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All of us, if we are really alive, are disturbed now in our emotions. We are faced by emotional problems that we do not know how to solve. They distract our minds, fill us with misgiving, and sometimes threaten to wreck our lives. That is the kind of experience to which we are committed. If anyone thinks they are peculiar to the difficulties of his own situation, let them… talk a little about them to other people. They will discover that theirs

is not a solitary unfortunate. We shall make no headway with these questions unless we begin to see them, and keep on seeing them, not as our private difficulties but as the growing pains of a new world of human experience. Our individual tensions are simply the new thing growing through us into the life of mankind. John Macmurray

We feel our way through life, then rationalize our actions, as if emotion were a shameful scar on the countenance of reason. Maria Popova

Lately, there have been some hard turns in the lives of family and friends. We listen, and often there are tears. Often an apology for the tears and often an apology for expressing their difficult emotions. When did we become that culture? When did we demand that emotions become a switch? Then we flip a switch and grief becomes joy, hopelessness becomes optimism and isolation is replaced with a sense of belonging. We work through these journeys of transformation all our lives. No fast switches. Hard emotions should not bring us to shame; they are part of our paths forward.


My book Travels Into Discomfort is available on Amazon.

It is a travel adventure in its prose and a journey to the heart in its poetry.

Travels Into Discomfort

Businesses - Let's Support Our Community
Local Lesbian Hangouts - Cocktails & Dancing
Community Bulletin Board 

Women ROCK! 15 Iconic Women Who Shaped Music Tuesday, March 5, 2–3 pm at the Rancho Mirage Library

Celebration of Life for Judy Galloway

Hike for Hope March 3rd

Neon Glow Bowling

Sound Bath

Coming Out Party at the Joshua Tree Park Store

Coming Out Hike at Joshua Tree

Laurie Morvan at the Cascade Lounge

Local Lesbian Authors and Books
Community Resources - Food, Medicare Counseling, Advocacy, Behavorial Health

Email me at gabriolakim@gmail.com if you want something posted on the bulletin board, or an event promoted.

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1. The International Women’s Day Awards Gala to be presented by Women’s Empowerment Summit on March 8


2. Asta Leigh’s BEFOK: A Clever One-Woman Dark Comedy About a Determined Actress Trying to Make It in Hollywood


3. First-Ever Apparel Collection Authorized from Elizabeth Taylor’s Estate


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Women’s History

Women We Should Know

Vivian Bailey

American World War II veteran, civil servant, and volunteer. She was a fundraiser for education, health, and military service personnel. Vivian Bailey was the first US Army black female pilot and one of the first African American officers in the Women's Army Corps. She served as a commander of what was named the Women's Colored Detachment because the forces were segregated. I bow my head to those who could endure such injustice at home and still risk their lives for their country.

100-Year-Old World War II Veteran Gives Secret To Long Life - BlackDoctor.org - Where Wellness & Culture Connect

Veteran Spotlight - Millie Bailey | National WWII Memorial (wwiimemorialfriends.org)

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

This week's guest is Andrea Meyerson.

Andrea Meyerson has devoted her life to the celebration of queer women. Whether she is taking queer women on trips around the world or producing award-winning movies and television shows on the contributions queer women have made, she is determined to carve out as much space for them as possible.

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

Meet the cast of BBC Scotland’s sapphic show Float - (diva-magazine.com)

Who was Frida Kahlo? 7 things to know - (diva-magazine.com)

Drive-Away Dolls is the lesbian comedy of 2024 - (diva-magazine.com)

Vivek Shraya's How to Fail as a Popstar Makes Failure Look Good | Autostraddle

Conservatives Are Mad Over Kristen Stewart's Rolling Stone Cover | Autostraddle

Karol G’s “Contigo” Aches Like a Thousand Sapphic Suns | Autostraddle

London Lesbians Flock To La Camionera - GO Magazine

Maine native completes hike of American Discovery Trail, becoming first woman to do it solo (msn.com)

Scientists Reveal New Findings About Older Adults Who Take Vitamin D (msn.com)

Dementia Risk Lowered by Six Habits, Study Suggests (msn.com)

Writers Support Group - Fri Mar 22nd at 10:30 am on Zoom

Where we can set aside time to write and encourage each other.

Please register if you are interested.

Moderate Hike - Tue - Feb 27th - 8 am

South Lykken.

Length 4.0 miles or 7.0 miles.

Type     In & Out

Elevation 800 ft

Time     2 Hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Meetup: Finding the South Lykken Trailhead is a bit of a challenge. Go past 2800 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs on the left for about a 1/4 mile south. Parking is on the right near the cement bridge. This is a pretty hike with views of Palm Springs and sometimes sheep. Hikers wanting more of a challenge can go onto the 2nd set of picnic tables.

Bring poles.

Bring at least 1 liter of water.

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Moderate Hike - Sat - Mar 2nd - 8:30 am New Hike - Chaparrosa Peak Loop

Length    7 Miles

Type      Loop Elevation 1200 feet

Time      3 -4 hours

Difficulty:  Moderate - Difficult


Bring at least 1 liters of water

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Views, pictographs, old homestead birds, and great company.

