11-11-2014)

Nara’s Nook 11-11-2014

Sun profile 3lg 7-14-2016

3rdLife Grid 1-14-2016

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Tangle 4-22-2012

Venus alt 3rg 12-18-2010

3rdRock Grid 12-18-2010

I’m sure I have other Sun’s out there… SimValley, Discovery, Zetaworlds, The Adult Grid, Virtual Highway ring a bell! But forgot the passwords and couldn’t get my Profile pic to show you my dear friends.  So I’m stuck with only 13 images to preserve and record for future prosperity.  Plus I did not include any of my still alive and breathing avatars in Second Life (about 3 or 4 or them I believe).  Anyways, thanks for joining me in my trip down Avatar Lane!

As Always, Step in Sunshine, Be Happy and enjoy your lifes!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

Sunbeam took some TIME off from blogging in the year 2016.  A lot of TIME off! A whole year of TIME off ! NOW she’s ready to start anew. 2016 was so full of lots of fun in OpenSim: special projects, special builds, HG VISIONZ magazine, many changes and much more she was involved with there just wasn’t any TIME left for blogging.

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Anything and everything under the ‘Sun’ is fair game.  We decided to revamp the way we do our blog for 2017.  Instead of 50+ images showing her travels and friends and what she’s was up to in the OpenSim Metaverse each month, we choose NOW a simpler life, a simpler blog focusing on one subject at a TIME.    We may blog on thoughts, on a word (or two or three), on an OS destination, on an OS event, on a friend, or an enemy, or a spirit.  The main objective is to K.I.S.S. my blog (Keep it Short and Simple).

TIME is the word for today’s blog.

TIME: noun> “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole”.

TIME: verb> “plan, schedule, or arrange when (something) should happen or be done”.

TIME is that one thing one never has enough to do all they want to do.  We must use the verb TIME to make the noun TIME fulfil our dreams and visionz.  As most everyone knows, the best laid plans of Fairies and humans often go awry.  Things often go wrong even though you have carefully planned what you are going to do. With that said our new 2017 mottos shall be: ‘Go with the Flow’ and have a ‘Devil may care’ attitude and with thoughts like those TIME will always be on my side! I’m gonna ‘live in the moment’!!!

In closing I’d like to say “Happy New Year! Have fun, enjoy life and may 2017 be your best year ever!” Step in Sunshine   

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Mermaids and Milestones

Kohana Schimmer Seond Life

The Dude and I have taken to ‘real life’ bike riding around our neighborhood since my Milestone birthday in September.   Enjoying ‘real life’ fresh air.  Yeah Baby!  His bike is faster than mine (of course) so I usually end up a half of football field behind him, toddling along listening to  the songs of the almost invisible birds perched high on the wires.  A far cry from the ocean floors.  While cruising along today my thoughts traveled to Mermaids and Milestones.  What the heck does that have to do with the Metaverse you say?   Well,  in my very first venture into a virtual world (good ol’ Second Life) I found out I could be a Mermaid.  Yes a real virtual mermaid with tail who can stay under water with out oxygen.  Of all the mythical creatures, a Mermaid is what I most desired to be.  Mermaids, Irish, sunken treasures, pirates, adventure.  If only my Fairy God Mother granted me that wish… and swoosh I’d be a Mermaid.   And I was via the Metaverse virtual worlds playgrounds.  Fun memories and lots of milestones were made.  Like:  my first surfing win (3rd place), standing up for my friends at their Weddings, starting my own surf team, organizing a Fashion Show, organizing a Home Builders showcase grid wide, winning my first ‘Builders’ contest, then winning  on a German grid (Global baby global \o/),  dancing with the Blues Brothers, starting my own event business, publishing my own magazine, being an avid builder and landscaper and a dozen others milestones I’d never dreamed I could do.    Then,  making the hard  decision to leave my surf-team, my friends, my busy vw activities and parties to return to the real world.  So I shelf-ed my other “self’s”, as it were. and began taking bike rides in the sun.  Another milestone.

