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Big Blend Radio Toast to Motherhood Party

Big Blend Radio Toast to Motherhood Party

May 11, 2021

Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the Love Your Parks Tour and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays A TOAST TO MOTHERS Show,  that aired live on Mother's Day, May 9, 2021. Conversations cover motherhood and family, pets and travel, health, women's history, genealogy, and more.

Featured guests:
- Shelley Whizin - Author of “What Do You Bring to the Table?”
- Lea Brovedani “The Trust Architect” Author & Speaker
- Dr. Jackie Eubany - Author of “Women and Heart Disease” 
- Sarah Elliston - Author of “Lessons from a Difficult Person”
- Judi Cohen - Luxury off-the-beaten path world traveler and writer
- Margot Carrera - Fine art nature photographer 
- Angela Laws - Community Manager of Trustedhousesitters.com 
- Glynn Burrows - Norfolk Tours UK
- Steve & Karen Wilson - The Lion & The Rose B&B
- Steve Schneickert - Hollywood Historian & Performer

Plus, hear Steve Schneickert's Hollywood History segment on Activist Women. Featured music is by Mom singer-songwriters: "Kick Up Your Heels" by Shelley King, "Girl" by Lizzie Harrah & The Madisons, and "Picture Yourself" by Nicki Kris

Life Lessons from the Tennis Court - Steve Piacente on Big Blend Radio

Life Lessons from the Tennis Court - Steve Piacente on Big Blend Radio

May 10, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Steve Piacente shares insights and critical lessons outlined in his LinkedIn article “Note to Sports Parents: What They’re Really Learning on the Field of Play.” See: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/note-sports-parents-what-theyre-really-learning-field-steve-piacente/

These lessons include Responsibility and Consistency, Stability, Leadership, Communication, Time Management, Critical Thinking, Capability and Capacity. Steve is a former journalist turned life coach, who is certified by the International Coach Federation, and is also the Director of Training at The Communication Center in Washington, D.C. He is the award-winning author of three novels, “Pretender,” “Bella” and “Bootlicker.” His latest book is “Your New Fighting Stance: Good Enough Isn’t and You Know It.”

Featured music on this episode is “Stepping Stones” by Kimia Penton.

The Reincarnationist Papers - Author D. Eric Maikranz on Big Blend Radio

The Reincarnationist Papers - Author D. Eric Maikranz on Big Blend Radio

May 4, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features D. Eric Maikranz, author of the thrilling adventure novel THE REINCARNATIONIST PAPERS. Shrouded in secrecy and mystery, “The Reincarnationist Papers” recounts the many lives of the troubled Evan Michaels, a criminal for hire who is haunted by memories — not only of his past, but of the past lives he has lived. More: https://ericmaikranz.com/

Featured music on this episode is “I Am” By the Walk-A-Bout.

Bicycling with Butterflies - Sara Dykman on Big Blend Radio

Bicycling with Butterflies - Sara Dykman on Big Blend Radio

May 1, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's Nature Connection show, Sara Dykman discusses her book, “Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration,” that recounts her inspirational ride alongside the monarchs as she follows unmapped roads in Michoacan, México, through the United States, into Ontario, Canada, and back, again, to Mexico.  More at http://www.beyondabook.org/ 

Featured music is “Lula’s Lullaby” by Allison August.

Helping Teens Through Rough Patches - Bobbi DePorter on Big Blend Radio

Helping Teens Through Rough Patches - Bobbi DePorter on Big Blend Radio

April 25, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features education expert and author Bobbi DePorter who is is the Co-founder of SuperCamp, President of Quantum Learning Network, and creator of the 8 Keys of Excellence character education program.

As outlined in her book, “The 7 Biggest Teen Problems & How to Turn Them Into Strengths,” Bobbi shares some of the most important techniques that you can apply to help support your teen through rough patches. You can also read her article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/how-to-help-your-teens-through-the-rough-patches/ 

Featured music on this episode is “Things are Looking Up” by the Walk-A-Bout Band. 

Science Fiction Author Robert Stadnik on Big Blend Radio

Science Fiction Author Robert Stadnik on Big Blend Radio

April 21, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Robert Stadnik, a science fiction writer, and popular author of the "Exodus Starship" adventure series and "Exodus Universe" novels. 

In “Infinite Retribution," the latest addition to his widely-read Exodus Universe novels, humanity is ready to extend its hand out into space after nearly a century of oppression had prevented them from doing so. Now part of a newly formed alien alliance, the military commemorates this new age by building their first generation of starships to explore the unknown and fortify the solar system. But what was to be a routine survey mission for the starship INFINITY turns ominous as humanity’s greatest enemy, thought extinct, is found hidden on a remote planet. Will the crew try to make peace with the last of the Screen or will their desire for revenge overtake them?

Complementing the launch of “Infinite Retribution,” author Stadnik is also premiering redesigned book covers for the previous books in the Exodus Universe. Stadnik invites both dedicated readers and new fans alike to explore the Exodus Universe, where they will meet memorable characters such as Captain Annette Nikols, newly minted Executive Officer Frank Rola, an intergalactic drag queen and more!

