Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me....

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
~Abraham Lincoln

I've been blessed to celebrate my birthday with some of the most amazing friends in Second Life for the last four years.  :)  I reflect a lot about the family I've built in SL, about those who have left and those who remain.  My family is large, and sometimes they may all seem very different - but I know deep down they're all the same; good people. 

In honor of my friends who aren't around in SL to celebrate my birthday with me anymore, I offer up the following..

"Though we drifted apart in distance I still think of you as being right here. And although we have many new friends, it is our friendship that means the most to me."


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mr. Moo..?

Rumor has it Mr. Moo has left Second Life.  Well, not quite rumor.  More like a notecard from him.

Well, loyal reader, you know my story with Mr. Moo.  Our love, our friendship, our journey.

While I don't think my contact with Mr. Moo has completely ended (come on, he can't get rid of me that easily..), I am extremely saddened to see him quit SL.

Anyone that's ever spoken to me knows that I use my relationship with Borday as an example of everything - because the things we withstood were crazy.  But our friendship was strong enough..and we never gave up on each other.

I wish him all the best, and send all the love and light I can muster to him.  May his travels bring him peace, joy and prosperity - wherever they may take him (hopefully, though..they bring him back to us..LOL).


Saturday, September 10, 2011

10 Years Later..

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. “
- President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Ten years later..and it seems like everything happened yesterday.  I still have this dull ache in my chest when I go downtown and remember the way things were.  I still feel my stomach sink when listen to someone talk about where they were on September 11, 2001.  I think it's one of those things that, while the rest of the country was able to move on in a small way, New York could never forget.  And this weekend, with the terror alert level raised, I've been harshly reminded that 9/11 didn't just change our lives ten years changed our world forever.

I used to think the most painful thing I'd ever witnessed in the streets of New York were walking by the Missing posters post-9/11...knowing that none of those people were ever coming home.  That their families...standing on the street corners giving out posters and checking every list available...would never find peace. 

But ten years later, I think the most painful thing is that this has become normalcy.  This way of life...with armed guards in subway stations...checkpoints on Madison Avenue...

This is today's New York City.  This is my city.

Something about that breaks my heart. 

I wandered off to the Second Life WTC Memorial ( The greeting was interesting.    

State Of Liberty:  Blissie Boucher, Welcome to New York, home of the Staue of Liberty and the World Trade Center Memorial. We are getting ready for our 9/11 Memorial event this Sunday. Please remove all weapons. You will see 2996 flags all over the streets, there is one for every soul lost that day. The country lets you know where they were from.

Immensely touching.  And astonishing to see all of the flags lining the sim streets of NYC.  Almost 3,000 lives stolen...cut short...futures and destinies erased in a heartbeat.  The memorial with the names was MASSIVE...much like the real one.  And the each memorial slate held the names of those that were lost in the WTC ten years ago.  The creator of this sim...did an amazing job. 

The more I write this, the sadder I get.

The inscription on the Washington Park arch, which is the hub for the 9/11 SL memorial tomorrow speaks volumes:

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. — George Washington

So many things I wish were different, but are not.  So many things I wish I could erase before I bring children of my own into this world, but cannot. 

At the end of the day, all I can truly do today is offer my prayers.  I can pray for the fallen from 9/11.  I can pray for peace for them...and those they've left behind.  I can pray for all of the soldiers that have been lost since September 11, 2011 to today, and I can pray for their families.

And my last prayer is for everyone.

September 11, 2011.  We will never forget.