Let’s See How Arreba Really Feels…A Comic Strip

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ReRe Sandalwood was created to pay homage to Arreba’s RL family. Pictured here is a photo of Arreba’s grandmother with Arreba’s Aunt Lois as a baby…

 

 

Arreba, the creator behind ReRe Sandalwood and The SL Parade, had a loyal Bitstrip following on Facebook…and would like to share what she really thinks by reposting her previously written Bitstrips in The SL Parade.  If you would like to share your Bitstrips, or any other kinds of humorous content, please send it to ReRe Sandalwood at either reresandalwood@theslparade.org, or via Facebook at The SL Parade’s “Like” page, or directly to ReRe Sandalwood’s Facebook page…ReRe will pay 500L per content submitted and published….remember, it has to be published in order for you to get paid (smiles)!

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Some time later, Arreba decides its time to issue some pay back…

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Daphne Wallace: Poet, Host, and SL Veteren

Daphne is poised and ready to share her writing with others...
Daphne is poised and ready to share her writing with others..

Daphne Wallace can be seen around the Grid hosting for various venues.  However, there are layers to this woman…she is a poet that prides herself in creating works that reflect passion and reflection, and also enjoys everything SL has to offer.  She is also one of many writers on The SL Parade Staff, acting as a Contributing Writer in our Poetry Department. If you are interested in submitting any creative works…rather it is poetry, short story fiction, or even a diary-based entry, please feel free to contact The SL Parade!

Taken from Goodpixgallery.com

...from Black Love at Pininterest...
…from Black Love at Pinterest…

Mine ~ For Kyle

His arms so strong and dark
hold me and i feel the strength

His face so kind and welcoming
shines on me and I feel the warmth of the  sun

His eyes so deep and mysterious
look at me and I know love.

aloneAlone on my beach

When my heart is heavy
When I need to rest
Alone on my beach
Is where its best

Best to think and cry
Best to wonder why
Best to say goodbye
Alone on my beach

No more worries in my mind
I am strong I will not cry
One day I will find the man
One day he will take my hand

He will smile and say come my love
You were waiting for me all along

Until then…
Im alone on my beach.

 

SLP: A Behind the Scenes Look

ReRe Sandalwood, The SL Parade's Founder and Editor-In-Chief of
ReRe Sandalwood, The SL Parade’s Founder and Editor-In-Chief…

The SL Parade is working hard FOR YOU! In preparation for the upcoming SL Parade Launch Party that will be held at the SL Parade Headquarters, ReRe Sandalwood, acting Founder and Editor of The SL Parade, has collaborated with some great SIM and club owners.  DJ KRSNA, one of many DJ’s gracious enough to help The SL Parade, is going to make it possible for Jill Scott to come and perform on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 4 PM SL Time!  Scott, along with a very special SURPRISE guest, will offer a virtual performance filled with positive vibes and energy!

To insure The SL Parade is launched off in a fun, positive and vibrant way, there will be a two day celebration taking place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 and Sunday, August 2, 2015.

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Huanita Wunderlich, pictured on the left, discusses the tentative SIM Opening Schedule with ReRe Sandalwood…

In anticipation of this two day celebration, ReRe Sandalwood has also joined forces with party throwing veteran, Huanita Wunderlich.  Sandalwood, along with Wunderlich are not only friends, but business partners who plan to offer a combination of life entertainment and DJ Fueled music to patrons.

For those that may not know, Wunderlich is the owner of Club Lion, a Club that not only specializes in offering the SL Community live entertainment and performances from world renowned singers, but also bolsters a photography studio and an array of intimate sitting areas for patrons.  What makes Club Lion really special is that it has been open since 2008, and has recently celebrated seven years of success inworld.

Huanita Wunderlich recently celebrated Club Lion's Seven Year anniversary...
Huanita Wunderlich recently celebrated Club Lion’s Seven Year anniversary…

Because Club Lion has recently moved to a new SIM, Wunderlich is planning a SIM Opening Party for not only Club Lion, but for The SL Parade, too.  This is because both buildings are housed on the same land, acting as virtual neighbors that share a surrounding ocean, as well as a beautiful sunset.  In turn, this enables patrons to venture on both sides of the SIM and enjoy the beautifully laid out scenery and foliage.

