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Archive for August, 2007

It’s odd what can stir a body to write when there has been no impetus for awhile…

I began I post this morning about something that has disturbed me greatly for the last few days, only to realize that it was something I just could not post in this forum.

Many people believe that the act of writing is cathartic, and it may be so, but sometimes the pain will simply not be disuaded so easily. In those cases, we live with our newfound understanding and push on, as that is what we must do to survive and thrive in this world. However, even though there might be some remnant that hurts one’s heart, it is somehow transformed by the act of writing.

As I wrote that never-to-be-posted post, I was reminded of a song lyric by Anna Nalick, and so I will close with that. Then I will move on and do what I do, and try to write more often.

2 AM and I’m still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, its no longer
inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to

But you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
woah breathe, just breathe,
oh breathe, just breathe.
oh breathe, just breathe

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Last night we had an informal get-together at the Potlach Commons on Edu Island II. It was meant to be for CAVE members, and anyone else who should happen by to join the conversation. Well, what happens when you throw a party and no one comes? You have a party anyway -someone always shows up! That is exactly what happened last night. I discovered that Existential Paine, an SL acquaintance, has thrown in the proverbial towel. That is to say, he no longer sees the current value of SL for education.

I was upset by that information, and upon reflection I realize why. It is not so much that he has changed his mind about SL’s possible use in the classroom, but that he will be missed as a part of the educational community there. I never got to know him all that well, but it seems to me that he splintered from the very group he founded, as well as many of the people connected to it. Nevertheless, Exis will be missed, and the “affinity group” of which he was part, will be affected by the loss of his insight and opinions.

That said, we went on to have a great conversation that KJ very eloquently blogged about, but here I’d like to share the comment I made on “Story of my Second Life”. For whatever it’s worth, I believe it is the greatest strength of SL at the moment.

KJ,

I have noticed, that you have a talent for bringing people together, and adding insight and direction in your writing and conversation. You are often able to illuminate the “big picture” for those of us who sometimes become stuck in the minutiae of the moment. You ask the right questions in conversation, and do it in a way that causes no pain to the participants. In fact, I think that you offer many of us fodder for reflection, which makes us all learn and grow -and sometimes stretch a bit as well. This is a real gift, one that many people including me have benefited from in SL and outside of SL.

I have certainly revised my take on the uses of SL for education, mostly for all of the reasons some of our SL acquaintances have jettisoned altogether. I think that for many of us, we can envision more Ramapo Islands-type of work being done, but also understand that presently, that is out of reach for most of us. However, I see the education community in SL as being the strongest, most diverse collegial group, of which I have ever been a part. What I have learned about education and SL in the last four months is staggering in its breadth, and maybe because I am “just” another classroom teacher -not working on a doctorate, not on a fast track to a district office, not a blogger of renown, not a PD specialist or technology coordinator, I value the learning and friendships that SL has afforded me immensely.

I am blessed and proud to call you and Victoria friends, and to work and explore with you, for as long as we don’t run into a dip, a curve, or a cliff. And if those obstacles should appear in our paths, I know that we three will be together, and that will make all the difference.

~Clare Bear

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Tagged!!!

I’ve been tagged:

Let’s take the game to SL blogs and avatars:

First, the Rules:
1. Post these rules before you give your facts.
2. List 8 random facts about yourself.
3. At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them.
4. Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged.

About me:

1. I taught myself how to play the guitar when I was nine.

2. I started serious vocal training when I was 12.

3. I studied dance for 15 years, including attending a ballet school in Cannes, France (alone) when I was 13. 

4. I played competitive tennis for 3 years.

5. My undergrad BFA from USC was in Drama.

6. I went to grad school for my teaching credential when I was 32.

7. My husband’s ex-wife introduced us (sort of).

8. I love coloring with artists’ prismacolors.

Tags:

Kj Hax

Scottmerrick Oh

Victoria Gloucester

Maggie Marat

Desideria Stockton

Jeremy Kemp

Dembe Wellman

Sarah Robbins

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