I did not have the opportunity to spend much pixel-to-pixel time with her, but that hardly matters… you only needed her words to learn that brinda was one of the most genuine and admirable people to grace the surface of the planet, as well as the grids of Second Life and InWorldz.
She came by it the hard way, as most of us do, but unlike many of us, she learned… and then taught. In SL, she was dedicated to helping new Residents — not merely to overcome the stumbling blocks of how things work, but to find their way toward some bliss, some reason to want to remain. For a lucky few, she provided a beautiful and peaceful home in her sim, Benares. For the rest of us, she shared her experiences, thoughts, and dreams in her blog, Brinda@Benares.
Her passion for virtuality, and what it could do to help people who might be missing support in the organic realm, was not confined to the here-and-now. She was also deeply interested in the history and continuance of Second Life. Our first meeting ‘in the pixels’ was somehow emblematic of that: in front of the Victoriana Pavilion, the day before that estate was removed from SL… and again in InWorldz, when Victoriana reappeared there, intact. She gave me many leads which wound up in the Seconderth series, and was a constant source of encouragement through her comments there, and through IMs and notecards in-world.
My thoughts go out to her family — the organic ones I’ll never know, of course, but there is a large and loving avatarian family she made, one person at a time, in Benares and beyond. We love her, and we will miss her terribly, and we will carry her with us in our hearts.
Wherever you have gone, brinda, go with grace… and may your next time around be a reward for how you touched our lives this time.