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Publisher’s Note

Well folks MMI - Mr. & Miss Model International is done. I am honored to have Whskywolf Oakleaf as our new Mr. MMI and JonelleDevonshire as our new Miss MMI. MMI 2018 was great, but truthfully, I am glad it is over, as I am every year, that is until the next one in 2019. So, readers who are mad about fashion and love the best challenges on the grid, keep an eye out around December for the MMI 2019 press release. You do not need to be a model to enter! I would like to take this opportunity to just let the good people of Second Life know that if I have an issue with anyone I promise that I will let that person know. My motto is dont listen to idle gossip, and if you feel there is an issue just ask me. When we listen to others and don't hear it from the person themselves then we are also sucked right into the crap and will become part of the gossip mongers. Also just know that I support all of Second Life unless given a reason not to, and if that is the case, the people or places involved will be left without a doubt on why I don't

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support them. Ok enough with that.....So, good readers of Second Life, in this issue get ready for their words with an Interview with the MMI Contestants, Xavier Thiebaud's A Man on a Mission and PLAY, a club with a different take.

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Editor’s Note

Celebrating uniqueness not trends!

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STAFF PUBLISHER/EDITOR Ava Jhamin EDITOR IN CHIEF Rienna Iron FASHION EDITOR Trinity Aironaut WRITERS Ava Jhamin, Rhiannon Colclough, Karin Deuttmann, Hadley Carrington, Rienna Iron, Resmay Bloodstorm-Coba, Trinity Aironaut PHOTOGRAPHERS Ava Jhamin, Trinity Aironaut, Resmay Bloodstorm-Coba DIVERSITY MODELS Trinity Aironaut, QueenBrat Bracken, Ava Jhamin, WhskyWolf Oakleaf, Rienna Iron, JonelleDevonshire, Loreleil Couer

The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publisher. ®2018 L'Amour Productions. All rights reserved. Second Life™ is a registered trademark of Linden Research, Inc.

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I participated in a Facebook post last night that I picked up from a friend's feed in which participants were asked various questions about themselves to share. One of the questions was "what is your favorite season?" I immediately thought of springtime in the Shenandoah Valley and almost wrote spring as my answer. But then I remembered spring at 10,000 feet (3.04 km) above sea level in the high country of Colorado, where often residents endure four feet of snow until June, a VERY different picture all together, and I went eewww. So, ultimately, I ended up naming each of the seasons individually based upon my experiences in the states in which I've lived. LOL. But I do love spring in places like Shenandoah because like the picture at the top of this editorial letter, it's full of flowers, and green, and birds and it's like nothing you've ever seen, at least in my mind.

and bathing suits and sundresses. It also means some of our favorite outdoor holidays like Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that might not mean what you think. We discuss that on page 100. Also, on page 96, one of my favorite articles in this issue, is about my amazing, beautiful, talented SL mother, Her Majesty Queen MaiaCer Lysette. I have truly met no one else like her in ten years of being on SL. Please be sure to read Karin Deutmann's interview with her. As I was laying it out in the magazine, it had me singing in my head, "Mother Tell your children not to walk my way Tell your children not to hear my words What they mean What they say." Not because of mom, just because I love Danzig. LOL.

Spring means the sun is out longer, and the earth is warmer, and soon it will be warm enough to put away our cold weather gear and replace it with shorts,

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Table of Contents

14 M MI Contestant Interviews

See what the contestants of this year's MMI have to say about their experience in the competiton

72 Babies R Us Birthing Center An interview with Dr. Electra from Babies R Us, brought to you by Ava Jhamin

34 Chop Zuey Editorial Check out the L'Amour Diversity models in some of the latest bling from Chop Zuey!

52 Phoenix Premium Estates Meet SirEdward Slade in a personal interview by Ava Jhamin

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PLAY - A Club Like No Other Ava Jhamin talks with PLAY club owner Sarai gracie Etzel (sarai sciarri)

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Mother: Queen MaiaCer Lysette Karin Deuttman brings us an interview with her Majesty Queen MaiaCer Lysette

62 A Man on a Mission This month features a couple of "mother" themed articles. Read this endearing article in the words of a son, Xavier Thiebaud.

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Many things in SL can be classified as "experiences." We even have experiences we can accept that make our avis travel, interact and receive things from other experiences - a very meta concept in and of itself! And one of the most interesting experiences on the grid, is the Mr. & Miss Model International (MMI) competition - a competition that has the word "Model" in the title but is not only for models, an experience that is not just one time, but spread out over several months. A multi-layer experience, some shared, some only for the contestants, and some only for the Owner/CEO and COO of MMI. Let's investigate the experience that defies easy definitions and pat classifications. THE SHARED EXPERIENCE: The MMI 2018 Final Show This show, the grand culmination of all the planning, competing, learning, and growing, took place on March 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. SLT. The contestants were: **Ladies**: HRHeather Jazztone (LeAnn) JonelleDevonshire Noreen Barineaux Sheva St.Claire **Men**: Herb Carnell Zakros WhskyWolf Oakleaf This was a fashion show and competition like no other. The pre-event music was provided by live singer Bubbles 'BuBu Quinn' Song (Trinity Ermintrood), a very talented singer with a gorgeous voice, and Brice Meda, DJ, who provided the


