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…

Feeling Good with Memories of Nina Simone



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At my last job, a photo of Nina Simone hung in my office, along with Eartha Kitt, Tina Turner and Maya Angelou. People enjoyed taking in the photos of these queens. An older gentleman, who has since passed, gazed at my Nina Simone picture often and reminisced about seeing her in concert. He said he never saw anyone shake their body on stage like she did. He told me that story multiple times with a big, grin on his face. The movement of Nina’s soulful, beautiful dark body left him with a good memory. It left him feeling good. And him sharing that memory made me feel good. Now when I see Nina Simone I think about this story from my departed friend. I think about him and hope he’s somewhere jamming with Nina.


 Since it is a holiday, I decided to give myself a bit of a blogging break. I hope you’re feeling good. I hope you’re feeling good about your body and the wonderful sexual being that you are. I hope you play this song and sway your hips. I hope you play this song and dance for you or someone you know would appreciate it. I hope on this day you’re feeling good about YOU.


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