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Monday, September 25, 2023

Corn Maze! Stacey Cardalines Reporting...

I grew up in a suburban part of New England, and a major rite of Autumn was to go to a corn maze. 

Autumn is unique in that there is no major participatory holiday like the 4th of July or Christmas between Labor Day and Halloween. Many people therefore use Autumn as a sort of minor, extended celebration that ranges from pumpkin patches to apple cider donuts to hay rides. This gets them through the end of October, where they can hang ghouls off the house and dress like a Scary Nurse.

The town I grew up in was not immune to this, so every year would see a bunch of us- sometimes drunk- head out into the farm country to wander through a corn maze. I only say "sometimes drunk" because I was both doing mazes as a child (not drinking) or taking the kids to it (drinking after), which balances out my teens, early twenties and going-with-friends part of my life where one would have to be drunk to go to one.

About half the time, we never finished the maze, backtracking our way out and vowing to whip the maze next year. This happened every time we went after drinking, and a lot of the times where the children wore out easily. I can't actually remember beating the maze, to be honest, although I suppose we probably beat it a few times as children and I just can't remember. 

There are corn mazes in every county where I live, and where I live is only semi-rural. I can't imagine how many there must be in somewhere like Iowa. I recall reading that driving through there was basically "corn corn corn Walmart corn corn corn Gas Station corn corn corn Burger King corn corn corn..." They must have mazes everywhere there, and it would be cool to connect them all into an Iowa-sized maze and trap like 3% of America's population there during Tourist Season.

Corn mazes came into vogue in the 1990s, although no one knows who the first genius to try this out was. The idea sprung from the fact that you have to grow acres and acres of corn to make a profit, and the stalks have to be cut down after. Some great human figured out how to make a maze from this, people showed their interest with their pocketbooks and a new tradition emerged. Many farms rely on this part of the year to stay in the black.

With the bleedover into Halloween season, many mazes are also "haunted," and feature various goblins and serial killers. At least one horror movie- Chlidren Of The Corn- is set in a cornfield, and I am probably forgetting others. A corn maze is closely related to a hedge maze, and even an amateurish corn maze somehow looks creepier than the hedge maze at the end of The Shining. That's not easy to do.

They are best as a rural thing, however. Not many people farm these days, and a corn maze is often the only time a lot of people get close to a way of life that almost everyone practiced at one time.

I went to French Farm on SL to check out a SL corn maze. I was not disappointed. The sim is wholly decked out for fall, and I plan to get several articles out of my visit there. I must have took 100 pictures. They did a really nice job with the season, and I advise you to check it out for yourself. I don't know if they are French or just named French.

Their maze is easy to navigate, and has lots of surprises. There are enough dead ends (each with something cool in it) to make it so you have to at least concentrate a bit. I only took pictures of a few things in the maze, leaving the rest for our readers to discover on their own. It doesn't take long to go through, but you can stretch that out by looking everything over real slow. There are other activities on the im to keep you busy if you make it out of the maze. 

French Farm must be running this through Halloween, because they have a haunted maze, featuring various spooks and haunts and He Who Walks Behind The Rows. It's more cutesy than terrifying, and is a lot of fun either way. If they are smart, they will run it through Thanksgiving. Harvest Season sort of runs, at least in American imaginations, from the day after Labor Day until the end of November.... even late December, if you throw in Christmas tree farms

Please note that I included a picture of me finishing the maze, just in case you think I cheated my way out or anything.

French Farm:

Wednesday, June 21, 2023


 Ever find yourself wandering the grid looking for something to do? Has club hopping and pop, lock and droppin' it got  you bored? Try something different!  There are a couple of Cinemas in Second Life that offer a variety of movies and screenings you can watch with your group of friends or that special someone. Check them out!

Sunday, December 19, 2021


Synergy Island has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland! It has a SIM-wide ice skating area with an automated ice skating tour! A Santa that gives free gifts when you touch his bag! You can also take a ride on Santa's sleigh for a tour from the sky! On the top of the highest hill, there is a sled riding tour you can take and lots of other fun things to do so come and explore!


Monday, July 19, 2021

Paradise Of Fun Zoo- Stacey Cardalines reporting...


Most people never see exotic wild animals in person. I live pretty far in the country, and my animal sighting list goes pretty much dog, cat, raccoon, squirrel, mouse, skunk, turkey, various birds, and fish... nothing that the Discovery Channel is going to send a film crew out to document. I've seen sharks and whales, but I live at a beach and those are not unusual things there. 