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well. I made several new friends and enjoyed helping them when they asked for my opinions. It was a long road but, in the end, I enjoyed it very much. Whsky: MMI was a learning experience and very different from previous pageants in which I had participated. I met a lot of wonderful people and have made friends. Noreen: Stress - stress - stress BUT fun fun - fun! The stressful part was fighting the lag at shows and to keep the time limits between RL work and the time difference of being in Europe. The fun parts were

THE CONTESTANT EXPERIENCES The contestants were all asked to comment on the contest; these are the ones who responded: Sheva St. Claire Whskywolf Oakleaf Noreen Barineaux Jonelle Devonshire 1. What was your experience with MMI like? Sheva: It was quite the learning experience for me in many ways. I really had no clue about pictures, and now I have grown so much in that area, and learned more about styling as

perfect music for the event itself. The set was built by Cyberdawg Foxclaw and Ava Jhamin and fit perfectly with the various rounds. There were 3 rounds formal wear, slumber party, and avant garde (picked from a box of items), and each contestant had a story for their looks - the script wasn't provided for them, and it allowed the contestants to show not only their styling prowess, but also the rationale behind each of their choices. The show truly defies description and so, a good look at the pictures would be far better to show just how unique and original this show,

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and its contestants were. At the end of the three rounds, the winners were announced: Jonelle Devonshire became the new Miss MMI and Whsky Oakleaf the new Mr. MMI.

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the different stylings, meeting new and interesting people, and learning a lot about myself. Jonelle: It was challenging and involved a lot of work. I enjoyed the time I spent as a contestant and loved meeting all the new models. I look forward to working with them all in the future. 2. What training and skills did you draw from to help you compete? Sheva: I think I used a lot of styling skills mostly I learned more about posing and photography as I went along, but with styling I was pushed to the limits. Whsky: Mainly, I drew from my training L’Amour Diversity Magazine | Issue 17, April 2018

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from the modeling schools I attended. But we also had workshops offered by MMI to help contestants with the contest. Noreen: The styling training with Ava, being self-confident about my abilities, and developing a better eye with each photograph I took.

3. What does it mean to you to have participated in the MMI competition? Sheva: I feel I have grown in so many ways. It was truly a learning experience, and taught me more about how to take criticism and to use the feedback to improve on specific problem areas.

Whsky: It means a lot to me. At first, I really hadn't given much thought Jonelle: I have graduated from four to participating, but my wife, Liberty modeling schools. I've had personal tutoring in style. I've done many runway Lighthouse along with Ava Jhamin, encouraged me to do it. I am very happy shows and castings, and I successfully styled my way into the Fantasy Angels. I I did. I know the experience will stay with have worked for incredible designers for me forever. both runway and blogging and learned a Noreen: It made me feel proud being great deal in my time with them. They are all very talented and taught me a lot in the last group and it enabled me about being a creative, model over the to show myself in a competition with judges who had strict criteria. Finally, last two years.

learning to never give up - even when you know you are too far behind and won't win. Jonelle: After my experience doing Miss Virtual World as a brand new model, I realized I had a lot of work to do to bring my skills up to the standards of the best models on the grid, and I wanted to join their ranks. I worked hard to improve my skill set in the interim two years, so I chose to start with a contest that I knew would be scrupulously fair. I was told by a friend about MMI, so I decided to join the contest with an eye toward

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gaining more competition experience and some new friends. 4. What advice would you give next year's contestants? Sheva: My advice, don't do any other shows or castings during MMI. You will need the time to do this, it's not easy but it is so worth doing. Also, expect it to cost a bit. I can't even tell you how much I just spent to get things as close to perfect as I could. I don't regret anything."

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Whsky: Manage your time efficiently. MMI is very time consuming and you have deadlines to meet every week. If you cannot multi-task, then make sure MMI is your focus if you wish to do well in it. Noreen: Never give up - ask other contestants and most of all: HAVE FUN with what you are doing! Jonelle: Don't go into a big competition until you are sure that you are really prepared. A vast inventory is necessary to compete because you never know what the challenges will require. Make sure your prims fit you impeccably every time. Above all, be in it for the right reason, which is not to win, necessarily. Winning is a great reward for all that hard work, but the best reason to enter is to learn, make friends and have fun. 5. Anything else you'd like to add? Sheva: I think all models should at least try to do MMI as it teaches you so much in a short amount of time. It can be daunting, but I am one who likes a challenge and it surely challenged me in so many ways ways I never had imagined that it would. I am so thrilled I was able to be in MMI till the final. Noreen: Already looking forward to joining next year! Jonelle: I would like to thank the MMI Judges and the L'Amour Production company for allowing me this opportunity to enhance my experience and have a great time. I would also like to thank my competitors, who worked as hard as I did during this time. Congratulations to you all. **************************************** ****************************************