The tentative breakdown of the SIM Opening/Launch Party for Club Lion and The SL Parade is as follows:

On Saturday, August 1st, 2015, Club Lion tentatively presents the following activities:

Ricardo Avalira, who is an active and thriving Live Singer at Club Lion, will perform Saturday, August 1 from 12 PM - 1 PM...
Ricardo Avalira, who is an active and thriving Live Singer at Club Lion, will perform Saturday, August 1 from 12 PM – 1 PM…

10 am – 12 pm SLT : DJ M4R10
12 – 1 pm SLT : Ricardo Alvalira
1 – 2 pm SLT : tobykip Lionheart
2 – 3 pm SLT : ian Bleac
3 – 4 pm SLT : Rocky Toocool

These events will be facilitated by the following Club Lion Team:  Club Lion Owner Huanita Wunderlich, along with Head Host Evee Sturtevant and Host Tatjana Diesel.

On The SL Parade’s Side of the SIM, ReRe Sandalwood will officially launch her contributory-based celebration to not only honor The SL Parade official opening, but to also honor Huanita Wunderlich’s Club Lion Grand Opening–all on her newly purchased SIM!  The SL Parade’s contribution to this milestone will begin at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 1st, 2015.

The SL Parade will offer the following venues on Saturday, August 1, 2015 for all patrons:

An reenactment of one of many Jill Scott's performances will be featured on Saturday, August 1, 2015.  There will be a Jill Scott avatar presented in her likeness...
An reenactment of one of many Jill Scott’s performances will be featured on Saturday, August 1, 2015. There will be a Jill Scott avatar presented in her likeness…

4 pm – 5 pm slt : Virtual Jill Scott Concert performance with Special Guests TBA
5 pm – 6 pm slt : DJ性感厚飛節 (also known as DJ H O C K S)

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, The SL Parade will continue its celebration by making The SL Parade Headquarters an EMPOWERMENT ZONE! All venues connected to the EMPOWERMENT ZONE is dedicated to all of those who strive to EMPOWER ONE ANOTHER with positive dialog and music.

With this in mind, The SL Parade EMPOWERMENT ZONE proudly presents the following venue on Sunday, August 2, 2015:

2 pm – 4 pm slt : DJ Krazy Sexy Kool with Host Daphne Wallace
4 pm – 6 pm slt : DJ Lady Soul with Host Sade Collins

Daphne Wallace is not only beautiful, but is a consummate professional whenever she hosts a venue...
Daphne Wallace is not only beautiful, but is a consummate professional whenever she hosts a venue…

Be mindful that The SL Parade’s EMPOWERMENT ZONE Team consist of the following: DJ KRSNA, who acts as a friend and guide, as well as a “behind the scenes DJ” and general advisor to The SL Parade; DJ性感厚飛節 (also known as DJ H O C K S), who will act as the official DJ for the Saturday, August 1, 2015 venue connected to The SL Parade Launch Party, DJ Krazy Sexy Kool, who not only is ReRe Sandalwood’s sister, but will be the officiating DJ for the EMPOWERMENT ZONE venue that will happen on Sunday, August 2, 2015.  She, along with acting Host Daphne Wallace will team up to bring all patrons a fun-filled venue with alot of laughs and positive energy.

DJ Krazy Sexy Kool is not only ReRe Sandalwood's sister, but is also one of the best DJ's on the Grid....
DJ Krazy Sexy Kool is not only ReRe Sandalwood’s sister, but is also one of the best DJ’s on the Grid….

Last but not least, DJ Lady Soul will act as the closing EMPOWERMENT ZONE DJ.  She, along with Host Sade Collins will add on to the fun and positivity that The SL Parade is striving to actively promote…

Sade Collins looks elegant, fierce and refined in formal attire, complete with a luxurious afro...
Sade Collins looks elegant, fierce and refined in formal attire, complete with a luxurious afro…

Because The SL Parade is a nonprofit organization, we rely on generous donations from those that choose to read our website.  If you are interested in donating, please click on the PayPal tab featured on the Home page of The SL Parade website.  The SL Parade also accepts donations inworld at The SL Parade Headquarters.

