July 2, 2008

Midori's Newsletter July 2, 2008

Table of contents
1. Living in Interesting Times
2. July classes/events (Berkeley, SF, Denver, London)
3. August preview (Montreal)
4. Succumbed. My on-line haunts

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1. LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES

"May you live in interesting times." So goes a proverb, or a curse, of unknown origin. Indeed we do live in interesting times as economic woes, environmental crisis, wars, political instability, eroding civil rights and disasters, both natural and human-made, fill the headlines and impact private lives in ways we'd not imagined just a few years ago.

Times of turmoil and difficult lives test the human spirit. Some crumble under the weight of stress and circumstances, resorting to hopelessness, thoughtlessness and event cruelty. Yet others rise against the tide of grim news to bring hope, justice and joy - whether in big action or tiny gestures.

This past month San Franciscans witnessed (and still witnessing) the elation and euphoria of marriage equality, showing that there is at least still some forward progress in the area of civil rights. That was a big positive step among the gloom and doom. At an impromptu rally at the San Francisco City Hall a man handed out roses to strangers, even as bigots spewed words of hate at any passer by. In truth, the Rose Man was handing out fragrant symbols of hope. It's amazing what a single blossom can do to light up the world with smiles.

Lately I've noticed small acts of heroism and kindness making a difference in the world around us. Friends are calling friends to check on the well being of their hearts. Strangers helping in evacuations and disaster relief. Volunteerism, such as AIDS LifeCycle, and volun-tourism, both domestic and international, getting increasing attention. Previously politically disinterested or disenfranchised individuals' taking up causes and issues with passion and fervor.

So as a sex educator, I turn my thoughts to how the dialogue and art of eroticism and intimacy may help bring more hope, kindness and joy to this over stressed world. Another adage, not so old, of "make love, not war" could use a dusting-off. Or how about "passionate lovers leave no carbon footprints"?

Wishing you peace, pleasure and joy!

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS (Berkeley, SF, Denver, London)

BERKELEY, CA
• Mon 7/7 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Good Vibrations (510) 841-8987 Location: 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way) Berkeley, CA 94702

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dojo related
· Friday 7/11Special pre-Dojo II event. For registered students only

• 7/12 - 7/13 "Rope Bondage Dojo II" Registration is closed. Rope Dojo

LONDON, UK
Tuesday 7/22 Special class by invitation only at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store.

DENVER, CO
Sat 7/25 - 7/27 at Thunder in the Mountains.
· "Sex Bondage - Wrapped for Pleasure"

· "HOW TO TOP: For Bottoms, Nervous Switches & Uncertain Beginners"



SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Tues 7/29 "Become The Fantasy: Erotic Role Play Games for Couples" at Good Vibrations on Polk St. 620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street) San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 345-0400

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3. AUGUST PREVIEW

MONTREAL, CANADA
· Sat 8/9 "Psychology and Scene Dynamics of Rope Bondage" at Kinky Festival

• Sat 8/9 Performance with Kumi at Kinky Festival

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4. MY ON-LINE LOITERING HANG OUT WITH ME!
As if I didn't have enough to do. I finally let myself get talked into having a Facebook account. Search for me there under Midori ReallyMidori.

Here are some other places I've been known to waste my time
Tribe
KinkWire.com
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
Live Journal
My Space Social Kink


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Midori