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The contestants are not the only ones who contribute to and participate in this experience; this would not even be an experience if not for the creative vision of Owner/CEO Ava Jhamin and COO Cyberdawg Foxclaw. Their comments, concerns and advice for the event belong in the experience as well. Ava and Cy experiences: 1. What advice would you give on how contestants can prepare for MMI? Ava: Don't be complacent, come with everything you have, and commit to it. The winner of MMI is the one that is #1 committed and #2 eats, breathes, and sleeps MMI. A lot of people are under the impression that MMI is a way to do other competitions, for me MMI is the fairest and most challenging competition on the grid. Cy: First and foremost, know who you are as an individual and as a model. MMI is all about who the contestant is, and the better you can show that, the higher your likelihood of success. Study photo composition and learn to play with wind lights, because most challenges have a photo element, and contestants are not allowed to use any external photo editing software. Finally, be mentally prepared. Know your fashion genres, and above all, be prepared for what may at times feel like harsh critique from judges. If a contestant can't handle negative feedback, maybe they should rethink entering a competition that focuses on feedback - the good and the bad. 2. What are your pet peeves that can get a contestant disqualified, and why? Ava: I think for me it would be talking behind our backs, which I always find out about. We have the feedback for a reason with Mr. & Miss Model International. This is L’Amour Diversity Magazine | Issue 17, April 2018

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the safe zone where a contestant can say whatever they want and it would be totally ok. When you're given and arena to vent, and you don't use that and instead go and talk bad about MMI to your friends and anyone that will listen, that pisses me off. I think also cheating in anyway, we had to deduct points right away for pictures that were photoshopped, the rules clearly state, no outside editing, that means photoshop, gimp, pixler, picmonkey, nothing. Also, for me to treat everyone with the utmost respect, if that contestants disrespect anyone, Cyberdawg Foxclaw, my COO, and I will not tolerate it - that's it. Cy: Well, things that can get a contestant disqualified aren't necessarily things I would consider pet peeves. People get disqualified for things like violating rules and displaying unprofessional and/or unethical behavior. Pet peeves, for me, are contestants not bothering to read the notecards provided, which give detailed instructions on what is required for each challenge, or for the competition in general. Another is not paying attention during rehearsal, which wastes everyone's time. And finally, the one that bugs me quite often is asking for a TP when the landmark is right there in their walk order notecard. 3. Can you give your perspective on what MMI teaches up-and-coming models on what it takes to be competent as a model? Ava: I think so much is taught, as far as how to play fair, be there for one another even if competing with one another. I think a lot is learned about styling, photography, walking, posing.

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It teaches discipline so therefore one would come out of MMI more competent. Cy: MMI pushes contestants outside of their comfort zones. It's extremely demanding, with challenges that require them to create sets and to work together toward a goal. Even though it is a competition, contestants are encouraged to help each other, and seminars are offered at various times on things like photography and posing. It's a rigorous eight weeks, but at the end of it all, I think all contestants come out with a stronger sense of who they are as models and stylists, and a great deal more confidence in their abilities. 4. There may be people who say, "Why should I enter MMI - I've gone to school for modeling," or "I'm not really interested in modeling," or "I don't want to be a runway model," etc. What would you tell them they can gain from competing in contests like MMI? Ava: Your styling experience alone is worth it all which, if you're a stylist and not a model is imperative. I think this is schooling on steroids, and during feedback you can ask about what you did wrong and learn from it, and that is priceless. Cy: As I stated in my answer above, I think the most important thing they'll gain by participating in MMI is a very strong, confident sense of themselves. Competitions are certainly not for everyone, but if someone is looking for a serious challenge, they'll find it in MMI.

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The Easy Life with Phoenix Premium

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Out on the Grid

Ava: What did you first do when you became part of the SL experience? SirEdward: Oh, I had to learn everything, and I tried hard. After having a short break due to frustration on all this new stuff, I decided to restart. In the end I learned to survive here. I began gambling on SL, but got bothered one day. So, I started to script small tools and things. I played around with some land and learned to design it. Ava: Tell me how did Phoenix Premium Estates came to be? SirEdward: Oh, that is a long story. In short: I worked for another estate as a salesman, but eventually, this company went out of business. After that, I met my business partner Maark Hastings. We had the same ideas on how to bring a good experience to people in SL and we started our "joint-venture," now known as "Phoenix Premium Estates." Ava: What kind of lands do you offer the citizens of Second Life? SirEdward: Basically, we do offer all kinds of land. From "Full Prim sim" to "Homestead sims," from smallest plot to nice Caribbean flavored islands, we can satisfy all needs. Our goal is to provide service, even after the buy. We don't get tired to show plots and sims until the client is happy with what they buy. Ava: Are there any restrictions on your land? For a lot of people on Second Life, having land or a place to call home isn't that important. For me as a Second Life business woman, it is very important to have a place for all my businesses and for myself. I came to be part of Phoenix Premium Estates by accident really, when one of my friends had to leave her full region estate and asked if I would like to take it over. I jumped at the chance as this land was considerably less expensive than the land I had at the time. I met SirEdward Slade, and it was a great chemistry as far as trust and knowing that I would be well taken care of on Phoenix Premium Estates. From the get-go, he was always there if you needed him, and he is still that way. He is just the best landlord I could ever want. I finally asked him if he would do an article for L'Amour Diversity, and of course being the gentleman he always is, he agreed. I sat down with SirEdward and talked to him about his life, business and all that is Phoenix Estates. Ava: What brought you to Second Life SirEdward? SirEdward: I was keen to see what this digital project would bring up. At the time SL started, it was a digital revolution!

