2010.08.19 19:00 - NY Stock Exchange to Beirut

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    The guardian for this session was Paradise Tennant. The coments are by Paradise, Bruce, Eliza, Calvino, and Druth.


    Paradise Tennant: hiya bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, Para.
    Paradise Tennant: waiting for the cushions to rezz
    Bruce Mowbray: ;-)
    Paradise Tennant: sorry I am late ..
    Bruce Mowbray: No problem. You're looking gorgeous tonight!
    Paradise Tennant: lol thanks kindly :)
    Paradise Tennant: more fanciful fashion :)
    Bruce Mowbray: How come we guys don't get to dress like that?
    Bruce Mowbray: I guess we could if we wanted to, huh?
    Paradise Tennant: well I think they have merman outfits you know
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Bruce Mowbray: really. . . ? I'll think it over.
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh my!
    Paradise Tennant: funny nothing is rezzing
    Paradise Tennant: except of course the one cushion you seem to be sitting on even though I cannot see you :)
    Paradise Tennant: well
    Paradise Tennant: maybe I will have to stand
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm usually the one who can't see anything. . .
    Paradise Tennant: what would you like to talk about tonight
    Bruce Mowbray: All of the usual cushions are here, I promise.
    Paradise Tennant: hmm I believe you but when they are not rezzed i cannot click on them
    Bruce Mowbray: Well, I've been feeling somewhat anxious about the stock market. . . hating to see my life's savings disappear...
    Paradise Tennant: ouch
    Bruce Mowbray: and am trying to use this as an exercise in "stuckness" and impermanence. . ,.
    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, druth!
    Paradise Tennant: and attachment
    Paradise Tennant: hiya druth
    Bruce Mowbray: Can you see the cushions, druth?
    druth Vlodovic: hi mowbray, tennant
    Bruce Mowbray: yes, and attachment.
    druth Vlodovic: just click around until something happens :)
    Bruce Mowbray: ha ha!
    Paradise Tennant: ok
    druth Vlodovic: good, that's not the best dress for floating in
    Paradise Tennant: that works
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Bruce Mowbray: anyway, I've decided just to watch the appearance of anxiety -- and try to stop peaking at the financial news.
    Paradise Tennant: we were just chatting about possible topics was there anything you would like to talk about tonight
    Paradise Tennant: nods
    Paradise Tennant: best idea it not to focus on it
    Bruce Mowbray: How about you, druth?
    Bruce Mowbray thinks: Stop peaking and peeking, both.
    druth Vlodovic: lol, remember the "serenity prayer"
    Bruce Mowbray: Sure do.
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Bruce Mowbray: It's the "courage" part that I'm lacking right now.
    Bruce Mowbray: also wisdom, probably.
    Bruce Mowbray: come to think of it, also the serenity part.
    Bruce Mowbray: ;-)
    Paradise Tennant: God, grant us the... Serenity to accept things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, and the Wisdom to know the difference Patience for the things that take time Appreciation for all that we have, and Tolerance for those with different struggles Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless. Contents [hide]
    Bruce Mowbray: I've just copied that to print out later. Thanks!
    druth Vlodovic: wow, the long version, I'd only ever heard the first three lines
    Bruce Mowbray: me too -- only three lines.
    Bruce Mowbray: I have hanging in my living room an embroidry piece that my mother made of that prayer several decades ago.
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: love having things people have made with their hands always seems to me when you touch it .you sort of touch them
    druth Vlodovic: my grandmother had a hanging "the hurrider I go, the behinder I get" it wasn't until I was grown up I found out it was a postcard
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    druth Vlodovic: still wish I had it though
    Paradise Tennant: postcards work too :)
    Paradise Tennant: anxiety can be really helpful sometimes
    Paradise Tennant: find it compells me to get certain things done
    Paradise Tennant: there is growth in discomfort
    Paradise Tennant: often find I have to step out of my comfort zone to grow ..
    Bruce Mowbray: Well, there's definitely a growth edge in this somewhere for me, then.
