Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Miss Lena Horne
Dies at 92

My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.
--Lena Horne at age 80
from the New York Times

According to the New York Times, the beautiful singer and actress Lena Horne died at a New York hospital Sunday night. She was 92. Hollywood wasn't kind to this woman of color. But she never gave up her fight for the spotlight. And she did it with grace, style, beauty and stamina. She was vocal about the mistreatment of black soldiers in WWII and the Civil Rights Movement. Many women of color lived through her glamorous lifestyle. She graced stages in beautiful gowns, performed around the world and spoke out against injustices. Sounds like one of those women I blogged about in my Powerful and Prissy post. Note to the up-and-coming female entertainers: she accomplished this all with class. No sex tapes or distasteful nudity took part in her rise to fame. Miss Horne was one of those ladies in the biz who believed in integrity when picking roles.

Miss Horne, like she said in the quote above, was one of a kind. A beautiful example on the inside and out.

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  1. Ohhhh.. Miss Lena will be missed sooo much! She was proud of who she was as a black woman, and did not apologize for who she was either. She was a class act; a black Aphrodite! A Goddess in every sense of the word. They don't make 'em like Miss Lena anymore....

  2. Yes she was a class act! We're losing so many of our legends. It makes me sad. I feel like people like her were the prime of entertainment. Did you see Betty White on SNL? She rocked it! But Betty White knows show biz and has that organic talent we don't see anymore.


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