Amanda Slavik: The SL Blog Sharing Group ~ You are Invited to Join! ~

Are you an SL Blogger who is proud of what you do? Are you looking for a place to share your blog posts with chat and input from other readers and followers? It doesn’t matter what sort of blogger you are… fashion, literary, Second Life travels… you name it… you CAN post your blog links in this group in world and in the Facebook group.

Arreba and I found a niche, a need for this in world. There are blogging groups in world but there is a lack of groups for sharing your blog posts in group chat. If you don’t mind an active group forming such as this with people posting to group chat and you want to visit other blogs and follow and have them all follow you as well, THIS IS THE GROUP FOR YOU.

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This is YOUR Blogging Group…share, network, discuss!

Don’t delay! Join this group TODAY!!!

Copy and paste this group key into your local chat inworld and the group will come up for you to click.  secondlife:///app/group/394f1e7a-584e-4aea-9f29-0fcf46e5ea0d/about

Also here is the Facebook Group. The SL Blog Sharing Group

A group dedicated to sharing blog posts from various websites and publications. Once a blog is posted, SL Blog Share encourages discussion and feedback amongst its group members. We believe that writing and discussion go hand in hand in better understanding a writer’s topic, so If you are a blogger and want to promote your writings, this group is for you. Fashion, Literary…you name it, all SL Bloggers are encouraged to join….

If you are a “Flickr Blogger” this is also for you. But we highly encourage you to start an actual blog if you wish to. You can get chat pointers and help here too! WordPress is our favorite! So don’t be shy, join us on FB and inworld for your blogging love. Even though I love WordPress all other blogging platforms are awesome as well. I have been blogging on all platforms I can get my hands on for at least 20 years. Can you say I love blogging? LOL

JOIN US!!! and HAPPY BLOGGING!!!!

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The SL Parade Becomes An ABC Horse Breeding Site

Though The SL Parade has been relatively quiet on the literary front, I have still been quite busy! For starters, I recently purchased a sim that functions as The SL Parade Headquarters, and have designed it in such a way that is welcoming to the SL Community! Purchasing this land has really broadened my perspective in terms of how important it is to explore different ways that The SL Parade can remain a staple in the SL Community.

With this in mind, one of many things The SL Parade has created is an inworld horse stable. The horse stable was created as a way for me to alleviate stress in my real life…all while still presenting one of my many products to the SL community. Based on a recommendation from a good friend of mine, The SL Parade Stable primarily breeds and sells Awesome Breeding Creations (ABC) horses and ponies.

To be honest, I have found that breeding ABC horses and ponies are not only therapeutic, but very informative. This is because ABC features breedables that reflect real life horse and pony breeds. Breeds like Clydesdale, the Drum Horse, and Criollo are breeds that also exist in real life, and this allows an ABC breeder to learn more about how specific breeds are used in the real world, as well as about additional physical characteristics they have. As such, those interested in learning more about a specific breed can do so by not only researching online and/or at your local library, but by interacting with others that choose to breed ABC horses, too.

To get a better feel of what The SL Parade sim has to offer, I have all the horses and ponies displayed atop of “For Sale” boxes. These displays are positioned all over the sim to encourage exploration. In addition, I have also included areas to view whales, as well as fish or even rez up a paddle boat, jet ski, or kayak. This is because I strongly believe in creating a community that is welcoming to all who enjoy nature and breeding horses. I also want to create a safe space for those interested in relaxing in an atmosphere that encourages positive interaction and learning.

In addition to breeding ABC horses and ponies, The SL Parade also is a Chop Zuey Affiliate. This affiliation, along with assisting in the promotion of both Amanda Slavik’s Magick Thoughts and Bella Drakon Ivanovic’s The Couture Pursuit blogs, allow me to interact with the SL community in additional ways that are rewarding and fulfilling all at once.

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Outside of breeding ABC horses, ponies and functioning as an affiliate of various vendors like Chop Zuey, I am slowly gearing myself up to resume writing again. My RL has drastically changed, and I am still trying to create a space for myself to write about all things SL and RL. I am juggling two very important things:  caring for my father and raising my six year old son.

