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The Year of the Green Wood Horse begins

Thanks everyone for joining the call tonight and sharing all your interesting thoughts. Here’s a link to the Chinese Astrologer that was mentioned, and her reading on what’s in store for the Year of the Horse 2014.

www.susanlevitt.com/astrology/horse-year-2014

It’s a year for adventure and fun. Go for it, take chances, reach for the stars, become the being you’ve always been and have always longed to be.

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Our next reading will be on Wed., Feb 12, and we’ll journey to the Tibetan city of Xiahe as I read from Chapter 26, “Walking to Heaven.”

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by Tony Brasunas at 10:02 pm on January 30, 2014

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR: Reading #3 is Tonight

Tonight the Horse gallops in and kicks out the Snake…

It’s Chinese New Year! As the Year of the Horse rides in, I’ll be reading about a past Chinese New Year in “The New Light Party,” from Chapter 18. I’ll also lead a short introduction to Chinese Astrology. What might the adventurous Year of the Horse hold for you?

Join us and experience community through Double Happiness. The whole experience will be 20-25 minutes, tonight, starting at 6:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm Eastern Time. The actual moment of Chinese New Year will occur shortly after our event, at 11pm PST / 2am EST.

Questions to consider and share during our discussion:

– What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to teach someone?

– What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to learn?

– Have you seen any typos in the book?

Here’s how to connect:

DOUBLE HAPPINESS READING & EVENT: “THE NEW LIGHT PARTY”

Free Webcast Reading & Discussion
Chinese New Year – The Horse
Tonight, Jan 30, 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST

Option 1: Join via the internet:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/646380061
If you didn’t download it before, you’ll download a small, handy app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

Option 2: Call in using your telephone.
United States : +1 (773) 945-1031
Access Code / Meeting ID: 646-380-061

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by Tony Brasunas at 8:42 pm on January 30, 2014

Announcing the Double Happiness Book Tour!

The tour is here! It starts this weekend. If you live in a city that I will be visiting on the book tour, please come out to an event and let me thank you in person. It would be the sweetest joy to see you. I would love to connect with you and share the joy and the journey of Double Happiness.

The Double Happiness Book Tour

Jan 31 – Los Angeles (7pm: Mystic Journey Bookstore)
Feb 1 – Santa Barbara (Cate Academy, Granada Books)
Feb 2 – Los Angeles (5pm: Beyond Baroque)

Mar 26-28 – St Louis, MO
Mar 28-30 – Washington, DC *
Mar 30-31 – Charles Town, WV
Mar 31-1 – Princton, NJ
Apr 1-4 – New York, NY *
Apr 4-5 – Amherst, MA
Apr 5-7 – Boston, MA *

June – Portland, OR *
June – Seattle, WA *

* Dates are subject to change, based on to-be-booked events. We are booking events now.

The Online Readings

And wherever you live, if you have been participating in the online readings and discussions, please continue to do so. I do love to hear your voices! Tomorrow night we kick off Chinese New Year with a reading and Double Happiness event celebrating the energy of the incoming Wood Tiger.

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by Tony Brasunas at 12:46 am on January 30, 2014

Double Happiness Reading #2

Thank you everyone who joined me tonight for the second reading, which was from Chapter 13, “A Child’s Drawing of the End of the Earth.”

After the reading and a blessing on the incoming Chinese Year of the Horse, we discussed exactly what salary I received as a teacher, the alternating-chapters structure of the book, and why precisely I felt comfortable mingling with on-duty soldiers of the PLA.

For those of you who didn’t participate because of time conflicts, technical difficulties, being behind in the book, or simple forgetfulness, here’s a recording for your enjoyment (24 minutes):


If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Future Readings

Our next reading will be on Chinese New Year, January 30, a week from Thursday. And then we’ll move through the book like a backpacker on a beautiful mountain trail, at this pace:

Date Section Questions
Thu. Jan 30
6:30p
(Chinese New Year!)
Ch. 18
pp 129-132
What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to teach someone?

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to learn?

Wed. Feb 12
6:30p
(With a live interview!)
Ch. 26
pp 194-196
Have you seen any typos in the book?

Why do you think the book is entitled Double Happiness?

Thu. Feb 27
6:30p
(Live from China!)
Ch. 32
pp 263-266
What was (or is) the most important crossroads of your early twenties?
Wed. Mar 12
6:30p
(Finish together!)

Ch. 37
pp 323-325
[Open Discussion]

The Year of the Horse is nigh!

