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…

Sensual Saturday
Donna Summer, Love to Love You Baby

For the entire month of November I'm bringing you my Black Women &  Sexual Empowerment series. Follow at #BlackWomenSexuality.

I miss Donna Summer. The Queen of Disco died from cancer at 63 in 2012. I'm sure there are people my age and a little older that are in this world because someone's mama or daddy danced all sexy to some of her music, especially her 1975 hit "Love to Love You Baby."

Critics and prudes considered "Love to Love You Baby"lewd and racy back then because of the steamy lyrics about laying next to her lover combined with Summer making orgasmic sounds. I read her boyfriend and Marilyn Monroe inspired those heavy, juicy sounds. You can hear Summer simulate more than 20 orgasmic ahhhhhs and oooohs in the 17-minute hit song
From her New York Times obituary:

"She said she recorded that song’s breathy, moaning vocals lying on her back on the studio floor with the lights out, thinking about how Marilyn Monroe might coo its words...But she was increasingly uncomfortable being promoted as a sex goddess. “I’m not just sex, sex, sex,” she told Ebony magazine in 1977. 'I would never want to be a one-dimensional person like that.'"

Summer later became a born again Christian and reportedly stopped performing the song. I still like it. And I can understand her not wanting to be one-dimensional. Sexuality is one part of womanhood. That's why we can be mothers, white or blue collar professionals, friends, church volunteers, artists, students or just that lady who wants to chill on the couch in her sweats. We can be all of that and still let our sex kitten out to play. Sexuality is part of womanhood and Donna Summer made that part sound reaaalll good in this song.