Meetup Pilot at I-10 and Indian Canyon at 8 am

Hike is in Pioneertown Preserve

Easy Hike - Mon - Feb 26th - 9 am

Meetup #3 walk of 4 - Celebrity Homes

1232 Alameda, PS. Hedy Lamar, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Lucy and Desi, Jimmy and Tammy.

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.


2023 Walks - Wednesday and Friday this week- 8:00 am

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avene

The more you walk, the healthier you can become, major study finds (msn.com)

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday - Mary Pickford

Next Movie will be

Drive Away - Dolls

Feb 28st 1st Matinee

11:40 am

Drive-Away Dolls is the lesbian comedy of 2024 - (diva-magazine.com)

"Drive-Away Dolls" Is a Raunchy Lesbian Caper | Autostraddle

We meet 20 minutes before the movie and usually go to the Thai restaurant across the street for soup or lunch

Details and Registration

The Bluest Eye:

A Virtual Public Reading

February 28 & 29

@7pm ET / 6pm CT / 4pm PT. Free


It's Going to Be A Party!

Shann Carr, Sweet Baby Jai, Casino, Jazz and Dancing.

The L-Fund Gala, March 9th, 2024

at Margaritaville, Tickets on sale now!


It's Going to Be A Party, Shann Carr, Sweet Baby Jai, Casino, Jazz and Dancing.

This years honorees include Judy Dlugacz - one of the founders of Olivia Records, Shann Carr -comedian and women's community mover and shaker and Sweet Baby J'ai - Co-founder and director of the Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival and Sunset Music Fest.

Congratulations to all the honorees. Well deserved!

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Sunday, March 3rd at 7pm

Lez Out Loud Returns!

The Roost, Cathedral City

Mina Hartong is back in the Desert for a few shows only!

Tickets only available by phone

Call now at 760.507.8495


2 Drink Minimum, please support local business


Thu, Mar 07 at 7pm | Palm Springs


Comedian MINA HARTONG brings her comedic talents to the RSC with host MAX MITCHELL ( Oscars) and Featured Comedian AMANDA MICHELLE ( LA)

Buy Tickets

Pi(e), Spring or Easter Celebration

March 21st at Kim's House - 1 pm to 3 pm

Let's gather. Pie exchange but you bring any dessert that you wish or you can get a slice or pie and coffee for $5.00

Signup for March 21st

Sun, Apr 07 | Palm Springs



Buy Tickets

Lesbionic Brunch with Marisa Corvo

2nd Saturday of Every Month. Starting Feb 10th.

1-4 PM

Bottomless Champagne $12


Lesbians Embracing Aging
Lesbians Embracing Aging (LEA) has been formed by a group of women wanting to create a caring network for socialization and assistance as we age in place.
The mission of LEA is to encourage and assist LBTQIA women with healthy aging by creating support networks of socialization, information, and care.
The LEA women: Kelly Watson, Lauren Nile, Barbara Tyler, Rita Gonzales, Kate Ullman, Ronni Sanlo 

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is honoring Miriam Makeba with a special, amazing tribute by LA Artists, Jimetta Rose and Gail Jhonson with Jazz in Pink in celebration of International Jazz Day.

Complimentary Food, Drink

Free Parking

$99 - Table Seating / $49 - Bar Seating


Date/Time: April 28, 2024, 2:00 - 4:00 PM 

(Door opens at 1:30 PM)

Location: Vicky's of Sante Fe

45-100 Club Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210

 $99 - Table Seating / $49 - Bar Seating

TICKETS: Table Seats

TICKETS: Bar Seats

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket.


Mother's Day Soulful Jazz Concert

Sunset Music is thrilled to announce that vocalist Angie Wells has been nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award!

She is in excellent company for the Outstanding Jazz Album award alongside renowned artists like Cecile McLorin Salvant and Lakecia Benjamin. This nomination recognizes Angie's incredible talent and dedication to her music.

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Celebrate Mom (or anyone who holds a motherly place in your heart) with a fabulous show at Vicky's of Santa Fe in Indian Wells! Feast your senses with a soul-stirring show, the Women in Jazz All-Stars, featuring the critically acclaimed singer/composer Angie Wells, paired with incredible music, exquisite cuisine, and free-flowing champagne; it will be a heartfelt tribute and an unforgettable experience! The ambiance will be filled with the joyous clinking of champagne glasses, creating the perfect atmosphere to raise a toast in honor of our mothers.

Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm

Below you will find the next books and movies to be discussed. We do hope you plan to join us for one or more of our salons.

If you have any questions or comments, reach out to myself or Flynn. In the meantime, take good care.

My beloved world by Sonia Sotomayor, 2013       

In this story of human triumph that “hums with hope and exhilaration” (NPR), Associate Justice Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. A journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020          April

Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult, 2011         May

More beautiful for Having Been Broken directed by Nicole Conn, 2019  June

Details and Registration

Taxes Filed for Free

January 31st to March 28th. 9am to 1pm. Wed & Thur

While the program has an income limit ($85K), they welcome seniors with any income. 