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SirEdward: Linden Labs' TOS is the basic rule, of course. As everywhere in SL. On the sims featuring small Islands, we do not allow clubs or bigger businesses. This is to ensure lag-free living and a high level of privacy, so the residential land is kept separate. If someone wants to drive a club or a mall, we can sell them a plot on commercial rated sims as well. We are fighting all kinds of fraud, intolerance and disturbances. Ava: You have been here a very long time SirEdward, what changes have you seen in Second Life good or bad? SirEdward: Oh yes, I have been here for more than 10 years now, since 2008. Linden Labs ran to several steps of development, the first years were like the gold-rush in the older U.S. Everybody built, scripted and several well know places were founded, some are still there. At one time, RL companies tried to get a foothold in SL, but they didn't succeed in the way they wanted to. Nowadays SL slows down a bit. But still, new people are coming in to explore and to have fun. The club scene is very big in SL. On nearly every SIM you can find a club today. Don't forget the business: A lot of people are still making money here, but the golden age is long gone - as in RL the "big ones" are holding the ship. Ava: Tell me what are the ups and downs of owning a business in SL? SirEdward: In general, there is usually a very low risk to to go bankrupt because it is virtual. And as a builder, you can get much reflection and meaning out of your work. The most negative thing, is that people often don't honor the work and time someone spent. A creator spends time sitting in front of the computer, just to finish a new mesh-shirt for example And in the end, people complain about spending L$5 on it, which is just a few cents in RL. For me, I can offer the nicest beach island to a client, but they will rent at another company, because of a difference in price of L$3 per week.

hundreds and thousands of them today. Therefore, there is no fair business anymore. But in general, I would not change a thing, because SL has grown up by itself and it is a user-made-world. The old rule, "never touch a running system" takes place! Ava: Do you have any weird stories you can share with the readers of Diversity? SirEdward: Everyday in SL is a weird story - I suggest that people come in and enjoy their own weird stories.

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A Man with A Mission

My very good friend, Xavier Thiebaud, lost his mother last year. I remember all the feelings and emotions I felt when I talked to Xavier during that time. There is always a special bond between sons and mothers and Xavier was no exception. They were extremely close and he gave up everything to go and take care of his mother. I wondered sometimes if I was going to be able to help get this amazing friend of mine through the hardest thing he has ever gone through. I wanted this to be a story from Xavier, on his journey to lay his mom’s ashes to rest. It is now 2018, and his journey is almost complete. The rest of this story is done by Xavier on his mission for his mother.

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made my journey down to México. 1st stop Tijuana 2nd was Guadalajara 3rd Leon and destination Barra de Navidad. I had not been to México in over 30 years! I was literally going to a foreign country all alone with my only companion La La, (my Shi Tzu) who was my only constant throughout this entire odyssey. The night my mother passed away, I fell to my knees screaming Oh my God! I don’t know what to do! I laid down in a fetal position and cried like I’ve never cried before, until that morning. I never felt so alone in my life... I did not sleep until Saturday night... I had very little resources to rely on, and only agenda I had was to lay my mother’s ashes in the ocean at Barra. My second agenda was to sell the house my grandmother left for me in Leon.

I felt alone, but soon realized I was not 1 year ago, I set out on a journey that was alone. Not anymore... not only life changing, but I literally had We may not always have the family from no other choice. My mom left me with blood but can always have family by only 30 dollars and had me pay the electric choice and more so the ones that you care bill as she’s being carried away on the for and care for you. I called my uncle gurney. in San Francisco, only to be hung up on! Both my mother’s brothers wanted My mother passed away on May 21st of nothing to do with me or my mother. 2016. I had to vacate immediately all her belongings and mine into storage and One year later I have more people in my donated or threw away everything! I did life and I’m very happy. I’ve reconnected 90% without any assistance!! I did get withvery old friends, Cousins and Aunts help from family, but only on moving the and Uncles. big stuff. Not sorting out the boxes and This time by choice!!! boxes and boxes my mother had left for me. Again, similar route San Diego and

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que no siempre tengamos a la familia de sangre, pero siempre podemos tener familia por elección y más aún, las que usted cuida y cuida de usted.

now I’m officially a dual citizenship and Mexican! My mother has followed my way and even lead it. Thank you, mom I miss, you... Love Victor

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1ra parada Tijuana 2ª fue Guadalajara 3º León y destino final Barra de Navidad. Yo no había estado en México en más de 35 años! Yo iba literalmente a un país extranjero solo con mi única compañera La La, que era mi única constante durante toda esta odisea.

