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Shelley Whizin - The Power and Magic of Trees

Shelley Whizin - The Power and Magic of Trees

October 26, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Tuesday "Tree Talk" Show features Shelley Whizin who talks about tree communities and the incredible human-tree connection, and how it relates to consciousness and global health and wellness.

Shelley Whizin 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”, “The Story of the Magical Baby Grand Piano”, and “What Do You Bring to the Table? A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life”. More: , 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”, “The Story of the Magical Baby Grand Piano”, and “What Do You Bring to the Table? A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life”. More at: www.shelleywhizin.com   

Author Tessa Bridal - The Dark Side of Memory

Author Tessa Bridal - The Dark Side of Memory

October 25, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features award-winning author Tessa Bridal, who discusses her latest book, "The Dark Side of Memory: Uruguay’s Disappeared Children and the Families who Never Stopped Searching.“ It's a gripping and incisive narrative of the multi-generational effect of the extremist military dictatorships in Uruguay and Argentina, as told to the author by families of the disappeared. Through her retelling, Bridal elevates the stories of the overlooked, voiceless and forgotten humans behind political turmoil. More: https://tessabridal.com/ 

Celebrating the Life and Music of Jimmy Yessian

Celebrating the Life and Music of Jimmy Yessian

October 22, 2021

This special episode of Big Blend Radio honors the life and music of acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Jimmy "Muffin" Yessian. Featured guests include friends and musicians Jeff Kossack, Marty Axelrod, and Warren Sellers who share some of the songs and stories from the album "Muffin Music" that pay tribute to Jimmy's songs and music. Learn more and purchase the album which benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, here: https://muffinmusic2021.bandcamp.com/releases

Jimmy Yessian was a passionate live performer who connected instantly with his audiences. He performed around the United States and Europe with artists as diverse as Anthony Smith, Brian White, Jeffrey Steele, Allan Rich, Steve Dorff, Al Anderso, and Chuck Cannon, to name a few. He was appointed VP of Creative Development for Ash Street Music Publishing and was in charge of signing and developing young writers; he also signed an exclusive writers agreement with the company. Yessian was invited and performed in Venice, Italy for the World Global Party to help raise money for children’s charities from 180 countries. His song “Stand Tall America,” co-written with Gary Baker (“I Swear” and “I’m Already There”) and Jerry Williams was the featured song in the PBS aired documentary film “One Voice/ The Healing Pole” and is the lead song on the “Inspiration New York” CD.

Jimmy performed solo, founded the “Tall Men Group,” and toured and recorded Jeff Kossack as the duo – “From Different Mothers”. We miss him. He lives on through the memories and beautiful music he made with so many. We all love you Muffin Man.

Debbie Stone - Kind Travel in Telluride, Colorado

Debbie Stone - Kind Travel in Telluride, Colorado

October 21, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Vacation Station" Travel Show, Travel writer Debbie Stone talks about her end-of-summer Kind Travel experience Telluride, Colorado where she hiked, experienced waterfalls, took a gondola ride through the mountains, enjoyed regional cuisine, and stayed at Lumiere with Inspirato which is part of the the hotel booking platform, KindTraveler.com. Check out her story and pictures here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/next-time-try-this-kind-of-travel/ 

Author Robin Merle - Involuntary Exit

Author Robin Merle - Involuntary Exit

October 20, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Success Express" Business & Career Show features Robin Merle, author of “Involuntary Exit: A Woman’s Guide to Thriving After Being Fired." Out now through She Writes Press, this quick-witted and fast-paced self-help title dives into the mental and emotional trauma of women who were recently let go from their jobs. "Involuntary Exit" navigates beyond being dismissed, sharing detailed stories of being blindsided at work and overcoming obstacles to achieve success. More: https://theprofessionalguide.com

Literary Legends of Natchitoches Parish in Northwest Louisiana

Literary Legends of Natchitoches Parish in Northwest Louisiana

October 19, 2021

From Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias) to Kate Chopin (The Awakening) and Caroline Dorman (Forest Trees of Louisiana) to Lyle Saxon (Lafitte the Pirate), this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Go To Natchitoches" Show focuses on the Literary Legends who lived in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Featured guests are Arlene Gould and Kelli West of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. The city features a charming historic downtown that runs along Cane River Lake, and it is home to the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, the Cane River l Heritage Area, historic Melrose Plantation, and is also the final destination of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. More: https://natchitoches.com/ 

