A Cause Worth Taking Part In: The Homeless Awareness Hunt

As much as I love all the wonderful, fun, exciting things we can do in Second Life, I find myself that much more passionate and excited about those things we can do in Second Life that benefit first life, too. When I was in a sorority in-world, we used our platform to raise awareness (and funds) for Fibromyalgia. I have written about and given to charities in-world for breast cancer awareness, for those affected by the tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011, and to the organization To Write Love on Her Arms.

When my beloved wifey, Earth Nirvana-Charisma, told me about a new hunt that raised awareness for homelessness, I knew I wanted to talk to its creator.

Enter Joshuan Banx… and the Homeless Awareness Hunt.

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I talked to Joshuan at length about the issues of homelessness, like the stigma attributed to those who find themselves homeless, before we talked about what he was creating in-world to bring awareness to this plight of so many people.

The Homeless Awareness Hunt that Banx created kicked off August 15, 2013, and it runs until September 15. Presented by Mental Health Awareness Retreat and sponsored by AMERICAN BAZAAR, ..:HC Creations:.., cStar Limited, and :Sugar:, the hunt does so much more than provide a wonderful hunt that will feature creations, such as tents, cardboard boxes, homeless clothes, etc.; as Joshuan told me, “The goal of the hunt is to raise awareness on homelessness especially in correlation to mental health illness.”

Homeless Awareness Exhibit

One of the most intriguing events of the Homeless Awareness Hunt, and one I plan to check out as soon as this article is posted, is the event’s exhibition [here’s your limo to the exhibition!]. Joshuan tells me this is one of the things to experience during the hunt. Running throughout the course of the hunt, the exhibition has many resources on homelessness especially in correlation to mental health.

Other wonderful events provide participants the opportunity to talk with one another, learn new skills, and partake in some musical entertainment, among other things.

Every Saturday at 1 p.m. SLT, throughout the month of August and beginning of September, there will be meetings where participants can come together to tell stories and discuss topics related to homelessness.

Homeless Awareness Exhibit 2

Those people who are interested in photography, might check out the photography class being held August 24 where people can learn photography professionally and can even earn money from it.

On August 31, participants can discuss ways that people can help homelessness, especially in relations to mental health, and on September 7, an Introduction to Scripting class will be held.

September 14, the day before the hunt concludes, there will be a sleep out with performers Prowess Rayna (1 p.m. SLT), Eio Tuqiri (2 p.m. SLT), and Twostep Spiritweaver (3 p.m. SLT). There will be cardboard boxes out and sleeping bags in hopes to raise awareness to homelessness.

To learn more about the Hunt… and to take part in all of its engaging activities, you can check out the Mental Health Awareness Retreat, a safe haven that provides both RL and SL resources for various mental health issues, such as PTSD, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anorexia, Anxiety, Autism, Abuse, Suicide, Psychosis, OCD, Agoraphobia, while raising awareness and breaking stigma. Or, you can jump right on into the hunt.

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I’ve been nominated for something…

Never expected THAT to happen!

In real life, I’ve been very sick. As a result, I’ve been doing more taking meds and sleeping than being on SL.

I was very surprised to finally get to log on today and learn that I’ve been nominated for a DANCE QUEENS Dance Awards (The Cutie) for Best Script (for Shaken Into Peace) and SL Show of the Year (for Shaken Into Peace).

Was TOO stoked to learn this. Shaken into Peace was a definite labor of love, and it was created as much to fuel my heart with God as it was to help fuel others’ hearts with God. Glad I pushed myself away from my fear and finished this project!

The awards ceremony is at 6 am SLT, January 27, 2013, at LunaMar. I always chuckle when nominees say it was awesome just to be nominated, but I have to say it’s true. Just to be nominated, something I never considered happening, is a WOWING moment for me. It sparks me to want to continue doing good work.

Unity Premieres Latest Production, SHAKEN INTO PEACE Today!


Sometimes, things are hard. Sometimes, things weigh us down. Sometimes, we don’t know which way to turn for help.

Sometimes, it’s not about turning anywhere.

It’s about being STILL . . . and finding peace.

For those that never give themselves time to BE and to FEEL and to RELEASE, you definitely do not want to miss Unity Productions’ latest show, the meditative performance, SHAKEN INTO PEACE.

Created and directed by by moi (!!!) and choreographed by the talented Unity Productions team, SHAKEN INTO PEACE’s spoken word messages and soul-stirring peace-filled music relay the production’s ultimate message: even when you’re feeling gray, there is peace and a peace maker that can restore color in your life.

Come, get your peace.

SHAKEN INTO PEACE will run for two weekends in October:

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6 p.m. SLT
Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. SLT
Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 4 p.m. SLT

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6 p.m. SLT
Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. SLT
Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 4 p.m. SLT

All shows will go live at the Unity Productions’ stage.

So You Think You Can Choreograph? Latest SLE Article

Hey all! It’s been awhile since I’ve written an article for Second Life Enquirer, but what with RL dissertation and SL filming, it’s been a tiring, tiring journey. I won’t even get into all the other things I’ve been working on. So, yeah, moving on!

My latest SLE article is awesome. Yes, I’m patting self on back–HARD. I pulled together four women who are great dancers and choreographers on the grid and had them talk to me about dancing, choreographing as an art form in Second Life. The women? Dance Queens Founder Nottoo Wise, The Dazzlers CEO Pyper Dollinger, Unity Productions Founder Pet Karu, and A&M MOCAP Assistant/Support and Gorean dancer Tiviyah Resident.

Aside from their views on dancing and choreography, I also share my recent work into choreography and offer a raw video of my rehearsing a song I’m dancing this weekend.

Head to SLE to read “So You Think You Can Choreograph?” Check it out now and leave comments!

Unity Productions’ THE PRISONER Goes Live Today

Today, faith-based group Unity Productions kicks off performances of its latest production, The Prisoner! [Oh, BTW, I’m Jesus in white in this picture! I play him and a dancer in the production.]

The Prisoner is a tragic musical with an operatic feel that tells the story of John the Baptist. The pulsing songs sung in Hebrew offer a unique layer to the diversity of our culture, heritage, and inheritance in Christ.

Shows will run every weekend during the month of June with the following days and times: Friday 6 p.m. SLT, Saturday 2 p.m. SLT, and Sunday 4 p.m. SLT. Here is YOUR ticket to Unity Productions’ stage for the performances!

You do not want to miss this wonderful production.