About Willow (This is going on a page but I’m putting on a post also.)

Square Phillida with Tripod Large

I’m what some people call a “super-wheeler” or if you’re a member of the physically challenged community you could call me a “super-crip”. Since I earned a university degree and had a successful career as a professional staff member of an investigative organization. Then after I took early retirement and designed my own house. All while being in a wheelchair.

Now that I have time for myself I am a learning gourmet cook, an accomplished photographer, and spend a lot of time in a virtual world called Second Life.

Pizza Just out of the ovenI started seriously cooking in February of 2017. I may be just learning but I think I’ve prepared some interesting dishes. All those years watching the food channel haven’t been wasted. On the left is my Asparagus and Arugula Pesto Pizza with Pink Lemon Ricotta. I also designed an accommodating kitchen for myself. I’ll add a page later about that later.







Ferris Dawn from Flickr

Lately except food photography of my own dishes most of my work takes place in Second Life. If you look at my Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarotgrove you can see some of my work. If you look far enough in the site you’ll find some of my real-life images also.  I’ve also branched out into making video or machinima of Second Life. While a few of those videos are on Flickr here is one of my early efforts at making a music video with a Second Life theme. https://adobe.ly/2oJvxqv No copyright infringement was intended but I think  the lyrics need to be shown from a Second Life perspective. The photography on the left is a still image I made in Second Life.

Willow and Partner for blogI spend a lot of time in the virtual world of Second Life. Some may call it just a trivial and inconsequential game but it is a lot more than that. Here is a link to a video I made in 2015. https://adobe.ly/2oq362a Our appearance is out of date but most of the reasons haven’t changed. What you get out of Second Life is depends on how much you put into it and a lot of people including me put a lot into this virtual world. As you can see from my video there a lot to do in this virtual world. A lot of people including me put a lot of effort into this virtual world.

I know it is considered bad literary form to repeat the words or phrases in writing but it is deliberate because a lot describes many things in Second Life. Most people don’t realize it the but the population of Second Life is approximately nine hundred thousand. That is a lot. That is larger than some countries. In mid-2017 the number of concurrent user’s peaks at over fifty thousand people a day. And those people are from around the world. Want to get to know someone from India well this is a place. BTW that is couple more of a lots.

Charity is a big activity in this virtual world since 2005 the Relay for Life of Second Life has raised over three million US dollars for cancer research and patient care. That is another a lot.

I mentioned in the video that some people make their real-life living in Second Life. It’s estimated that they take around sixty million dollars out of this “trivial game”. That is another a lot. 

The picture is how my partner and I looked in 2017. Second Life keeps developing. This virtual world is mostly user designed and build so a lot is going on.


Couldn’t pull the plug

Not pull the plugA good Second Life (SL) friend of mine for over a decade suddenly disappeared a few weeks ago. She was the next to last person I helped get started in SL in 2005. I ask a mutual friend and she did what I almost did a year ago.

RL was getting busy so I was going to quit SL. After we got rid of all our land we were going to quit SL. So we got rid of our land but then it dawned on us. It was worth $75 a year just to keep our identity, friends, and inventory! We couldn’t pull the plug.

Over the years I’ve made too many good friends and had fun. I’ll probably be in SL till they turn the lights off.

Round and Round and Bitching About Unthinking People

This morning I drove my two powered wheelchairs round and round for an hour on a circuit in my house. Boring!!! It’s been raining since Monday here so I can’t get outside to do the outside exercise I like to do. Rain and electric powered wheelchairs are not a good mix.

Is exercise really exercise when you need to use an electric powered chair to move any significant distance? Technically I guess not but it does make me feel better. I also try to spend time in virtual worlds to keep my mind active.

Saturday I finally got someone that says he will build a connection from my front emergency ramp to the street. That way out of the house is there in case of fire or power failure. As usual the guy didn’t think when he started working Saturday. He dug out the area at the end of existing ramp leaving a big ten inch pit at the end of the existing ramp then he left. Knowing it was going to rain. It will be like that for at least a week and a half or longer.

That may not sound like much of a drop and rise to someone who can walk but it means I’m trapped if there is a fire or the power goes out. When I pointed this out to him he just shrugged and did nothing.

It’s the same non thinking and uncaring response able bodied people have been giving me for decades. Of course there is the usual taking the handicapped parking place or parking their car in front of the curb cut that allows me to get out of the street then saying “It’s okay, I’ll only be a few minutes.” Guess what I have things to do too and I sure don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the street with the crazy drivers we have today.

Oh I forgot if you are handicapped you are not supposed to complain when someone who can walk treats you like shit. Well it is better than it was. A few years ago someone I knew had to pee in a coffee can at work since he couldn’t get in the bathroom. It’s a good thing he was male.

Hi from Willow Dion and welcome to the Metaverse 9/7/15

As a beginning blogger I took Blogging 101 in July. It was a wonderful experience both for what I learned and for the wonderful people I met. If this is your first try at the course get ready for some fun!

It surprised me in the July session I was the only person blogging about virtual worlds and people were unaware that they even existed. So some explanation is a good idea.