1695 North Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262

Wednesday January 31 Thursday April 11, 2024 9 am - 1 pm Walk-In

Contact Helen Boyne



if you need more info.

Helen is one of their volunteers.

This Week's Reccomendation

Joan Baez - I am a Noise

on Hulu

Powerful and Gritty - Joan Strips away her media image to reveal an artist dealing with anxiety attacks and behavioral issues. Its honesty stunned me.

'Joan Baez I Am a Noise' Review: The Anxiety Behind the Angelic Voice (variety.com)

Joan Baez: I Am a Noise movie review (2023) | Roger Ebert

The Wednesday movie meetup group gave all thumbs to Bob Marley - One Love

Evening Chat Group 7pm to 8 pm Every Thursday

Come and meet new friends and old friends for an open forum of whatever topic interests you. Conversation among friends via zoom. Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm.

Hosted by Crickett and Cindy

Register Here

Every Friday is Wine Down Friday’s with the Coachella Valley Ladies of Justice at V-Lounge 5PM-6P. 600m E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

Network, share info about your business/upcoming event or just drop-by to unwind and make new friends!

Thank you,


Saturday, March 30, 2024 | 8PM

Tickets start at $49



All things Pickleball

For more information about pickleball, including lessons, leagues, and other lesbians playing pickleball - contact Mary Barsaleau.

Mary is a registered Pickleball Ambassador.

Desert Legends, the LEGENDARY Women's Weekend in Palm Springs is happening!

April 5-6-7 in 2024- save the dates!



Come out and play with us again! Desert Legends is the Legendary Women’s Weekend in Palm Springs, and you don’t wanna miss it this year! FYI Palm Canyon Resort is our HOST HOTEL, and rooms are still available but will go up February 4th, so act fast and grab a room. Here’s a glimpse at the events— you can do one or DO THEM ALL! Buy your tickets now before they sell out! Go to: DesertLegends.net

Friday April 5th





Saturday April 6th



Sunday April 7th


Visit DesertLegends.net for more info

And we are NOW BOOKING at the HOST HOTEL, the Palm Mountain Resort!

Desert Legends


COCKTAIL KICKOFF Tickets, Fri, Apr 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite


The MAIN EVENT! This epic show promises to be a unforgettable night of hilarious comedy and live music! Get your tickets early for the gorgeous 2,000 seat Theater at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. 




Women’s Weekend 2023 was MAGICAL!

Just wait until you see what they have in store for you in 2024!

Registration is open! May 16-20th 2024

Women's Weekend Russian River (womensweekendrussianriver.com)

Our very own Mina Hartong is part of the fabulous lineup for Olivia's one week vacation in Cancun!

May 18th to May 25th, 2024.

Olivia | Cancún, Mexico Resort

Get your tickets soon, Wanda Sykes will sell out!!

McCallum Theatre | Music, Theater & Comedy Shows in Palm Desert

Cathedral City Senior Center is Rocking It These Days


New Staff, New Attitude, New Programs. Inclusive!

Food Bank Every Monday morning. Client choice, you are not handed a bag of items you can't use or don't want. No income qualifications, just show up if you need food.

Nutrition | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Games, Fitness and More

Activities | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Senior Advocacy

Don't have the budget? Talk to the staff. They will make it work for you!

Gay Country Western Dancing - Friday Nights


Join the Dance Ranch for a great night of country western dancing, including two-step, waltz, shadow, East and West Coast swing, and line dances. 

It all happens at Step By Step, 316 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Admission is $5.

Lesson is at 7 pm. Dancing from 7:30-9:30 pm. 

Dance Ranch Palm Springs is a country western dance group serving the LGBTQ+ community and its friends. Country dancers of all levels are welcome!

Learn more about Dance Ranch and find out what they’re teaching at danceranchps.org.


Our history will NOT be hidden!

Not with us two old lesbians and our awesome guests on guard! Our free podcast LGBTQ History Alive! with Ronni and Kelly begins

January 1, 2024. 

Meet the Two Old Lesbians!

Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D. is a retired UCLA professor and LGBTQ Center director, founder of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, and editor of the four volume This Day in LGBTQ History. Kelly Watson, Ph.D, DDS, is a retired recovery center director and business professional, and still and always involved with 12 step recovery.

2024 Schedule - Check it Out!

The L-Fund empowers cis, trans, and queer identifying lesbians through financial crisis assistance as well as grants in the areas of education, the arts, and health and wellness.

If you would like to donate, please find us at https://l-fund.org/


The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Assoc. exists to preserve and foster an appreciation of jazz and blues music and to support female jazz and blues musicians who traditionally struggle for recognition and employment. The festival includes concerts, exhibits, presentations, films, and other events that promote an understanding and enjoyment of the work of women artists.

Jazz News and Events
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