For more information on how to donate, as well as about other SL Parade upcoming events, keep checking website at http://www.theslparade.org.  You can also email ReRe Sandalwood at reresandalwood@thslparade.org or contact her inworld.

 

 

The SL Hair Fair: Get Your Hair Today—Before It’s Gone Tomorrow!

Silky Handsome, looking good prior to going to the SL Hair Fair!
Silky Handsome, looking good prior to going to the SL Hair Fair!

Silk Hansome wants The SL Parade readers to know that it might suit them better to run through the SL Hair Fair, rather than walk.

With an array of hair styles and hair colors to choose from, the plethora of hair merchandise available at the SL Hair Fair is immense. Separated by hair color, each SIM that host the annual Hair Fair houses a magnitude of hair styles and textures created by Hair Creators from all walks of SL life. Some creators featured include Wasabi Pills, as well as Truth Hair.

In fact, ℤ Є 丁 Å (pinayz) had just tp’d out of a seemingly once in a lifetime sale at the Truth’s section of the SL Hair Fair. “They have a sale on hair for 50L; the entire room used to be 250L! I bought tons J!”

Like ℤ Є 丁 Å, Silk loved all the offerings at the SL Hair Fair. But because this event will only be going on from July 11, 2015 – July 26, 2015, there will be limited time sales and products available. “My main thing” Silk contends, “…was to get anything I liked and was not going to be sold in the main stores after the Fair…”

ReRe Sandalwood, Editor and Founder of The SL Parade, looks at some hair selections at the SL 2015 Hair Fair...
ReRe Sandalwood, Editor and Founder of The SL Parade, looks at some hair selections at the SL 2015 Hair Fair…

Besides the once in a lifetime opportunity to buy rare hair and take advantage of inherently low linden prices, The SL Hair Show also offers free gifts to all Hair Fair patrons, all to celebrate their tenth anniversary inworld. Some of these gifts can be found in the white and red number 10’s seen inside each hair store section, while others can be found inside virtual cakes and store bags.

All gifts aside, the SL Hair Fair also offers the biggest gift of all: a portion of their proceeds sent to the Wigs for Kids nonprofit organization.

According to the Wigs for Kids (http://wigsforkids.org/#) website, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families (http://wigsforkids.org/#). Helping children for over 30 years, Wigs for Kids relies on donations from not only private donors, but from events like the SL Hair Show.

Some caps available to honor Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit organization that will receive a portion of the profits from the SL 2015 Hair Fair...
Some caps available to honor Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit organization that will receive a portion of the profits from the SL 2015 Hair Fair…

When asked about some examples of hair purchased at the Hair Fair, BUGZEE, a relative new comer to the SL Hair Fair scene and an avi who will have her first rezz day in August 2015, let The SL Parade know that though she has purchased five kinds of hair from the Hair Fair, her favorite one was L+N Clio Mesh Hair. “One of my favorites” BUGZEE explains, “…that stands out and this is based off of the detail and natural digression of hair color would be L+N Clio Mesh Hair.”

Felicia Carver adds that Orthodox, specifically their curly hair selection, was a great purchase choice. “However” she states, “…I don’t know if adding an extra, empty sim would reduce lag, but there needs to be a way to add resources to make it easier…”

BUGZEE, a patron of the SL Hair Fair, wears a recently purchased Hair Fair Product..
BUGZEE, a patron of the SL Hair Fair, wears a recently purchased Hair Fair Product..

Carver adds, “I also think being able to TP directly to the store you want would help…” This, she contends, can give the featured stores more direct exposure, and also help patrons better see the hair and other merchandise selections available.

Hair Galore…By Color and Style, Of Course….

..an example of two of many choices available at the 2015 Hair Fair...
..an example of two of many choices available at the 2015 Hair Fair…

The Stores featured at the SL Hair Fair are not only separated by the creators who made them, but are also separated via buildings that resemble black shopping bags. Though this makes it a bit easier to distinguish who makes what, Felicia Carver says that it was still one of the biggest challenges that came along with finding the right hair for her. “The demo group helped a lot; the group helped me in knowing what I wanted when I got there…but I didn’t really like having to check each store until I found the one I wanted, especially because of the LAG, as well as the difficulty I had in actually getting to the various SIMs.”