What would be unusual is for me to stroll around suburban Massachusetts and run into a Rhino. Rhinos, who are much feared in Africa, are bad things to run into. They are very aggressive and territorial, and would most likely kill me rather than tolerate me moving through his realm. It would care very little if I told it, "No no, you have the wrong country, doctors in America don't think that your powdered horn cures impotence." I don't even think it would eat me, just kill me, mostly to let me know how things get done in Rhino Town.

I'd rather not be smashed into pudding by a livid horned monster who weighs 3400 pounds. My car, which would end your life if I drove it over you, weighs 2300 pounds.

So, a rhino isn't what I want to see walking around suburban Massachusetts. To spare you from other tales of animal violence, I am also not disappointed by the lack of lions, cobras, leopards, cheetahs, hippopotami (?), komodo dragons, alligators, polar bears, wolverines, anacondas, chupacabra, and Godzillas living in the moors behind my house. Giraffes don't have a reputation for violence, but I'd still rather not have one walking around by my rhododendrons. Africa, Japan, Indonesia... you can keep that stuff, guys.

That doesn't mean that, in a controlled environment, I wouldn't enjoy looking at a rhino. It's an amazing, even beautiful creature. I'd pay good money to go somewhere safe and stare at rhinos and lions and other things I don't see in American suburbia. That's why people make zoos.

SL, which reflects real life even when the tigers walk on two legs and talk, is naturally going to have a Zoo go up somewhere at some point. I found one while playing in water parks. You'll get a water park article later when the photographer and I return and I am wearing a more flattering swimsuit. But we did find a zoo.

Paradise Of Fun is a sprawling entertainment complex. It features a water park, a zoo, a mall, and a food court. I went through all of them, but... c'mon guy, there's a Zoo!

It's not a long walk, but it's full of cool animals! Sorry about the exclamation point, but everyone is a kid when they go to the zoo. Unless the adult likes to go on safari a lot, an adult and a toddler have about the same amount of in-person elephant watching time. They're both children, in that sense. I shall therefore conduct myself as one, which my boss here at the SL Enquirer will tell you isn't actually all that unusual. There are very few fully self-actualized adults in the field of sportswriting, and when you throw in the virtual world part... you're lucky that I can even write at all.

POF Zoo is a large circular area where you can move from exhibit to exhibit. You first run into some flamingos, and they are across from the elephants. They have three elephants in a cage that looks about the size of the one that they have UFC fights in, but it is tough to be cruel to virtual animals. You can't jump into the cage with them, even if you are a well-trained cheerleader with pretty impressive hang time for a white chick.

Never fear, because the next exhibit is the Lion and Tiger one. This one has a very short fence, but if you hop over it for a selfie, you sort of hover above the animals. Do note from my picture in the article of this exhibit that at least one mother had no problem at all bringing an infant to a lion den with only a 3-foot fence (which a journalist was able to hop over) between her and both the Ghost and the Darkness. She lived, by the way... I saw her at the Food Court later.

If you survive the Tiger exhibit, your next stop involves tropical birds. Unfortunately, the one that looked like Toucan Sam had no breakfast cereal to offer, so f*ck him and his exhibit.

Across the lane, we have giraffes. Three giraffes also occupy a Hell In The Cell-sized pen similar to the one housing the elephants. You'll notice that the giraffes were the only creatures who we didn't have to zoom the camera into their cage to get a good picture of them, one of the few benefits of being taller than your cage.

There's a river after the giraffe exhibit. As a true investigative journalist, I dove into the river to see if it had sharks or whales or Nemos in it and was an exhibit in itself. No such luck.

My next stop was Zebras and the previously mentioned Rhino. They were in cages, there's no way to jump in, I tried. I have a Slap animation I was going to try out on the rhino, but the zoo designers were one step ahead of me. I'd recommend not putting a striped animal like a zebra behind bars, which in a two dimensional game appear as big stripes. I could barely see the fellow.

They had a gross exhibit with spiders and snakes, but I only hung around long enough for one picture. I don't like spiders and snakes, even virtual ones.

Monkeys were next, I got a pretty good shot of one through the bars. He was funky like a monkey. You really can look at him in his cage and understand why the monkeys hate humans so much in those Planet Of The Apes movies. There were antelopes after that, they were boring, and that was all she wrote for the Zoo.

We'll be back for the rest of the park later, but for now... life's a Zoo.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Copacabana Country Campground Haunted Cave

Are you ready to discover the secret of Copacabana Country? Legend says the campground was built on a Native American place of power. Centuries ago there was a battle between the living and the dead with the Copacabana tribe and their shaman successfully locking the demons and skinwalkers away in a mystical cave. The spell cast to keep the evil contained would last for 500 years. That was in 1518, 500 years ago.