Llamé a mi tío sólo para ser colgado en! Los hermanos de mi madre no querían tener nada que ver conmigo ni con mi madre. Un año más tarde tengo más gente en mi vida y estoy muy feliz. Me he vuelto a conectar con viejos y viejos amigos, primos y tías y tíos. Estoy muy lleno por mi Madina Amparro y Héctor primos Héctor jr y Karla. Mi tía Helen y los primos Jennifer y Vanessa. Mi tía Gala y los primos Gustavo y José. Mi primaTara, que sólo conocí el año pasado. Comenzó este viaje que también ha tenido un camino similar de su propio gran abrazo Tara. Mi hermano Humberto

y mi cuñada Claudia. Mi querida amiga Debbie a Mi tía Lecho y mi prima Martha en Barra. Mi hermana Carmen. Mi familia en San Juan Checo y Gela y Sylvano y Mary. Mi tía Terry y Manuel y primos Marlin y Joey en Lagos. Así que comienzo mi parte dos de mi viaje Esta vez por elección !!! Una vez más ruta similar San Diego y Tijuana y Guadalajara y León destino final Puerto Vallarta bebé. oh sí ahora soy oficialmente una ciudadanía doble y mexicano! Mi madre ha seguido mi camino e incluso lo ha dirigido. Gracias madre te extraño Amor vencedor Tu mijito: Victor

Hace 1 año me puse en un viaje que no sólo cambiaba la vida, pero literalmente no La noche que mi madre falleció. Me caí tenía otra opción. de rodillas gritando Oh, Dios mío! ¡No se que hacer! Me acosté en una posición Mi madre falleció el 21 de mayo de 2016. fetal y lloré como nunca he llorado hasta la Casi no quité inmediatamente todas sus mañana. pertenencias y la mía en almacenamiento y donó o tiró todo! ¡Hice el 90% sin ninguna Nunca me sentí tan sola en mi vida ... No ayuda !! Conseguí ayuda de la familia, dormí hasta el sábado por la noche ... Tenía pero sólo en mover las cosas grandes. No muy pocos recursos para confiar en, y sólo ordenar las cajas y cajas que mi madre la agenda que tenía era poner las cenizas había dejado para mí. de mi madre en el mar en Barra. El dia mi mama faecio, solomente mi dejó Mi segunda agenda era vender la casa que $30.00 dólares. Con menos de $100.00 mi abuela había dejado para mí en León. dólares de mi nombre. Hice mi viaje a Me sentí solo, pero pronto me di cuenta México. de que no estaba solo. Ya no... Es posible

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I met Dr. Electra (asunda1), when she came to L'Amour to check out L'Amour University of Fashion. I noticed Babies R Us Birthing Center on her shirt and asked if at some point I could write a story about the birthing center. She was very excited. I must be honest here for a minute, the thought of birthing children in Second Life is just odd to me. I went through it twice in RL and doing it in SL, is the furthest thing from my mind.

and began thinking of ways to use my art and medical background. I started taking classes in building and clothes making. I eventually was hired as an ER doctor in one of the SL hospitals on an RP sim and just kept going. Ava: Please tell our Readers What Babies R Us Birthing Center is all about?

Dr. Electra: Babies R Us Birthing Center is a small cottage style clinic where I see patients that use the Mama Allpa birthing system. There are many people I have experienced multiple births with on SL with disabilities and for some that my SL daughter. She and her partner means they cannot have children in RL, wanted to experience the birth process. while maybe others have lost a child. It is not something that either of them can have in RL because medical issues. Being able to have and raise a child Thanks to them, I now understand why here is a very emotional experience and some people might want to do it in SL. fulfills a need for those people. My goal It was a very rewarding experience, and is to help them experience the whole still is to be a Grandma. I don't have process of pregnancy and birthing a Grandkids in RL yet, so having them on child. Of course, this is a virtual world, SL is nice. but I try to the best of my abilities to RP the experience as closely as possible But what I have learned from really to the RL experience. Each trimester reflecting on this to myself, is what an a development video is given to the awesome experience it truly would be parent or parents to watch. for someone that could not have a child of their own in RL. But I still had to say Ava: Can you tell me the process or to myself, "to each his own." what someone would experience with coming to Babies R Us Birthing Center? I want to thank Dr. Electra for sitting down with me to talk about herself and Dr. Electra: Our first meeting would her amazing birthing center. start with a scan to determine if mom is pregnant, how many babies she is Ava: The cliche' question, what brought carrying and the gender/s. At 7 weeks you to SL? mom would hear the baby's heartbeat and get first glimpses of her developing Dr. Electra: I had co-workers that were baby with an ultra sound. After that, we on SL and encouraged me to come and have monthly visits until delivery. try it. The week before, we have a pre-delivery Ava: What did you do on Second Life in exam and digital measurements are the beginning? taken to see where mom is in the birthing process. A delivery packet is Dr. Electra: I wandered around a lot given that outlines what to expect at

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each stage of delivery.

the baby industry in SL?

At the time of delivery, the parents have four birthing options: the first is a bed delivery in a lovely sky room that has a soft blue theme. Also, this is the parent suite where parents will come and visit with guests and have the baby weighed and measured.

Dr. Electra: I see it continuing to grow and evolve. Virtual babies have changed over the years into interactive mood changing babies, toddlers and children. Adoption agencies for prim, toddleedoo and avatar children are becoming more popular also. Many schools are available for kids and family friendly sims are popping up around the grid.