What virtual worlds have in common is they are done through a computer. They can range from simple traditional video games like “Wild Birds” which you play on your smart phone or non-goal driven to worlds like Second Life, Inworldz, and Kitely. There has been a debate for years whether these more advanced places and non-goal driven worlds should even be called games. As someone has put it you are playing on things like “Witcher 3” or even Facebook you are ON them but you are IN Second Life.

T W For ProfileMy husband and I live in Kitely. (Yes I have a virtual husband. )




Just click on the picture to see a larger version.
Just click on the picture to see a larger version.

We actually have a virtual daughter also who has to be changed, bathed, fed, plays, and sleeps in a crib.





A game has a goal like killing virtual birds. The fighting virtual monsters usually only takes a few minutes and is a way to while away some time while you are waiting to have your hair done.

Building a new earth colony as in the game “Civilization Beyond Earth” takes hours or days since you have to manage the economy, how you spend resources, where to build new cities, and dozens of other things. Putting it simply it is complicated simulation. As you can see from this picture of the “techweb” for building a new home away earth there are lots of choices even when you chose to do them is important.


This is not just a frivolous and useless activity. Building a new beyond earth colony in a simulation that also gives you an idea of how complex government gets.

Virtual places like these are fairly simple since they take place in your computer. But they can get a lot more complicated when you add other people and have to take place online. Again they can range from games where groups of people get together to reach goals of killing virtual monsters such as “World of Warcraft” to the much more complicated and non-goal world such as Second Life and Kitely.

Thumbnail AquaCaine v3 Yes I’ve tried these “hack and slash” virtual spaces. On the left is my toon or character in “World of Warcraft”. Frankly it gets boring when basically all you do is kill kill kill virtual characters. So I was happy when “World of Warcraft” introduced garrisons. I got to build something on a barren plot of virtual land.


Aquacanine's Garrison v2

While it was exciting to build something new in a game it did get old and boring fast. There are changes when the vendor makes updates to the game but the changes are fairly small and it soon become same old same old. That is the problem with virtual games like “World of Warcraft” the company that owns them is limited by what their staff has time to do at a reasonable cost.

Which brings this trip through the virtual universe to what I say are really the virtual worlds like Kitely, Second Life, and Inworldz. They are not limited to what the company that runs them can do. The users or residents actually do most of the designing, developing, and selling. All the company does is provides the virtual space where your creativity can flow.

These are the places where using the word “game” is really misleading. There is not a goal set by someone else. How you use these virtual worlds is up to YOU. I’ve been in Second Life for a decade and what I learned is to never to forget there is a real person behind that avatar with wants, desires, and feelings.

Maybe you want to honor Frank Lloyd Wright by building a virtual version of Falling Water.

Falling Water-Kitely

You can click on the picture to see a larger version

Maybe you’ve wanted to get really involved helping to run a charity. Try the Relay For Life of Second Life (RFLSL). Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a small time virtual thing. RFLSL is such a signification fund raising team it is one of the top teams in the world. In ten years Relay For Life Of Second Life has raised almost half a million United States Dollars for the American Cancer Society. Which by the way is now a worldwide charity it just started in the US.

Right now Second Life has the largest number of residents. With about 900 thousand accounts with fifty thousand online together. Those people are from anywhere in the world. So want to talk with a Frenchman or throw a few shrimp on the Barbie with an Australian. Follow this link and set up an account in Second Life Try it, it is free to try but be warned SL has a very steep learning curve.

You can click on the picture to see a larger version


Maybe like Carry Beck you’re an artist that wants to produce and direct an elegant production of Paradise Lost is what you want to do.

Maybe you want to publish an artistic magazine or display your work in a gallery. There is a very active artist community in Second Life.



Maybe you always wanted to try making a music video but buying or even renting all the video equipment was just too expensive for a whim. Well I did it give it a try. So take a look at this video I made for Second Life’s 12th birthday. As you can tell from the video there is a lot to do in Second Life and the other virtual worlds scattered all over the Metaverse and lots of it is the freedom to play. It’s just limited by what you want to do and your creativity. (BTW I found out I really don’t enjoy making videos but I didn’t spend thousands of dollars on cameras that would now be gathering dust in the back of some closet.)

Maybe like me your true passion is still photography but physical injury has meant you can’t really get outside. Well those limits melt away in a virtual world.

Lifting Fog
Lifting Fog
Lighthouse Sunset
Lighthouse Sunset
Champagne Sunset
Champagne Sunset

You can see more of my work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarotgrove/

I hope now you learned something about the Metaverse and are ready to have fun in Blogging 101. (By the way the “whooshing” in this blog’s title is the sound you make when you teleport from one place to another in a virtual world.)

Hugs Willow!

PS. I hope you will follow my blog and leave comments I would really appreciate it.



A trip to 3rd Rock

Blog: http://whooshingthemetaverse.com

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarotgrove/

I learned something unexpected yesterday. If you want to whoosh around the hypergrid make sure you are wearing things that can be exported. So this morning I made up an outfit and skin that is all exportable. Then I made a trip to the third rock grid to take pictures.

Whooshing Outfit
Whooshing Outfit

3rd Rock Sunset


The Wall


Evening Path