Now the veil is lifting and the entities are trying to return to the Earthly plane. Only the mystical stone left by the shaman of the Copacabana tribe can stop them. Do you have what it takes to explore the cave, face the nightmare creatures and find the stone? Come to Copacabana Country Campgrounds and find out! Enter the cave in the corner of the campground and if you’re brave enough, step through the trap door and find the mystical stone!!!

If that’s too much excitement, check out our Maize Maze for a spooky, but decidedly less terrifying, good time!!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018


We bring retired people to Inspiration Island so they can benefit from the comprehensive brain-training activities we provide here. 

Many of these are newcomers to virtual worlds who are guided in by Buddies we train to introduce them to our research-based program.

We also offer professional development courses for teachers and other professionals. 

And, of course, our island is open to all residents of SL who accept the limits of a Moderate-rated sim. We are actually a region in the Rockcliffe University Consortium Estate.

**Because we want to be as welcoming to mature newcomers, students, and professionals as we are to established SL residents, we ask everyone to READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:

Although Inspiration Island is a Moderate sim, and we do allow some latitude in clothing requirements, we prefer that you wear clothes while on our island – especially because of the possible presence of newcomers and professionals.

We understand that - for some avatars - clothing choices are a matter of principle. We also appreciate that many of you are thoughtful and valuable contributors to our activities. 

***However, the hosts of programs on Inspiration Island have the final say about clothing policies for their parcels and programs.

They do try to let visitors know in their Notices if they have a clothing code. However, nobody can be perfect about doing that beforehand. So we also ask nude avatars to understand that program hosts may IM you on site to explain that their kind of program does require G-rated clothing. 

We hope you can make an exception and use an alt then, in order to attend the program. If not, please leave quietly and graciously. Our goal is to respect everyone who visits us, and we ask for respect in return.

Another way we try to respect the sensibilities of everyone is to offer visitors ways to take care of themselves by following a few simple steps:
If you feel uncomfortable seeing a nude avatar, you can de-render or block it (make it invisible to you in your viewer) temporarily or permanently. Everyone but you will still see that avatar. 


in Firestorm, right click directly on the avatar you want to de-render, then click on More, then click on De-render and choose Temporary or Blacklist;
in the SL Viewer, right click on the avatar you want to make disappear and click on Block. You can later choose to Unblock them if you wish by going to your Blocked list.

If an avatar is speaking in voice in a way that disturbs you, you can mute their voice by going to Nearby Voice and lowering their active mic.

And you can, of course, IM a program host to ask for advice and help. 

We want you to enjoy the time you spend with us. Your brain will thank you.   :-)

                 MORE ABOUT THE ISLAND
We are the home of Whole Brain Health. Our parent nonprofit (501c3) organization is Ageless Mind Project. We are also a Collective of over 30 SL residents who collaborate to offer programs and activities designed to improve the well-being of our visitors.  

Inspiration Island has 4+ levels of exciting discoveries. You can explore them by using the globe teleporters to visit over 30 locations here.
You can contact us and send us feedback using any of the dropboxes around the island.

The Welcome Boards give you a Navigation Hud to the whole island, access to our google calendar for hosted programs, a Group Joiner and Subscriber button for the Whole Brain Health group, links to our Facebook page, website, and more.

If you need help, look for our Buddy Boards. If you see an avatar’s picture there, click on it to submit a message through the Board.

We also have a self-guided Newcomers Orientation Center that can be reached from here:    

Come back often and bring friend. Tell retired people outworld about us. 

AND if you would like to become trained to become a Buddy too, contact Lissena (aka Wisdomseeker).
Lissena (Wisdomseeker)  owner of Inspiration Island, Executive Director of Whole Brain Health
Thuja Hynes (Tooyaa) – WBH Associate Director 
Francisco Koolhoven (Fran) – WBH Media Director
Katsii Tennen (Catseye) – WBH Recruitment Manager


Monday, February 19, 2018

24-7 Karaoke in Second Life!

We do Karaoke here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Singers come get discovered here, venue owners find your new talent here. Always good live music 24/7 at the ~O~ LOUNGE. All languages welcome. Idiots welcome, snobs not. Open mic and voice.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Featured Events In Second Life –Camury Reporting

Are you willing to get out of the comfort of your skybox couch and look for something fun to do in Second Life? Enjoy the featured events that include fun and interesting virtual world activities such as challenges, dance games and more.
The Tower
You find yourself in a strange place with no memory of who you are or how you got here. His only hope for escape lies in solving a series of challenging puzzles. Can you find out the truth before it's too late? This immersive puzzle game from MadPea Productions will put your intelligence to the test. I loved playing this hunt. Cool puzzles, great story and great prizes. Be sure to buy the headset along with the HUD as it adds to the story plus help you in the puzzles.