    Bruce Mowbray: Hey, you made it, Para!
    druth Vlodovic: I've tried investing a few times, them my parents put money into "ethical funds" for the kids, and they've consistantly outperformed anything I did
    Paradise Tennant: yep the cushions finally appeared ..
    Paradise Tennant: nice thing for your parents to do .. time is a big plus when it comes to returns :)
    druth Vlodovic: I wasn't sure of the idea at first, the idea of ethical funds is they invest in "ethical" companies
    druth Vlodovic: to be honest I'm not sure what their criteria is
    Paradise Tennant: hmm each would be a little different i suspect but green, fair trade .. and the like would be big in th picture no ?
    Bruce Mowbray: http://www.rawdc.org/invest/funds.html
    Bruce Mowbray: several different kinds of "ethical criteria."
    Paradise Tennant: hiya eliza :)
    druth Vlodovic: I'd imagine so, bridgehead and suchlike as well
    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, Eliza.
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Everyone :)
    druth Vlodovic: hey eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    druth Vlodovic: strange that the idea of doing something for the "right reasons" is so odd these days
    Paradise Tennant: nods
    Paradise Tennant: was talking to someone about an office building today which has been modified to have prayer rooms for middle eastern employees
    Paradise Tennant: made me smile
    Paradise Tennant: most work places could well do with prayer rooms or at least a quiet spot to go to meditate
    Bruce Mowbray: I know that some universities (like UCLA) have meditation halls for their students.
    Bruce Mowbray: The neuro-biologists there requested that it be done.
    Bruce Mowbray: When I first came into SL about five months ago, I was really surprised how many opportunities there are for meditation with groups.
    druth Vlodovic: I learned a bit ago that anxiety and depression, from any source, can cause chemical imbalances in the brain that then cause anxiety and depression
    Eliza Madrigal: hehehe
    Eliza Madrigal: I was surprised by meditation communities in SL as well, Brucea
    druth Vlodovic: I've even found tai chi and suchlike
    Eliza Madrigal: Also, I wondered "how can that work?" til I tried it
    Paradise Tennant: yes they really work well
    Bruce Mowbray: Oooops. Looks like they're going to be cleaning up here in a few minutes.
    Eliza Madrigal: Pila says the pose balls are pretty accurate re tai chi
    Paradise Tennant: cannot really feel a difference to it
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, tai chi is a wonderful balance-restorer.
    Eliza Madrigal: I've not really mirrored the movements, but an av doing tai chi IS calming
    Paradise Tennant: shall we reconvene here in a few minutes or would you like to tp out to my treehouse?
    Bruce Mowbray: I used to teach tai chi, and I agree with Pila.
    druth Vlodovic: I imagined myself standing in front of the computer screen... :)
    Bruce Mowbray: ;-)
    druth Vlodovic: I've never been to your treehouse
    Bruce Mowbray: Actually its getting late here and I should be getting to bed.
    Eliza Madrigal: I'll sign off I think.... signed on to send a new guardian invitation
    Bruce Mowbray: But thanks for th invitation.
    Eliza Madrigal: but I love Paradise's treehouse
    Paradise Tennant: nods
    Eliza Madrigal: beautiful!
    druth Vlodovic: 2nd notice
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, I've been there for an I Ching group.
    Eliza Madrigal: would like to go again some time :)
    Paradise Tennant: ok good night eliza bruce when it does shut down thank you for being here
    Eliza Madrigal: Night for now
    Bruce Mowbray: Bye for now.
    Eliza Madrigal: cya bright and early for time Bruce
    Paradise Tennant: will drop a landmark on you it is open space you are all welcome to use it :) just sort of an open garden with a dog
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    druth Vlodovic: as lonjg as the dog if friendly
    Eliza Madrigal: :) hehe... Paradise is sweet to her pets
    Paradise Tennant: smiles very friendly
    Eliza Madrigal: so he's friendly
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Night
    druth Vlodovic: 'night eliza


    The Region shut down

    Calvino Rabeni: are there no seats here?
