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Jen
I am a writer, editor, and educator who is fascinated by the ways virtual realities affect and change our views of ourselves and our world.
Interests: classical music, hiking, cycling, second life, creative writing, the natural world, theater (particularly shakespeare), equine assisted therapy, and swimming with dolphins.
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Okay I admit it. I've been blowing off school and taking the train out to the country to see Kudzu and my friends. I don't like lying to mom like that, but I'm learning absolutley nothing in that new school (they're months behind where I was in my old school)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at RuminationsinthekeyofA
I'm starting this blog cuz my head's a mess. So much has happened that half the time I can't keep it all straight - the exact date my dad died, the decision to sell the house, saying good-bye to my freinds and Kudzu, starting at the new school - it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at RuminationsinthekeyofA
REPORT: Day One Mentor: Mystic of the Acharya Clan Mentee: Andrew Aiden of the Human Clan Summary Today I was assigned to a young human known as Andrew Aiden. A descendent of his country's warrior clan, Andrew is proud, reserved and hesitant to show his feelings. It is not in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at WhiskerWisdom
My Dear Abigail, The town was much the same as when you saw it last. Brenda still tends her flower shop while serving as everyone's unofficial therapist and source of all the daily news. Harold still makes pizza, though there's talk of his daughter taking over since his son showed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Pettiford Papers
My Dear Abigail, It helps to write to you like this. I imagine you are merely in another state - off on one of your endless speaking tours, championing the rights of every underserved population in the nation, including the non-human variety. I always thought the campaign to save the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Pettiford Papers
My Dearest Abi, You have no idea how sorely you are missed at moments like this, though while days can pass now without me feeling sucker punched by you loss. This is a good thing as I must breathe to function in this world - to keep on living as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Pettiford Papers
My Dear Abigail, You have no idea how sorely you are missed at moments like this, though whle days can pass now without me feeling sucker punched by you loss. This is a good thing as I must breathe to function in this world - to keep on living as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at PettifordPonders
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When the Reluctant Quester was little, he was not only short and uncool, but had an invisible "kick me" sign on his back. Being male and still fueled by testosterone and ego, I would rather confess to being a reformed bully, but sadly I was the punching bag. I just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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My son Jordon Keltz is a serial entrepreneur whose first success was ClassesUSA. This was followed soon thereafter by Seniors For Living, which just launched its blog today. Next month, The Reluctant Quester turns 67, and you may be thinking that I’m lucky to have a son in the business.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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"I firmly believe there are things we were born to do - lessons that are hardwired into our beings the way eye and hair color are encoded in our genes. If we can find the courage to listen, to embrace and address those lessons head on, we have the potential... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at SecondhandSnow
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Anyone who had been in Second Life* for any length of time won't be surprised by the title of this blog. Most, in fact, will laugh since Second Life (SL) is nothing if not an immensely complex and ever changing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
Creating an Avatar (or an Avi as they are often called) in Second Life (SL) is a bit like preparing for the birth of a child. Thankfully there is no morning sickness or nine-month wait, and the delivery is usually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
From the time I was a little girl sitting transfixed before the TV as Dorothy's black and white existence was ripped from its foundations and hurled into sky, I've been fascinated by the possibility of other, less earthbound worlds existing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
Long before I stepped into the hopelessly out of fashion flip flops of Jenaia Monrane, the appeal of having and Avatar (Avi) was clear. Here was a chance to get into size 4 dresses and still have breasts and hips;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
Everyone needs help now and again in Second Life (SL). It goes with the territory. Seemingly simple tasks, such as buying a pair of shoes, become daunting (please imagine a shoe half the length it needs to be and skewed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
I stopped believing in coincidence long ago. Pay attention, and you will eventually find the reason for Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
About the time I understood the difference between a shape and a skin (shape being the equivalent of a body's bone structure and musculature, and skin being the outer wrapping) my relationship with my avatar began to change. I noticed,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
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Life tests us all in many ways, but discovering that you are HIV positive has to be one of the most daunting of them all. The only thing worse is not knowing, which is why AIDS.gov and its partners are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
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Tonight I was invited to tell a story on the theme, "The Spiritual Avatar." After giving it some thought I talked about my discovery that the word "avatar" means the incarnation of the divine, and how I came to terms... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
It was one of those days when even air chafed the skin and my eyes - sleep focused on dim dreams of loss and longing - refused to completely acknoweldge the morning. I slept halfway through the first cup of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Days of Our Second Lives
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Okay, we all have special needs, and I guess that is my point. “Special needs” sounds neutral, like I need a glass of warm milk and cookies at night before I go to sleep, and you knock down a vodka. We all have different learning styles. I learn by doing,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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Two years ago Marty Snowpaw and I shed our anonymity and took our first steps toward being ourselves in Second Life - two names, but only one profile, one history. First a teacher, then a television and movie producer, and finally an avatar that is both. Both as an educator... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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This Tuesday will be a watershed moment for the Reluctant Quester. In January Marty Snowpaw (akaMarty Keltz, aka The Reluctant Quester), will be all of one year old. However, since one year in Second Life (SL) is roughly equivalent to 12 years in physical reality,I am confident I will not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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Both Jenaia and I have had several arguments with folks who were insisting that Uncle D was/had to be a real person. It's an argument I often have with myself, though not about Uncle D. I know that Jenaia made him up. My question is, am I the physical person,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester
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There she is, Ms. Frizzle. She was born just about the time I had my first heart attack. This is the actual frame that the animation team sent me in the hospital. I was 50 years old so it was a shock, especially to me since I believed I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at TheReluctantQuester