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Find your inner warrior

Warriors create themselves through

trial and error,

pain and suffering,

and their ability to conquer their own faults.

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Vibrant Academia?

A Ph.D. Student’s Haiku

Can’t remember it
Too much to read and process
Rescue me, post-its!

Weapons of choice

Post-its are a girl’s best friend.  My desk is more colorful than my nails…

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Catching Butterflies

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and opened her mind;

released her thoughts

and let them find

the fire in the butterflies.

Its seems at the start of every large writing project, I find myself at the edge of a cliff with a large net.  The sky is full of colorful butterflies – their wings dazzle and catch in the light while they fly erratically – teasing, nearing, then flitting unpredictably away, while luring me from my safe space, daring me to step off that safe cliff rock to fall into the dark abyss.  I am mesmerized by their brilliance, as wings collide and dance in front of me.  I only need to catch a few – but they must be specific kinds!  So I watch, and try to shake myself out of that overwhelming stupor – the confusion of having so many ideas and thoughts spiral around me.  I spend days there, focusing, concentrating on that single butterfly that I must catch.  Sometimes, I find them in my net, and am fooled – a stray petal or leaf, but not the butterfly I want.  At other times, I catch so many, and I must only pick a few.  Their brilliant colors confuse me, and before I can get out my collecting jar, they have all flown away.

Find me today, on the edge of the cliff.  I’m catching butterflies, again.  I hold my net and my jar, eyes locked onto the swirls of color… I just need a few.  Only a few.  Just a few to light my way.

Then, I will be ready to jump!

 

Lachesis

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The Goddess of Self has skin made from silk, woven from threads placed by others.
Her ancient, silver scars shine through the thin, amorphous dress made from spoken words.
She sings when she speaks, and her presence is like the sound of fallen snow.
She walks barefoot on the earth – always touching, feeling, listening.
Stars sparkle in her flowing cobwebbed hair, carefully spun from the aether of experience by tiny white spiders.
She lives at the edge of dream and reality.
Time changes her with each step she makes, so that she is never the same.
When you gaze into her luminous eyes, you will see your own reflection.

Jigsaw Heart

Jigsaw Heart

I gathered the pieces of my soul
and put them in a cage.
Their edges tore apart my heart
and lit my blood with rage.

I took the pieces out again
and rearranged them back together.
It looked different from when I started,
because I wanted to find out whether

changing the pieces to fit my heart
would work out much better…

~Vang Yen

Silent Art Auction and Events at the Builder’s Brewery!

Charity Art Auction for Relay for LifeThe Relay Wizards team is holding a silent art auction from June 20-June 27 as a charity fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The event will be hosted at the Builder’s Brewery, and will kick off with a Magic and Mystery Masquerade Ball from 1:00-3:00 pm SLT on June 20th.  The 2015 Avi Choice Award’s favorite performer, Magnus Brody  will be our DJ!  Punkerella Summers has graciously created collectors masks ESPECIALLY for this event, and will only be available at the ball!

Afterwards, people will be able to bid on artwork throughout the week until June 27th.  Check out the art in our gallery below!  Some of these pieces are one-of-a-kind, and will not be found anywhere else on the grid!  You can read about these remarkable artists in our past blog posts.  We personally thank them for their kind and generous donations.

We have art by: Feathers Boa, Osprey Therian, iSkye Silverweb, Astrid Zhangsun, Rebeca Bashley, Explorer Dastardly, Elsie Wonder, Khaphiri Flux, Micah Eichel, Ilyra Chardin, Rory Torrance, Osprey Therian, Lizzie Gudkov, Issarlk Chatnoir, Blue Mikado and Thickbrick Sleaford, Andi Firelight, Eleanora Newell, Van Caerndow, Natalya and Clint Lore, Fearchar Enoch, and Sir Jackson Sirius Wolfe.

A personal thanks to the art patrons that have donated art from their personal collections: Explorer Dastardly, Dr. Fran Babcock, Belua Broadfoot, and 0THELLA.

Take a look below to see our schedule of events for the week.  It includes a poetry slam and a building contest!  For both, first prize is L$2000, second prize is L$1000 and third prize is L$500!

Saturday 20 June1:00pm-3:00pm SLT  Mystery and Magic Masquerade Ball with DJ Magnus Brody.Formal attire requested.  Punkerella Summers has designed some EXCLUSIVE masquerade masks that you can only get at this event!
Start of the silent art auction
Sunday 21 June Silent art auction continues alongside Builder’s Brewery regular events
Monday 22 June Silent art auction continues alongside Builder’s Brewery regular events
Tuesday 23, June5:00pm-6:00pm SLT  DJ John Simms turns up Techno Tuesday with a party!Silent art auction continues
Wednesday 24, JuneStarting at 5:00pm SLT Anhayla and Dr. Fran will host a building contest at the Brewery Sandbox! Prizes: 1st – L$2000; 2nd – L$1000; 3rd – L$500Silent art auction continues
Thursday 25 June
2:00pm-5:00pm SLT
 Come dunk the Brewery’s own Sensuous Maximus!Don’t forget the dunk tank and jail’n’bail will be available throughout the week!Silent art auction continues
Friday 26 June7:00pm-9:00pm SLT  Poetry Slam contest, hosted by Natalya, Explorer and BluePrizes: 1st – L$2000; 2nd – L$1000; 3rd – L$500Silent art auction continues
Saturday 27 June9:00pm-12:00am Last day of the silent art auctionPajama Party with DJ Magnus Brody!Come celebrate with us as our silent auction closes!

My Self Goddess

The Goddess of Self has skin made from silk,

woven from threads placed by others.

Her ancient silver scars shine through the thin,

amorphous shift of words that she wears as a garment.

She sings when she speaks,

and her presence is like the sound of fallen snow.

She walks barefoot on the earth – always touching, feeling, listening.

Stars sparkle in her flowing cobwebbed hair,

carefully spun from the aether of experience

by tiny white spiders.

She lives at the edge of dream and reality.

While time changes her with each step she makes,

she is never the same.

When you gaze into her luminous eyes,

you will see your own reflection.

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Would You Be my WOOkie?

A little bit past Valentine’s but still…

Would you be my wookie?

We’d circle the stars from Ta’toine and back

Bludgeon the storm troopers that gave us  flack

I’d take care of you, and with my might,

I’d get rid of the fleas that bit you at night.

You say you’d tear my arm out of its socket?

….well then, would you be my ewok?

I’ve got treats in my pocket.

One Billion Rising in Second Life

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Today, I got to unveil my first 3D art project, “Transgressing Through the Looking Glass” at One Billion Rising in Second Life!  What an amazing journey it has been personally for me, as I wrestled with difficult concepts, figuring out ways to not only express myself, but also…how to reach out to others, too.  My display is in OBR Drum Region.  You can take the landmark to get to OBR, and walk about.  There’s lots and lots to see!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/OBR%20Rise/45/28/25

The art is only up until tomorrow, then it all comes down.

My flickr feed, just to give you a taste:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/128448694@N08/

Transience….

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The sign before walking up the path to the exhibit.

The sign before walking up the path to the exhibit.

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Winter Introspection

Snow falls on the earth,

telling it to hush.

The blanket of silence

reminds us to look within.

Protected, we process our inner selves.

When the spring comes,

it’s time to start anew

and show the world what we’ve discovered within ourselves.

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