2nd is a water bath in a heavenly setting. Mom sits in a tub of warm water surrounded by clouds and blue sky. 3rd is a beautiful waterfall with a warm water birthing pool. Swans float in a nearby water way. 4th is a fantasy forest where mom can experience the birth of her child, surrounded by a mythical forest, unicorns, swans, and fairies. Ava: What changes have you seen in the industry for babies in sl? Dr. Electra: Many of the pay-per-visit clinics are no longer in business since the Mama Allpa free services came into existence. This is good and bad, there is no accountability since no Lindens were exchanged and so people don't show up for appointments and are late and often just decide they don't want a baby at this time and don't come back. The good is that there are some very nice babies on the market now. "Funsies" is an interactive child that will grow to 20 RL years and needs RL care. The Zooby is ever popular due to its easy once a day care. Avatar children have become more popular with many people if there are SL relationships there will be families and the desire for babies and children. Ava: What do you see for the future of

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Ava: What made you choose this industry to be involved with in SL? Dr. Electra: I have always loved the medical field, so this gave me the opportunity fulfill my dream and the dream of others at the same time. Ava: Is this something you do in RL or just in SL? Dr. Electra: At one time I worked in the medical field, but had problems remembering the formulas for calculus and chemistry and finally left that industry. Ava: If you could spend a day on SL doing anything you wanted, what would that be? Dr. Electra: If I had unlimited funds, probably creating something. I love building and creating. Ava: What is the experience you see people going through with Babies R Us? Dr. Electra: It is a very emotional experience for most. As I mentioned previously, this is a way for people to fulfill a dream of family or just having a child to birth and raise. I have had more than one mom or dad cry after the birth of their child.

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PLAY!!! A Club Like No Other By82Ava Jhamin

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exploration in SL know few bounds! I rapidly became hooked.

As my SL knowledge and my avatar's persona evolved, I became increasingly fascinated by the psychosocial aspects of Second Life, both for myself personally and for human beings in general. Starting with the

My personal exploration led me to likeminded adults. I made a few friends who were successful adult swinger club owners, and eventually, I decided to start my own club. Circumstances were such that my good friend, Clive Stanwell, founder of Club Echangiste, was contemplating retirement. Clive trusted me to serve his members with the new club I was creating, and our two businesses merged. Club Echangiste is

first chat rooms many years ago, online communities have provided an opportunity for us to interact beyond physical or traditional social boundaries. While text chatting allowed our minds limitless creative exploration, SL was revolutionary in that it provided us with visual "bodies" that we could create and control along with the surrounding environment.

still operating at PLAY today, making us SL's longest-running adult club. Clive was truly a pioneer of SL business! The effects of Clive's ingenuity are evident today in PLAY as well as other clubs; just as I can see the unmistakable effects of my own creativity and innovations in many of the clubs that have sprung up after PLAY. It is humbling to realize that it all began with us!

Tell me: How did PLAY come to be?

Ava: What brought you to Second Life, Sarai?

other institutions. I was intrigued and determined to learn more.

Sarai: Many moons ago, before online gaming was popular, I was involved in a text-based MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game). I first learned about the concept of Second Life and user-created graphic content through an MMORPG friend. Several months later, I read about Second Life again in a story in a church publication about religious presence in online platforms. Second Life was the wave of the future, not only in terms of online gaming, but also for advertising, commerce, education and

Ava: What did you first do when you became part of the SL experience?

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Sarai: The first time I logged into Second Life in September 2007, I performed a search for a traditional religious institution. At that time, the adult element of Second Life was not so neatly packaged or isolated. Teens had their own grid, so separation was not as necessary. That initial search landed me in the midst of an "adult playground" in a cathedral-inspired setting. I quickly realized that human creativity and

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Ava: What kind of Night Club is PLAY and can you tell the readers what they can expect when they visit PLAY? PLAY's official description: "Set in an historic speakeasy and mafia clubhouse, PLAY is alive with the spirits of yesterday and today. Socializing,

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gambling, dancing and exciting events combine with an erotic undercurrent to provide a unique adult experience!" I describe PLAY as an "adult social club." We offer daily themed, hosted events featuring DJ entertainment, games such as Greedy, Cards Against Humanity and Poker, as well as frequent

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opportunities to participate in creative and entertaining mixers that are intended to help folks get to know one another in this anonymous metaverse. I truly believe that human connections lie at the very heart of a user-created world! Our members run the gamut from people who are simply interested

in some music and laughs with online friends, to those who seek a serious and lasting love relationship, to those who want a casual adult hookup for one night. We entertain and hire people from all walks of life as DJs, hosts, librarians, photographers, creative geniuses, etc. PLAY offers something for everyone!

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investment of time and money and a deliciously creative mind, anyone could learn to build and create unique things of interest to the public. That is no longer the case, which is a shame and ultimately I think could be the downfall of the SL metaverse. The price of real estate is also outrageous, and I believe the metaverse was a better place when teens had their own grid. Ava: What are the ups of owning a business in SL?

