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  October 19, 2017

 Dear Nancy:

“The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.” Khalil Gibran

San Diego Insider – Three locals give the scoop on what it’s like to live, work and play in sunny San Diego County, in Southern California.

Atlas of Untamed Places – An adventure through historic habitats, untouched lands and peculiar wild phenomenon.

All Fish Faces – Author Tam Warner Minton discusses her work photographing and documenting tropical reef fish as a citizen scientist.

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather – Linda Åkeson McGurk discusses nature-centric parenting and her new memoir.

Buddy Rich Live – Vocalist Cathy Rich, daughter of legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich, talks about her father’s legacy and new live recordings.

A Well-Crafted Home – Equal parts inspiration and DIY guide, designer Janet Crowther’s new book is an irresistible resource for crafters.

The Self-Love Experiment –Shannon Kaiser’s new book shares fifteen principles for becoming more kind, compassionate, and accepting of yourself.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries – 5-Star Chef Ivan Flowers shares his recipe for a delicious and healthier alternative to regular fries.

Listen live or on-demand to our upcoming Big Blend Radio shows:

Oct. 20: Food, Wine & Travel Radio: Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Travel writer Allen Cox – VP of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and Sherrye Wyatt – Whidbey & Camano Islands Tourism in Washington State, discuss the 2018 IFWTWA Conference. Travel writer Hilarie Larson talks about her visit to San Juan Island National Historical Park, WA. Travel writer Debbie Stone shares her culinary adventures in Austria.

Oct. 22: Champagne Sundays Radio: Airs Live at 11am PT /2pm ET. Healthy Thanksgiving Sides with Ruth Milstein – author of ‘Cooking with Love: Ventures Into The New Israeli Cuisine’. San Diego’s Mountains & Backcountry with Teresa Keller, Manager of Jeremy’s On The Hill California Style Bistro in Wynola “Gateway to Julian”, CA. Karen Romano Young, discusses her new book “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: Try This! Extreme 50 Fun & Safe Science Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You”.

Oct. 25: Big Blend Halloween Radio Party! Airs Live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. Spooktacular guests hop aboard the haunted Big Blend Trick or Treat Party Bus and travel down Ghost Highway, sipping on ghoulish cocktails, swapping creepy and freaky tales, and playing Spontuneous ‘The Song Game’. Losers beware – Ghost Court awaits with Judge Ward Heinrichs and Hot Mama Babooschkah! Plus, there’s creepy music and haunting Halloween Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert!

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Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith
Big Blend’s mother-daughter publishing, radio and travel team; along with Priscilla – Big Blend’s pink sock monkey travel mascot.




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