Between the flurry of all this RL responsibility, I am still trying to find a quiet space to not only breathe, but to concentrate and write.  It is hard because I am doing this with limited support.  However, I am confident that things will work out for the better…

ABC Horses and ponies are on sale now at The SL Parade SIM!  Please take a look at the slide show below to get a first hand look at our selection:

 

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To visit The SL Parade SIM, please click here:  Check out The SL Parade sim

 

 

 

 

ReRe Sandalwood’s Position on Cyber Bullying

When folks argue with another person with the intent to hurt them on Facebook, that is not fighting….that is cyber bullying. If people feel the need to gang up on one person via the internet and degrade their character in the process, they are not making themselves look better, they are making themselves look insecure and ratchet.

I have one SL brother, one SL nephew and an SL FB daughter, and I have asked all of them to not publicly interact with those who are trying to cyber bully me. All I ask is, rather than argue with this mob, to report them. This will aid in building a paper trail against them and as they continue to do this to others (because they will, trust me), Facebook and other websites therein will see a pattern. That way, if things get physically violent in RL because of these posts…even if a person tries to kill themselves because of the bullying…there will be ample documentation to incriminate the perpetrators.

Like my beliefs centering around addiction, I believe cyber bullying in all its forms is wrong. Now, while I have told off quite a few of these folks in a way that can be deemed ratchet too, I am telling all of you now that as of today, going thug on them on my end will stop. I will be reporting, documenting and showing my evidence to police if it warrants it. I suggest that you all do the same on not only my behalf but on the behalf of others. I am smarter, better and stronger than all of those people that tried to suppress me. Further, I will continue to stand firm in my beliefs and I hold no shame in who I am nor the life I lead because I live for God, my son and myself. Plus, my RL is too vibrant to solely dwell on how I am treated on the internet.

Please share my status if you are inclined to, and report anyone that you see cyber bullying another person. If the person a group is talking about is “wrong,” there is no need to gang up on one person and call them names, tell them to kill themselves in traffic, nor threaten them.

And remember, this was all caused by ONE PERSON and has spiraled into an even huger mess than before. I am going to lay this on the table now, and if folks continue to come for me, I will be documenting and compiling my evidence.

The SL Parade Talks Starts Its First Show Today…

ReRe Sandalwood, SL Parade’s Founder and Editor-In-Chief will be hosting a new talk show called The SL Parade Talks. Featured on Blast 24.7,  the show starts today at 2 PM SLT and will air every Sunday at the same time therein.  To take a look at The SL Parade Talks Studio, please click on this landmark:  The SL Parade Talks Radio Studio.

Today’s show will discuss child support; specifically, does the system legitimately work to support children and parents? Are those that need to be held accountable in helping their children truly held accountable? ReRe encourages audience participation to answer these questions, so please come with your stories, input and opinions!

ԼƛƊƳ ƤӇƠЄƝƖҲ ƁƦƖƇЄ (honinmyo), who is partnered to Ramsey S Brice (spence1963) poses with their three children…

Also, prior to the show’s first episode, there will be a Block Party to celebrate this momentous occasion.  The Block Party will feature DJ Lady P, who has specifically come out of retirement to show support for The SL Parade Talks, as well as cement her presence on Blast 24.7 Radio and will be located at the following landmark:  The SL Parade Talks Blast 24.7 Block Party.

In addition to being a fabulout neo-soul DJ, DJ Lady P (also known as ԼƛƊƳ ƤӇƠЄƝƖҲ ƁƦƖƇЄ [honinmyo] inworld), also has first hand experience with the US’s Child Support system, and will offer her input on this topic during the show as well.

The SL Parade Talks show aim is to tackle both RL and SL topics, while also offering its audience members a chance to ask questions and share opinions.

