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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
10:44 pm - Pre-Sale of Books – Special Offer

IMG_2854The book printing house has gotten back to me for “Shibari You Can Use” and “More Shibari You Can Use.” Know what? I’ll apparently have 30 pairs of books extra that I can sell to you, my fans, a month before they hit Amazon fulfillment and bookstores!

For $65, I will ship you a pair of books, brand new and shiny! The books will ship out on January 2nd, and should get to you within a few days from then. Yup, you get them a month before everyone else!!

IMG_2855Interested? Just drop me a note (or directly paypal me the funds) at lee@passionandsoul.com and we can make it happen! Get your hands on a piping-fresh book, and start playing with this beautiful pair of books before your friends :)

The books need to be ordered by December 23rd so that I can print your labels and take them with me to Boston for our packaging-and-shipping party!

International orders have additional shipping based on destination. Drop me a note for further details.

Lots of love,

Lee Harrington

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014
1:17 am - December Podcast 055-Transformation, Domination and Authentic Ecstasy with Claire Black

claire222e-683x1024Sharing her journey from being a girl from a small Scottish town to now being a professional dominant and body adventurer living in London, Claire Black opens up her heart and knowledge on the podcast. Discussing everything from sacred sexuality to erotic negotiation, body dysphoria to self-love, Claire’s discussion with Lee keeps coming back to intention, heart and energy. Listen in for the stories, stay for the laughs and exploration of bliss.

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Claire Black Contact Information:
Ecstasy In Agony: http://ecstasyinagony.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dommeclaireblack
FetLife:

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<p><a href="http://passionandsoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/claire222e-683x1024.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4269" alt="claire222e-683x1024" src="http://passionandsoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/claire222e-683x1024-200x300.jpg" width="200" height="300" /></a>Sharing her journey from being a girl from a small Scottish town to now being a professional dominant and body adventurer living in London, Claire Black opens up her heart and knowledge on the podcast. Discussing everything from sacred sexuality to erotic negotiation, body dysphoria to self-love, Claire’s discussion with Lee keeps coming back to intention, heart and energy. Listen in for the stories, stay for the laughs and exploration of bliss.</p> <p>***</p> <p><strong>Passion And Soul Podcast:<br /> </strong>iTunes Subscription: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-soul-podcast-by-lee/id840372122">https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-soul-podcast-by-lee/id840372122<br /> </a>RSS Feed: <a href="http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/rss">http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/rss<br /> </a>Past MP3 files: <a href="http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/">http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com<br /> </a>PassionAndSoul Audio Page: <a href="http://passionandsoul.com/audio">http://passionandsoul.com/audio<br /> </a>Stitcher: <a href="applewebdata://8ED14856-E825-429F-99BE-E94972828937/www.stitcher.com/podcast/erotic-awakening-podcast/passion-and-soul">www.stitcher.com/podcast/erotic-awakening-podcast/passion-and-soul<br /> </a>Erotic Awakening Network: <a href="http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.eroticawakening.com&#39;]);">http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast</a></p> <p><strong>Claire Black Contact Information:<br /> </strong>Ecstasy In Agony: <a href="http://ecstasyinagony.com/">http://ecstasyinagony.com<br /> </a>Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dommeclaireblack">https://www.facebook.com/dommeclaireblack<br /> </a>FetLife: <a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://www.facebook.com']);"https://fetlife.com/claireblack"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.facebook.com&#39;]);&quot;https://fetlife.com/claireblack&quot;">https://fetlife.com/claireblack</a></p> <p><strong>Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:<br /> </strong>Lee’s Upcoming Sacred Kink Intensive and Classes in London <a href="http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-19%2012:00:00%20EST" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://airmail.calendar&#39;]);">February 19-22</a>: <a href="http://www.schooloferoticmysteries.com/other-workshops/lee-harrington-london">http://www.schooloferoticmysteries.com/other-workshops/lee-harrington-london<br /> </a>School of Erotic Mysteries: <a href="http://www.schooloferoticmysteries.com/">http://www.schooloferoticmysteries.com<br /> </a>Sacred Pleasures: <a href="http://londonfaerie.co.uk/">http://londonfaerie.co.uk<br /> </a>Rebecca Lowrie: <a href="http://rebeccalowrie.com/">http://rebeccalowrie.com<br /> </a>Seani Love: <a href="http://www.seanilove.com/">http://www.seanilove.com<br /> </a>Fakir Musafar: <a href="http://www.bodyplay.com/">http://www.bodyplay.com<br /> </a>London Faerie: <a href="http://londonfaerie.co.uk/">http://londonfaerie.co.uk<br /> </a>Yossie Silverman: <a href="http://www.blacksteel.com/">http://www.blacksteel.com<br /> </a>Dark Odyssey Winter Fire (DC, <a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://www.blacksteel.combr']);"http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-13%2012:00:00%20est"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.blacksteel.combr&#39;]);&quot;http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-13%2012:00:00%20EST&quot;">February 13-15</a>): <a href="http://darkodyssey.com/winter-fire">http://darkodyssey.com/winter-fire<br /> </a>Lee’s 1-day Energy and Rope Intensive (NYC, <a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://darkodyssey.com']);"http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-27%2012:00:00%20est"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://darkodyssey.com&#39;]);&quot;http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-27%2012:00:00%20EST&quot;">February 27</a>): <a href="https://fetlife.com/events/294716">https://fetlife.com/events/294716<br /> </a>RopeMix NYC Rope Conference (<a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://fetlife.com']);"http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-27%2012:00:00%20est"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://fetlife.com&#39;]);&quot;http://airmail.calendar/2015-02-27%2012:00:00%20EST&quot;">February 27-March 1</a>): <a href="https://fetlife.com/events/294716" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://fetlife.com&#39;]);">https://fetlife.com/events/294716</a></p> <p><strong>Lee’s Upcoming Events/Appearances:<br /> </strong><a href="http://passionandsoul.com/appearances/">http://passionandsoul.com/appearances/</a></p> <p><strong>Lee Harrington Contact Information:<br /> </strong><a href="http://www.passionandsoul.com/">http://www.PassionAndSoul.com</a><br /> <a href="http://www.fetlife.com/passionandsoul" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.fetlife.com&#39;]);">http://www.FetLife.com/passionandsoul</a><br /> <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/PassionAndSoul" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://twitter.com&#39;]);">http://twitter.com/#!/PassionAndSoul</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lee.harringon" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.facebook.com&#39;]);">https://www.facebook.com/lee.harringon</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/passionandsoul" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.facebook.com&#39;]);">https://www.facebook.com/passionandsoul</a></p> <div>Direct download: <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/passionandsoul/PS055_-_Transformation_Domination_and_Authentic_Ecstasy_with_Claire_Black.mp3" 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Monday, November 10th, 2014
5:25 pm - November Podcast 053- Condoms, Questions and Reproductive Choices

5074-condoms-come-wide-range-shapes-colours-and-sizes-615x300Having been asked about making a decision around vasectomies, Lee journeys into the choices available to men to actively participate in birth control and safer sex practices. In this podcast we examine choosing the right condom for you, up and coming technologies, making decisions about our bodies, and notions that these questions are not just for men, but for all of us.

Passion And Soul Podcast:
iTunes Subscription: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-soul-podcast-by-lee/id840372122
RSS Feed: http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/rss
Past MP3 files: http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/
PassionAndSoul Audio Page: http://passionandsoul.com/audio
Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/erotic-awakening-podcast/passion-and-soul
Erotic Awakening Network: http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast/

Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:
Reproductive Access: http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/fact_sheets/birth_control_for_men.htm
Male Contraceptive Information Project: http://www.newmalecontraception.org/risug/
Male Condom Sizes/Use: http://www.avert.org/condom-use-types-sizes.htm
Safer Sex Store: http://www.s3safesexstore.com/
CondomMania: http://www.condomania.com/
AllCondoms: http://www.allcondoms.com/
Condom Jungle: http://www.condomjungle.com
Under Cover Condoms: http://www.undercovercondoms.com/
Coripa “Custom Sized” Condoms: http://www.coripa.com/
My-Size Measured Condoms:

