January 1, 2011

1. Happy New Year!
2. January Classes/Events (Santa Cruz San Francisco, Tokyo)
3. February Preview (Santa Cruz, Tempe, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Rafael)
4. NYC Rope Bondage Dojo: 3/19 - 3/20
5. Bang 4 The Buck Women's Party: Seattle 3/12
6. ForteFemme Women's Dominance Intensive NYC 4/15-4/17
7. Project: Women's Words on Their Orgasms
8. AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising - Need Your Support
9. My Weekly Columns, Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. Happy New Year!

Wasn't I just learning to write 2010? Now it's 2011. Where did it go?

The days are longer, the prospects brighter and desk over flows with cool projects (and all the backlog of e mails...)

This year I'll be traveling and teaching as ever but I'll also be working on some exciting writing and creative projects. I'm thrilled and a wee bit awed with all that's ahead! Stay tuned!

As I dive further into work, art and other obsessions of mine - I know I forget to tell all of you this.

Thank you.
I thank you with deep gratitude for being there as my friends, readers, supporters and inspiration.

As they say in Japan...
Arigatou gozaimasu!
Shinnen omedetou gozai masu. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year - May the Year of the Rabbit be fluffy, gentle fertile and fruitful for us all!

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JANUARY: (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Tokyo)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• 1/7 Exhibition reception for "Masculine" show. Photos by Midori of male eroticism at Pure Pleasure Boutique.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• 1/15 - 1/16 "Rope Bondage Dojo" at RopeDojo.com
• 1/17, "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex (and everything in between!)" at Good Vibrations Polk Street store

TOKYO, JAPAN
• 1/29 Performing at Toubaku World Bondage Event
• Late January Special classes at Love Piece Club, and more! Stay tuned!

3. PREVIEW: FEBRUARY CLASSES / EVENTS Santa Cruz, Tempe, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Rafael)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• 2/9 "Rope Skills: Speed & Flow" at Pure Pleasure Boutique.

TEMPE, AZ
• 2/10 "How to Eat a Peach: Her Pleasure" at Fascinations.

PHOENIX, AZ
• 2/11 "Wrapped For Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex" at Fascinations.
• 2/12 Valentines Ball Performance http://www.azhornshalos.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• 2/23 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Good Vibrations.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• 2/24 class at Pleasures of the Heart boutique. Tel. 415-482-9899

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4. ROPE DOJO REGISRATION OPENS!

The next Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensive will be January 15-16, 2011 in San Francisco.

Online registration opens Wednesday December 1st, 2010, 8am, Pacific Time. At the time of this writing only 1 spot was open. Once it's full there'll be a waiting list as usually a spot or two opens up last minute due to cancellations.

Info & Registration: www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students
Cost: $375 /singles, $650/pair

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from four Dojo Cadres. Emphasis will be 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.

Included: Saturday night play party, lunches, afternoon snacks & other goodies

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

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5. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN'S PARTY! SEATTLE 3/12

What: A night of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause! All profit goes to AIDS LifeCycle and Center for Sex Positive Culture
URL: www.Bang4TheBuck.org/parties.php
When: Saturday, March 12. 6 pm - 2 am
Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA Tickets: $35 VIP Advance Ticket / $25 Big Bang Ticket at the door

VIP Advanced Tickets & Bank of Bang Bucks

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 by Midori or Kelly and include the words "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 and score your tax deduction, good karma and tipping money.

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS available January 15th.
Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
Limited VIP access tickets will be available on-line only.
- Big Bang all night ticket
- Preferred entrance. Skip the line
- Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area
- 10 free raffle tickets

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6. FORTEFEMME WOMENS DOMINANCE INTENSIVE IN NYC

A little heads-up... As I know many of you like to plan ahead.
Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance heads to NYC for the first time! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

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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7. PROJECT: WOMEN'S WORDS ON THEIR ORGASMS

Women, would you consider being a part of a very special book project? I am turning to all the wonderful women out there for some frank and down-to-earth contributions. I am collecting women's first-person accounts of the detailed physical experience of orgasms. I'm really hoping that some of you can help me out with this. Feel free to pass it on to any women who might be interested.

Details - I am seeking first person descriptions from women about their orgasms.

  • Who: You are a woman, 18 years or older, who have experienced one or more variety of orgasms. (Transwomen! I want your unique perspectives too!)
  • What: Essay of clear and detailed description of your orgasm, from start to finish, focusing on the physical experience, expressed in your own words. When does it start? What's the hint of it? Where does it start? How does it move through your body? What sort of sensations? Imagine trying to illustrate your orgasm to a person who's never had it. This is not about what your partner is doing to you, what they are saying nor euphemistic description of romance or lust.
  • If you have more than one type of orgasm, each variety would be written in a separate essay piece.
  • How Long? As long as it takes for you to describe it. It may be a couple of paragraphs or couple of pages.
  • Credit line: How would you like your essay to be credited? You'll have one or two lines
  • Editing: At most I will edit for grammar, spelling and readability. I want to keep it as true to your original narrative and tone as possible.
  • Send to midori at fhp-inc dot com
  • Perma link for this project: Midori's Live Journal
  • Thank you!

    Midori

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    8. 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. Hand 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

    9. 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

    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