Once in awhile  I will still log on to Second Life, or Metropolis, or Island Oasis, or 3rd Rock or other new virtual worlds as my Mermaid/Pixie self.   Alas, now my toon characters feels shy, awkward, old, out of tune with life in a virtual world. Not like her real self at all which was outspoken, a gesture freak, an organizer, a party gal, a participant, a real player .  I remember back to the times when logging on was the most important thought in my repertoire of mindless existence.  Oh don’t get me wrong, I had fun!  But I also remember the times I couldn’t sleep for wanting to be floating in a  virtual world propelling my Mermaid in the most beautiful under water scenes imagined with music tickling my ear drums.   I could sit for hours and hours  lost in a dreamworld of pixels and colors, always smiling, always happy.  I did make true friends too, because real people pilot their virtual ‘self’ in situations and conversations.  Conversations that surely will continue through emails or Skype or other means of technology always at our fingertips.

Mmmmh… Mermaids and Milestones and Metaverse.  I declare ‘M’ the letter of the day! Enjoy your M’s!

Sun

Ko Dancing at a Party for SLSAWatching the Fashion Show

June Gloom Lasts over a Year

o pathWow! I’m ashamed of myself for letting my little blog sit idle for a year and a couple months.  Shame on Me!!!   The first few months I was just in a funk!  Then I went tumbling on a concrete floor and broke some bones. OUCH!    Then I started playing a time consuming internet web based game called City Of Steam:Arkadia… I’ve always been a be fan of anything remotely Steampunk.  My characters reached the highest level offered on four of the five servers (3 usa and 1 european) … AND I reached the highest level rank in my company guild. Phew! and there my friends is where my days have vanquished into gloomy mist and colorful pixels.

Although, every once in a while I would get a desire to pop into a Virtual World and when I did I had a fine time, especially when I was so honored in Second Life, as my Surfing Mermaid Kohana Schimmer, when asked to Judge at a SLSA Surfing Competition the day I popped in.  What luck!   What a great thrill seeing everyone and watching the surfers up close and personal.  I’d also pop in on my four sims located on Metropolis. Here I have placed a few of my favorite things like unicorns and beautiful flower gardens but alas I never stayed long.   My gloom caught up with me.

I don’t know what possessed me to do a post again, and also update my City of Steam page… but here I am typing away like I know what I’m saying.

I still believe the internet and metaverse hold a powerful magic and I still enjoy my time at the keyboard but I think … but still don’t know why gloom is ever present.   Perhaps my post today will make the sun shine brighter while chasing away the gloom so mine eyes might see a glorious dawn.

May all your dawns be breathtaking!

JUNE GLOOM

“June Gloom” the term surfers of southern California use to describe the morning hours of the month June as all along the coastline from San Diego to Los Angeles  clouds hang low, the sky is grey and misty and the Sun is hiding.  I fear I have contracted the June Gloom syndrome in my heart.  For the last six week or more I’ve noticed Sunbeam isn’t wanting to be activated and flitter around from grid to grid as any normal Gridhopper would be thrilled to do.  Her rl typist has lost the zest… at first she called it her ‘get up and go’ GTG… but as the GTG turned in deep thoughts of self analysis and loss of self confidence we become weary.  Tired.  Sleepy.  At first we denied the feeling… joining a new grid even accepting responsibilities to help build and promote said grid … partying and dancing with friend… tweeking a build and rearranging a few items on SunbeamS region in Metropolis… nothing would shake the feeling of ‘what’s its all about Alphie?’ if you get my drift.  I started thinking people were mad at me for no reason at all.  I started thinking my builds and videos and events and all I tried to accomplish were labeled  ‘mediocre’ and ‘who are you kidding?’ ! It got to where each day I logged on less and less until now its barely three or four times a week.  I’m hoping this is just a stage, just a June Gloom experience in the weather of my life and I’ll be sunny and shiny and spreading sunbeams once again … and perhaps bloom.

The few pictures below are of  Metropolis,  SunbeamS region there, Island Oasis sandbox where my friend Kiko made Sunbeam a unique special amazing beautiful  ‘Daisy’ outfit… our favorite flower evah!!! the Daisy! As you can see Sun barely took any photos at all … Sun did do a wee bit of  ruins building for Minethere Always newest Freebie OAR… and visited the new grid Velus Universe (no pictures taken there 😦 sorry)

Trying to look forward to a sunny July! Fly high, seek peace and laugh daily!

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MAY DAY

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The first day of May brings to mind vibrant colors, ribbons, dancing, flowers and butterflies while the smell of a freshly mowed lawn fills your senses with memories of childhood days gone by.   The last two weeks of April was a most unusual time for Sunbeam.  Why you ask? Well believe it or not, Sun did not make it to one (1) musical event (a first I believe for her) during the last two weeks of April.   She had good intentions and had plans to go to a couple events she saw advertised and that looked like fun, but alas rl took precedence and she missed the events. 

