Fresno Reel Pride

As we speed through June and keep one eye on our rising COVID-19 numbers in Fresno County and the Central Valley we are starting to think to about September. Locally, one of the premier LGBTQ+ events of the year happens every September: Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival. If you’ve never heard of it or have never been you should put it on your calendar. Here is some copy from their website…

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Papagni Pink Pinot Grigio

Last weekend, most wineries on the Madera Wine Trail began to open up their tasting rooms again. Mike and I took this opportunity to finally try out some of these Madera wineries. They are too close to us to not try so we made a Sunday afternoon out of it. One of the wineries we visited was the Papagni Winery. As the information on Madera Wine Trail reads, you actually can meet and have a glass of wine with the winemakers themselves. After a few samples, there was definitely one wine that stole the show! That was a 2014 Pinot Grigio with a pink hue.

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What a difference five years can make

Remember when the Obama administration lit up the White House in rainbow colors for Pride month in 2015? Remember when diversity and inclusion were something that we strove and worked towards? Elections matter folks. We simply must take back the White House. It’s bad enough we elected and unqualified, racist, narcissist with dictatorial tendencies to the highest office in the land. In less than 5 months we will be headed to the polls again and we must, as a nation, course correct. Our democracy is under attack and long standing, cherished institutions are being weakened at their foundation each and every week.

We are at war. We are at war with the foreign power that put their thumb on the scale in 2016 in an effort to put their preferred candidate in office. Russia has invaded our country and to think about it in any other terms is to not bring to bear the right mindset to the biggest threat our country has ever seen. We are also at war internally. Factions of white supremist organizations and racist sentiment have seemingly been boiling under the service for a while now. Perhaps it better put that old Confederacy never really went away. I think maybe they have just been shifting arenas, and strategies, and strongholds ever since the Civil War.

In the words of Barack Obama…