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<p><a href="http://passionandsoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/5074-condoms-come-wide-range-shapes-colours-and-sizes-615x300.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-4251" alt="5074-condoms-come-wide-range-shapes-colours-and-sizes-615x300" src="http://passionandsoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/5074-condoms-come-wide-range-shapes-colours-and-sizes-615x300-e1415640208698.jpg" width="300" height="615" /></a>Having been asked about making a decision around vasectomies, Lee journeys into the choices available to men to actively participate in birth control and safer sex practices. In this podcast we examine choosing the right condom for you, up and coming technologies, making decisions about our bodies, and notions that these questions are not just for men, but for all of us.</p> <p><strong>Passion And Soul Podcast:<br /> </strong>iTunes Subscription: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-soul-podcast-by-lee/id840372122">https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-soul-podcast-by-lee/id840372122<br /> </a>RSS Feed: <a href="http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/rss">http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/rss<br /> </a>Past MP3 files: <a href="http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/">http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/<br /> </a>PassionAndSoul Audio Page: <a href="http://passionandsoul.com/audio">http://passionandsoul.com/audio<br /> </a>Stitcher: <a href="applewebdata://0A9FAA81-BF88-4FBB-805C-230E5EA1345D/www.stitcher.com/podcast/erotic-awakening-podcast/passion-and-soul">www.stitcher.com/podcast/erotic-awakening-podcast/passion-and-soul<br /> </a>Erotic Awakening Network: <a href="http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast/" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.eroticawakening.com&#39;]);">http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast/</a></p> <p><strong>Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:<br /> </strong>Reproductive Access: <a href="http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/fact_sheets/birth_control_for_men.htm">http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/fact_sheets/birth_control_for_men.htm<br /> </a>Male Contraceptive Information Project: <a href="http://www.newmalecontraception.org/risug/">http://www.newmalecontraception.org/risug/<br /> </a>Male Condom Sizes/Use: <a href="http://www.avert.org/condom-use-types-sizes.htm">http://www.avert.org/condom-use-types-sizes.htm<br /> </a>Safer Sex Store: <a href="http://www.s3safesexstore.com/">http://www.s3safesexstore.com/<br /> </a>CondomMania: <a href="http://www.condomania.com/">http://www.condomania.com/<br /> </a>AllCondoms: <a href="http://www.allcondoms.com/">http://www.allcondoms.com/<br /> </a>Condom Jungle: <a href="http://www.condomjungle.com/">http://www.condomjungle.com<br /> </a>Under Cover Condoms: <a href="http://www.undercovercondoms.com/">http://www.undercovercondoms.com/<br /> </a>Coripa “Custom Sized” Condoms: <a href="http://www.coripa.com/">http://www.coripa.com/<br /> </a>My-Size Measured Condoms: <a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://www.coripa.com']);"http://www.mysize-condoms.com/"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.coripa.com&#39;]);&quot;http://www.mysize-condoms.com/&quot;">http://www.mysize-condoms.com</a> (includes great shop list for Europeans)<br /> Fleshlights: <a href="https://www.smittenkittenonline.com/men/masturbation-sleeves.html">https://www.smittenkittenonline.com/men/masturbation-sleeves.html<br /> </a>“Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bonk-The-Curious-Coupling-Science/dp/0393334791">http://www.amazon.com/Bonk-The-Curious-Coupling-Science/dp/0393334791<br /> </a>Why wives tell their husbands to get vasectomies: <a href=" onclick=" javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackevent','outbound-article','http://www.amazon.com']);"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1328599/vasectomy-why-wives-tell-husbands-snip.html"="javascript:_gaq.push([&#39;_trackEvent&#39;,&#39;outbound-article&#39;,&#39;http://www.amazon.com&#39;]);&quot;http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1328599/Vasectomy-Why-wives-tell-husbands-snip.html&quot;">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1328599/Vasectomy-Why-wives-tell-husbands-snip.html</a></p> <p><strong>Lee’s Upcoming Events/Appearances:</strong><br /> <a href="http://passionandsoul.com/appearances/">http://passionandsoul.com/appearances/</a></p> <p><strong>Lee Harrington contact information:</strong><br /> <a 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Friday, November 7th, 2014
11:43 pm - Body Openings – Self-Suspension Performance by Lee Harrington

For the first Friday arts fundraiser, Lee Harrington took to the air for a self-suspension exploration to the ambient music at the beginning of the evening. With only two pieces of rope, he stretched and moved, exploring space and the canvas of his body under the frame.

Enjoy this little bit of playing around in the ropes…

Body Openings – Self-Suspension Performance by Lee Harrington from Lee Harrington on Vimeo.

Performance by: Lee Harrington
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Videography: AKButterfly

Venue: OUT North
OUTNorth.org
Anchorage, Alaska

Fundraiser for: ACAL and Alaska Kink
AlaskaKink.com
October 3, 2014

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6:55 pm - Dusty With Their Memories (Dirty South Tour Part 4 of 5)

I heard something vaguely vibrating across the room. Waking up and shambling out of bed, I made my way to my bags and looked down at the phone. Missed call from my ride north. Frak.IMG_1832

Looking at the phone I also noted the time. 6:15am. Frak frak frak. I was supposed to have been up at 6am and out the door at 6am, frag. I run downstairs and there they are with a smile on their face, my lovely pair taking me north. Elizabeth had never been to New Orleans before and the gent she was with loves spending time with her. And here I was in pajamas. They laughed and said it was all okay. Upstairs, quick shower, bags together, box of books grabbed, and off we go!

Cracker Barrel was a quick breakfast stop. I was deeply amused at the Candy Crush candy… branding is always fascinating to me. I joke that my current thumb injury is based on “candycrushitis.” I tried it for about a week, and my already randomly tender thumb and forearm has become nearly unusable. But that was neither here nor there. I was not planning to give Cracker Barrel another penny beyond my egg white scramble.

IMG_1840On we roll. Cypress trees and cotton fields. Long rivers of concrete that we paddled along on 4 wheels. I’d never seen cypress trees before, growing out of the water with beautiful roots spraying out in all directions above the water. Cranes took off into the blue. Such blue skies. 80 degrees and beautiful all around.

I’d only ever been to Arkansas once, on accident. Parker and I went to Memphis for a week on vacation, and one day were driving and got lost. Our mis-turn landed us in West Memphis, Arkansas. For 5 minutes. It was disgusting and scary. This was not emblematic of Arkansas. This trip… much nicer.

As the border between states we stopped at was perhaps the most beautiful tourist information stop I have ever seen. A lovely older man told us about local sights, and the pamphlets around the building were organized by country. And when we mentioned our next stop, he concurred that it was a good choice. It was… far more than that.

At the WWII Museum, there had been a short-run show on the internment camps (or relocation centers) for Japanese Americans during the war. Stories of barbwire fences and pledging allegiance to the flag. The artifacts of their lives they cherished and carried with them, and what was left behind. So many lives upturned. So many lives traumatized.
But when we got to the land where the internment camp had been, it was so…IMG_1850

As you enter, they have built a small, replica guard tower. On each side, an information sign, and an audio button as well where George Takei was sharing stories about each of the topics that were on the information boards. It was… heartbreaking? Touching? Beautiful? Sad?

IMG_1869The land runs wide with cotton, puffs of white on dark green brown. I filled my hand with a few small puffs and felt the land. Felt its heartbeat. Wide and long, I could close my eyes and see a town of 10,000 people, small houses, schools and a hospital. A bustling town of enterprise, guarded by men in towers. My heart sank.

In the pit of my belly it rumbled, it’s waves dashing against the edge of my eyes as I read about the people on the outside. This is in middle-of-nowhere Arkansas. The people who lived in this area were profoundly poor and black. Inside the lines of wire, those who were relocated against their will were receiving three square meals a day, receiving health care, were taken care of. Outside the wire, people were starving and slaving over the cotton. I shake my head, breathe deep, heart at the bottom of the waves.

We walk down the road to the graveyard, a monument erected telling their story. Sad stones beyond that, names and dates of people whose bones never left. Who started elsewhere, and ended here. Their families said goodbye here. So far from home.

IMG_1863Trees and blue, stones and gravel, dust and cotton. My boots are heavy with the dust of their pain. My boots are still dusty with their memory. That is what I said to S.J. the next day when I saw her, and she understood.

May we all be dusty with their memory.

We looked at the time, having had a few wrong-turns and misleading blue-dots on the Google map lead us around, and did the math. We have to book it. Up the road, heading further towards Little Rock. Heading from rural lands towards the city.

We arrived at The Foundry, a lovely dungeon with ubiquitous black walls and spanking benches waiting inside. I had put on my button-down shirt in the parking lot, and for a moment pondered the madness of my formal existence that said that a button-down shirt, leather vest, and cover were good ideas in the south. Even slowly entering fall, it had been a warm existence the last few days compared to my Alaskan home.

We unpacked books, I straightened myself, and breathed deep. It was a delight to see so many new faces, but truly lovely to see Lagavulin. I’ve known him since ’99 or ‘00, when we’d met at Torture Garden. Hot play, good Chinese food, and more… and had not seen each other since then. Random moments of being blips on each other’s radars, but this was our first flesh-hug since then. Our lives had both transformed radically, but our car ride time the next day showed me that yeah, those kinds of connections, whatever they look like over time, never quite go away.
I had been brought in by MasT and Central Arkansas TNG, and it was a bit sad to not get to meet the lovely lady who I’d done most of my networking with, but such is life sometimes. Instead, without her, we discussed rituals, protocols, power exchange, and Walmart appropriate behavior.

Here’s the concept:

What are some things that are appropriate to do at Walmart?

Bring a list?
Cool, that’s a personal protocol.
Don’t take up two spaces in the parking lot.
Great! We’re getting closer to a community protocol. So, what is a universally accepted protocol for Walmart shopping? Cover your genitals. Don’t pee on the produce. In either case, you will get kicked out, socially shunned, and/or arrested.
A kink community set of protocols are often not even the things it occurs to us to bring up. If you’ve been in the Scene for a while, it may not occur to you to say “don’t grab someone’s collar,” because that would just be a douchebag move if that person is not your partner or someone you have that dynamic with. But someone new may not know that that is a cultural norm or behavioral protocol amongst our tribe.

It was a rich discussion, with people sharing personal journeys, and lots of brain downloading into the room. They even created a fetish on fetlife for Wal-mart anal feather dusters. Afterwards, there were short conversations that were very touching, and then off to dinner.

Star of India is a beautiful little place with food that made my mouth water and had my body wishing I had two stomachs I could fill. Seafood-filled creamy dishes that exploded in spices. Perfectly fried up cauliflower with fresh mint chutney. Naan that was deliciously prepared. And the owner, Sammy, knew Lagavulin, even if he had not been in years. The man had a knack for names, and called everyone who was or ever had come in by familial terms. Lots of playfulness. If you live anywhere near Little Rock, I cannot recommend them enough.

Back to the dungeon and I ended up doing a private rope lesson, which was a lot of fun, and watched a playful scene while enjoying a side conversation. Then off I went to my crash space for the night and enjoyed the hilarity of choosing somewhere for breakfast the next morning (why Monday, they bemoaned, why couldn’t it have been a Sunday morning). Finally, curled up on an inflatable mattress in a clean room of a beautiful home… I fell asleep, knowing that the next day would be so much fun.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
9:02 pm - October Podcast 052 – Kink, Sexuality and Disability with Wintersong Tashlin
bdsm-profile-pic-21Sex educator, spirit worker, and body rights activist WinterSong Tashlin joins Lee Harrington for a discussion about having hot kink and hot sex for those of us with a variety of disabilities. He shares ways to still top when your body won’t let you throw a whip, concerns on Tourette’s and bondage, and personal stories of his own journeys too. Everyone deserves a hot sex life, whether in a wheel chair, living with neurological differences, or simply being your fantastic self.