Musician Sandy McKnight - San Fernando Blast Album

Musician Sandy McKnight - San Fernando Blast Album

October 18, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features musician, vocalist, songwriter, and author Sandy McKnight, who discusses his full length power pop album "SAN FERNANDO BLAST" recorded with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo. The album features 12 songs from their previous 2 EPs, "SAN FERNANDO BEAT" and "SAN FERNANDO BLITZ," plus, 3 new recordings of McKnight originals. More: https://sandymcknight.bandcamp.com/album/san-fernando-blast  

Vocalist and Composer Dan Ashley - Out There Album

Vocalist and Composer Dan Ashley - Out There Album

October 15, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features San Francisco Bay Area vocalist and composer, Dan Ashley, who has just released his debut solo album "Out There." The collection of songs share in the joy, heartbreak, love, and loss that are part of our common humanity. From upbeat and driving rockers to gentle ballads, all with a classic Americana and rock music sensibility, listeners will find a variety of songs on this new release. More at: http://danashleymusic.com/

As a vocalist, Dan Ashley has led his highly acclaimed band for many years, headlining notable venues and opening for such great artists as REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Patti LaBelle, and Melissa Etheridge. He has also shared the stage with many other consummate performers over the years including Dionne Warwick, Neal Schon (Journey), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and multiple Grammy winner Narada Michael Walden, among many others.

Special thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation - https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 

Anthony Moss - A Visual History of Walking Sticks and Canes

Anthony Moss - A Visual History of Walking Sticks and Canes

October 14, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Way Back When" History show features Anthony Moss, a Rabologist and author of the newly released book, “A Visual History of Walking Sticks and Canes,” published by Rowman & Littlefield.

"A Visual History of Walking Sticks and Canes" is a comprehensive study of walking canes from around the world, dating from the distant past to the modern-day. The book presents a historical context on both practical and ceremonial usage. There are 898 full-color specially shot pictures showcasing the celebrated A&D Collection of canes, each with a history and story. More than just a mobility aid, the cane can be a weapon, indicate stature, denote high status, or be used as a fashion accessory. More at https://antiquecanes.net/ 

Diane Lebson - For a Good Cause

Diane Lebson - For a Good Cause

October 13, 2021

There are many ways to give back, from volunteering, serving on a board, raising funds, or donating time. Each role requires a specific skill set, but where does a person turn to get started?

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Success Express" Business & Career Show features Diane Lebson, an experienced philanthropist who along with her husband, founded Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a national consultancy that helps nonprofit organizations, individuals, corporations, and foundations achieve their philanthropic goals. Diane is also the author of the brand new book “For A Good Cause: A Practical Guide to Giving Joyfully" which is out now through She Writes Press. More at: https://www.evergreenphilanthropy.com/ 

Sherrye Wyatt - Transformational Travel on Whidbey and Camano Islands

Sherrye Wyatt - Transformational Travel on Whidbey and Camano Islands

October 12, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Tuesday "Food, Wine & Travel" Show with IFWTWA, Sherrye Wyatt shares what to experience in Whidbey and Camano Islands, as well as their new focus on becoming a transformational travel destination. Located in Washington State, Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in the middle of Puget Sound and an easy drive from Seattle. A great antidote for big city pressures, these rural islands feature wide-open beaches, scenic vistas, outdoor adventures, great art, fine dining, and more. See: https://whidbeycamanoislands.com/ 

For more about the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) visit https://www.ifwtwa.org/

Big Blend Radio - Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour in Georgia

Big Blend Radio - Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour in Georgia

October 11, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts" Show shines the spotlight on the Annual Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour held on Nov. 13-14, 2021 in Coweta and Fayette Counties near Atlanta, Georgia. Featured guest artists on the show include clay art and jewelry artist Andrea Faye, fine artist Robin Robinson, mixed media artist Dianne Cutler, silversmith Taryn Cuper, and clay and sculpture artist Charles Tryon. See the artists on the tour and learn more at https://www.shastour.com/ 

Lorenzo Vigil - Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico

Lorenzo Vigil - Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico

October 9, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Park Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil discusses Fort Union National Monument’s rich cultural and military history, as well as the visitor experience. Located in northern New Mexico, Fort Union was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. It also was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail.  More: https://www.nps.gov/foun/index.htm 

Travel Writer and Photographer Kathleen Messmer

Travel Writer and Photographer Kathleen Messmer

October 8, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Friday "Food, Wine & Travel" Show with IFWTWA features travel writer, photographer and filmmaker Kathleen Messmer.

