On Grief

Table Of Contents
1. On Grief
2. Jan/Feb Classes/Events (SF, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa, Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle)
3. Next ForteFemme San Francisco: March 1-3
4. Bang 4 The Buck Women’s Party. Feb 23.
5. Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective Real Life D/s Ms Protocol weekend w Laura Antoniou and Midori next April!
6. AIDS LifeCycle – Please support me
7. My Online Hangouts. Instagram Tumblr too!

1. ON GRIEF

I thought about writing a cheery New Years wishes note. Instead, I decided to write about what’s been on my mind lately.

Grief and grieving – and it’s deep power.

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(Sunrise. Vista Point Hwy 46 CA. )

Recently I’ve lost several friends, and many close to me have lost their loved ones. Some, suddenly and painfully. Others, after a long struggling fight.

The roller coaster of grief tosses the heart, mind and body through stomach churning loops. We want to get off the ride, but there’s no choice. You have to go through it. Memories come crashing at us. Foreknowledge of their absence stab at us. Regret and sorrow drown us. The past, present and future assault us simultaneously like a hydra-headed temporal monster. We come through grief, battered and warn, like warriors scarred yet still standing. We know it will come again. I have met people who have been through profound grief. There’s a powerful serenity to them – much like monks who once were warriors. That kind of strength doesn’t come from avoidance or denial of grief. You can’t medicate it away either. I feel like we live in a happiness-obsessed culture. “Don’t be sad. Be happy. Take a pill. Smile. Be an optimist.” Etc etc. After a while it seems an inhumane tyranny of Happiness. Consequently we aren’t good at dealing with our own grief, grief of others, or the grief of a people.

Recently I learned that ravens mourn the loss of their flock members. I like ravens, and that endeared them to me all the more. It made them seem more “human”. To grieve is human and humane. It allows us to feel our heart beating, our blood coursing, the rawness of other’s sharing the grief and the profound blessings of others connecting to you.

It’s ok. It’s good. It’s human.

With love and lunacy,

Midori

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2. JAN/FEB CLASSES / EVENTS: (San Francisco, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa, Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle)

SAN FRANCISCO

• 1/19 – 1/20 Rope Bondage Dojo. www.ropedojo.com Sold out!

• Sat 1/19 Nautical Night: A Sea-Loving Play Party. Center for Sex & Culture, hosted by Rope Bondage Dojo. Open to all 18+!

• Wed 2/13 “JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man” Pink Bunny boutique

TORONTO & OSHAWA

• Thr 1/24 “JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man”
Come As You Are boutique.

• Fri 1/25, 7pm “Hands-on Rope Bondage” Oshawa. Out Lounge.

• Fri 1/25,10pm Rope Art Performance. Out Lounge.

• Sat 1/26, 2:30pm “Predicament Bondage” North Bound Leather

• Sat 1/26, 7:30pm “Stripping for Klutzes” Come As You Are boutique

• Sun 1/27, 2pm “Erotic Humiliation Play” North Bound Leather

• Sun 1/27, 5:30pm “Hands-on Rope Bondage Come As You Are boutique

• Mon 1/28 “Art of Feminine Dominance” Come As You Are

• Tue 1/29 “Hands-on Rope Body Harness” Come As You Are

OTTAWA

• Wed 1/30 “JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man” Venus Envy

• Thr 1/31 “Hands-on Rope Bondage” Venus Envy

VANCOUVER

• 2/1 – 2/3 West Coast Bound event. Presenting “Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You”, “Protocol: The 4 Environments” & “Kinesthetic Rope: Passionate Dynamic Play”

SANTA CRUZ

• Tue 2/12 “Hands-on Rope Bondage" Pure Pleasure boutique

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• 2/15 – 2/17 Fetish Fair Fleamarket. Presenting several classes and hanging out

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• Fri 2/22 “Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex” Babeland

• Sat 2/23 Bang 4 The Buck women’s party!
Notorious & sexy annual party. Proceeds benefit AIDS LifeCycle & LifeLong AIDS Alliance
www.bang4thebuck.org

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3. FORTEFEMME WOMEN’S DOMINANCE WEEKEND INTENSIVE: March 1-3

ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive

www.ForteFemme.com
SF ForteFemme. March 1-3 at the SFO Hyatt Regency
Registration is now open

Cost: Early Registration $750 (through Jan 21st)
Standard Registration $800 (from Jan 22nd)

To all the wonderful women out there - Be the best dominant you can be!
Find your authentic power, erotic fulfillment, confidence and skills in this unique and transformative intensive. This program is limited to 9 women.

Experience 3 days of personalized education, psychology, support, technique and more, all in an elegant private setting. Includes a field trip of kinky shopping and a very special erotic dinner event hosted by www.ourgourmetlife.com
Original material textbook. Meals and refreshments

Registration & Info: http://www.ForteFemme.com

Sponsored by: www.stockroom.com & www.pleasurechest.com

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4. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN’S PARTY!

Tickets go on sale January 10th
A night for women of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause!
All proceeds go to AIDS LifeCycle, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Center for Sex Positive Culture

Bang4TheBuck.org

When: Saturday, February 23. 6 pm – 2 am
Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA

Tickets:

SUPER HERO ADVANCED TICKETS (sold on line only)
$75 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:
• Big Bang all night ticket
• Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
• Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area. Front Row baby!
• $20 Bang Bucks
• 20 free raffle tickets
• Special Thank You gift bags

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS (sold online only)
$50 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:
• Big Bang all night ticket
• Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
• Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the premium seating area
• $10 Bang Bucks
• 10 free raffle tickets
• Special Thank You gift bags

Big Bang General Ticket (sold online & at the door)
$25
• Attendance to the hottest party of the season!
• General seating

Event Schedule:
• 6pm - 7pm: Strip lesson for butches and femmes
• 7:30pm - 10pm: Amateur Strip-O-Rama / Auntie Midori's Meet Market
• 10pm to 2am: Sizzling Sex & Play Party

BANG BUCKS
Turn your dancer tipping and raffle tickets into tax deductions! You've got 2 ways
1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page. Go to either Midori's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori), or Kelly's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/KellyB) and put BANG BUCKS in the message.
Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of Bang. Your wholesome and entirely non-suggestively titled tax deduction receipt will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.

2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle to score tipping money, tax deductions and good karma.

Major Sponsors: The Pleasure Chest, Babeland, Stockroom, Center for Sex Positive Culture, TwistedMonk, Rope Bondage Dojo

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5. PASSIONATE BONDS: CREATING EFFECTIVE REAL LIFE D/S M/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND

Laura Antoniou and I are teaming up once again to bring you this amazing weekend.

Learn how to create customized protocols and etiquette that work effectively for your unique relationship. Discover how to design protocol that enrich and strengthen your D/s or M/s relationship, and serve well through all aspects in your everyday life.

When: April 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Dallas, TX. Location TBD

Information will be updated soon on www.passionatebonds.com

We wanted to give you early notice so you can start planning!

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6. AIDS LIFECYCLE

I’m at it again. I’ll be volunteering as a Roadie at the next 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….

I suck at asking people directly for this, especially in tough economic times. Would you consider supporting me? How about just the amount of a cup of coffee? Or a couple of days’ worth of coffee?
Thanks! (Yes, it’s tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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6. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at


Instagram
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Google +: Midori Midori
FetLife Midori (Drop by “Midori’s Lounge” group there!)
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A Midori's Yahoo group

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