Featured music is “Ring Around the Moon” by Michael and Spider.

More: https://robertstadnik.com/ 

Big Blend Radio - Summer and Outdoor Fun in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Big Blend Radio - Summer and Outdoor Fun in Natchitoches, Louisiana

April 21, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on outdoor and summer fun in Natchitoches, Louisiana with Arlene Gould and Kelli West of Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as Richard Johnson of the Caroline Dorman “Briarwood” Preserve. 

Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana, and is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historical Trail, and is home to Cane River Creole National Historical Park, the Cane River National Heritage Area, Melrose Plantation, Kisatchie National Forest, and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

Featured music is “Mori” Forest Song by Yagull.

COVID with a Difficult Person - Sarah Elliston on Big Blend Radio

COVID with a Difficult Person - Sarah Elliston on Big Blend Radio

April 17, 2021

COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us. If you are working from home with family members living with you, someone is bound to get on your nerves. It is not a good time to explode, even though that may be what you feel like doing.

On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Sarah Elliston shares tips on maintaining patience so you can accommodate those in your life who drive you crazy. Sarah is the author of “Lessons from a Difficult Person – How to Deal With People Like Us,” is a faculty member of the Glasser Institute for Choice Theory, and is a workshop leader and trainer who is certified in Values Realization and Parent Effectiveness Training. Read her article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/getting-through-covid-19-with-a-difficult-person/ 

Featured music is “Settle Down” from the album “The Dark Side of Love” by The Cravens. 

Mediterranean Chopped Salad - Shelley Whizin on Big Blend Radio

Mediterranean Chopped Salad - Shelley Whizin on Big Blend Radio

April 16, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Shelley Whizin shares how to make her recipe ‘Mike’s Mighty Mediterranean Chopped Salad’ that’s featured in her latest book, “What Do You Bring to the Table? A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life”. See the recipe: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/mikes-mighty-mediterranean-chopped-salad/

Shelley is the founder and CEO of the Soul Diving Institute™ (SDI), established to study and teach the art and science of Being Human. She’s also the author of “The Healing Journal” and “The Story of the Magical Baby Grand Piano”.

Featured music on this episode is “Supergroove” the title track of the latest album by Andy Watts, known as Israel’s Ambassador of The Blues.

Tucson Botanical Gardens - Matt Adamson and Linda Kissam on Big Blend Radio

Tucson Botanical Gardens - Matt Adamson and Linda Kissam on Big Blend Radio

April 15, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's Garden Gossip show features travel writer Linda Kissam and Matt Adamson of the Tucson Botanical Gardens located in Tucson, Arizona.

Located on the site of the historic Porter property, the Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association named Tucson Botanical Gardens as one of the top 10 North American Gardens worth traveling for. Among mature trees and expertly cultivated foliage, specialty gardens such as the Cactus & Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb Garden highlight the diversity of native plants while offering a lush oasis in the heart of Tucson.

Read Linda's article about her visit here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/arizona-finds-tucson-botanical-garden/ 

Boomer’s Tales Children’s Books - Christine Isley-Farmer on Big Blend Radio

Boomer’s Tales Children’s Books - Christine Isley-Farmer on Big Blend Radio

April 15, 2021

Author Christine Isley-Farmer discusses her new “Boomer’s Tales” children’s book series including the first installment “Finding My Yip,” a charming tale featuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the story’s narrator. More at https://goodreadsbychristine.com/ 

Featured music is "I Am Here" by Gina Zavalis.

Shopping Adventures at The Peanut Patch - Donna George on Big Blend Radio

Shopping Adventures at The Peanut Patch - Donna George on Big Blend Radio

April 14, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Donna George, owner of The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona. Open from October-April, The Peanut Patch is a southwest tradition where folks gather to buy nuts and peanuts, homemade peanut brittle and peanut butter, fine chocolates and confections, snacks and candies, dried fruit and dates, and gourmet gifts including salsas, relishes, jams, syrups, preserves, olives, and more. They’re known for the homemade fudge too. Shop online at https://thepeanutpatch.com/ 

Brewmance Film - Filmmaker Christo Brock on Big Blend Radio

Brewmance Film - Filmmaker Christo Brock on Big Blend Radio

April 14, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio, filmmaker Christo Brock discusses his new craft beer documentary, BREWMANCE. 

The American Craft Beer movement began with a group of restless homebrewers searching for something genuine and flavorful. Today it’s evolved into a redefinition of beer and an international cultural phenomenon. That uniquely American spirit of rebellion and innovation survives in two groups of homebrewers from Long Beach, California who are looking to open their own breweries and bring their beers to the world. These include a Christian father-son team who grew close over making beer and a retired rock star looking for the “quiet" existence of a brewery owner.  With the insight and commentary of legendary brewers Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Fritz Maytag (Anchor Brewing), Charlie Papazian, Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Jim Koch (Boston Brewing) and others, BREWMANCE reveals the soul of craft beer in the heart of America. More: https://www.brewmancemovie.com/ 

Featured music on this episode is “Oceanfront Walk” by Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys.