Passion And Soul Podcast:
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Erotic Awakening Network: http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast/

Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:
FetishMissionary’s Essay on training someone in a chair: https://fetlife.com/users/37358/posts/2376599
Alfred Press: http://alfredpress.com/books.html
Broken Toys: Submissives with Mental Illness and Neurological Dysfunction: http://alfredpress.com/books.html#BROKENTOYS
Mastering Mind: Dominants with Mental Illness and Neurological Dysfunction: http://alfredpress.com/books.html#MASTERMIND
Kneeling in Spirit: Disabled Submissives: http://alfredpress.com/books.html#KIS
Hell on Wheels: Disabled Dominants: http://alfredpress.com/books.html#HOW

Additional Resources on Kink, Sexuality and Disability:
Broken Toys- Subs with Mental Illness: http://www.paganbdsm.org/brokentoys/
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Guide-Sex-Disability/dp/1573443042
Sex and Disability: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0822351544/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2
Peer-reviewed journal "Sexuality and Disability" (abstracts are free, articles can be purchased individually)
Power Exchange Books: Playing With Disabilities: www.amazon.com/Power-Exchange-Books-Playing-Disabilities/dp/1934625485/
Facebook Group (closed) - Intimacy for the Disabled 2: https://www.facebook.com/groups/192198421286/
Fetlife Group- Kink & Disability: https://fetlife.com/groups/129

Wintersong Tashlin contact information:
http://barkingshaman.com/
http://fetlife.com/users/95857
http://twitter.com/wintersong
http://www.facebook.com/wintersong.tashlin

Lee’s Upcoming Events/Appearances:
http://passionandsoul.com/appearances/

Lee Harrington contact information:
http://www.PassionAndSoul.com
http://www.FetLife.com/passionandsoul
http://twitter.com/#!/PassionAndSoul
https://www.facebook.com/lee.harringon
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Monday, October 13th, 2014
11:17 pm - Protocols To Let It Go (Dirty South Tour Part 3 of 5)

Fresh-made biscuits fluffy in a bowl. Sausage crumbled into thick gravy made from scratch from a loving hand. Eggs, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, thick-cut bacon. I woke Saturday morning to the scent of a southern kitchen situated in Biloxi, Mississippi. LaughingGoddess and Tristian were dancing around each other in a dance that spoke of lives known to each other. Her other slave came out and joined us and food was devoured in delight, new faces being added shortly after as yet more came to feast. This poly tribe lit up my heart, as well as their guest who I talked with about Hawai’i, transsexuality, sexual explorations.

They usually host the classes for SMART at a private home venue, but with so many people RSVPd, they decided to rent a small hall in Gulfport. Squeezed into an open time space between a conservation group and a faith group of some sort, the flock of black jeans, cute dresses and smiles that descended was a feast for the eyes. People drove down as far as 2 hours north of Jackson, riding with folks from MALL to do a total of 5+ hours of travel just to come. Everywhere I turned I heard “I have not seen you in ages!” Family reunion for kinky pervs with 5+ groups working together to make it happen.

LeeHarringtonbyDarrelVictorLynn08The class was the largest anything like this folks could remember with 62 people in attendance, not counting the little old man who owned the venue, and his dog, peeking their head in from time to time on the proceedings. The course was “Sir! Yes Sir! Exploring Protocols in D/s Dynamics”, and I stood at the front of the room sweating my gourd off in my leather vest and cover. I know, leathermen are supposed to not say out loud that we are suffering for our art, but sometimes we are. I rolled up the sleeves of my button-down shirt, but yeah, it was an intense ride. One I did to myself. Why? Because I know I carry a different demeanor and gravitas when draped in the stories of my journey. My keys on my hips, held up by the strap I was presented. My title vest. My master’s cover. Yes.

I felt like a channel. Pieces of that class sometimes fall out of my mouth to touch one person, but it seemed like every other sentence I said hit someone in a visible manner. Oracle of the southern sweat, a leather sibylline. Punishment v. correction. Household manuals. Nobles oblige. Systems that serve you rather than having to serve your systems. Having matter to not forget your own systems. Love languages. It rolled and rolled, and flew by in a blur.

As fast as it began we wrapped up, and I posed for a flurry of pictures with folks, signed books, had conversations for two minutes here, one minute there. Suddenly outside and packed up, I loaded into Mrs. Giggle’s fast black car and we drove back to Louisiana for dinner before the class that night.

I am not a big fan of all-you-can-eat sushi. Er, no. So when we got to the sushi place and the sign said all you can eat Chinese and sushi, I cringed inside a bit. I own it. And I was so incredibly excited to be proven completely wrong by Miyagi.

maxresdefaultAfter seeing Tristian, Kupkake and others (including me) sing the Frozen “Let it Go” song (chorus in English, verses in Chinese- click the pic here to sing along too), I got to see the buffet- and see that they only set out one roll of each type at a time, and were hand-making new stuff as we all walked by. The red snapper was well cut, the spicy roll with tuna inside was fantastic (not spicy tuna, it was a keppa maki roll with some other things around it), and in general the classics were just done well. Being in the south there had to be something fried of course, and even that was a delight.

Mystical conversations, dumb conversations, meeting nice new people, and I felt so blessed. Even with the occasional cloud, the wind (and my mindfulness) carried them away as fast as they came, and the light endured through it all. So blessed.

House Je Te Vois is a two-story house converted into a pretty awesome dungeon/sex play venue. You enter into the social area, then kitchen, where I found a garage-turned-dungeon-turned-classroom. The room to the right of the kitchen was another very large playspace/dungeon. Upstairs were private rooms plus two more large play

It was awesome to have an unexpected crossover at the Sacred Kink class – someone from Free Spirit Gathering! To be telling my story of Whitney playing drums live in the Sacred Sexuality Beltane dungeon to be remembered by someone else there made me smile a mile wide. It was so empowering to hear kink Christians be up front in class (but mostly one-on-one) about how they did want to retain their faith and be the authentic sexual beings they are. And they can be. We all can be. I remember being touched on the topic by the story Lady Jazelle wrote in Spirit of Desire about how a scene she did brought her closer to Christ. I am pro-Christ, hell, he was a filthy radical hippie who was counter-establishment and pro-love. I’m all for it! Especially from Christians who are also all for others pursuing their authentic path too, even when it has little to no resemblance to their own.

The night was a raucous play party and feast for the eyes. Fun costumes, from full latex dresses to bimbo Barbie dolls, sexy clowns to dapper gentlemen in wing tips. Quite the food spread. Play all over the house, from group sex to take-down rope, sensual caning to me getting to have a littles story-telling moment. I scooped up a sweet baby girl in my lap and told her a bedtime tale about how Princes and Princesses all gathered in a castle in Louisiana and decided they could make the world a better place by being happy and showing the world they could be happy too. It was amazing to see her smile erupt when she looked up at me that yeah, the world would be good if we were all happy.

Tristian came up mid-story and asked to introduce me to someone… my rides to Arkansas! It looked like he had finally stopped panicking. I was being driven north for the other 2 classes, and we hadn’t seen them yet, and in front of me I saw them negotiate a visitation schedule, ha! That she took custody of me come 6am, and until then he would make sure I was fed, watered, etc. I was clearly a puppy that needed babysat. I wanted to laugh, but also understood it. And felt well cared for.

Many conversations later, with cheese grits, Nutella crepes and home-made banana pudding consumed, I finally tapped out to sleep. The party was still going, but I set the alarm and plugged it in at one end of the room where the outlet was, and slept at the other end of the room where the bed was. This… was almost disastrous. But mattered to me right then was getting out of sweaty clothes and into my clean PJs, snuggling in, and passing out like the pervy dead. Tomorrow would come soon enough, and my ride north.

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7:46 pm - Review: The Fantasticks at UAA

fantasticksA Classic Charmer Journeys Into Light and Darkness
The Fantasticks Takes to Stage at UAA

Theatre Review by Lee Harrington

Anchorage Press- October 9, 2014

http://www.anchoragepress.com/arts-entertainment/2/fantasticks-uaa

The lights were still up when the actors took the stage, a flurry of doublets, flowing cream and diverse hats scurrying about carrying heavy boxes. Unsure if there was a technical difficulty of some sort, my attention had been caught—surely their goal. Smiles erupted and Devin Frey, who would go on to play the Old Actor Henry during the show, welcomed us to the Harper Studio at University of Alaska Anchorage. With a grand bow the players scurried offstage in all directions and the live music struck up once more.

In this production The Fantasticks, director David Block has brought to the Anchorage stage a staple of off-Broadway and community theater. Debuted in 1960, the play ran in New York for 17,162 shows over the course of 42 years. The opening song, “Try to Remember,” was recorded by Patti Page, Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Harry Belafonte… and brought Jerry Orbach (who originally sang it in the off-Broadway 1960 production) into American consciousness long before he starred as Detective “Lennie” Briscoe on Law & Order. It is a theatrical classic with an average of 250 productions happening around the world each season.

Fantasticks Press (2 of 5)Girl loves boy because he is mysterious and love obsessed. Boy loves girl because she is inaccessible and sweet. A conspiracy tries to bring them together by pulling them apart. Love overcomes absurd odds. It is a simple enough plot for the first act. However, the second act takes us into the darkness of the human heart so emblematically sung by the narrator/villain El Gallo (Edward Washington II)–“Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Our saccharine-sweet and love-lorn Luisa is played by Amanda Boger whose voice is operatic on a small stage. In her musical solos she fills the space beautifully. She is a great match for the piano and keyboard skills of Janna Preston and Rebecca Haag who stay on-stage for the entire performance (except when almost excused by El Gallo), keeping the live music flowing with focus and levity alike. The costume and hair crew certainly had fun, cladding her in short pantaloons and a side-wrap braid that lifts up the character’s youthfulness.

Her father, Hucklebee (Zack Smith), is also a charmer with his straw hat and ever present watering can. However, put opposite clipper-carrying Bellomy (Kyle Lindsey) is when he excels. The two were a great match for one another with their choreography nailed for their paired sets. For each full spin that Hucklebee provides, Bellomy does a walk-turn, both landing on their left foot at the end of the verse. If I could have seen the stories of Hucklebee and Bellomy (punctuated with their duet “Plant a Radish, Get a Radish”) for an hour and a half, I would have been delighted.