    Calvino Rabeni: Maybe you can sit on an invisible one
    Calvino Rabeni: There are several large chairs here, right
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: well
    Paradise Tennant: there we go seated at last
    Paradise Tennant: well how has your week been
    Calvino Rabeni: So far so good
    Calvino Rabeni: A dinner guest was talking about a company in asia that builds complete plans for cities of 1,000,000 people
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Calvino Rabeni: Apparently they have a demo model
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: It would be interesting to visit
    Paradise Tennant: what is on your list of places to see before you die :)
    Calvino Rabeni: And they may have some customers - maybe china needs 300 such cities built
    Paradise Tennant: well economical approach ..
    Calvino Rabeni: Places to see .... hmmm, I was reading somewhere about the "bucket list" phenomenon, how it varies depending on age
    Paradise Tennant: but would lack.. the happenstance of towns that grow out of lives lived there
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, it might haves some engineered chaos, one would hope
    Calvino Rabeni: or some built in self-organization ability
    Calvino Rabeni: it might be something that works for some cultures and not for others
    Calvino Rabeni: what an experiment :)
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: What would I like to see before I die ? Hmmmm
    Calvino Rabeni: Anything come to mind or you?
    Paradise Tennant: yes I have a long long long list
    Calvino Rabeni: Share a little? Maybe I'll be inspired :)
    Paradise Tennant: patagonia.. the artic circle .. dubai... turkey .. russia .. italy .. going to italy for the second in a couple of weeks love italy ..
    Paradise Tennant: it is the gelato ..
    Paradise Tennant: sighs ..
    Paradise Tennant: going to land in pescara maybe drive or train to riva del gardo .. then venice then paris then home
    Calvino Rabeni: I think I'd like to see - The house of certain people - sigmund freud, carl jung, for example
    Paradise Tennant: hmm
    Calvino Rabeni: I saw Albrecht Durer's house
    Calvino Rabeni: Venice
    Paradise Tennant: I walked through Jane austen's house in bath
    Paradise Tennant: such tiny little rooms
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes
    Paradise Tennant: to view such a intricately complex world
    Calvino Rabeni: The darjeeling railway
    Calvino Rabeni: Istanbul, the baths
    Paradise Tennant: hmm yes!
    Paradise Tennant: nods !
    Calvino Rabeni: and arcades
    Paradise Tennant: iceland and the hot springs and ice hotels !
    Calvino Rabeni: Maybe the Burning Man festival (coming up next weekend)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: that too
    Calvino Rabeni: Volcano
    Paradise Tennant: sl is a window on the world
    Paradise Tennant: and its people
    Calvino Rabeni: Some of the mountain monasteries in Tibet or China
    Paradise Tennant: hmm have always wanted to do a tea house trek you know you hike from tea house to tea house up the mountain
    Paradise Tennant: would love to go to the heart of the world
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: Where is the heart of the world?
    Paradise Tennant: tibet .. it is described in a beautiful book by ian baker called the heart of the world
    Calvino Rabeni: I'd like to spend more time in Spain
    Paradise Tennant: has never been to spain
    Calvino Rabeni: A few cities there
    Calvino Rabeni: A tour of coffeehouses in Vienna
    Paradise Tennant: nods approvingly
    Paradise Tennant: sometimes I will just take off on very short notice and go on what I call a starbucks holiday fly in where ever .. get up everyday find the nearest starbucks or facismile and then just kind of wander around all day .. may do some of the sites or not . sometimes just .. try to absorb the feel of everyday life there ...
    Paradise Tennant: like that low keyed kind of pace :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Where is somewhere you've gone?
    Paradise Tennant: on the trips where everything is very organized to maximize seeing the country I sometimes find it is just is a mash of old churchs and I cannot feel the place
    Paradise Tennant: hmm
    Calvino Rabeni: I'm thinking also - road trips by car, taking back roads
    Paradise Tennant: the sante fe trail !
    Paradise Tennant: when I was sick as a kid my dad would buy maps and we would plan road trips .. cut out pictures of where we were going to go .. paste them in a book
    Calvino Rabeni: American Southwest has a lot of space and a lot of sites of interest
    Calvino Rabeni: Desert camping is a nice change too
    Paradise Tennant: yes the dessert in bloom in january !
    Paradise Tennant: never have dessert camped ..