Trust yourself, have fun, take chances,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 11:32 pm on January 22, 2014

The Second Reading – The End of the Earth

The journey continues. You are invited to the second reading of Double Happiness, this coming Wednesday evening, January 22. I’ll be conducting a webcast and reading from Chapter 13, “A Child’s Drawing of the End of the Earth,” which takes place at The Great Wall. I’ll also lead a short discussion.

Please join us, connect with friends old and new! The whole experience will be 15-20 minutes, starting at 6:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm Eastern Time.

Questions to consider and possibly share:

  1. Do I receive a salary as a teacher at Peizheng Middle School? If so, what is it?
  2. The chapters are alternating between Guangzhou and Beijing. Why might I have done that, and what does the alternating chapter structure do for the story?

If you don’t have your copy of the book yet:

   >> Get Double Happiness >>

Other News: The Blog Tour

Before I head off on my Book Tour, for these last two weeks of January, I’m on a Blog Tour, featuring many fine book sites. Find out where Double Happiness will be appearing: ClosedTheCover / Facebook.

The Hardcover

The beautiful hardcover, after all the production complications, is now done! When you hold one in your hands, I think you’ll find it was well worth the wait. As part of the Blog Tour, you can enter today to win a signed hardcover: ClosedTheCover. And if you were a Kickstarter Backer and selected a hardcover book as part of your reward, you will be getting yours first, in early February.

Future Readings

Over the next two months, we will move through the book like a backpacker on a beautiful mountain trail, and I will read chapters, answer questions, lead discussions, and do a photo slideshow.

Date Section Questions
Wed. Jan 22
6:30p
Ch. 13
pp 80-82
Do I receive a salary as a teacher at Peizheng Middle School?

How does the alternating chapter structure tell part of the story?

Thu. Jan 30
6:30p
(Chinese New Year!)
Ch. 18
pp 129-132
What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to teach someone?

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to learn?

Wed. Feb 12
6:30p
(With a live interview!)
Ch. 26
pp 194-196
Have you seen any typos in the book?

Why do you think the book is entitled Double Happiness?

Thu. Feb 27
6:30p
(Live from China!)
Ch. 32
pp 263-266
What was (or is) the most important crossroads of your early twenties?
Wed. Mar 12
6:30p
(Finish together!)

Ch. 37
pp 323-325
[Open Discussion]

Read Double Happiness Faster & Write a Review

Alternatively, if you’re moving through the book at your own beautiful hiker’s pace, enjoy! When you’re done, or as soon as you feel you’ve read far enough to write something helpful for others, please post a review on Amazon. Reviews are helpful for reaching more people because amazon shows books with more reviews higher in search results. Thank you!

>> Review Double Happiness >>

Double Happiness Reading #2 – The End of the Earth
January 22, 2014
6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST
Option 1: Join the reading via the internet:
global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/768039469
If you didn’t before, you’ll download a small, handy app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

Option 2: Call in using your telephone.
United States : +1 (213) 289-0016
Access Code: 768-039-469
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 768-039-469

Trust yourself, have fun, take chances,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 3:45 pm on January 19, 2014

The First Reading is Tonight: Chapter 2

Tonight it begins…

A shared journey to Double Happiness.

I’ll be doing my first webcast reading of my newly published book this evening. I invite you to join! Meet friends new and old. I’ll be reading from the second chapter of Double Happiness and leading a discussion. The whole experience will be 15-20 minutes.

We’ll begin at 6:30pm Pacific Time / 9:30pm Eastern Time. Instructions on how to join the session are in the box below. You can connect via the internet or call in with your telephone. If you would like a reminder just before we begin, post a comment with your email address.

If you have already read — or will read today — the first few pages of the book, consider these questions for something to possibly share tonight:

  • The book begins with a dragon and a blacksmith. Who is the blacksmith? What does the dragon eat?
  • When did you first find yourself in a completely foreign place?
  • What two roads diverged for you in your early twenties?

We’ll begin at 6:30pm PST! You may join the web meeting via the internet or call in with your phone.

Read Double Happiness Month — Reading #1


6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST
January 8, 2014

OPTION 1
Join the reading via the internet:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/694442293

You’ll download a small, handy app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

OPTION 2
Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (213) 289-0016

Access Code: 694-442-293
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 694-442-293

If you don’t have your copy of the book yet:
     >> Get Double Happiness >>

Trust yourself, have fun, take chances,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 2:10 pm on January 8, 2014