Club Center Ground Announces Hiatus Starting January 22, 2017

January 17, 2017

 

To All Center Ground DJ’s, Host, Managers, and stakeholders

Subject: Club Center Ground Hiatus

Effective 12:00 AM SLT, Sunday January 22, 2017 Club Center Ground will go on hiatus until Saturday February 11, 2017. This means that the club will go cease live sets after DJ IGS on Saturday evening.

We expect to return to our regular lineup starting Saturday February 11, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by e-mail or in world by Note card.

Thanks to everyone for all your had work and dedication to making Center Ground and the Club the success it has become

Best Regards,

Luchenpur

Press Release: The Delicious Foundation’s Annual Toys For Tots Fundraising Drive

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°o.OO.o°?Toys for Tots Annual Drive 2016?°o.OO.o°
December 7, 2016 thru December 23, 2016

Press Release:  According to The Delicious Foundation℠, The Holidays are upon us once Again!! Join them as they raise funds with Toys 4 Tots of SL in support of the U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots℠ Foundation.

Their 3rd Annual Grid-Wide Toys for Tots Fundraising Drive runs through Friday, December 23rd 2016 raising funds via kiosks and events throughout SL.

The goal:  To deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible and productive.

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Every year there are families that are unable to provide a toy for their child/children. Thanks to Toys for Tots℠ these families can bring smiles to their children’s faces. They need our help to make sure that each and every child has a toy under the tree this year. Our Fundraising Drive now in its third season, was initiated to bring awareness to this cause and to collect donations that will help provide for these families.Take Action with us!

HELP Brighten a Child’s Face this Holiday Season!!

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♡ Make a Donation

500$L can provide a child a toy this Holiday Season

➮Visit one of our Donation Kiosks Across the Grid:
http://bit.ly/DeliciousFoundation-KioskFinder

➮Donate directly at the Official Website for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation:
http://www.toysfortots.org/donate

♡ Raise Funds with Us

➮Become a T4T Kiosk Affiliate:
Place one of our T4T Kiosks and raise funds with us. Every Linden counts.
Pick up your kiosk package here: Virtual Dreams (245, 235, 21)

➮Host an Event:
We are encouraging our Kiosk Affiliates to host “Toys for Tots” fundraising events around our Kiosks to pull in more funds and gain traffic at their locations. Have a little dance party, a sale or an auction, the possibilities are endless!! We will assist with promoting your events when we can.

➮Spread the word to your family, friends, associates and customers about the campaign.
Promote Your Support: Tweet, Post to Facebook, Google+, Flickr about the Drive and our events

☎ Feel free to contact us for more information on Drive/Kiosks:
HoneyGlaze Fundraising@DeliciousFoundation.info

❄ PLEASE HELP US SUPPORT THIS CAUSE AND SPREAD THE WORD!! YOUR DONATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! TAKE ACTION TODAY!!! ❄

For more information on The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation go to:  Toys for Tots website

The Delicious Foundation℠
The Delicious Foundation℠ is a child advocacy organization focused on child hunger and nutrition in the U.S.A. and beyond. We help raise funds to sponsor agencies like Save the Children, Share Our Strengths and others that respond to the needs of Children as their main focus.
https://www.facebook.com/DeliciousFoundation
Visit our satellite office at:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Business%20District%20Lima/6/158/23

Events Sponsored By:
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Many thanks for your support

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Kamille Kamala Talks All Things Poetry with Cortés Gutierrez-Griffiths (micah.tiponi)

cortez-2Courtesy of Kultivate Magazine, The SL Parade proudly republishes Kamille Kamala’s article about up and coming poet Cortés Gutierrez-Griffiths (micah.tiponi)…

He entered the room and we both snuggled down in our separate arm chairs, readying ourselves for this chat. I was so excited to hear the inner workings of this new writer’s mind, and to know what drove him to write the way he did because ever since I met him he had me so intrigued–from the very first three lines onward.