    Calvino Rabeni: I've never been to Carlsbad Caverns
    Paradise Tennant: winter camped
    Paradise Tennant: that is fun
    Calvino Rabeni: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Igloo living
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: northern lights !
    Calvino Rabeni: Hot springs in the snow
    Calvino Rabeni: Actually, Washington DC isn't a bad destination, for its wealth of free museums and galleries
    Paradise Tennant: hmm yes
    Paradise Tennant: been to most of the big us cities
    Paradise Tennant: smiles they are all alittle different
    Calvino Rabeni: It could take a month to visit the Library of Congress and Smithsonian
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: yes feel the same way about the british museum in london
    Calvino Rabeni: And not to forget the World's Largest Shopping Mall
    Paradise Tennant: hmm lol
    Calvino Rabeni: Some places that used to be on my list have been destroyed, sadly
    Paradise Tennant: listens
    Calvino Rabeni: Beruit, Baghdad
    Paradise Tennant: nods sadly
    Paradise Tennant: liked prague a lot
    Calvino Rabeni: I heard good things about it
    Calvino Rabeni: Well, I wonder if it is getting near "trundling" time ? :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Often dreams are like travel to other times and cultures
    Paradise Tennant: went to Cezny Krumlov , a few years back ..like to get up before dawn at least once on a trip to take a dawn shot .. caught a ghost pic on the castle walls
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=h...t:429,r:15,s:0
    Calvino Rabeni: You're a committed traveler - that's great
    Calvino Rabeni: :) worlds longest link ever :)
    Paradise Tennant: if you go to the far right in the photo there is sort of the start of castle .. bridge forticiation over looks a steep drop some 700 eet
    Calvino Rabeni: Beautiful picture, thanks
    Paradise Tennant: was up there in the dark pitch black waiting for the dawn
    Calvino Rabeni: I've been pretty satisified with the pictures I have taken on travels and around the places I live
    Calvino Rabeni: they aren't picture postcard material, but give a sense of place in its particular beauty
    Paradise Tennant: got a nice shot . when I was walking down to town caught a photo of an older woman raking leaves in the early light, she was framed in a nice stone archway .. when I downloaded the shot there was a ghostly apparition behind her
    Paradise Tennant: very spooky
    Paradise Tennant: sent it to a ghost buster site :)
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: oooh
    Paradise Tennant: photos are like little moments in time that you can zoom back to with a look
    Calvino Rabeni: I like that effect
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: nods
    Calvino Rabeni: And with an eye for detail, the world has infinities other than size
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: So sometimes I focus on things other than landscape and built objects
    Calvino Rabeni: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
    Calvino Rabeni: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: those are great shots
    Paradise Tennant: shots
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: sometimes there are moments of nature
    Calvino Rabeni: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
    Calvino Rabeni: like a rainbow bridge
    Paradise Tennant: huge smile here ..how beautiful
    Calvino Rabeni: Nature shots are difficult - what the camera sees is so different than the eye - and I don't know later if the shot will be successful, and then, if it works for other people as well as myself
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Capturing the quality of early summer is a challenge
    Paradise Tennant: it sometimes is just a fluke that you manage to capture .. even a bit of it
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, and you look again, and think - well that's just grass and a few trees
    Paradise Tennant: we should do a photo show and tell session :)
    Paradise Tennant: that would be fun
    Calvino Rabeni: or again, maybe the photo can draw you in
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes it would
    Paradise Tennant: they do draw you in
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: It would be an interesting session, like a narrated slide show, but I think we could give it extra dimensions
    Paradise Tennant: would be a lot of fun
    Paradise Tennant: pick a special photo that was important to you ..
    Paradise Tennant: going to have to go soon dog is starting to talk loudly :)
    Calvino Rabeni: LIke this one - lt goes back and forth between beiing dimensional and flat
    Calvino Rabeni: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink
    Calvino Rabeni: OK, good to see you, take care :)
    Paradise Tennant: beautiful play of light ..
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: glad that came through - it was impressive to see the scene
    Paradise Tennant: will dream of ranbow bridges going to print that pic!
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night, Paradise :)

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