April 1, 2011

1. The Show Must Go On
2. April Classes/Events (SF, LA, NYC, San Rafael, Copenhagen)
3. May Preview (Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, Seattle, Chicago)
4. ForteFemme Women's Dominance Intensive NYC 4/15-4/17
5. July Rope Dojo registration opens May 15
6. SF ForteFemme dates announced (Sep 9-11)
7. AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising - Need Your Support
8. My Weekly Columns, Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. THE SHOW MUST GO ON

It's been a bit rough for me lately. I'll finally admit this publicly. Japan's triple-whammy meltdown has been more than a bit distracting. Thankfully my mother, who lives in Tokyo, is far enough away from the center of the chaos to be safe, if slightly shaken. It seems that most of my friends there are safe as well.

In the mean time I've been living my life as I usually do - teaching, traveling and writing.

But something's off. I read somewhere that the earth's axis has been thrown off - just a bit. And just a bit for me too.

It's a tad unsettling that the novella I've been working on before the disaster, and had temporarily put aside for the spring teaching tour, contains a giant earth shaker secret. I think it's time for me sit back down at the laptop and tackle this monster face on.

If I've been 'off' lately, I apologize. I'm thankful that many of you seem to enjoy what I so love to do. It's good to have a purpose and it's good to have your support.

Thank you.

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS APRIL: EVENTS (San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, San Rafael)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

· 4/1-4/3 "Passionate Bonds D/s Protocol & Relationships Intensive" information at Fire Horse Productions, Passionate Bonds Weekend.
· 4/27 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Good Vibrations on Polk Street.


LOS ANGELES, CA

· 4/5 Tue "Secret Male Erogenous Zones" class at The Pleasure Chest.
· 4/6 Wed "How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun" class at The Pleasure Chest.
· 4/7 Thr "Interrogation & Military Fantasy Scenes" at Stockroom / Syren .
· 4/8 - 4/10 Presenting at the Leather Leadership Conference.

NEW YORK, NY

· 4/13 "Rope Dojo Electives: Ninja Rope Skills - Finessing Floor Work" Private location. Limited to 5 pairs. tickets
· 4/15 - 4/17 "ForteFemme Women's Dominance Weekend Intensive" information at Fire Horse Productions, ForteFemme Weekend.
· 4/18 Mon "Predicament Bondage" at Purple Passion
· 4/25 Mon "How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun" at The Pleasure Chest.

SAN RAFAEL, CA

· 4/26 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pleasures of the Heart boutique. Tel. 415-482-9899 (Call them to get tickets - their site is under construction and may not have current information.)


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

· 4/30 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness" Info


3. PREVIEW: MAY CLASSES / EVENTS (Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, Seattle, Chicago)


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

· 5/1 Sun 1pm "Rope Bondage Speed & Flow" at SMiL Club Info
· 5/1 Sun 7pm "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside the Box" at SMiL Club Info


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

· 5/3 Tues "Improve Your Flogging Skill" Signup
· 5/4 Wed "Pink Japan - Contemporary Sex Culture" Signup
· 5/5 Thurs "How to Eat a Peach - Pleasuring Her" Signup
· 5/6 Fri 3pm "Hands-on Rope Bondage" Signup
· 5/6 Fri 8pm "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" Signup
· 5/7 Sat 2pm "Rope Bondage Speed & Flow" Signup
· 5/7 Sat Evening Performance Signup



LONDON, ENGLAND

A series of classes at Coco De Mer. All class info

· 5/9 Mon "Tricks to Thrill a Man Part I"
· 5/10 Tue, Afternoon Performance and Window Installation at Covent Garden store
· 5/10 Tue "Tricks to Thrill a Woman"
· 5/11 Wed "Tricks to Thrill a Man Part 2"
· 5/12 Thr "Japanese Rope Bondage"
· 5/13 Fri "Tricks to Thrill a Man Part I"
· 5/16 Mon "Japanese Rope Bondage Part 2"
· 5/17 Tue "Tricks to Thrill a Man Part 2"
· On-going Private salons. Inquire through Bee on 020 7584 7615 or email


SEATTLE, WA

· 5/20 - 5/22 Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
I'm so excited that my work was accepted! Come visit my odd creations at www.seattleerotic.org

CHICAGO, IL

· 5/25 Wed "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at the Pleasure Chest
· 5/26 Thr "How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun" at the Pleasure Chest
· 5/27 - 5/30 Presenting at ShibariCon. My classes "Speed Negotiation", "Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture", "Rope Dance", "Rope Bondage Speed & Flow"
· 5/31 Tuesday "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Early to Bed


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4. FORTEFEMME WOMENS DOMINANCE INTENSIVE IN NYC

Only one seat left!

Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance heads to NYC in April! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.
Registration open February 17th.

NEW YORK Forte Femme:
When: Fri 4/15 through Sun 4/17/2010

Where: Elegant private residence in the Murry Hill/ Midtown South area

Cost: Early registration $700/per woman. Regular registration $750/per.

Register: Advanced registration required. Registration opens February 17th at www.ForteFemme.com

More information will be available at www.ForteFemme.com.
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about the weekend.
* Partners are encouraged to join for Sunday afternoon lab time but this is not required.

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5. JULY ROPE BONDAGE DOJO Registration opens May 15th

The next Rope Bondage Dojo will be in San Francisco, July 9th to 10th.

Registration opens Sunday, May 15th, 9am Pacific time.
Please note that Rope Dojo usually sells out in 3 days.

For more info: www.RopeDojo.com

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6. SAN FRANCISCO FORTEFEMME DATE ANNOUNCED. 9/9-9/11

The fall ForteFemme Women's Dominance Weekend date and location now set.

When: Friday, September 9th, 2011 (7pm start time) through Sunday, September 11th (6pm end time)

Registration Opens: Friday, July 15th, 9am Pacific time

Where: San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency

Cost: $700 / Early Registration. $750 Regular Registration

FAQ and info www.ForteFemme.com

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7. AIDS LIFECYCLE FUNDRAISING - NEED YOUR SUPPORT

I'm at it again. I'll be volunteering as a Roadie at this year's AIDS LifeCycle, helping 2,000 cyclists ride down from San Francisco to LA in 7 days, raising awareness & funds while having a challenge of their life... Some for their own lives.

I lost a beloved friend this year. Monte - he left us too young, too soon with so many stories untold and so many seas not sailed. I'm dedicating this ride to him.

The economy sucks so the fundraising this year's been really bad. I'm also terribly shy about asking people directly, especially in tough times. Would you consider supporting me? Perhaps for the amount of a cup of coffee?
Thanks. (Yes, it's tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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8. WEEKLY COLUMNS & THE DIGITAL BACK ALLEYS

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

Regular Articles:
SexIs column "Postcards from a Sex Nerd" where I write from my travel adventures.

CarnalNation Mondo Midori column. While the site is no longer updating, you can still see my recent columns here

Social Networking Sites:
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook
FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
Kink Q&A
Facebook"MySpace" (although I'm never there)

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Midori