Fantasticks Press (1 of 5)Bellomy’s son, Matt (Ben Williams), is our 20 year-old college boy turned love fool. His youthful body movements were an interesting fit for the part, showing the love fool side of the character in the first half with a different level of engagement than the abused man on the road, or the final road weary segment of second half. When he sits down at the end of the play, face heavy in his hands, Matt comes to life in the moment of sadness that he communicates with a single glance up at his once foolish love.

For those who enjoy slapstick, Mortimer (Raymond Leonard) is your man. The two-minute death scene is hard not to crack for, unless you don’t enjoy cheesy comedy. If you don’t like cheesy comedy moments, The Fantasticks is likely not a good fit for you–because that is part of the charm of the production. However, the real star of the production is Dayoung Yoo, the truly gifted “Mute.” Playing the wall, a tree, an opera conductor, thunder-creator, box-mover and dancing dervish, Yoo is who you turn to any time you need a break from the drama or the sorrow, or need to ramp up the comedy-feed in even the most jubilant of scenes. Yoo is always there, always a breath of fresh air.

Fifty-four years in, the mix of comedy, charm, classic love-story and depressing twisted journey continues to bring in audiences. UAA does the show justice, and is worth the watch… if only to get a cream-clad Mute to make your heart delight.

The Fantasticks runs October 10-19 at UAA’s Harper Theater. Tickets range from $21.50-$23.75 (centertix.net).

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
10:56 pm - Rolling In Waves of Rope (Dirty South Tour Part 2 of 5)

Five States in Four Days. That’s the plan. Tristian picks me up at noon and we head up to his place to grab my books and for him to do some life-at-large stuff. I feel touched when I am given entry into people’s lives, homes, families, friends. So often we only know people at clubs and have no idea what their fullness of being looks like. We do not know their names, but know the shape of their cervix. We have seen them bleed, but have not seen them squee in delight about quilting.

Two hours later we load into the cars and head out. I fall for Drop Dead Fred when, at a gas station, he changes shirts and I see his Baphomet tattoo. I already liked talking body mod stuff with him at the munch, but he unfolds in awesomeness with discovering he and his wife Mrs. Giggles do kinky clowning, and that he has a truly wicked sense of humor. Okay, for some of my friends, a blue-haired, stretched ear-lobe, tattood evil clown with giant inverted pentacles on his shirt might be a picture of their worst sort of hell… but I fund myself with a huge smile. Grateful for the little things, I tell him about part of the big ritual from the first Dark Odyssey Fusion. Somewhere, miles away, I know that the altar of Baphomet has a good home, and my thoughts of Ravens_bitch make me smile.

We make our way to Mobile, Alabama, and I can say that I have seen a profoundly small part of Alabama. How small? One oyster house, and one private dungeon. But you know what? That’s not a bad part to have seen. Over dinner, with a sea of new faces (with Tristian, Fred and Mrs. Giggles as my touch stones), I end up seated next to a woman wearing an ankh. Suddenly, the world becomes impossibly small as it turns out we share magical working families. A three-way text between the two of us and a mutual friend ensues, Ohio and Alabama sharing a meal together in the weft and warp of it all. I also get to learn about the fire-rope suspensions Verita has been doing, and end up nerding out with her about how crappy Kevlar-thread rope is for any tensile strength once it has burned at all, about how many different systems she has in place not just with her ties but in training her bottoms in advance. My concerns about her doing the shit that I had seen and judged goes away- but I still worry about it being emulated. Her shit is pretty spot on, and seeing her rig twice later, I’m in nerd-rope-sibling-love with her. But I don’t think some folks are doing in to that degree of care and attention.

The rope flies that night at Les Bons Temps. We did a bonus speed-bondage class for folks who showed up for time announcement #1 as we wait for folks who got time announcement #2. Because this shit happens. All the time. All over the place. And I am a big believer that we shouldn’t punish either party, so we just do extra work together. The rope is flying as they learn tips and tricks, and lots of giggles happen too. One woman just starts petting her rope, and bliss ensues.
ShadowCorsetDecorative ropework and erotic macramé. I love this class, because everyone gets to have fun. The advanced students get AP (advanced placement) assignments or do their own higher level work as we get the basics down as a team. Trying out body harnesses with twists, butt bondage, chest harnesses. Happy twists in conversation come as we discuss modifying ties to work with the bodies of the models, and riggers, in questions. I get to tell the world about the awesomeness of Master Jack, the one-legged suspension top who threw me around so well when I worked for Bondage-Arts.com. Smiles, show-and-tell with each other in the room. And then, the party.

Les Bons Temps is the building of Lord Valentine and Ursa Madre, who are practicing pagans. Though I had seen his pentacle, I did not place that this might have any effect on the venue, until I actually got to go further than the room I taught in. I turn the corner to grab a cupcake (nom nom baileys nom) and my eyes widen and heart opens wide. The sunk-in living room has been converted into a huge temple area, spotted with statues and iconography, Buddha and Bear staring at me from above the fire place. I am hit with a wave and just… sit.

In the temple a rope scene is being set up, and my eyes are transfixed on the whole setting. A blanket is laid out on the ground and a basket full of rope holds the tools for their journey together. They pull out their own speaker system and play their own mix… and as the first song starts and the Bottom’s eyes close, I am so moved. Then “Same Love” by Macklemore, Lewis and Lambert comes on, and another couple watching near me begins to pull out their rope, and the wave then moves through them up to me. I take off my shoes, go grab my blue rope, and come back.

My legs fold lotus and lash in place, dancing through the sounds and the ripples of rope energy. It is like dancing in the waves, water splashing, no rip tide at all. It is a pleasure as the silkiness slips around my waist and my rigger myself binds lines around me and tightens me in. I stretch and move, fold over and pull back, before I bind my face in a layered head cage of bulky blue. The nylon slithers along my skin and I sigh, smile, feel the jute creaking next to me, can taste the shiver of the bottom in the temple leaving back against her rigger. I pull the lines down my face at once, cheeks aflame with sensation, and then bind down my face to my ankles, then back to sitting, then bend prostrate once more. Blind still I move, change, transform. Soar in the waves. We are three scenes but we are one, or perhaps I am just feeding. But this was freely given, we all understood. I knew them all when it comes to these topics, and we were sharing this temple, freely given. We are free, we are given, we give into the rope.

Eventually, I untie my last lines after dancing with ropes like wings. As I coil my ropes, I see the second couple begin coiling their ropes. The energy is being coiled back up. The couple in the temple says something and smiles up at me, but I’m not back yet. But the music wraps up, the temple rigger coils up, and slowly, we return, we return. The work draws to a close, and I bow to Bear once more at the altar. Blessed mother, blessed mother, thank you.

Quality conversations. Deep hearts shared. I learn about being a switch in the rural south. I hear about D/S couples and going to church with their kids. I meet Alabama fetish models. I laugh with femme dommes about evil machinations, and discuss “dance club bisexuality” with the swingers in attendance. From the outside, it’s just a ranch-style home. But inside it is a temple, and tonight it is a co-created space crafting safety, exploration, delight. In Alabama. Because our tribe is everywhere.

Tristian takes me to the home of his Mistress, Laughing_Goddess, who is lovingly housing me for the night. I throw clothes into the laundry, and get ready for the next day. Tomorrow it’s 2 classes and a party, and who knows what else it will hold. I try to sleep, and fail. Eventually I get there, but it takes a long time. Because sometimes brains do that. So be it. But the bed is lovely, and in the morning, I wake to the smell of a home-made southern-style breakfast.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
10:49 pm - IndieGoGo More Shibari Update

Beautiful beings,

IMG_2074[1]The frost has hit the ground up here in Alaska, while just last week I was in 80 degree heat. It is being surreal.

It’s been about a month since my last update, and I wanted to let folks know where the project stands. I have the final drafts of the interior and exterior of Book 1 in my hand. It is being sent off to ebook conversion shortly, where I will then get to see what it looks like, do some edits and make sure all the internal links are inserted (yup, if it says “see step 5 on page XXX, it will just link to the document and take you to the page), and get the funds off. This has been a learning experience, and a depressing/painful one at times. The entire first ebook had to be scrapped when we laid out the print book and realized some segments needed moved around, some steps were not as clear as desired, and more.

The bonus is that it is honestly a better project than it would have been. However, it is coming out months later than desired, as you have likely noticed.

With the finals of Book 1 in hand, I am also signing contracts after looking at printing costs for them, etc. We look to be doing 2000 copies of each book, with 210 going up to Alaska for signed books and model copies, 175 going to the Midwest to do shipping for non-signed books, and 50 being sent to our delightful photographer. For book 2 the numbers will be similar. The rest of each run will be being sent to our distributor/book housing company, whom I cannot finalize negotiation with until print book date is set.

The plan is that Book 1 will do ebook, then hit the ebook market, while I see the final color copy mockups for Book 1. During that window, Book 2 will be finishing its layout, go to editing, edit it, and then get the finals off to ebook and layout. Book 2 will do ebook and mockups… and when both print books are ready, we will hit the “go” button on the final product.

So that is where we stand. With a sexy project that has been a challenge… but its turning out great. I am deeply grateful for your understanding, love and support.

Lots of Love,

Lee Harrington

http://www.PassionAndSoul.com

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Monday, October 6th, 2014
10:44 pm - October Podcast 051 – Music, Play, Privilige and Cultural Appropriation

lochai2Having just gotten back from a whirlwind trip of the American south, Lee reflects on scenes and music, and how they touch upon our hearts. The trip also took him to the WWII Museum, which spurs discussion of the fetishization of Asian cultures in the BDSM community. We look into white privilege in a kink context combined with playing with what might seem “hot” when we don’t understand its cultural context. Let’s root our erotic journeys into authenticity by bringing consciousness to our play.