Ava: Are there any restrictions at PLAY? Sarai: Adult activities: when I first joined SL over a decade ago, "free love" was a big draw. People were fascinated by Sarai: I'm very proud to say that PLAY their newfound ability to engage in has run almost universally problemall manner of adult activities without free for years, with very few rules or consequences. Even "camping" sex restrictions. In addition to SL TOS, with "afk" avatars, where avatars PLAY's "Rules and Information" are simply parked on pose balls with no real available in our reception area. In general, PLAY rules can be summed up interaction beyond the mechanical, was in one word: "Respect." Except where it enticing! Over the years, I witnessed that gem lose its luster as people began may be appropriate for special events, or where a resident has sought specific to crave "real" connections, even while hidden safely behind a pixel cloak of dispensation. I don't allow child, nonanonymity. We are currently in yet human, bloody or otherwise visually disturbing avatars. another psychosocial transition phase. Stay tuned! Ava: Do you have any other Nightclubs Most of the functional changes in on Second Life? Second Life have been good. We come "out of the box" with our avatars Sarai: PLAY is my only club on Second looking presentable; that was not Life. In addition to the main club, I always the case! The move to mesh also offer a subgroup of PLAY that is may be good in terms of system restricted to couples and polyamorous families only, who are interested in a performance and aesthetics, but it has detracted from the creative and swinger lifestyle. merchandising power of the average Ava: What changes have you seen in resident. In the past, with a reasonable Second Life good or bad?

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Sarai: I can meet an astonishingly wide variety of people! I truly enjoy the creative challenge of inventing and executing events and activities that people bring people joy. I have been involved in SL club life for over a decade for one simple reason: I love it! It really is a series of ups, with these

possible exceptions: It is expensive and not everyone appreciates and shares my "work = play" mentality, which can make it difficult to bring together a consistently reliable staff. Ava: If you could change anything about SL, what would it be and why? Sarai: While I am not a hardcore builder, if I could change one thing about Second Life, I think I would find a way to bring together the benefits of mesh with the availability and user friendliness of traditional prims, so that SL residents of all levels could have a better opportunity to create again. I might also banish the teens back to their own grid to allow the adults to truly roam freely, without restrictions. I would also allow less restricted casino gaming again.

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Ava: Do you have any weird stories you can share with the readers of Diversity regarding PLAY? Sarai: Being a staunch libertarian with a "live and let live" mindset and my own bizarre set of interests, there is very little that I would publicly label as "weird." I have had some friends disappear, only to reappear later on

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what are obviously alts. Sometimes I will reveal my knowledge, while other times I have entertained the "new friend" as such. Whatever the circumstances, it is always a weird feeling to interact with an old friend in a "new body." In terms of the paranormally weird: The Castle is haunted by some very interesting and debauched spirits. I will leave it at that, for our visitors to explore!

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And on that note: Visitors are always Thank you so much Sarai for sitting welcome! While we are a membership down with me and letting the readers of club, members can always invite nonDiversity into your world a bit. members. Our daily events are generally open to the public and I would love to offer a tour to anyone who is interested in learning more about PLAY.

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Mother By Karin Deuttman

Mother, we all have one. Chances are, our relationship with her has run the gamut of emotions and roles. At different times in our life she has probably been our best friend and our worst enemy, our biggest supporter and our worst critic. Through it all, she was always "Mother,"

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Queen MaiaCer Lysette: My RL brother introduced me to SL. I had suffered a stroke which affected my ability to type. I lost a contract for a multi-book deal because of this. It was a tough time and my brother thought SL would not only be fun for me, but it would also help rebuild some of the synaptic connections affected by my stroke. I spent my entire first day of SL at a newbie area. Keep in mind that newbie

active out here and get together every Tuesday night to go dancing. We also get together on each of our rezdays to celebrate. Karin: Having been in SL for over ten years myself, I remember those newbie areas. SL has certainly come a long way. Tell me, what inspires you out here? Queen MaiaCer Lysette: The friendships I have with people, like my children. I also have my Bloodlines clan and my family. One thing I would like to clarify is that

here in this crazy beautiful virtual world we share! Most of them have raised their child/children from infancy, sharing important milestones and growth spurts. But, the most amazing mother I've met out here never knew her SL children at those early stages.

Let me introduce you to Queen MaiaCer I grew up in an era when most mothers Lysette. She is without a doubt one were like June Cleaver and Carol Brady. of the most fascinating people I've They stayed at home, took care of the ever met! She and her SL husband are household chores and raised the children descended from RL French Aristocracy. Some more RL information: She is pretty much by themselves while the well-educated, having earned three father brought home the paycheck. It Undergraduate Degrees, two Master's was almost unheard of for women to Degrees and three PhD's. She has been serve in the armed forces at this time, a teacher of children and a teacher of though some brave trail-blazers did. teachers. She is a published author of Today, mothers are everywhere!! sixteen books and is a licensed minister; yes, she performs ceremonies here in sl Their presence in the armed forces is stronger than ever. Many own their too. Last but not least, she has seven own businesses, and some have broken children, three grandchildren and five through the glass ceiling to manage great-grandchildren! some of the top companies in the world! You probably can't go anywhere without I was fortunate to be able to meet with this lovely lady at her family home and meeting a mother. learn more about her. Read on and be Even second life! prepared to be impressed. Second Life is teeming with mothers! Mothers of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, occupations and age ranges live out

ask is "How did you come to Second Life"?