So, I began the interview by asking, “When did you get introduced to poetry, and how did that first piece make you feel?” He did not hesitate at all in his response and retorted, “My SL grandmother Angel Siabonne suggested that I do it, or rather make an attempt to after I started writing small pieces here and there.”  I could see that he was one that was up for challenges and I was grateful for the challenge his very wise grandmother put him up to. This proved that he embarked was additionally the makings of a successful SL career….a career that enables the SL community to enjoy many of his work going forward.

Breaking me from my immediate train of thought, Cortes continued, “At first, I didn’t think I would be good enough until my grandmother told me to just go with my own flow and enjoy myself. The rest is history.”

Intrigued, I had to probe a little more, so I asked, “Can you elaborate and tell us what did she say or do to encourage you?”

Cortes answered, “She would say things that were motivational…reminding me that I had…and still have potential to do anything of which I put my mind to.”

I nodded, feeling that the question I posed had been completely answered.  Then, I went on to my next question and asked, “Have  you had any real life success in spoken word..any second life successes?”

In response, Cortes explained, “In terms of real life, I had minor success. To me, success is trying something new and not falling apart after I’ve done it….even if I thought I would fail….In real life, I read publicly for the first time at a bookstore called Cultural Center Tia Chucha. As for Second Life, any time I read and brave it on the mic that is a success…”

I had to know more, so I asked, “How does it feel when you read on mic here in SL? How did it feel when you read for the first time in RL?”

cortez-up-in-smoke“Well, for me, I have come to the realization that reading work in RL versus SL are two very different situations….different in RL because there are real bodies in front of me. I find the human reaction…face to face…is euphoric. Don’t get me wrong…reading on SL is just as enjoyable…the claps or signs of enjoyment are always appreciated…I do, however, get a bigger high when reading in front of actual people…not pixels…”

Cortes continues:  “I really get a euphoric high reading in front of a room full of latinos…MY people…People of MY blood…Like minded, educated…non-judgmental individuals…it was (and still is) surely something for me to see. (The last time I performed in RL,) they were absorbed in what I had to say….and I was afraid they wouldn’t like what I had to say. But, here is this Gringa Latina…about to open her mouth and let out some lyrical noise…and they embraced me. This was confirmed with whistles…The clapping…The lingual cat-calls of literary approval. I had never been so high in my life…other than during the birth of my children.”

Elated with Cortes’ response, I then asked, “What emotions do you convey in your poetry and why? What emotions do you want to express to your readers overall in your work?”

He begins by saying, ” Well now….Hmmmmm this isn’t a difficult question but I might have to go to church afterwards….but all jokes aside….My emotions range and vary depending on how I am feeling at the time about the piece that was previously written. I could be on the same emotional wave with my writing for weeks at a time…or have a hiccup and be thrusted into something lusty. One or two may make you cry. One or two may make you laugh or make the listener just smile and be content….”

Smiling generously, Cortes asserts, “I do have my favorites though….My favorites are politics and sex…and I would like for the readers to go away from my reading with nothing more than thinking ‘right on!'”.

I said, “Wow! Thank you for that response Cortes….Now, if you were to write a poem on your favorite subject how would you begin it?”

Cortez graciously responds, “If I were to write a poem on my favorite subject, I would probably begin by saying something along the lines of……’Sweet Jesus was all he could think of saying in his mind while combing over this honey bee that just came out of the hive..”

I wanted to know the spark of his inspiration so I asked, “What are the name of the poets that have inspired you? and what is your favorite poem written by a famous poet?” He kindly answered, “The most easiest response ever for me to give is Maya Angelou. I was in the 6th grade when my teacher at the time gave the class a reading list. It was then that my tween self first learned and read ‘I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings’…as for my favorite…hands down…is Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’…”

I then asked Cortes, “What makes you a creative poet?”

Shaking his head a bit, Cortes says, “That is difficult for me to answer, so I’ll tell you from a personal level. I do not consider myself a poet. I do not even consider myself a writer. I just know what I feel and then allow the pencil to do the talking and the word play to do the rest…”

Content with Cortes’ answer, I moved on and I ask, “Well, in your opinion, what makes a poem a great poem?”

cortesHis response:  “For me, what makes a poem a great poem is when I put that last period of a sentence on it…then I can sit back and tell myself, ‘Wow…If I can high five the lines of all the composition books I have read…write it, at the close of their spines, then I’ve done something correct….

