My dear friends you are reading this page because you recently contacted me and I sent you here to learn about what I’m doing at this time in my life. First, you should know I’m so grateful to be able to include you as part of my life story. As you know, I’ve always looked at life as a grand adventure and I’m happy to say that while my life circumstances have produced some incredible challenges, my perspective has not changed. Adventure is still out there and I’m eager to share this one with you!
I went to see the movie Avatar shortly after it was released. I was so intrigued over the virtual world James Cameron had created for the movie that I embarked on an adventure to see what a 3D virtual world might offer someone with my background. I am happy to report that I found a place where business is thriving in ways I never imagined possible. I have gotten back to my artistic roots and when I am not busy helping a successful gallery and its artists in real life, I am creating a new economy in the metaverse through my avatar Jewle (pronounced Julie) Rae.
After three months of research, on April 22, 2010 I decided to officially embrace and accept the reality of Web 3.0 . The time has come for us all to learn how to handle avatars and I’ve leased an island in the 3D virtual world of Second Life where I would love to have you join me for socializing, special events and immersive learning experiences! Whether you are retired, running a business or building a new one, what I’m up to should be of interest to you ~ at a minimum, it’s likely to blow your mind!
To join me on this 3D virtual world adventure, you will need to open a Second Life account, download and install a compatible 3D browser and complete an orientation on how to handle your avatar in the virtual world. You can choose between a premium account or a FREE basic account. I recommend getting a Premium Account not just because you can get a free ‘home’ that is for your private use but because it is a great way to experience what it means to be part of a virtual community. Currently there are three pricing levels for Premium Accounts: $9.95 per month, $22.50 per quarter, or $72 per year.
I signed Westward Connections up to be a Second Life affiliate to defray some of the cost of publishing and online presence maintenance. I would appreciate it if you would click on the web ad in either column to join me in world. After you have enrolled and installed the software but before you log into Second Life contact me through Facebook, Twitter or email and I will be happy to join you in world to welcome you personally and help you learn how to handle your avatar.
- Second Life Overview from VentureBeat Profiles ~ Note that Mitch Kapor and Jeff Bezos have invested and take a closer look at the Board of Directors.
- Virtual worlds recede, but Second Life keeps growing (GamesBeat, April 28, 2010)