Winery Review: Mumm Napa

This weekend I went to Napa and went to try some sparkling wines by Mumm. The vineyard was dressed in brown, tan, gold and red, and from the parking lots I came toward a barn-like structure. After coming through the double doors the concierge let us know to select a table and a server would be around to assist us after perusing the tasting menu. We chose to sit out on the patio and view the sun descend to the vineyards.
Between the four of us, we tried three tastings. Sparkling wine is delicious and they varied from dry to juicy to sweet. There was a gift store and there were various trinkets – Santana himself had a select blend of Mumm.

I like crunching bubbles and feeling the flavor pop into my mouth. I would go again because it is pretty, and because of the sparkling wine it is often compared to Chandon. Of the two I appreciate the selection at Mumm, and but enjoy the path and surroundings of Chandon.

I was taken with…

a smile

a verse of music heard live

silent recognition

a message from the heart

a surrender of truth

I have been endorphin laden to again the point of no rest. Taken.

Filipino American R&B singers

It was the 1990′s.

And a surge of talent coming out of Filipino communities, like the bay are and L.A., made an impression in my mind forever. It was music I liked, but sung by people that look like me.  You might not understand how important it is.  As a growing immigrant and multi-generation community, our culture turns to the mainstream, but we weren’t represented very well.

AND WE STILL AREN’T.

But with the accessibility afforded to many groups due to the widespread use of programs, Asian Americans, the top group of internet-using Americans have created niches in music,dance, comedy, and we reach more people than we ever could have selling mixtapes of our versions of boy and girl groups.

But Friday there was a album release by a member of the old Drop n Harmony group, who married a girl from the Filipino girl group Premiere. We are coming back. Stay tuned to KCRH 89.9fm in the east bay or www.kcrhradio.com to hear Dag’s single and a forthcoming interview. =)

100 Years of Women voting in CA

Hundreds of women donning purple sashes paraded from Lakeside Park to Grand Avenue in Oakland. The pageantry on Sunday celebrated the first parade for women’s right to vote in California.

This and many celebrations all over the state honor the efforts of the women suffrage advocates. On October 10, 1911 Proposition 4 on the California ballot proposed granting women the right to vote. According to www.waterfrontaction.org, the first march for women’s suffrage rights took place in 1908 in Oakland, going from Harrison to the Republican convention. In three years Prop 4 passed.

“We are looking forward to this celebration to remind women of how it was a hard won fight to get the vote, and we want them to celebrate it, protect it, and preserve it for future generations,” said Diana Madoshi, co-chair of the California Women Suffrage Centennial.

In large cities like San Francisco the result was reported as “No,” but by morning, votes from the rural counties showed the proposition passed – and women won the right to vote.

“It was interesting that the larger cities like San Francisco did not pass it, but the rural areas really won the vote,” said Gloria Taylor, co-chair of the California Women Suffrage Centennial, and co-president of the American Association of University Women.

California is the sixth state that granted rights to women voters, and Proposition 4 passed years before the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1919.

“I’m glad this is a chance for the kids to know the history and see how far we’ve come, we’ve really come a long way,” said Marilyn Singleton of Oakland.

Madoshi also noted the contributions of people of color in the fight. “Black women around 1910 and even before that, had a women’s club. One of the Black suffragists, Naomi Talbert Anderson spoke at one of the churches and visited precincts to get the vote. Maria Lopez, a high school teacher from the Los Angeles area spoke out to the men, the only one who could vote. The first California Chinese American women voters were Emma Hoo Tom and Clara Chan Lee from Oakland.”

Although it was a celebration, some spoke about the ongoing efforts and struggles facing women.

“In Washington D.C. each and every day women’s rights are being attacked. There is a war against women taking place. So be vigilant my sisters, understand there is still much work to do,” said Lee.

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner related women’s voting to the current economy. “Women still do not vote in the same numbers we represent via population, and if we did vote in the same numbers we are in the population, things would be different. The implication on women today because of the lack of representation is very subtle. When we look at the budget cuts, we look there are cuts to adult day health care, to child care, cuts to education, cuts to other senior services – they disproportionately affect women. They affect women because we are still the caretakers, whether it’s for children or our seniors. It affects women because we live longer. It affects women because the workforce is represented in care for children care for seniors and in education is still dominantly women. So its not talked about, but these things, very definitely disproportionally affect women. So we have to stay strong, we need more women in office, and we women have to vote, and get our daughters registered.”

There will be a march to the Capitol building in Sacramento on October 10th, and there will be multiple events throughout the day. “The Women’s National History Project website and links to a gazette geared toward children available by PDF download for schools, and communities,” Taylor said.

 

When I went to the event, and marched, in heels, I was excited and inspired. I got offers for two internships, and I was proud to be among women who are leaders. There was an ice cream social afterward and we were just a big bunch of girls celebrating, giggling and loving it.

The Heat is ON

75 degrees
23:08

And I am too hot to lay in bed
Even an empty bed.

Swept Away

I was swept away on pavement to a glass beach

As if it were a past beach

I lost an eye

And the rocks pierced through my dress, not the glass worked smooth by the soothe of the ocean and air

The marsh birds leaving in patterns, calling

And catching red on my skin I spilled

My deepest secrets to the wind

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