For those experiencing challenges with individually checking each store featured at the Hair Fair, the SL Hair Fair organizers created a Hair Fair 2015 map:

Hair Fair 2015 Map
Hair Fair 2015 Map

The SL Hair Fair organizers have also created a note card that lists all of the available hair, as well as the SLURL for each one. For more information, please check the SL Hair Fair website, too at https://hairfair.wordpress.com/

Speaking of SIM’s, be mindful that the SIMs are separated by hair color. This makes it easier for someone to find not only the hair they want, but also find the hair color they want too. Silk Hansome advises all patrons attending the Hair Fair to visit all of the SIMs. “Check them all out” Silk says, “…I have dark hair and I found something I liked on all of the SIMs…”

The Hair Fair runs from July 11 through July 26, 2015, so hurry up and get your Hair Fair on before its over!

Get Your Advertising On With SLP!

Special Announcement to all businesses and advertisers!

online advertisingAd space will be offered on The SL Parade’s web page, and will be located on the front [home] section!  For extra exposure, The SLP will also post advertising banners in our SLP  Advertisers section, depending on what package clients would like to purchase.

For those who would like a Spotlight feature that showcases their business, we can arrange a contributing writer to venture out, take a look at your business and interview you to appropriately showcase what you have to offer to the SL and/or RL communities! Please take a look at our ad options:

  • Press Release, 300L: For those that want to advertise an event that will run for one day or less, the SLP offers the Press Release Package! For 300L, the SLP will gladly publish a one paragraph long write up about your event.
  • 1 Month Ad Banner/ Link/ weekly press releases- 1000L: For those that are seeking advertising to increase traffic on their sim, The SLP offers a One Month Ad Package. This package enables the advertiser to have their ad run for one full month, complete a link [SLURL] to their business, as well the ability to post press releases once a week for one month.
Imagine your ad being featured RIGHT HERE!
Imagine your ad being featured RIGHT HERE!
  • 3 Months- (Discounted rate)- 2500L: This package is designed for those that are interested in getting extended exposure for their business. It enables advertisers to have their ad run for THREE full months, complete with their business’ Ad Banner, as well as a SLURL/link to their business, and the ability to publish press releases once a week for three months.
  • Spotlight Feature package-3000L: For those interested in having a positive and catchy article published about their business, this package is for you! One of the SLP Contributing Writers will visit your SIM, take a tour, ask you and your staff, etc. questions, take an array of pictures, and compile their findings to create an awesome article to be published in the SLP! In addition to the feature, advertisers will be able to advertise for one month on the website, and have the ability to publish press releases twice a week for three months.
  • 6 Month Stellar Package-5000L: the best deal yet for those interested in fully utilizing the SLP audience. For this amount, you will get a mention on Ms Fantacee Kalmin’s WBVD radio stream, as well as advertisement based plug ins on her sets. In addition, you will be able to advertise for six months on the http://www.theSLParade.org website, complete with your businesses banner and embedded SLURL, as well as the ability to publish press releases about your businesses upcoming events three times a week for six months.

The SLP will happily plug in any advertisements on our facebook page, too…here are some links you should check out:

The SL Parade website: https://verbal-snake.jurassic.ninja/

The SL Parade Facebook web page [please like this page!]:
https://www.facebook.com/theslparade1234

Check out Ms. Fantacee’ Kalmin radio stream: http://radio.getknownradio.com:8006

To start advertising with The SL Parade, contact ReRe Sandalwood at either reresandalwood@theslparade.org or inworld.  ReRe can also be reached on her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rere.sandalwood, or feel free to leave a message on The SL Parade Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theslparade1234

You Got Jokes? The SLP Needs Them!

The SL Parade is currently looking for the best Bit Strip comics, as well as side splitting memes, jokes and other humorous stuff for our up and coming Humor Section! The best one will receive $1000L and a feature spot in our online newspaper! Stop playing, and bring your jokes to us!!!!