Historic Bottger Mansion Bed and Breakfast - Steve and Kathy Hiatt on Big Blend Radio

Historic Bottger Mansion Bed and Breakfast - Steve and Kathy Hiatt on Big Blend Radio

April 13, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Steve and Kathy Hiatt, owners and innkeepers of the historic Bottger Mansion Bed and Breakfast, overlooking historic Route 66 and located in the heart of Historic Old Town Albuquerque, in Central New Mexico. From Machine Gun Kelly to Elvis Presley, hear about the Inn's fascinating history as well as the wonderful experience guests enjoy including gourmet breakfasts, comfortable and well appointed rooms, a lovely garden setting and warm hospitality. Learn more: https://bottger.com/ 

This episode broadcasted live from Bottger Mansion and also features Steve Schneickert's Hollywood History segment on Road Trip Moves and Route 66, plus the song "Adobe Cafe" by Wally Lawder.

Third Impression - Robert Berry on Big Blend Radio

Third Impression - Robert Berry on Big Blend Radio

April 12, 2021

Today's episode of Big Blend Radio features Robert Berry, a multi-talented producer/songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist. Robert discusses his new album “Third Impression,” under the name 3.2. Out now on Frontiers Records, the album features the last track “Never” that Berry and his friend and mentor Keith Emerson worked on together before Emerson’s tragic passing. “Third Impression” is the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 release, “The Rules Have Changed,:” also released under the 3.2 name.  http://www.robertberry.com/ 

Special thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation.

Adventures in Bandera County in the Texas Hill Country

Adventures in Bandera County in the Texas Hill Country

April 11, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on Bandera County in the Texas Hill Country, known for being the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Featured Guests:
- Dawn Walters - Co-owner of Blackbuck Lodge Bandera County, a wonderful ranch-style vacation rental home in Medina, TX. See: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/blackbuck-lodge-bandera-county/ 

- Lisa Fitzsimmons - Superintendent of Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool Texas. More: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples 

- Merry Langlinais - Historian, naturalist, photographer, and author of “Critters of Red Heart, The Winged Ones II”. More: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997638400/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 

Featured music is “House in the Country” by Paul Butler, “Texas Blue Moon” by Shelley King, and “Texaleans” by Micha Schellhaas. 

Visit Albuquerque, New Mexico - Brenna Moore on Big Blend Radio

Visit Albuquerque, New Mexico - Brenna Moore on Big Blend Radio

April 10, 2021

At the heart of New Mexico beats the pulse of a vibrant city. In Albuquerque, diverse cultures, authentic art and timeless traditions have helped shape our centuries-old story. No matter your interests, the city has countless opportunities for you to explore. Experience the oldest wine-growing region in the country. Sample traditional New Mexican cuisine that takes minutes to make and hundreds of years to prepare. Soar high above the city in the hot air ballooning capital of the world — a sight sure to change your perspective.

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Brenna Moore, PR & Communications Manager for Visit Albuquerque, who shares what there is to experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/

Featured music is “Great Blue Sky” by Evren Ozan

Travel Writer Roxie LaFever on Big Blend Radio

Travel Writer Roxie LaFever on Big Blend Radio

April 9, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features travel writer and world traveler Roxie LaFever. Without an “official bucket list,” travel writer Roxie LaFever has been to all 7 continents, seen all 7 Wonders of the World, and over 40 countries. With each trip, she tries to identify a way to step out of her comfort zone and help her readers "live in the moment." Follow Roxie's adventures at https://roamingwithroxie.com/

Featured music on this episode is “Fish Fever” by James Saunders. 

Mapplethorpe - Filmmaker Ondi Timoner on Big Blend Radio

Mapplethorpe - Filmmaker Ondi Timoner on Big Blend Radio

April 9, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Ondi Timoner, award-winning filmmaker and director of “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut.”

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most celebrated and controversial artists of the 20th Century. The film, “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” features an all-new soundtrack and previously unseen footage of the artist’s childhood, his embattled relationship with his father and the Church, and the nuances of his photo process and key relationships with Patti Smith and powerhouse art collector, Sam Wagstaff.

 

Featured music on this episode is “Marsha in Pictures” by Red Wedding.

The Red Kitchen - Author Barbara Clarke on Big Blend Radio

The Red Kitchen - Author Barbara Clarke on Big Blend Radio

April 8, 2021

A summer spent in a small village in Kenya allowed Barbara Clarke to embrace a new aspiration: to be a complete person — funny, compassionate, complex and often flawed. This episode of Big Blend Radio's Writers Wednesday Show with Books Forward features Barbara Clarke, writer, author of “The Red Kitchen,” an intimate memoir that depicts change and discovery between mom and daughter, and how it’s never too late to come of age. More: https://barbaraclarke.net/ 

Featured music is “Wake Up” by Jennifer Saran. 

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