 

 

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Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:
Les Bons Temps: https://fetlife.com/groups/26330
House Je Te Vois: https://fetlife.com/groups/69513
Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, ft. Mary Lambert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0
S.J. Tucker: http://sjtucker.com/
Wonders Album: http://music.sjtucker.com/album/wonders
Catherynne Valente: http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/
Valkyrie Daughter by S.J. Tucker: http://music.sjtucker.com/track/valkyrie-daughter

The National WWII Museum: http://nationalww2museum.org/
Japanese Internment Camp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohwer_War_Relocation_Center
George Takei’s Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yogXJl9H9z0
White Privilege by Macklemore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INNCxVpGpyU
Zamil: http://www.kinbaku-art.com/
Shibari You Can Use: http://www.amazon.com/Shibari-You-Can-Use-Japanese/dp/061514490X/
Mollena Williams: http://www.mollena.com/
Spirit of Desire (featuring the race play story mentioned): http://www.amazon.com/Shibari-You-Can-Use-Japanese/dp/061514490X/
Black Face at the Eagle issue: http://www.mollena.com/2013/02/blackface-still-racist-yall/

 

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Sunday, October 5th, 2014
12:09 am - Into The South (Dirty South Tour part 1 of 5)

Alaska Airlines flies from Seattle to New Orleans once a day. With that in mind, I’d decided that if we were going to have me teach on Friday night, I should start trying to get to the south on the Wednesday morning flight. That’s how it works with standby tickets after all.

Eight weeks ago, Butterfly and I had tried to get to the wedding of the beautiful Coral Mallow on a pair of standby tickets. After eight years, she and her partner were finally tying the knot, in time for her moving to Scotland to pursue her academic adventure. The warrior priestess artist dragon and her dapper musical engineering cat boy. It would be great to go, but it was not to be. We sat at the airport listing on flight after flight. After seven attempts we bowed out and decided to stay home.

Stay home, now in possession of two one-way standby tickets that could be changed to be used within 8 weeks.

With the active prodding of my sweetie, I decided to put out a call to see if I could use the tickets to try and teach in a state I had not gotten to work in yet. She knew I had a pet project to try and teach in every state in the United States, and has been urging me to follow my secret smiles. The call went out, my body itching for the road. Ready for the leaving, for the new adventure. I was Eshkol, the selkie boy… except that I knew I would be coming back to a home I love. I may be a vagabond, but I have also learned how to plant berries and understand the profound comfort of two months in one place by choice. The secret smiles found with a fireplace and the silent snow falling outdoors.

Within twelve hours I had received an email from House Je Te Vois in New Orleans, elegantly and formally presented. Now I had already presented in New Orleans at NOBLE where I had truly loved my time, so I was momentarily confused. But the email was not about teaching for them per se – they had put together a coalition representing a large number of groups across three states that wanted to bring me to Mobile, Alabama, Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Yup, a formal coalition, within 12 hours. Color me impressed. And turned on. I have a serious hard-on for competency.

I flew from Anchorage to New Orleans... an idea of scale.

I flew from Anchorage to New Orleans… an idea of scale.

The math began as another idea came in from Little Rock, Arkansas, and I put them in touch with House Je Te Vois who were acting as the coalition head for the project. We then realized that the woman who had contacted me from Little Rock had someone very dear to her in Memphis that I knew from when I lived in London in 1999, and an extra day and a comparatively short drive would have me teach in Tennessee as well. Suddenly, Impact dungeon was in on the dance.

This is how magic happens. Yes, synchronicity has its place (and was definitely at play), but so does streams of emails, stacks of phone calls, wild text messages dancing between mistresses and slaves, board members and compassionate dictators. It is sitting down with pen and paper as to what order to go in, what classes to offer, how to find venues, how to get the word out with only one month between when the call went out and when the classes would take place.

Vision in hand, details were laid out by each group, fetlife announcements put out, and the next flurries into the wind. By the time groups find out about upcoming events, they often have no idea how hard the work has been behind the scenes. This coalition eventually turned out to be 11 groups across 5 states, working through hiccups and bumps, personalities and quirks, laughter and old memories. A concert like this is not the easiest of undertakings, but the music that came to the audience was truly delicious.

Unlike the attempt to get to Coral’s wedding, my first attempt to list on a flight got me on the very first flight out of the state. This meant a ten hour layover overnight in SeaTac, sex magic book (with sexy brown paper cover) in hand, curled up in the corner of the central marketplace as I drank salted mochas and flavored water. And to my delight, come the dawn, the first flight to New Orleans had space for me as well. In fact, with a packed plane, they had one row open for standby folks and I was the only once. A row to myself across the country, body stretched out in a dance between slumber and canned air.

At each step I send update texts to Prince Tristian as well as my sweetie. As I leave security at Louis Armstrong Airport name, clad in tight black jeans and the memories of Glen Boojum locked over my shoulders in his suspenders I wore, I spy his curly hair and we lock eyes with a beam. Oh yes, it wouldn’t just be good phone conversations. This man before me was going to end up a friend. And I was right. Over the next few days we tallied up the miles and meals together, the inside jokes and private text messages, the secrets locked away between understanding expatriates of the same countries.

Our first stop was food. He takes me to the Country Club, a clothing-optional pool in the city that has a great spread of food as well. This club has been there since 1884, purchased by 3 gay men in 1977 and was in relative anonymity for most of its life until Beyonce brought her crew there a while back. In the 50s it was a safe haven for gay men to meet each other in a quiet space and just be.  And here I was on its porch, wrapped in history, with my feet hitting the same floorboards as those who came before. Hidden around the neighborhood were tiny signs of tribe- a leather pride flag in a corner of a window, a hankie in a back pocket, but beautifully understated. Butternut squash ziti and memories of the gay south.

We got to LilV’s house and unloaded the car. Her dog bounded about with terrier delight, sporting a faux-hawk that ran from snout to tail. It rocked to see her. I have known LilV since I was a fetish model, as we got tied together as two curvy girls on the floor of New York studios. Such fun to see her again, and this time, in staying with her and sharing quality meals, get to have more than model-to-model knowing. Trips like this pollinate that which was already there, but also water the soil and lead to that which we did not even know was there, coming up to blossom. Laughter, stories, being… and together the three of us headed off to coffee.

The munch in New Orleans that night was at Who Dat Coffee, which I do declare has amazing cookies and chai. Frosted flake sugar cookies. Just. Amazing. Faces unfold outside having grabbed all of the seats along one side of the building. But one face jumps out as always143’s face holds back its erupting smile as she glows in her summer dress. My demo-bottom from my NOBLE weekend and her mistress greet me fondly as I do them- such a comfort to have touch-stones to the known.

As I travel around the globe, those touch-stones make a big difference. Someone with a pin on their vest to an event I went to one time. A Mr. S tee shirt on the chest of a dyke I have never met before. A name mentioned that tells me “oh, right, I’m not just free-floating here.” This is tied into the threads of my plotline already. And I am not alone. My tribe was already here, waiting. Even if that tribe is found in the form of an etched stone at Heifer International in Little Rock that transports me through time to the etched stone my mother has at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The strings weave us back together, and I no longer feel like I am floating in space.

Pull me in, weave me into your tale, and your story becomes a part of mine. Let the primary characters in my novel appear in the background of the mini-series you are producing. We become interstitial collaborations in the passions of each other’s past and future alike. I cross over into your plotline and you cross over into mine, even if it was because we both like sugar cookies, or both have taken the same lover, decades apart. Whether we have been at the same dungeon, or watched the same sunrise, or hated the same movie. You know Paddles? You like APEX? You’ve been to Kinkfest? We paint a topography to place ourselves into each other’s landscape.

I am woven in, and the night unfolds. When asked if I need an orientation, I ask for one that might work for me as I’m unsure if “queer” applies. He offers back “gyroscope.” I accept. As the night winds down we head back to LilV’s and I lay down in bed, and gratefully pass the fuck out.

10660306_10152262041232133_3803052270541436640_nThe next morning I get dropped off at Creole Gardens for breakfast made by the amazing Ms. Annie. This woman is a DJ, cook, grandmother, and former marine underwater welder. My gods she is amazing, and her grits bring me home to my Palimsest journey. For those who have not heard about my first trip to New Orleans, some of the pictures here, a piece about wearing a corset there is here, and my upper thigh tattoo is a weaving between Ramblewood, Dark Odyssey tribe and my Palimpsest tribe. It is a part of me, and this venue housed the madness of so much of it.

Ms. Annie tells me to go to the WWII Museum, and I am grateful for the prodding. I wander the halls and am on the verge of tears for large pieces of it. I feel my father in my bones. He is here in the face of the man who first greets me for the introduction to the museum, his smile contagious and a layer of knowing too much still in his eyes along with it all. The machines of war, reprints of posters, spaces to walk through artifacts and articles alike. I find Jefferson in my skin and our conversations about how museums work best. They did it well. The museum grabs… but I still wish it had had more about the long-term effects. But really, just covering the scope of this war is hard enough. So global, so massive.

10659275_10152262131842133_7601619340410714392_nIn WWII, the blood supply was segregated. Japanese-Americans fought and died while their families were held in internment camps. Navajo speakers raced through battlefields with a code that could not be broken written upon their ancestry. And our troops severed the heads of enemies and mounted them on their tanks in southeast Asia.

The world story of the US involvement is painted in its inspiring overcoming of odds… but mostly my spirit sees the senselessness of so much of it. The death marches. The waves of blood crashing upon the shore. Babies outfitted in gas masks. The Battle of Midway hits me as I feel the sense of loss in my spine all of a sudden from a man on the Japanese carrier who stands confused that just three hours ago it was supposed to have been an easy win. He is sucked under the waves. The darkness, with sound still booming in his ears. He would never see his wife and children again.

I shake the hand of a man who jumped behind enemy lines and thank him for his service before I make my way outside. The sun warms me up and I roll back my shoulders. My feet take me through the city and I meander. At Magick Glass I meet a shared-thread and learn about the amazing rice balls at Little Vic’s Sicilian that are well worth the time. A stop into Hex leads to great conversations on sex magic and what it is like for the fortune teller there to have worked everywhere from pagan consciously created communities to Disney World. Kitchen Witch astounds me with its cook book orgy. And no, I don’t go to Café Du Monde, because I don’t actually dig it that much, but I buy coffee to take home to my sweetie.