Even still with missing musical events Sunbeam spent lots of time in her virtual worlds busy continuing builds on SunbeamS, Metropolis; Fairytopia, Tundra 3D; Hidden Glenn, Olantica, the Lost World; and Dry Gulch, Lady K & Lion’s Horse World II Island Oasis.  Sun even tried her hand at making an art piece, a Spinning Gold Crop Circle, can you hear the Twilight music playing in the background?   She was lucky to visit many friends on  different grids and took time out to attend the RFL Fantasy Faire event held on 10 sims in Second Life. OMG What amazing builds and imagination!!!! Plus they raised over 15K $$$ for a wonderful charity.  Congratulations!

Sunbeam joined another grid last week called Cloud Party,  a web based grid, which is a bit different with their building tools but hopefully we will get the hang of it.  Sunbeam popped into Kitely grid, and met her friend Minethere Always.  After hanging at the welcome center for a while we explored our friend’s  bladyblue bommerang regions, which were chock full of  Castles and flowers and glowing plants, all of Sun’s favorite things.  Exploring! another of Sun’s favorites things is about the most fun one can have in a virtual world.

While exploring on 3rd Rock grid, Sun found some wonderful creations made by her friend ambiant kukulca/Nicolas Tesla.  His Steampunk items are truly awesome!  A wonderful creator!!!  Sunbeam had the best time  car racing with Hans Ingen on his region Ingen Lab on Metropolis.  What a fun time and the cars went really fast! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  She may have found a new hobby.  She agreed to take a spot of land to build some fabulous city illusion on the track edges.  Smiles.  Sun did some exploring on Tundra 3D and fell in love with her friend Anan Eebus’ region ‘Unveiled’,  its sooooooooooooo cool and icy and swirly and just fabulous!!!! There is also the newest region Stonehedge, on Tundra 3D, a must see! Sunbeam also spent some time exploring on Virtual Highway and marveled at Megan Cline’s Enchanted Mermaid Isle. Then she visited the Na’vi Museum and had fun paddling up the creek.

One evening while putting sit poses in the hotel on Dry Gulch on Island Oasis grid,  Steve F called and he showed Sun some darlin’ rides he had made for Abby, Scarlet Rose.  We had such fun! It was really great to catch up with the girls on IO too, Kat Ewry, Vickie Day, and a new friend Gracious.  Amazing how fast the time flew by. Girl Talk, gotta love it! Another good friend from IO, Kiko Kenichi stopped by the sandbox to show Sunbeam a few of her latest outfits! This girl is just amazing and so talented.  She even won some Best in “***” contest at the local pub.  (***Black, shorts, hat, mask, etc).

All in all Sunbeam Gridhopped to ten virtual worldz and once again took lots (42) of pictures to share with you my fellow metaverse explorers.  See links tab for information on virtual worlds to visit.  Happy Gridhopping!

ENJOY! Fly HIGH, seek peace and laugh daily!

 

April Diamonds

April is my favorite month of all!  When I was little mom always made me wear my yellow galoshes~ eccky in April! The rains fell like little sparkly diamonds from the sky and us kids would  jump and hoop and holler in every puddle we found.  April showers do bring flowers! Beautiful flowers! and April brings LOVE!  April 4th is The Dude and mine’s 42nd wedding anniversary! Both our children were born in April! And April has EARTH Day! What an awesome month April is!

The last half of March found Sunbeam working hard in her virtual worlds and thinking about some fun time ahead.  She is thinking of role playing on Virtual Highway grid as a Na’vi named ” Tsawke” meaning Sun of course.  She got her skin, her bow and some cool outfits!  Tsawke enjoys music and plays a flute.  Should be lots of fun!

The Barnyard Bash hosted by Lion and Kat Ewry on Island Oasis was a huge success on the 19th of March with lots of great costumes and fun times with BG Singer and DJVickie Day.  Sun started learning how to make virtual world videos and did a little ditty of the bash.  You can see all her videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/kathiebhess. Lion and Kat Ewry also hosted a impromptu Birthday party for Scarlet “Abby” Rose, Kat’s evening patient who was born with Muscular Dystrophy.  A very special young lady.  Sun did a video for Scarlet too. Smiles!