And lastly, I ask Cortes, “Where can I find you reading your work on the SL grid?”

Nodding his head, and looking intently at me, Cortes says: “At the Lyrical…well, that was the very first venue I ever read at in SL…but I have also read a the Hole in the Wall, which is owned by Sucre Breeze, too….”

Cortés Gutierrez-Griffiths (micah.tiponi) has performed his poetry at various venues, including The Lyrical Cafe Poetry Club. The Hole in the Wall and the Spit Spoken Word Lounge.  If you would like to contact Cortés Gutierrez-Griffiths (micah.tiponi) to perform his poetry at your event or venue, please look him up in Second Life or contact him via his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007951398453&fref=ts. Cortés Gutierrez-Griffiths (micah.tiponi) also has a blog, so be sure to check it out at http://secondlifethreads.weebly.com/!

Lab Chat with the Lindens May 6th, 10:30 am PST

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Courtesy of Second Life’s Destination Guide at http://secondlife.com/destination/lab-chat

If you have any questions, comments or concerns pertaining to Second Life, attending the Lab Chat with the Lindens may be the event for you!  Scheduled on May 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM Pacific Standard Time, the Lab Chat will be hosted by the Lindens, and video recorded before a live studio audience.

In order to have our voices heard, it is imperative that we participate in events like this…with this in mind, please attend!  For more information about this event, please click on the following link:  Destination Lab Chat.

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Center Ground’s Retail and Gallery Store Line Up

Center Ground Business District

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Retail Stores:

Elegance, –  by Allisonice Sixpence
Male suits and female formal and casual wear

Enchant 3D – by Fianna Idora
Eclectic Mix of Dark, Fantasy, Gothic, Noir, Sci-Fi, Steampunk & Urban themed clothing, props and poses.

Suzy’s Bakery@Center Ground by Suzy Stillwater
Come visit Suzy’s Bakery where we make simple but tasty mesh cakes for celebrations, birthdays and rez days!! Come browse our selection of cakes or leave a suggestion in the suggestion box for a cake you would like to see!

Nascent by Nova Ivanova
Your source for affordable Ready-To-Texture Rigged Mesh Templates & Merchant Resources.

Royal Spools Fashion for All – by  Qu33ntrill
Fashion for men, women, and kids(toddleedoo)
Omega friendly
omega,slink,aesthetic appliers, lola, women, men,
kids, toddleedoo ,tattoos, shoes, hats

Mini Galleries, Radio Station and Cafes:

MD Creations-by MarieDK
Original Digital Paintings

ART of Love – by Divine Crescendo
Beautiful reflections of passion fantasy and Ethnicity Join the Art of Love…The Love of Art

Peek-A-Boo Cafe, owned by Coffee Brown

  ~*~*~BLACK SOUL RHYTHMS~*~*~
WBSR-DR

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Dope Awards Nominees: You Ready?

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The 5th Annual DOPE Awards Experience 2016 is upon us, and the names of this year’s nominees have been published on the DOPE Awards website!

DOPE Awards Franchise Creator Tray Ferrentino (also known inworld as MzLadyT Resident), was kind enough to share the DOPE Awards Press Release with The SL Parade.  As a gesture of good will, The SL Parade has provided the link to these nominees as well.

To get a first hand look at this year’s nominees, please click on the following link:  DOPE Awards 2016 Press Release.

According to the press release, The 5th Annual DOPE Awards Experience 2016 is scheduled from April 27, 2016 to May 1, 2016.  There are an array of ticket packages available to patrons, so if you are interested, please refer to the DOPE Awards website for more information.

Here is the list of ticket packages, as well as the prices:

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If you see a nominee you know on the list, please don’t hesitate to offer them a warm congratulations!  In the meantime, don’t falter nor half step…be sure to contact MzLadyT Resident to get your tickets today!