After a full day of wandering, catching up with LilV for dinner is a delight to just sit and be. Yes, my book and I had spent a good hour together at Little Vic’s, but her insistence that there isn’t good Indian near her leads to a yelp discovery. An old dodgy place she used to go to has had a change in, well, everything.

Silk Road is amazing. Go to it. It is a pan-asian fusion sort of place with a limited menu. There are 10 entrees, 6 appetizers, some soups and salads. That’s it. But as we order we ask the waiter what wine to get. You see, there is the wine menu, but they are also a wine shop, and he comes back with a $20 bottle of white that ends up pairing perfectly with the meal we had. Crawfish eggrolls with homemade hoisin sauce. Chicken wings with a candies spicy glaze. Palak paneer with fresh cheese and the spinach that is still identified in individual pieces of spinach, deeply fresh. Green curry with shrimp fresh from market and heads still on.

But for desert? After the delicious meal we walked over to Who Dat Coffee to split a coconut cookie. Because, yeah, Who Dat Coffee. We catch up on stories and come to know each other better over dog petting and cookie sharing. And I buckle in as I head to bed after re-arranging my carry-on bags so I know what I need for class the next day, clothes paired and set for the weekend, then get it all back into bags, because this was the end of just hanging out and being. Tomorrow, the craziness begins. I get nice phone time with my sweetie after she texts me, and then I curl up, ready.

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Friday, September 19th, 2014
5:11 am - Seeking Phoenix Rope

IMG_1695A number of years back, gosh, a long while back now, there was a fire at the Twisted Monk production facility.

The first batch of rope he did after the fire was done in beautiful red/yellow tones, and was listed as the color Phoenix.

As a pagan and spirit worker, I use this rope for magical working, and use it occasionally for emotional connection as well. And, over the past 3 years, I have begun collecting it whenever I can. Some came into my hands when a friend passed away. Some showed up in a donation bin that came across my lap. One piece appeared at ShibariCon and I bartered for it…

And I want yours :)

Okay, if you love your Phoenix rope, use it, love it… please keep your ropes. It is lovely rope. But if you have rope that you are not working with, I am very interested in acquiring it from you. Any size, any length.

Please contact me at Lee@PassionAndSoul.com or PassionAndSoul on facebook, fetlife or twitter. I look forward to helping your rope find a new home.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014
10:15 pm - A reply to a recent conversation…

After the shooting of John Crawford III at Walmart in Ohio, I posted this link on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/passionandsoul/posts/10152208829882133?comment_id=10152215035757133

I response to the post, there were a variety of thoughts shared on this very complex matter. Thank you to those who gave thoughtful responses, and shared additional information and resources. Issues around racism, as well as the specific issues in this case, are far from cut and dry. I had however promised that I would get back to this issue in this string of replies, and thus felt it was important to do so.

Because my reply is 3 pages long, I have decided to post it as a blog entry.

Let me be transparent that each of these threads that stemmed from my initial entry/post could each be talked about for hours. Hell, lifetimes have been spent on many of them. This is just dipping my toe into the issue to share some of my current thoughts.

*

On the case of racism and reverse racism, if we use the definitions provided by Aidyn at this link:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/07/15/884649/-Why-there-s-no-such-thing-as-Reverse-Racism#
much of what is declared by the world at large to be reverse racism, as brought up by Mick, is actually racially based discrimination. Cases like the Jose/Joe story lead to an example of the discussion:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/02/jose-joe-job-discrimination_n_5753880.html
Is it possible that a whole stack of people are individually racially discriminatory against Hispanic applicants. Sure. But is more likely that a culturally pervasive myth plays into racist decision making. It also sets us up for Dennis’ definition of racism.

Quotation-Shirley-Chisholm-country-racism-Meetville-Quotes-104286I’m betting that the bulk of those folks have *no idea* that they are making those sorts of decisions. It thus, under the definitions stated in the first link, becomes racism. Because it is embedded in the story of a race, a story we have internalized.

People become racists through active participation in some cases, but more often, racist behaviors and actions are perpetuated unconsciously. Children mirroring parents mirroring grandparents. It is a form of cross-generational embedding. Unfortunately, as Scarlet brought up, this form of cross-generational embedding also comes up in the form of trauma passed on. This is also known as historical trauma:
http://www.sharingculture.info/historical-trauma-impact.html
Though the above link looks predominantly at native/first nations’ concerns, it applies to the African American population as well. Thus, how African American populations respond to encountering the police is not only based on how police are behaving in a given moment, but how they have interacted with police over a lifetime, and generations before.

The black-to-police challenges at play in this discussion are multi-layered. There are specific cases, but there is also racism, and racial discrimination, and racial profiling, and historical trauma, and media coverage taking things to their own directions, and a *LOT* more. Add in classism and red-lining (decisions based on zip code, ie financial likelihood of success, often for loans and financial access), and we get a big cocktail of pain at play that layers on. But the effects of living in a world where unconscious racism at play is enough to have young black men being far more likely than young white men to be shot by the police:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men

It is through experience cross-generationally with police and a wide diversity of authority figures that paints what looks like reverse racism in my opinion. White people (the historical bulk of authority figures in America), especially white men, get perceived as being certain stereotypes before they every open their mouths or take any actions. However, there is a difference about race-based discrimination and culturally-embedded racism.  To “discriminate” has different definitions in Oxford English Dictionary:

Discriminate
[ disˈkriməˌnāt ]

verb

  1. recognize a distinction; differentiate:
    “babies can discriminate between different facial expressions of emotion”
    synonyms: differentiate, distinguish, draw a distinction, tell the difference, tell apart, separate, separate the sheep from the goats, separate the wheat from the chaffperceive or constitute the difference in or between:
    “bats can discriminate a difference in echo delay of between 69 and 98 millionths of a second”
  2. make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age:
    “existing employment policies discriminate against women”
    synonyms: be biased against, be prejudiced against; treat differently, treat unfairly, put at a disadvantage, single out; victimize

The first definition is important. We as humans need to discriminate the difference between rotten food and healthy food. Between a warm day and a cold day. This keeps us safe. And… in many communities, discriminating that a car is “normal car” vs. “cop car” is a form of discriminating that has informed their notion of safety. If a normal car drives by, you can hang out and just be yourself. If a cop car drives by, pull your hands out of your pockets, act as what they perceive as “normal,” don’t do anything “suspicious.” Though this does not apply to the cases recently in the news, I think it is important to consider in culturally embedded racist behaviors.

These systems of culturally embedded racist behaviors have literally been a form of survival mechanism. Which sucks to be true, but it is.

These things are not forgiveness of the racist behaviors, nor is it an excuse to allow to have it continue. It takes people, one after another, changing their actions and behavior. It takes stepping in when wrong is taking place. We need to shift, across the board. We start with awareness of our own behaviors and what we see around us. Racism, looking at the quote above, needs to not be so “normal” in the future.

I appreciated though that Amy brought up the police tactics of why people are shot multiple times:
http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2014/08/24/a-dose-of-reality-for-ferguson-missouri/
It is important to know that this is a standard operating procedure for many reasons as well-listed in the article she listed.  Though I myself disagree with many cases of violent response, especially the fact that is disproportionately used against black men, it is good to know why the police respond thusly.

Now as for affirmative action and institutionalized systems of Caucasian individuals being discriminated against, it sucks. But let’s look at our college-trained workforces compared to the population at large. Yes, we have a president with African heritage, but if we look at the senate and congress, the percentage certainly doesn’t match the percentage of the population at large. Lawyers, doctors, accountants, English professors, computer programmers… it is disproportionate. We are still feeling the effects of slavery, Jim Crow, et al. Historical trauma.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/03/why-we-still-need-affirmative-action-for-african-americans-in-college-admissions/ (very interesting read btw)

Racism-Spot-It-and-Stop-It-575x431It gets argued that that means those folks are lazy, need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Er, you’re not getting it. If you are already in a place where your Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has you working from a place of seeking love and belonging, you have far fewer steps to climb that someone seeking food and shelter, let alone safety.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
Could we *also* use this for *all* students with financial lack, absolutely. Hell, look around those same places for the percentage of folks who grew up with food-stamps as part of their daily life shall we?  Folks dealing with racism get an extra scoop of crap on top of the rest of it. Maybe two scoops. Color-blindness isn’t an argument that is viable, see the Jose/Joe argument above. Is there an issue with affirmative action that the slots are being filled by African American families with inherited affluence/privilege as Cashin argues in that above post. Perhaps. But let’s look bigger picture… which likely includes adding on tools for access, not taking them away from folks who need those extra hands up.

Now, as for Xadrian’s point about brandishing vs. carrying with Ohio gun laws. Good reminder. Plus, Having someone point a gun at someone else, fake or otherwise, is not okay, as Angela brings up with her BB gun story. However, it will be interesting to see how this specific case unfolds as the credibility of the person who originally called 911 is being actively questioned:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/crime-law/shooting-victims-father-you-could-hear-he-was-gasp/nhL55/

With the grand jury convening on Monday, it will be interesting to see how the case turns out.

 

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
10:19 pm - Safer Group Sex

Denim-SensualistOver the course of a few events and with a few different folks, I ended up having a few different conversations about group sex, threesomes, sex parties, poly-fuckery, etc. How do we apply safer sex practices to these situations. How do we keep our partners, and ourselves, health happy and whole. So this blog post is me wanting to post some ideas. If you have extra ones, I’d love to hear about them and add addendums below the initial post.