Here are some examples of jokes we would love to have…taken from ReRe Sandalwood’s Creator page :):

The Matrix ain't got nothing on ReRe Sandalwood's Creator, Arreba :)!
The Matrix ain’t got nothing on ReRe Sandalwood’s Creator, Arreba :)!
Sometimes, ReRe's creator loses her temper on folks...especially in situations like this!
Sometimes, ReRe’s creator loses her temper on folks…especially in situations like this!
Arreba tries to throw a surprise on a prospective suitor...
Arreba tries to throw a surprise on a prospective suitor…

Bereavement and Grief: The One Thing Shared Between SL and RL

ReRe Sandalwood, Founding Editor-and-Chief of The SL Parade, takes a look at grief and bereavement in Second Life and in Real Life…

Though many may say that Second Life is nothing more than a whimsical fantasy…a mere computer program designed to offer an escape from the Real World, to look at the Second Life world in this way omits the fact that people often develop and cultivate long lasting friendships with individuals across the world.  Further, this mindset unfortunately dismisses the sole purpose of Second Life:  to get to know—and hence, bond with—people in a virtual environment free from Real Life nuances and barriers.

Lace Hansome is one of many Second Life Players who have been memorialized and honored.  Loved and revered by many, Hansome is still deeply missed...
Lace Hansome is one of many Second Life Players who have been memorialized and honored. Loved and revered by many, Hansome is still deeply missed…

If readers think about it, it is simply better to look at Second Life as more than a fantasy. This is because people are capable of feeling a plethora of emotions inworld; this includes love, jealousy, anger, and even grief.

In this sense, there are some pretty realistic dimensions intrinsic in the Second Life inworld experience. One of those realistic parallels is the death of the person behind the avatar. This is because, in one way or another, when the person responsible for creating the avatar dies, the persona that makes the avatar a more realistic and moving being dies as well. This can make for an uneasy realization, especially if you have built an inworld relationship with that person…and especially if you have carried this relationship over into your RL via phone conversations, emails, and even potentially meeting them in person.

Thus, while SL, in some ways presents its users with a fantasy, there is one thing that no one inworld can escape from, and that is death and bereavement. However, at a Real Life funeral, we are able to physically comfort one another during our time of grief. In contrast, Second Life seemingly robs us of this opportunity, more so because the physical touch from another human being can act as a powerful healer, especially during a time of duress.

Real Life enables us to physically comfort one another with hugs and other tokens of affection....
Real Life enables us to physically comfort one another with hugs and other tokens of affection….

Yet despite this setback, the beauty and sentiment that can accompany a home going celebration in Real Life can still be there. This is because, if you listen closely to your own intuition, and align yourself with your inner most senses, you can sense others searching for love, comfort and understanding at funeral-based life celebrations such as those planned in Second Life.

Be mindful that grief and loss is an all too real phenomenon in Second Life, just as it is in Real Life. Yet, because many are uncomfortable even discussing the subject of death and bereavement, if you have questions about how a person passed, not to mention how the person lived, etc., many may find your line of questioning intrusive and ungrounded.

However, there is nothing wrong with asking questions, nor is there anything wrong with wanting to better understand how the person behind the avatar lived and passed on. In the same vain, it is important to demonstrate tact when asking questions, and to anticipate that those who are in different stages of the grieving process may not want to talk about the deceased. There may also be a possibility that you will never get any of your questions answered, so if that is the case, it will be important to find other ways to salve your own personal grieving process.

Unknown avatars rely on a peaceful, nature-based setting to reflect on the life of a fellow Second Life player...
Unknown avatars rely on a peaceful, nature-based setting to reflect on the life of a fellow Second Life player…

On the other hand, it is important that we are all aware that, more than likely, others were touched by this person’s life, just like you were. Consequently, they may need just as much support and understanding [if not more] than those that were in the deceased innermost circle. With that being said, if you are ready and willing, be willing to talk openly about the deceased. At the same time, be sure to avoid making those that ask questions and search for a better understanding as to how this person lived feel bad and self-conscious. After all, it is pretty normal to search for answers by asking questions, and it is also normal to attempt to gauge others in those questions to build up support and camaraderie–all as a way to gain better understanding and comfort.

 

 

 

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