Over on Olantica grid Sun is still working hard adding details and finishing touches to the Hidden Glenn region.  Free home land for any non-human avatar.   She made the ‘Firesinger’ bakery and coffee shop for new visitors to relax and meet the locals.  There is also a shop full of Zadaroo.com free avatars made by Linda Kellie and some furniture and things to help set up your home.  Most items on the region are Free to Copy … so go take a look!

Sunbeam also got one of the free regions Zetamex offered and had it set up on Metropolis grid.  She called it SunbeamS naturally.  Metropolis also had a Rock Opera performance on the 30th of March (with her favorite actress Minethere Always) which Sun attended and made a video once again! Of course one must go to the show and hear the original songs and feel the message being carried.  The show is called ‘The Change’ and you can search for show times on Second Life or Metropolis grids.

Tundra 3D was down for a few days but as soon as it was back up Sunbeam got her hard hat and tools and started tackling the huge Castle she is making on her region ‘Fariytopia’ there.  The four story staircase is fit for any Queen or Princess to float down to her waiting subjects. He he he.  The Mushroom forest is coming along nicely and Sun recently had her first visitor, Tetsuya from Japan, stop by for a visit.  I just love meeting new people from around our globe.

Sun also visited Tertiary grid to see the progress of AAmce ‘The Dude’ Fall’s newest project… Dealy Plaza, Dallas Texas.  This year is the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination and Dude is making a to scale virtual Dealy Plaza where the tragedy occurred.  To this day, many believe it was a ‘cover up and conspiracy’ while others believe it was a ‘lone nut’ Lee Harvey Oswald.  Will the mystery ever be settled? 

Sun attended one concert on Island Oasis ‘Shanye Jonstone’, a great songtress and fun times with friends!  She also helped her friend Judy Muricastle to test her build rezzer so folx can demo her new mesh homes! Jon came by to meet Judy and help out too.  Always great to be with friends. 

Enjoy the pictures Sun took and as always, if you see this pixie fluttering around any of the grids, shout out a HELLO!  Step in Sunshine.

Marching On

The month of March found Sunbeam quite busy once again.  She enjoyed some awesome musical concerts at different grids, Russell Eponym @ Metropolis, Melodee McDonnell @ Island Oasis,  CelticMaiden Warrior @ Vitural Highway and Torben Asp’s 1000th Show @ Second Life. All were excellent! As far as building, Sun is working on her Fairytopia region @ Tundra 3D, her friend Jillytopaz Wasp gave her a welcome parrot she just loves! Sun is starting on a castle at Fairytopia now.  Speaking of fantasy, Sun started a new fantasy region @ Olantica, called Hidden Glenn. Many friends have come to help  like Judy Muircastle of famed HOBO Amusement Park. Judy set up a carousel and merry-go-round there. Thank you Judy!  Minethere Always has done all the terraforming and donated many many wonderful items.  Sun also imported AAcme “Dude” Fall’s Arcadia Asylm’s grunge truck that is redone in Steampunk.  Textures were missing so Sun had to retexture before giving the truck to Miney for her Steampunk oar. 

Sunbeam is setting up the party area @ Island Oasis on LadyK & Lions Horse World region for the big Barnyard Bash coming up March 19th.    While @ IO Sun and her friend Kat Ewry visited the Steam Isles and had such fun, the maze was very very well done! Sunbeam also made some giant fantasy flowers and shared them with friends for free… always feels good to share!


Sun went on the @ Craft world grid and ‘went inside the belly of a live volcano’ (phrased coined by Virtual Christine) hehe.   Sun then joined a new grid that is Aurorasim powered (she was a ruth for the first time in ages lol).   Sun tried to take time out to clean up her an inventory, a big job considering how many grids she plays! Sad to say she barely made a dent in this work.  
Sun took a well deserved break at her home on 3rd Rock Grid and did some long overdue reading.  Then right back to work! 

All and all, the first part of March sees Sunbeam marching on  trying new things and keeping the fast pace Virtual Worlds are known for.   Sunbeam also started a new page on Facebook, called “Certified Gridhoppers”  for all who also enjoy hopping from one grid to another calling many grids ‘home’.   OH and Sunbeam designed a new logo for her virtual shops too!  Hope to see you hopping around the metaverse real soon.  Say Hello if you see this pixie flying around!  Spring is almost here, our favaorite time of the year! Hop, hop, hop!