April 1, 2009

Table Of Contents
1. Aphrodisiacs on My Mind - What's Yours?
2. 4/10 Registration opens on-line for May Rope Bondage Dojo NYC
3. April classes/events (Santa Cruz, San Rafael, LA, Milwaukee, Chicago, Seattle)
4. Preview May classes/events (Seattle, Toronto, London UK, NYC)
5. I need your help with AIDS LifeCycle.
6. On-line haunts: FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook, MySpace etc.

1. APHRODISIACS ON MY MIND - WHAT'S YOURS?

Chocolates, truffles, oysters and saffron swirl around my thoughts these days. Mmm yummy! These are all delicious eats, but they've also been considered aid for amorous desires, a.k.a. aphrodisiacs, in times past.

Maybe it's the change of seasons and the buzz of life in the spring air. Or maybe it's because I'm preparing my upcoming "Aphrodisiacs!" presentation. Possibly it's just because I'm a libidinous foodie and a sex geek.

In our rational minds we know the licentious powers of rhino horn and the arousing capacity of oysters to be romantic folklore and wishful thinking. Yet, even the most sensible and scientifically minded may pause before a whimsical potion promising pleasure, or recall the lustful romp with a lover over a shared meal, inextricably associating the heat of the sex with the heat of spices or the rush of chocolate desserts.

The great thing about my current quest is that I can shamelessly collect, buy and talk about all these reputed romancing foods with a fabulous excuse - "it's research!"

Folklores of aphrodisiacs have been passed down through generations because of our simple longing for love from those whom we desire. Desire intertwines limbs with Loneliness to beget Hope - foolish, wonderful, imaginative, crazy, dangerous, innovative and invigorating - hope.

Do you, dear readers, have your own favorite magical aphrodisiac food, drink or scent? That of your lovers' sexiness foods? I'm compiling a list of personal and subjective aphrodisiacs, and I'd love to add yours to it! Drop me a line! (Ask@PlanetMidori.com)
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you peace, pleasure and yumminess.

Midori

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2. ON-LINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR NYC MAY ROPE DOJO

The next Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensive registration is opening on-line. This does sell out early so mark your calendar! Once the class fills, there will be a Waiting List to sign up on. Cancellations are filled from the Waiting List.

Registration opening date: Fri 10 April, 9 am pacific / noon Eastern
Site: www.RopeDojo.com
Space Limited: 30 students
Dojo Dates: May 23 - 24. (10am - 6pm both days)
Cost: $350 /singles, $650/pair. (Bring an exercise buddy and save some $)
Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Ability to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from 2 teachers and 2 trained TAs. Emphasis on balanced education focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach, covering rope skills, scene managements, psychology, history and more for both those who tie and those who are tied. Morning nosh, lunches, afternoon snacks.

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

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3. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Cruz, San Rafael, LA, Milwaukee, Chicago, maybe Seattle) + NYC DOJO REGISTRATION)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• TUE 4/7 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at at Pure Pleasure Boutique, 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

NYC DOJO REGISTRATION OPENS
~ Fri 4/10 Noon Eastern time.
The next Rope Bondage Dojo® will be in NYC on May 23-24. The registration opens on-line at www.ropedojo.com. This does sell out early so mark your calendar!

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Thur 4/16 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Pleatures of the Heart. 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899.

LOS ANGELES CA
• Mon 4/20 Class "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer. 8618 Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.

• Mon 4/21 Class "Art of Feminine Dominance Level 1" at Coco De Mer. 8618 Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.

MILWAUKEE WI
• Mon 4/24 Class "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at the Tool Shed shop. 2427 N. Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Tel. 414-906-5304.


CHICAGO, IL
• Sat 4/25 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness" at Nawashibari-Chicago

• Sun 4/26 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Early To Bed 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. on Chicago's north side, right off Lake Shore Drive at the Foster exit Tel: 773-271-1219 or toll free at 866-585-2BED (2233).

Three Classes at The Pleasure Chest 3436 North Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773.525.7151 • Mon 4/27 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" • Tue 4/28 "Backdoor Antics: Anal Sex for Him and Her" • Wed 4/29 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Sex Bondage"

SEATTLE, WA
• 4/30 - 5/3 Showing my sculpture and participating in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. A fantastic event!

May 4 - My birthday!

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4. PREVIEW: MAY CLASSES / EVENTS (Seattle, Toronto, London UK, NYC)

SEATTLE, WA
• 4/30 - 5/3 Showing my sculpture and participating in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. A fantastic event!

TORONTO, CANADA
• TUE 5/6 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners: Wiggle, Jiggle, Take It Off with Confidence! (Women Only)" at Red Tent Sisters. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

• 5/7 - 5/9 "Kinkalicious" day sexy fun-fest!

LONDON, UK
Classes through Coco De Mer
• TUE 5/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882
• TUE 5/13 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882
• TUE 5/14 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Scarf Bondage for Hot Sex" at Coco De Mer, South Kensington store. 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. Tel. +44 (0)20 7584 7615
• TUE 5/15 "Love Toy Wizardry" at Coco De Mer, South Kensington store. 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. Tel. +44 (0)20 7584 7615
· TUE 5/17 "Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage" at Coco De Mer, Soho House, London W1D 4EB. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882

• TUE 5/18 "How To Eat A Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882
· Tue 5/19 Special Private Salon for the members of the Babington House.

• Wed 5/20 Special Private Salon for the members of the Soho Electric House

LONDON, UK
• 5/15 - 5/16 Performances at Torture Garden Birthday Bash weekend. A weekend of irreverent, creative, artistic and out of this world London club bash. Performing with Kumi

NEW YORK CITY
• 5/23 - 5/24 Rope Bondage Dojo®

• Sun 5/24 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Sex Bondage" at Babeland, Soho Store, 43 Mercer Street New York, NY 10013. Tel. 212.966.2120

• Tue 5/26 "Aphrodisiacs!" at the Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street) New York, NY 10016. Tel. (212) 689-6337
Come to a delicious evening of sensual pleasures! Partake in aphrodisiacs from all around the world. Learn about the history for libidinous foods and potions from the ancient world to today. Learn how to make your own menus and elixirs to arouse your partner.

• Wed 5/27 Special class for NYC Pleasure Chest, . Topic to be announced. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. Tel. 212.242.2158

• Thr 5/28 Special class for NYC Pleasure Chest, . Topic to be announced. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. Tel. 212.242.2158

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5. AIDS LIFECYCLE: WOULD YOU LEND ME A HAND?

I'm at it again! I maybe foolish but I'm not hopeless!

In June I'm volunteering as one of the roadies for AIDS Life/Cycle. A week of my life will be devoted to being in service to the cyclists and ultimately to a greater cause - reduction of suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.
I am fundraising and I humbly request you support, both emotionally and fiscally.
Please join my team.

http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/midori

When June comes around, send me notes of cheer. It's a tough week and your notes really go a long way keep us going.

Please, sponsor my efforts. (Hey, it's tax deductable too!) Small or big, it's all part of the bucket brigade that stems the tide from overwhelming us.
Equivalent of a cup of coffee or a cocktail, maybe?

Through out the year I'll also be doing some creative fund raising. I hope you'll join me on this.

Please let others know of my efforts.
Thank you so much!

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6. Here are the places I waste time when I'm on-line... Drop on by!

Midori's AIDSLifecycle page
Live Journal
My Space
Tribe
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"


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