Some of these might apply to you and your play, some of it might not. A lot of this applies to partnered sex in general too, so ideas that can cross over from there are also welcome. And yup, some of the stuff under a given heading could likely be it’s own category… this post is imperfect :)

Here we go:

  1. Not everyone knows their status… or discloses it
    Even if you know that your play partner is AIM tested (or does some sort of other STD panel) every month, if everyone involved has not done so, that does not mean a lot. One person who is not operating at the same level means that the whole group is being exposed.
    Even if your partners are all AIM tested, this only covers HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. It does not include hepatitis-C, any of the herpes simplexes, crabs, or genital warts. Thus, herpes can be skin to skin, and of course penis into vagina/anus can be issues for all of them.
    Oral sex may not get someone pregnant, but it does not take away risks for all STDs. Though transmission through oral sex is on the lower end of the spectrum, oral gonorrhea is currently an issue on the rise:
    http://www.medicinenet.com/oral_gonorrhea_symptoms/views.htm
    So are other challenges, such as oral-to-vaginal herpes spreading (or the other direction). Just because you know the status of your partner on some things, does not mean you know their status on everything. In fact, they may not know, or not consider what they have to be a big issue. Folks with cold sore histories may not know that that means they have herpes symplex-1. This does not make them a bad person, just a person who may not know they might want to disclose. Some folks consider a partner going down on them who have oral herpes to be a big issue, others might consider it a big deal.
    As with the Darren James situation with AIM, it also only takes one person having had sex with one person with an STD since their last checkup to spread it around a community that does not use condoms:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_Industry_Medical_Health_Care_Foundation
    There are also folks who do not disclose their status because of shame around the issue. Thus, setting the bar very high is a great place to start. Or, be honest with yourself or others that if you will not be using condoms, dams, gloves dams, etc for everything, that all parties are making an informed decision that STDs and STIs may come into play. This also means that if you are someone who says “I assume everyone has everything,” that if someone does disclose to you (in some cases requiring a great deal of bravery on their parts), you shouldn’t need to change your behaviors. Look at what that assumption really means to you.
    And if you choose to play bareback with everyone, that is your choice. But understand that your choices affect everyone you play with. Having unprotected oral sex with a stranger means that everyone you have oral sex with is also having oral sex with that stranger. Oral ghonnorea, crabs, et al are a gift that keeps on giving.
  2. Watch where your hands go
    Though HIV can die when dry 20 seconds out of the body, that is not the case for everything. Hepatitis C can live weeks out of the body, even dry. And note the word dry- holding a canister of lube, then picking it up for the next person with the gloves you will be touching them with, can cause challenges.
    This applies more to bacteria. Touching your own hair can lead to whatever was in your hair now ending up in her vagina. The same goes with touching door knobs, picking up supplies, touching tables, etc. Plus? The next person to sit on the table, or touch that doorknob, did not necessarily desire to sit on those body fluids.
  3. Color-code your condoms (works for gloves and dams)
    I think this is a great idea. It provides for not getting confused as to what went into whom.
    I got the idea from this first link, but the other two are very much worth the read on safer sex in threesomes:
    http://www.tripproject.ca/trip/?q=node/1932
    http://www.successfulnonmonogamy.com/safer-sex/
    http://sexpressed.com/20130226/
    This applies even if all partners are fluid bonded… if it is a female-male-female pairing (FMF):
    M is fluid bonded to F1
    F2 is not fluid bonded to either, and wants to stay that way
    M goes down on F1 bareback
    M then comes up and kisses F2
    F2 now has F1 vaginal fluids on her face.
    The dental dam F1 was using on F2 to prevent fluid transmission has not been gone around.
    If someone sees a triad of folks playing without dams/condoms, and is invited to join in, that new person may also think that going down on anyone without barriers is just dandy, or that going from person to person without facial cleaning is okay. If your play involves adding in strangers, having spotters or lights on can make a world of difference. Is that new person following the level of your safer sex needs? Your line might include a hands-on/eyes-on check of the pubic area of your partner while giving them a hand-job. Is their pubic area free of bumps and legions that you don’t want near your mucosal membranes? This is a chance to shift from penetration to hands-on play and massage instead… still having a gratifying group play encounter without going beyond your comfort level or safety. Afterwards, you can also lovingly let them know so they can go take care of their health.
    Just because there was one slip-up with your barrier or other practices, does not mean that you should now discard all safer sex practices. Get on the horse and start again. One second of exposure is different than an entire night, or making a relationship decision to become fluid bonded because you had one condom break. Deal with the condom breakage on every level you see fit, get tested, wait and get tested again… and still keep using safer sex practices with that partner.
  4. Lube container for each bottom
    At Dark Odyssey, there are Dixie cups for each person to put their own lube into from a big container, so that no messy hands have to touch the container. If hands are dirty, you are supposed to pump with their not-dirty elbow.
    Bottoms can also bring their own lube bottle and pump/pour for you. That’s really common with men’s fisting parties, so that only hands that touched my butt ever touch my lube container. Multiple hands, sure, but those gloves have only touched me.
    Lube assistants also rock. Folks who will pour lube for you.
    If you only have one lube container, have the Bottom glove up, hold the pump bottle, and pump into your hands for you. It also makes finger-banging and fisting a cooperative sport!
  5. Enthusiastic consent
    Especially when joining in on activities already in action, make sure everyone is truly game. Sneaking in, especially without knowing someone’s safer sex line of comfort, is uncool. Receptive folks may be in an altered state of consciousness and Journey-Enthusiasmunable to communicate at that moment. Go ahead and ask. Or assume for highest level of stuff, glove up, and don’t even kiss. That’s right- some folks do not want to kiss because of oral-to-oral concerns. And? That is completely reasonable. Kissing is a higher STD concern than gloved fisting is.
    Consent also applies to whether your partner is “willing to put up with something.” There is a difference between that and being honestly interested and enthusiastic. Some relationship dynamics will “take one for the team,” making one partner’s fantasies happen even if they aren’t really excited about the idea. That is up to you. But if you find yourself angry, resentful or pissed off each time you do group play, it might be worth assessing whether it is healthy for you and your partnership.
    If you are faking it, your partner might honestly think you are enjoying it. Transparency can be sexy, especially if you can say it with what you *do* want, rather that what sucks. Trying “I want to watch both of your faces, maybe we can try positions that do that” is different than “I never get to see your faces, I hate that.” Or, “you always hit my cervix” vs. “can we try other positions that are less likely to hit my cervix?”
    De-brief of excellence and how we can make it even better next time is also great after the fact. And I don’t mean right after you cum. People may still be high from the rush of it all, and be emotionally sensitive to feedback.
  6. Gloves and dams are cheap(ish)
    Wearing gloves for everyone is a good idea, not just because gloves are sexy (great plug for sexy safer sex BTW), but because their body fluids can get caught underneath your fingernails.
    It is okay to use a set of gloves, use them to play, and then take them off and trade out for a new set if you are unsure if they got dirty.
    If a dam flips over, don’t flip it back. The “you” side now has their fluids on it.
    Now, if you only have one set of gloves, and they are willing to go over to the sink and turn it on for you and pump soap into your hands so you can wash them without contaminating the space, awesome. Save the planet and all that. But don’t use lubed up hands to touch the sink nobs. See issue above for door nobs.
  7. Safer sexy sex
    Here is the handout (co-authored with Aiden Fyre) from the class I did on it.
    http://passionandsoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/SexySaferSex-SarahLawrence-Handout-final.pdf
    Scott Thomson and I also did a podcast on the topic:
    http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/ps003-sexy-safer-sex-and-more
    Some quick ideas:</p>
    • Attach dental dam in place with garter belt or alternative use of nipple clamps
    • Lube up gloves while starting with sexy eyes at your partner
    • Have bottom roll condom on to show they are interested/engaged
    • Latex fetish oral worship
    • Putting sex supplies out in a container next to the bed so they are easy to access and look good too
    • Get sexy looking supplies
    • Test out condoms, gloves and dams with yourself or for test-runs pre-play. Heat of the moment is not a great time to use a dental dam for the first time.
    • Find a favorite brand of condom. They all fit differently.
    • Have fun with it!

So there you go, a few ideas from my head to yours.
Have fun, and play to your delight! And the delight of everyone… not just for tonight, but for the rest of your life.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
9:13 pm - September Podcast 050 – http://passionandsoul.libsyn.com/ps050-sex-shame-sex-work-sex-pride-wi

TinaHornLeatherIn this passionate interview with sexuality activist, writer and educator Tina Horn, we dive into the issues of sexual exploration. Discussing the history and vision behind her podcast “Why Are People Into That?!,” we explore the notion of sexual shame and privilege from a personal and political framework. From there the notion of the whorearchy (the hierarchy of sex work) is explored, alongside the recent sex worker resource shut-downs and why it should matter to everyone. Come learn from this amazing being who once sold a dildo to Beyonce. Really.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014
10:45 pm - Tenderness, Humor, and an Old Faded Couch

4000MilesTenderness, Humor, and an Old Faded Couch
Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents 4000 Miles

A Theatre Review for Anchorage Press

By Lee Harrington

With hand-crocheted blankets draped over an old faded couch and five doors wrapping around the set, I couldn’t help but be intrigued as I sat down. The entry music set the tone for travel and intimate tales to unfold with Dixie Chicks (Taking the Long Way Around) and I Nine (Same in Any Language) playing overhead. I was hopeful for the production of the play 4000 Miles, and was delighted when the team at Cyrano’s Theatre delivered a gratifying performance.

Set in a New York City apartment, 4000 Miles tells the story of Vera (Linda Benson of Harold and Maude, The Clean House and True Tales of the Frozen North at Cyrano’s) and her bicycle-riding grandson Leo (Jaron Carlson of Cyrano’s Red, All the Great Books (abridged) and The Language of Trees at UAA) as they come to know each more authentically other while unfolding their lives side by side. They struggle with aging, friendships, death, romance, family and coming of age in a way that resonates for so many of us in our own complex realities.

When Linda Benson takes the stage, it is impossible to not fall in love with her portrayal of the polyester-clad slipper-wearing crotchety old broad. Her physical comedy throughout the play is spot on. Adjustments of hearing aids, her quest for dentures, laying back on a couch in Act 5, and the close examination of those who have made their way into her apartment at night all deliver laughs without ending up overly cheesy.

