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Tonight Double Happiness Comes to you from China

It’s been a wild return to the Middle Kingdom, full of snow and trains and friendly taxi drivers. But I’m delighted to be here.

I’ll tell you about it all during tonight’s live online Reading and Discussion. I’ll do an update from Beijing, a reading from Chapter 32 “White Rabbit, Black Rabbit,” and a discussion based on your responses to the question, “When did you realize you were not immortal?” Details on how to connect are below.

The Ice Festival in Harbin was stunning, absolutely freezing, and magical. I signed copies of Double Happiness over “rare American Whiskey” (turned out to be Jack Daniels) in a cafe called Sweet Station. Now we’re down in Beijing, taking in the massive changes this city has undergone since I was last here over a decade ago.

Tonight: A Return to China – “White Rabbit, Black Rabbit”

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DOUBLE HAPPINESS READING EVENT: “LIVE FROM CHINA”
Free Webcast Reading & Discussion
Thursday, Feb 27, 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST

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

Option 2: Call in using your telephone.
United States : (773) 945-1031
Access Code / Meeting ID: 646-380-061
(Use *6 when you want to mute/unmute your line)

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I hope you’ll join us tonight!

Meanwhile, the Year of the Horse gallops on.

Have fun and take chances,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 12:57 pm on February 27, 2014

The 3rd & 4th Online Community Events (Recorded)

Thank you for joining us on the journey thus far. We’ve had some great discussions. I love hearing your thoughts and questions.

If you weren’t able to join us in real time, here are recordings of the previous two events. (Event #2 is here.)

Event #3 – Chinese New Year

A reading from Chapter 18, “The New Light Party.”
An introduction to Chinese Astrology and the Year of the Horse.
If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Event #4 – Walking to Heaven

A reading from Chapter 26, “Walking to Heaven.”
A discussion of why the book is called Double Happiness.
If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Future Readings

Our next reading will be from China! Thursday, February 27, I’ll read from Chapter 32, “White Rabbit, Black Rabbit.,” and we’ll discuss the crossroads we face in our early twenties.

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

Ch. 37
pp 323-325
[Open Discussion on Happiness]

The Year of the Horse has begun!

Take heart, take chances, take adventures,
Tony

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‘Walking to Heaven’ Tonight

Experience reading the book in community tonight at 6:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm Eastern Time. I’ll read from “Walking to Heaven,” Chapter 26, beginning on page 194, and then we’ll open it up for this question:

    Why do you think the book is entitled “Double Happiness”?

I’ll also comment briefly on yesterday’s event: Taiwan and China having their first state-to-state talks.

I truly love to hear your voices and your questions. Join us by phone or via the internet. Instructions on connecting are below.

DOUBLE HAPPINESS READING EVENT: “WALKING TO HEAVEN”

Free Webcast Reading & Discussion
Wednesday, Feb 12, 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 app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

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

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by Tony Brasunas at 8:33 pm on February 12, 2014