Karin: Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to interview you, I really appreciate it. The first question I always

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areas back then were different. There were no guides or signs instructing you how things were done. You had to learn on your own. Since I didn't know how to get anywhere else, I was stuck.

you don't have to join the clan to be a part of my family.

So, I left SL that day and said I would never come back. Then, after a few years, a dear friend of mine encouraged me to visit a "new world" she had heard about, so I decided to follow her. It turned out that that world was SL and a group of four of us came into it together. The four of us are still

Queen MaiaCer Lysette: I have seven. Three boys and four girls. They are quite a diverse bunch. I am also considered a mother by many in my clan through liege relationships.

Karin: How many SL children do you have?

Karin: What inspired you to become a mother in SL?

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Karin: I know what you mean about the OCD...lol. I'm very much the same way. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Queen MaiaCer Lysette: Know your rights and fight for whatever they are.

Queen MaiaCer Lysette: They approached me and asked me if I would be willing to be their SL mother.

Karin: I consider one of your daughters, Ava, to be a good friend of mine. Would you share with me how you two met?

Queen MaiaCer Lysette: Through one of my other daughters, Resmay. She and Ava were doing some work for RFL, which is a cause dear to my heart. They were building a carnival and looking for Queen MaiaCer Lysette: Some things are similar. I offer advice if asked, listen items that would fit the theme. I had a to their troubles and ideas and comfort LOT of items for them in my inventory, but the land permissions were set so them if they come to me for it. The that I couldn't rez most of them. Ava biggest difference is that in SL, I don't have to worry about my children getting gave me land rights and I not only physically hurt or dying. No matter how rezzed the items, I stayed up all night to build a carnival that "wowed" everyone! I crazy the activity out here may be, could have just rezzed the items and let there is no chance of physical harm. In RL, the danger is all too real and close to Ava and Resmay build, but I'm a bit OCD and wanted it to be perfect. home for me. Karin: How do you think being a mother in RL compares with being a mother in SL.

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Karin: Thank you very much for your time and the tour of your lovely grounds. It has been a pure pleasure to spend time with you today. There you have it dear readers. A brief insight into just one of the many mothers out here in SL. She's charming, witty and young at heart. After our brief time together, I can see why she has been asked by so many out here to be their mother. She is a genuine treasure. I believe that all mothers are treasures in their own way. They do the best they can with what have. They must make sure their children have a good life. Mother's Day is May 13th this year. Be sure to let your mother know that you treasure her. L’Amour Diversity Magazine | Issue 17, April 2018

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday people in the United States celebrate with more gusto than just about any other. It has become a bigger drinking day than St. Patrick's Day or the Super Bowl. Many think it is a celebration of Mexican Independence, but that is incorrect.

City was captured anyway.

In the 1940s and 50s, the holiday gained some importance in America during the push for Mexican-American civil rights. In the 60s, the Chicano movement formed in an effort to empower Mexican Americans to reconnect with their cultural heritage In Mexico, Mother's Day is a bigger holiday than Cinco de Mayo, and Mexican and through that, Cinco de Mayo Independence Day is September 16. became more important in the US than it was in Mexico, but only to Mexican In reality, Cinco de Mayo is a day that pays tribute to the battle of Puebla, in Americans. Other racial groups in which Mexico defeated the French, a America were completely unaware of battle which really isn't that important in the holiday. Mexican history and a year later, Mexico

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So, how did it become the day in America when more than $600 million dollars worth of beer is sold? Have you heard this one before? Believe it or not, America has Corona beer to thank for that. In the 1980s, the Gamrinus Group who imports Corona beer, was struggling to get Corona sold in America. So, in 1989, they came up with a brilliant ad campaign that encouraged Mexican Americans who already celebrated Cinco de Mayo, to choose a Mexican beer as their drink of choice for the holiday.

The campaign took off and people all over America started drinking Corona on Cinco de Mayo, no matter what their cultura heritage. Within eight years, the holiday became more of a day to drink Corona than it was a time to commemorate the connection America and Mexico share. In an enormous win for the Corona marketers, by 1996, drinking Corona was the main way most people celebrated Cinco de Mayo. In 1996, according to Vinepair, Gambrinus marketing manager Don Mann said, "Corona is the first thing that comes to

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got the perfect combination for an epic party. All alcohol marketers need to do at this point is just add a little fuel to the fire. This year will be no exception, Adam Teeter of Vinepair states, "As since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday the holiday has grown in popularity, its connection to the original meaning has this year, and there is already at least one meme circulating on social media continued to weaken, while its excuse to party has drastically increased." This pointing out that this year, Cinco de is partially the result of smart marketing Mayo falls on "Taco Tuesday." on the part of alcohol companies, but it is also because of the time of year in which the holiday falls. mind when cusstomers think Cinco de Mayo."

Early May signifies the true start of spring in most of America, just as the weather is turning warmer and Memorial Day just a few weeks away, many Americans just want to be out in the sun celebrating. According to a quote by The Wall Street Journal cited in Vinepair, "the difference spent for Americans on a normal weekend compared to a holiday weekend can be as much as $500 million, so making a big deal out of Cinco de Mayo is good for business." Add to that the fact that most Americans associate Mexican cuisine with warm weather, and you've

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