Benson’s splendid performance set up a challenge for the actors she shared the stage with. However, Jaron Carlson rose the challenge in his monologue about a lost friend by the end of the play, leaving the audience entranced and damp eyes in parts of the house. This scene alone is worth attending the show, with the touching ending to the monologue on that central couch showing two characters whose evolution is easy to track.

Vera is based off of playwright Amy Herzog’s real grandmother Leepee Joseph, who had the opportunity to attend opening night at the ripe young age of 95. Leepee (known to many as Lee) was a social activist who had a special tie to the state of Alaska. She called her two trips to our state “highlights of her life,” and during one of her trips Mary Katzke of Anchorage’s Affinity Films produced a short documentary involving her called “The Gift.” She caught a giant salmon while visiting, but decided on not having photographs because the vest she wore “made her look fat.” How very New York.

Personally having relocated from Brooklyn last year, I happily laughed at each of the “local” jokes, clever pokes at rent prices and laundry cart difficulties.

This was a juxtaposition to the desire to strangle the characters Bec (Leo’s former lover, played Taylor Campbell of Sense and Sensibility and Playboy of the Western World) and Leo, whose characters together with Amanda (of UAA’s M. Butterfly and Hot N’ Throbbing), epitomize a generation in their late teens and early twenties that has found itself rife with apathy, familial frustrations and a need for coming of age. These young actors provided quality helmet-carrying and heel-wearing characterizations that summarize the archetypes well.

One moment of compassion between Bec and Vera provided for a touching moment that was a surprise. At the end of the play, on that tired old couch, watch for a piece about how emotions can feel real, with that realness echoing out for us all to feel.

Director Krista M. Schwarting (a regular director at Cyrano’s with All The Great Books (abridged), Miss Witherspoon, Freud’s Last Session and more) has done a beautiful job with this production of 4000 Miles. Staging plays in a one-room set can be a challenge, but she brings it alive with multiple layers of physical staging, and a great tone set between characters. Together with the eye for detail that the set and props provide (complete with off-stage bathroom), the behind-the scenes crew delivered a good package overall.

This is the last production for Sierra Ileta Halberg, Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s resident production manager and sound designer. Moving to Seattle (after a road trip across the US), she will be missed.

With no intermission, get your snacks and beverages before the show starts. Come out and join Vera, Leo, Bec, Amanda and the old faded couch for a journey full of laughs, frustration, evolution and unexpected moments of tenderness.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
11:00 pm - Do You Wanna Build a Snow Man?

Last night, my partner Butterfly and I curled up and watched the special about the movie Frozen. How the movie was made, interviews with voice actors and producers, behind the scenes laughs and challenges. It was a beautiful piece, and well worth the watch for the two of us. When the film came out, we went to the snowflake bounce-along sing-along… and it was an almost empty theatre. We watched curled up with each other, and were delighted to see a princess flick that was about love between sisters, where the prince was not the be-all-end-all-goal. Where women were powerful, and men could be loving, kind, and complex, as well as evil and dark. And yup, I loved the shopkeeper.

frozen-is-disney-encouraging-homosexuality-and-bestiality-ccb4b5ec-f794-4249-9723-369a820b2848By the end of the night I was singing… “Do you wanna have a bed time? Do you wanna go upstairs and go to sleep?” But I also found myself flashing back to Disney over the years. To where I was in my life each time.

I flash to the Black Cauldron and how it set my baby-pagan mind whirling with magic.

Sneaking into All Dogs Go to Heaven after we decided that Little Mermaid wasn’t worth what we had paid for it and we were justified in getting a second film. It began my trend of doing the same thing over and over again with theatres – pay for one, stay for three. Memories now embedded with Ayem Willing because he and I both loved it, with his being so complex that he brought costume pieces and snacks.

To Aladdin and my obsession with playing the cassette over and over and over again, until it needed replaced and I did it again. I still have the second one. Ah… welcome to Agraba… with waves of Robin Williams.

To Lion King, my mother and I sitting in a movie theatre on the big island, and when the Hawaiian grass skirts came out, all of the native islanders staring at the two of us, the only howlies in the room.

My feminist and cultural pain anger over the reconstruction ism in Pocahontas, to the point that I never finished the film. Fuck y’all white misogynist assholes was pretty much my take.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame where I struggled because I was hit with the same anger (I was such an angry baby butch), but couldn’t help be in love with my dancing Esmerelda doll, tying her up, and loving the Beata Maria solo. So hot, his obsession. The power struggles became porn.

Treasure Planet found me in Los Angeles, a date with myself on a day off between porn shoots. Fun games played with me, our quiet self-laughter, sprawling out in the empty seats of El Capitan.

…and more.

Disney is embedded in the skin of my culture. It is laughter, frustration, fables of my time. When I think of Peter Pan, I think of a specific cartoon boy and no other Peter can ever live up to him. He was my first. Briar Rose will always be entangled with a woman who danced in the woods surrounded by birds, and Cinderella, no matter how ash-covered the books portray, still features shirt-clad mice.

In Disney films, it ends okay. It always seems to end okay. But life is not Disney, and I can’t explain how grateful and powerfully shaken I was when Up came out. When in the first ten minutes we see that life can be beautiful… then have pain as well. And not in a Bambi sort of way. I was shown a life unfolded, and it wasn’t ever going to be what it was. But it still ends up okay. But life is not Disney. The bad guys don’t always get slain or imprisoned. The good guys don’t always win. Angela Lansbury will not make the dishes dance for a misunderstood monster and his kidnapped guest. That story was made creepier by the dancing dishes I think, as it forgave it somehow, made the Stockholm Syndrome hit that much deeper. Kidnap me, take me away, and let the candlestick seduce the feather duster.

Even last night, a tear escaped as the two sisters slid down each side of the same door to the song “Do You Wanna Build a Snow Man.” The movie hits home because it is not a simple plot. It is not just another evil queen film. It showed more than the simple answers. Even if it ended Disney by the end.

Sometimes I wonder if the world will end Disney for me. When I kick off the mortal coil, will it all get wrapped up into a neat package, and all the pieces fall into place? I’m not sure I would want it to. I’m pretty blessed that I have gotten to see “backstage” a lot in the patterns of life, and seen why some of the “bad” things that have happened to me have happened. The warp and weft have created clear pictures over time, and as much as I have hated the suffering, the blessings of having been the kind of spirit worker that I am have given me that much. A heavy key ring at my side, the doors open, and I peer back. But I’m pretty sure the cartoon Hades from Hercules is not who I’ll be kicking it with on the other side. The man down there is not that blue.

Life is not Disney… but when I speak to depressed or cut away friends (including myself), I can’t help but want to sing…

Do you wanna build a snow man?

Because I do. I want to live in a world where we build snow men, where we let it go, where we find each other in the blizzard, where we find ourselves… even in the ice.

 

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Monday, September 8th, 2014
9:16 pm - Gulf Coast/Midwest Dirty South Tour!

We are a go for an amazing, whirlwind adventure!

A few weeks ago I put out a call for proposals on where I should come teach, and a flood of proposals came in… but one region of the United States went above and beyond the call of duty putting together a multi-group coalition with travel plans and event ideas. Gosh darn southerners are passionate. I was impressed… and they have named the tour to be:

The Lee Harrington Gulf Coast/Midwest Dirty South Tour!

Alabama – Mississippi – Louisiana – Arkansas – Tennessee

Five states in four days at the end of THIS month. Below are the delicious details. Here is the minor catch though – I am flying standby. It is what is allowing this tour to happen in the first place, as I am coming to clubs that might never have been able to have me in otherwise. This is a magical opportunity, but there is a minor chance I might not be able to get there. Fingers crossed.

Without further ado… here is the adventure:symbol_leather_pride_flag_current

So… come out and join us! I’m unsure when I’ll get to come back to this part of the world, and I have never taught in 4 of these states (this is a happy return trip to the New Orleans area). I’m excited, and I look forward to meeting so many new folks for a diverse lineup of classes.

See y’all soon!

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
9:13 pm - September Podcast 049 – Sapiosexuals in the Hot Tub

sidesmile_white_frameIn a first-time podcast from the hot tub, Lee’s guests are Rev. Deborah Addington (author of Fantasy Made Flesh and Hand in the Bush) and Judge D. Surface explore god, fuck, religion and sexuality in style. Though the audio quality is not ideal, it is a tasty treat as we look at how “it is a rebellious act to identify your bliss and pursue it in a culture that says no you can’t have that.” Enjoy this discussion of diverse communities, personal creativity and of course, gratitude.

Passion And Soul Podcast:
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Erotic Awakening Network: http://www.eroticawakening.com/podcast/

Deborah’s Contact Information:
Deborah Addington Website: http://www.deborahaddington.com/
Trans Theology: http://www.transtheology.org/
Fetlife: https://fetlife.com/users/207502

Judge D. Surface on Fetlife: https://fetlife.com/users/796594

Deborah’s Books:
Fantasy Made Flesh: The Essential Guide to Erotic Roleplay: http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Made-Flesh-Essential-Roleplay/dp/1890159476/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=pass-20
A Hand In The Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting: www.amazon.com/Hand-Bush-Fine-Vaginal-Fisting/dp/1890159026/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=pass-20
Play Piercing: http://www.amazon.com/Play-Piercing-Deborah-Addington/dp/1890159689/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=pass-20

Sapiosexual1Links, Events, People and Books Mentioned:
Dark Moon Rising: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Moon-Rising-Pagan-Ordeal/dp/1847288928/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=pass-20
Red Queen of Through the Looking Glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen_%28Through_the_Looking-Glass%29
Meister Eckhart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart
The Book of Five Rings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings
Chop wood, carry water: http://zenrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/chop-wood-carry-water/
The Geeky Kink Event: http://www.thegeekykinkevent.com/
Geeky and Kinky in Arizona: https://fetlife.com/groups/8428
Carl Sagan – an organism at war with ourselves is doomed: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan
Wintersong Tashlin: http://barkingshaman.com/
Sapiosexual: http://sapiosexual.com/

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