Learn to Dance Free Dance Lessons in SL
Do you really know how to dance in Second Life? Do you know how to choose the appropriate dance style for the rhythm of music? Learn the basics of SL dancing at this education center (great for newcomers), then take the free introduction of the Dance 101 class that runs 24x7. Learn how to combine dance styles with time and music to give you more fun. Bring a partner or learn on your own. You will be a better dance partner after taking this class. And it will be successful in all Second Life dance clubs.

The Art Rocket
The artist Betty Tureaud has created an interactive and fun 3D art facility that you can visit in Second Life. Embark on a rocket for a fantastic journey into space and dazzle with a universe lit up with colors. Go to the stars, and witness a cornucopia of colors, and spectacular shapes. Do not forget to find the gift for you!

Do you want to be a dancer for a day? Whymsee is a cabaret dance club with shows on Saturdays at 6 p.m. (Pacific). Each show is audience participation, meaning that all audience members dance to fully choreographed songs in a set designed specifically for the event. Dance stands are also provided.

Treasure Quest Headquarters
Come and visit The Magnificent Cat, home to Treasure Quest, a fun new game in Second Life. The most interesting thing about this game is that you can collect Lindens while having fun. Grab a HUD and join the group and find out when Dashes for Lindens is happening. There are many coins to collect at the same time ... or just to hunt coins that appear throughout the day.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Staying Busy on the Grid with Earth Nirvana

The Huntress Earth Nirvana always has her hands in SOMETHING on the grid, and this month is no exception. This month, she’s participating in two hunts and two charity events. Check out the information below, and make sure you attend each to get yourself some inexpensive, quality products!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho It’s Off to Work I Go Hunt
This hunt’s theme is “work” and “professions,” and of course, Nirvana puts her unique spin on the theme, celebrating the stylists of the world. For the hunt, Whimsical Happening is offering $1L pair of earrings: the “Cut & Comb” earrings with color hud. The offer ends Sept. 16.

Raise the Roof 2 Hunt
Going on now through Sept. 30, the Raise the Roof 2 Hunt has a “home and garden” theme. Nirvana is offering a “Breaking Bread” holiday spread that sits four avatars. Adjustable animations in each sitter. Price, only $2L! You can see rezzed item in store for quality check.

Spoonful of Sugar Festival
The Spoonful of Sugar Festival benefits Doctors Without Borders. Whimsical Happenings has eight charity items for sale. The event runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 25. See for details and location.

Marvelous Events Charity
The Marvelous Events Charity benefits Italy relief and will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at The Lounge from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. SLT.

Whimsical Happenings is donating two items to the cause. One gift will go to one lucky bidder while the other will be ready for purchase for $60L with 100% profits going to charity.

To view all product images, check out Nirvana and Whimsical Happenings at Be sure to visit Whimsical Happenings main store for lower priced home décor.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving in Second Life- Debby Sharma Reporting...

Thanksgiving Day is a day to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year.
It is a National Holiday in Canada and the United States. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October, while in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Apart from Canada and the United States, it is observed in Liberia [1st Thursday in November], Grenada, Saint Lucia [1st Monday in October], Norfolk Island (Australia) [Last Wednesday in November], Puerto Rico, Leiden, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany [early October as Erntedankfest] and Japan [November 23rd as Labor Thanksgiving Day]. Being a secular festival, it is also celebrated by a few who follow Judaism.
The origin of the festival in the United States has been debated upon for decades. The debate is often confused between the Thanksgiving Service and Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration. Some claim that the Thanksgiving religious service was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8th, 1565 in Saint Augustine, Florida- which was codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619. 
Others believe that the true origin came from England, when the Pilgrims and Puritans emigrated in 1620s and 1630s who followed a tradition of Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving for the providence. However, later in December 26th, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from Last Thursday in November to the Fourth Thursday.

In United Kingdom, the harvest festival of Thanksgiving does not have an official date. It is observed on or near the Sunday of the harvest moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.
This secular festival is celebrated with singing, praying and decorating baskets of food and fruit to celebrate a successful harvest. The collections of food are usually held which are later given to local charities to help the homeless and needy.  Harvest Dinners and parades are common in Germany. In some places family dinners are common.
In Second Life, residents celebrate Thanksgiving either by partying at clubs, participating in hunts,  dressing up like a turkey, gifting each other and participating in an interactive parade among other things. Here are a few landmarks and events you would not like to miss on Thanksgiving Day.