From a different perspective, Kathleen presents her travel experiences with humor and appreciation for other world cultures and history, all while maintaining a small footprint. Her adventures are presented in a number of publications including her own travel journal. She is a wildlife advocate and works tirelessly to try to change the destiny of the many endangered species with whom we share our planet. Her writing and photography can be found on https://indiespirit.live/ and her fine art photography and blog are available on https://www.kathleenmessmer.com/

Learn more about the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) at https://www.ifwtwa.org/ 

Hard Rock Blues Guitarist Pat McManus

Hard Rock Blues Guitarist Pat McManus

October 7, 2021

his episode of Big Blend Radio features Irish hard rock blues guitarist Pat McManus, known by many from his former bands Mama’s Boys and Celtus and for the last fifteen years by his own Pat McManus Band. Hear about his vast music career and seventh studio album "Full Service Resumed." On "Full Service Resumed," Pat has delivered a brilliant rock and blues album, featuring his scorching guitar work and impassioned vocals. The album includes four previously unreleased studio re-records of tracks from his days in Mama’s Boys. More: http://patmcmanus.co.uk/ 

Fred Gardenour - Security Industry Insider

Fred Gardenour - Security Industry Insider

October 6, 2021

From hackers and cyberattacks to security guard mishaps, Fred Gardenour, owner of DFA Insurance, joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio with some wild but true behind-the-scenes security stories, as well as important insurance tips for security guard companies, private investigators, alarm and monitoring services. See: http://dfainsure.com/ 

Debbie Stone - Historic Dana–Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois

Debbie Stone - Historic Dana–Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois

October 5, 2021

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Garden Gossip" Home & Garden Show, travel writer Debbie Stones talks about her visit to the historic Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois.

This 12,600-square-foot 1902 home is reportedly the best preserved of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School houses. With this commission, Wright had an unlimited budget, not to mention a coveted opportunity to experiment with his “organic architecture” concepts. His client, Susan Dana, was a progressively-minded, wealthy heiress who wanted a unique home, mainly to entertain, as well as to espouse her own ideas about education and democracy. She hired the architect to “remodel” her deceased father’s place in Springfield and actualize her dreams of creating a showplace for the community – one which would let the world know her city was a model of progress and culture. Read Debbie's story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/historic-dana-thomas-house-in-springfield-illinois/ 

DreamHaven Album - Teen Singer-Songwriter Misha Seeff

DreamHaven Album - Teen Singer-Songwriter Misha Seeff

October 4, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Misha Seeff, a highly accomplished and talented teen singer-songwriter who has just released his debut album DREAMHAVEN. His music has a classic acoustic pop sound, and he uses pictographic lyrics to tell stories both fictional and true. The album introduces listeners to a world of fictional love stories, poetic lyrics, and lush melodies, and features instrumentals reminiscent of classic 2000s bands and innovative vocal engineering. More: http://www.mseeff.com/ 

Dry Tortugas Artists-in-Residence Ian Wilson-Navarro and Austin Armstrong

Dry Tortugas Artists-in-Residence Ian Wilson-Navarro and Austin Armstrong

October 1, 2021

This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Parks & Arts" Show features conservation photographer Ian Wilson-Navarro and traditional Japanese fish print artist (Gyotaku) Austin Armstrong who discuss their art and 1-month off-the-grid artist residency experience on Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. See Ian's photography: https://www.ianwilsonmedia.com/

Dry Tortugas National Park is located almost 70 miles west of Key West. The 100 square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of birdlife that frequent the area. More: http://www.nps.gov/drto/

This artist residency program is made possible by the National Parks Arts Foundation and the National Park Service, as well as the Key West Art and Historical Society. Info: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 

Lea Brovedani - Basement to Boardroom

Lea Brovedani - Basement to Boardroom

September 30, 2021

We go from the Basement to the Boardroom on this episode of Big Blend Radio's Success Express Business & Career Show with Lea Brovedani. Known as “The Trust Architect," Lea is one of North America’s leading experts on trust and is the author of “TRUST Me – Restore Belief & Confidence in an Uncertain World” and “TRUSTED – Secret Lessons from an Inspired Leader.” Read her blog post "From the Basement to the Boardroom - Lessons in Business" here: https://leabrovedani.com/2021/08/from-the-basement-to-the-boardroom-lessons-in-business/ 

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