I visited this sim and the first thing I noticed, as I often do when I land, was the land description.  A simple statement, “What does you heart tell you?” followed with, “P.S. Keep your clothes on while around, thanks!”  That last line made me chuckle.

That first line is the catcher though.  What does my heart tell me?  Let’s just say that deciding what to have for dinner is easier than deciphering the things my heart tells me at times.  And for some, asking that question may not be the best thing to do because it can really result in some interesting thoughts and contemplation.  I think I will concentrate on keeping my clothes on.  That is typically easier for me.  🙂

If you are looking for a nice place to visit, explore, and take some pictures, this is the spot for you.  It is a wonderful build with a little bit of something for everybody so you should find something to make your heart smile, if even just for a moment.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and, as always, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.


To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Anduril


My journey has carried me to this beautiful build, “L’intangible”, located on the “Reve” sim.  The land description reads, “Le rêve où l’on n’arrive jamais…” which translates into English as, “The dream where one never arrives…”

One of the definitions of intangible is “what cannot be touched, what must remain intact.”  Of all the definitions of the word, that one seems to be the most accurate to me for this build.  It is magnificently done and should remain as it is, beautiful with every step I took while exploring it.  It truly feels like you are walking through the countryside in France.  Just exquisite.

It struck me while strolling through this build how wonderfully peaceful and serene the setting was.  It took me back to my childhood growing up amidst the fields and farms that spotted the American Midwest.  Other than farming the land, the families that inhabited the area were more than content with leaving the countryside around them intact.  They did not feel the need to try and best nature but, rather, chose for its beauty to speak for itself.

Even then, it seemed a simpler time.  We did not have the internet, cable or satellite television (just barely mind you, I am not THAT old), cell phones, or any of the digital equipment we enjoy now.  We used rotary phones where, if you messed up on a number, you had to begin the circular journey again with your finger or your pencil (the stylus did not exist yet.)  When your call did go through, you were tethered to the phone by a cord that would limit how far you could travel from it thereby demanding your attention to the call.  We did not walk around with our heads down looking at smart phones or with earbuds lodged in our ears listening to an iPod.  We took in nature, the great outdoors, in all its splendor.  It was our playground and it was whatever we imagined it was.  We would fight pirates near the creek and hunt tigers in the tall grass.  It was a place that stimulated the imagination.

This place took me back to that period of my life.  As I walked through it, I remembered the joy of my childhood, the beauty of my surroundings, the smell of the flowers, the sounds of the birds and the insects, the heat from the sun beating down on my body, and, most of all, the simpleness of it all.  I did not have to farm the land, the benefit of youth, I got to enjoy it.  It was a glorious period of my life that went pretty much unappreciated until later chapters.  Isn’t that the way it typically goes?

But this sim offered me the opportunity to return to it.  To say that I enjoyed this visit would be an understatement.  I will definitely return to this gem.  A job well done.

I do hope you enjoy the pictures and you will find the SLURL at the bottom of this post.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  L’intangible


I paid a visit to “Sommergewitter”, which translated to English is “Summer Thunderstorm”, because of my love of beaches.  I did not know the meaning before I arrived and discovered it raining.  Much like real life, I felt that a day on the beach in the rain was still better than a day at work.

As I wandered and began taking pictures, I found myself thinking of the parallels between rain in nature and tears in humans.  Having been through some tough times myself, I somehow linked the two in my head and realized that there really are a number of similarities between the two.

For example, rain washes everything it hits, makes it glisten when damp and removes the dirt and grime so that it appears brand new.  Likewise, tears help lubricate and clear the lenses of our eyes allowing us to see things clearer than we did before.

Rain is the release of moisture in the air.  It is typically triggered by the collision of a cold front with a warm front.  This atmospheric instability can result in some very intense storms that release a lot of energy in strong and turbulent bursts.  Tears are typically triggered by a build up of emotions.  Happy as well as unhappy emotions can trigger tears.  Happy emotions are usually minor releases of tears of jubilation that feel good and wipe away easily.  Sad or angry emotions can result in a very intense storm of tears that will pour uncontrollably out of you and often result in sobs and congestion.  This release of moisture helps to cleanse the soul much like the rain cleanses everything it touches.

Both rain and tears tend to freshen things.  After a good thunderstorm, everything seems brighter and smells fresher.  After a good cry, people generally feel like a weight has been lifted from them.  It is a mini-cleansing of the soul, a release of the emotions that had built up.

Rain and tears alike can create connections as well.  When it rains, people typically gather under shelters with others.  This typically results in mutual grumblings about the weather and, if the storm lasts long enough, other conversations occur.  With tears. most people will attempt to reach out and understand the issue.  Some of the best friendships and understandings between people are the results of a moment of release for one of the parties.

So that is my brief rambling about tears and rain.  I actually spent quite a bit of time thinking about it and suddenly realized that I had gotten pretty soaked.  I think I will upload these pictures, head home, take a hot shower, and dry off.  While I am doing that, I hope you enjoy the shots.  They are from “Sommergewitter” located on the “Cosima” sim.

Oh, and by the way, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  Sommergewitter



Return to Devin

One of the things I love about Second Life is the creativity of individuals and the beauty that they are able to create.  In my time in Second Life, I have seen many changes and, with those changes, ever evolving avatars and sim builds.  And for the real good ones, I find myself wanting to see them more and more.  Places that I want to see more of get an additional teleport to and, often times, subsequent photos taken.  Avatars are a bit trickier, though, as there also has to be a beautiful personality at the keyboard.  Be it through goodness, kindness, or compassion towards others, it is the true measure of a person you want to spend time with and around.  I have been fortunate to find many that fit that mold and equally as unfortunate to find a few that do not.  In fairness, the latter probably feel the same about me.  Proof as always, beauty, and the definition of beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.  🙂

This build, “Devin”, is definitely on the list of sim builds that I truly enjoy.  The owners, Roy Mildor, Ally Daysleeper, and Alienmaus Allen have created something wondrous and beautiful that captivates the imagination.  Every time I return, I notice something new, be it a camera angle, a detail, or an emotion I experience when looking around it.  If you have not been yet, you really need to check it out.

I really hope you enjoy these 9 additional pictures and, as always, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.

Visit this locating in Second Life by clicking here: Devin