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Source: Second Life Destination Guide
The Jerky Turkey Hunt already made it to the Destination Guide. One is required to find the feathers of the Turkey. The hunt items range from Thanks giving to Fall items. Landmark:
Thanksgiving Turkey Hunt at The Magnificent Cat. There are 10 turkeys to look for at the store and skybox. Some give thank giving hunt items and others give L$. Landmark: http://secondlife:///app/region/Shocking%20Blue/17/161/22


Source: Second Life Market Place.
There are many items for sale especially for Thanksgiving like home décor, clothing, shoulder pets etc. Here is the link to browse the products.

Macy’ Famous Thanks giving Parade will be held at Rockefeller Plaza New York City Skating Rink. It is an interactive parade which means people are invited to bring floats with animations where audience can sit or animate themselves on each float giving them a photography opportunity. It is a one and half hour event with 95 floats which started on 15th November and run through till 26th November, 2015. Landmark: http://secondlife:///app/region/Tombstone%20Winslow/215/205/2042

Club Events
All evening celebrations with music and dancing starting at 5:00 pm; one can dress in formal or casual at Foxxies Romantic Jazz Club Dancing, Elegant Ballroom and Gardens on Foxxies. Landmark: http://secondlife:///app/region/Foxxies/218/132/22 
Club Carnage will host a 12 hours Thanksgiving party for family and friends. Landmark: There will also be a dinner party starting at 7:00pm. Everyone is invited to join in their formals as the turkey is served. Landmark:  
Party at Mamaroos from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on 26th November, 2015 will be celebrating thanksgiving with friends and fans of the club. Landmark:
Insatiable [A] will have a party from 6:00pm for an hour to celebrate Thanksgiving and honour Black Friday. Landmark:
The Dusty Wanderer Put at Dusty Heights will have a contest starting at 6:00 pm for 2 hours with 1000L$ on the board {Split}. Landmark: http://secondlife:///app/region/Dusty%20Heights/141/116/2021

Open Mic

Open Mic for 4 hours at The Sound District starting at 7:00 pm. It is requested to come dressed in attire appropriate for a Thanksgiving Dinner. Landmark:

Saturday, October 17, 2015

About Halloween and How it is Observed Around the World and in Second Life- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

October is the time of year when the leaves begin to change into vibrant colors and the warm summer air cools down into a new season--if you are in a place that experiences 4 seasons. It is also the month when Halloween is observed. Many countries celebrate Halloween, but it is most popular in the United States and Canada. Interestingly enough, trick-or tricking actually originated in Ireland.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays ever since I was a kid. Loads of candy, of course, being the driving force to celebrate. I still like to dress up in crazy costumes and go to parties or be the one handing candy out while checking out the various costumes people come up with theses based on pop culture.

This holiday began as an Ancient Celtic Festival when the people would wear costumes and light bonfires to ward off ghosts. Along the line it changed names  from All Hallow’s Eve to the present-day “Halloween.” Today it is observed in a variety of ways around the world. For example,the US and Canada decorate and celebrate with  pumpkins, Jack O’ Lantern carvings, corn stalks, Halloween Parties, and Trick- or treating.

In China, Teng Chieh is observed by placing food and water in front of photographs of departed family members along with lanterns and bonfires to help light the path for the spirits to roam. Buddhists create boats made out of paper and light them on fire in the water--both as a remembrance of those who have died as well as to free the spirits so they may ascend to heaven.

Mexico and Latin America celebrates “El Dia de los Muertos,” translated into English is means the day of the dead. It is a joyous celebration that lasts three days from October 31st to All Souls Day on November 2nd. Observers spend this time constructing altars decorated with flowers, candy, foods, drinks, candles and photographs in honor of family and friends who have passed on. Feasts, parades, and even picnics in cemeteries take place.

As you can see Halloween isn’t all about candy and dressing up in your favorite characters and partying with friends. To many cultures it is about honoring the dead and remembering them in various ways.

As soon as October 1st comes around in Second Life, Halloween becomes the focus as avatars begin to decorate, look for the coolest costumes and figure out where the Halloween parties are. You can participate in themed hunts, haunted house tours, costume parties, and contests.

Here are a few fun places I found  across the grid to get you ready for Halloween:

Costume Shops
Costume Creations for all Occasions-

Hunts and Activities
5th Annual Sweet Tot’s Halloween Hunt-

Haunted House Tours

Haunted Island - Halloween Market-