Hi, friends and readers:
I know, I didn’t post yesterday. I was too busy having fun with my boyfriend here in Napa Valley. Yesterday morning we toured Francis Coppola’s winery and vineyard named Rubicon, a beautiful, intimate place. After the tour we did a wine tasting, then bought a bottle of Zinfandel and drank it in a shaded, outdoor cafe on the property. The weather yesterday was spectacular, about 70 degrees, sunny and just a light breeze.
If you ever come to the San Francisco area you must visit Napa Valley. It isn’t anything like I expected. It does not have a “touristy” feel to it, especially if you visit the smaller wineries and talk to the folks running them. The valley is almost all vineyards; it’s surrounded by lovely mountains covered in trees and, at this time of year, yellow grasses. The air is clear and the colors are spectacular. Now, I don’t normally spend $35 on a bottle of wine, but we’ve purchased and enjoyed several during the trip and it’s been a treat. Come out here and see for yourself. You won’t regret it.
Today is our last full day in Northern California. We’ll return our rental car to Berkeley, then take the BART to our hotel near the airport. The hotel’s right on the Bay, so we’ll have a place to take a run and a nice view from our room. Our flight to Denver leaves SF Airport around noon tomorrow, and I’ll be in Florida by 11 PM EDST Thursday.
In other news, a story I wrote last summer in Berlin, titled Winston Quirk, will soon be released by Torquere Press as a stand-alone piece. Every year Torquere publishes a special “blitz” of stories to benefit a charity. This year the charity is Doctors Without Borders, a wonderful organization providing free medical care to people in undeveloped countries. The name of this charity “blitz” is Healing Hearts. All profits and all royalty payments generated by Healing Hearts stories will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
I’m very proud to be a part of this year’s “Charity Blitz” at Torquere.
Winston Quirk is a short story, about 8,000 words, set in Man-O-War Cay in The Bahamas in the mid 1970s. It involves a love affair between a white college instructor from Florida and a Bahamian black man who’s just graduated from college and is touring The Bahamas in his family’s sailboat. The story explores issues surrounding interracial romance, back in the 1970s when such relationships were rare, especially in The Bahamian “out islands.”
I hope you’ll buy a copy of Winston Quirk and give it a read. It’s a good story, I think, and Doctors Without Borders is a worthwhile cause. The book should be available at the Torquere website September 15th or 16th. I’ll announce it when it appears on their site, okay?
Okay, it’s time to wake my sleeping boyfriend and go downstairs for breakfast. Outside, it looks like another beautiful California day. The weather’s been perfect during our entire visit. September’s definitely the time to vacation in this area.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone.