Big Blend's Radio & TV Magazine Jul/Aug 2016

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TOAST TO THE ARTS 8. The Art of Seascapes – Victoria Chick provides a glimpse into the history of seascape paintings. 10. Art & Volcanoes - National Parks Arts Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence Program at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. 12. DeGrazia’s Navajo Collection – New Ted DeGrazia exhibit at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 14. Books News & Author Interviews – 4 New Books: ‘Pieces of Glass: An Artoir’ by John Sacret Young; ‘Once Upon a Wine’ by Beth Kendrick; ‘Drinking Mare’s Mike on the Roof of the World’ by Tom Lutz; ‘Rogue Mission’ by Jeffrey S. Stephens. 18. Hollywood History – Steve Schneickert recalls various movies filmed in North San Diego County. 20. Stage & Screen News – Interviews with actors Jason Stuart and Christopher Mann. 22. My Turn Begins Today - Lisa Dawn Miller releases her new EP and continues to honor her family and father Ron Miller’s rich musical legacy. 24. Music News & Interviews – Soul legend Charles Wright; singer-songwriters Ryan David Orr, Wally Lawder, and Idalee; Americana groups Evie Ladin Band, The Danberrys, and Freddy & Francine; plus pop singer-songwriters Rachael Sage and Ashley J.

CREATIVE CELEBRATIONS 34. July & August Celebrations with a Difference - From World UFO Day to Presidential Joke Day! 39. Happy Birthday National Park Service - The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. 40. Summer Cocktail Parties – Cocktail party tips and recipes from Howard and Ruth Milstein. 42. Super Summer Sips – Cocktail and drink recipes for Colorado River Punch, Tunk’s Water Moccasin and Prickly Pear Lemonade. 43. Happy Hour at the Wiggie Butt Club Bar – Big Blend Radio Happy Hour show with Stephanie McMillin, Lizzie Harrah, Mikey The Bartender, ‘Carol Channing’, Uncle Saul and Hot Mama Babooschkah! PAGE 3

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY 44. The Power of Potential – Linda Kissam enjoys a wine tasting and culinary adventure in Walla Walla, Washington. 48. Red Chili Sauce – Eva Eldridge explains how to make her red chili and BBQ sauce. 50. Straight from the Sea – Chef Jeremy Manley’s Albacore Poke recipe, and Chef Ivan Flowers’ Summer Ceviche recipe. 52. Sensational Salads – Leah Launey’s Easy Pasta Salad recipe, and Terri Bailey’s California Cornucopia Salad recipe.

NATURE CONNECTION 54. Kaleidoscope of Color – The Wildflowers of Mount Rainier National Park. 56. #ParksinPeril – How a marine reserve can boost the health of the environment in Biscayne National Park. 60. Keeping Wildlife in the Wild – Do zoos and trophy hunting really play a role in wildlife conservation?

WAY BACK WHEN 62. Romans in Norfolk - Glynn Burrows shares the Roman History of Norfolk, England.

VACATION STATION 64. Colorful Catalunya – Hilarie Larson explores the Spanish region of historic Catalonia, known for their Cava production. 68. Ditch Your Car in Santa Barbara – Linda Kissam goes on a car-free sightseeing and wine tasting adventure.

SUCCESS EXPRESS 73. Rich Habits Rich Life – Dr. Randall Bell explains ‘The Four Cornerstones of All Great Pursuits.’ 74. Workplace Security – Attorney Ward Heinrichs outlines the various laws and issues regarding safety at work. 75. Hacked Again! Cyber security expert and author Scott Schober discusses internet safety and cyber-attacks. 76. Speaking for Impact – Keynote speaker Corey Poirier shares tips on public speaking. PAGE 4

QUALITY OF LIFE 78. Focus on Foster Care – Interviews with comedian Monroe Martin; Eric David Benari – founder of Techie Youth Foundation; Bobbi DePorter, Sue Pepe, Cherie Clark and Teresa Zutter about the 8 Keys of Excellence; and Chantal Jauvin – author of ‘The Boy with a Bamboo Heart’. 82. Beyond the States - Jennifer Viemont explains the cultural and economic benefits of college study abroad. 83. The Renewal of Medicine – Dr. Abraham M. Nussbaum explores how population based healthcare reforms are diminishing the relationship between doctors and patients. 84. Consciousness & Coincidence – Interviews with Dr. Norman Rosenthal – author of ‘Super Mind’, and Dr. Bernard Beitman – author of ‘Connecting with Coincidence.’ 86. Thrive! - Kamea Chayne explains how an environmentally conscious lifestyle can lead to better health and true wealth. 87. Magical Mookaite – Metaphysical Rock Talk with Marilee Strech.

SUMMER TRAVEL, EVENTS & SHOPPING GUIDES 88. Summer in San Benito County – A true central California experience and eastern gateway of Pinnacles National Park. 92. Summer Fun in California’s Sequoia Country – Discover Exeter and Three Rivers, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. 97. Super Summer in North San Diego Experience Leucadia Beach, Palomar Mountain and historic Julian, in Southern California! 100. Sunshiny Summer in Yuma, Arizona – Play in the cool Colorado River and soak up some wild west history! 102. Giddy-Up to Yerington – Nature, history and summer fun in northwestern Nevada’s Pony Express country. 104. 5 Summer Travel Products You’ll Love! Tenba BYOB Camera Insert, LuminAID PackLite 16, Green Goo First Aid Salve, Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. Natural Sunscreen Lipstick, The Original Worm Body Massage Roller. PAGE 5

EDITORS BLOCK “Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” Hosea Ballou As many of you know, for the past three years, we have been traveling full time on the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour, our quest to visit and cover all 412 National Park units and their gateway public lands and communities. Due to the growth and magnitude of publishing two digital magazines, along with our busy radio and video production schedule, last month we moved back home to Tucson, Arizona. While it’s good to be back in this vibrant city that’s home to Saguaro National Park, we look forward to continuing our tour travels and park adventures up in central California and northwest Nevada, this coming fall.

Front Cover Photo: A snorkeler explores the Mandalay shipwreck at Biscayne National Park. Photo courtesy NPS.

This summer issue celebrates the rest of the sunny season with a look at some of the fun July and August holidays and observances, cocktail parties and recipes, travel and event news, and reviews of innovate products used this time of year. We cover the arts from seascape paintings and artist-inresidence programs to musician, author and actor interviews, and travel from Biscayne National Park in Florida to Catalunya, Spain, car-free Santa Barbara to the Roman times of Norfolk, UK, and explore the wildflower paradise of Mt. Rainier to the wine country of Walla Walla, Washington. This issue also shines the spotlight on foster care, wildlife conservation, workplace and cyber security issues, business practices and college education, spiritual and mental consciousness, as well as health and wellness. Big Blend Radio broadcasts live online on Wednesdays at 4pm PT / 7pm ET, and Fridays and Sundays at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Listen to the live or on-demand episodes on Be sure to subscribe to our weekly Big Blend eNewsletter to get your free digital copies of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Spirit of America Magazine in your inbox, as well as new articles, recipes, event news, radio interviews and videos, and updates about our Big Blend Spirit of America Tour travels. Enjoy a fun, adventurous and safe rest of the summer! 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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Sunlight on the Coast by Winslow Homer, 1890, Public Domain

By Victoria Chick, Figurative Artist and Early 19th / 20th Century Print Collector Seascapes are a subject often done by coastal artists and have a following among the public. It was not always so. It may be helpful to look at seascapes from a historical perspective to understand how they came about in the 17th century, and how they have changed in contemporary times.

Paintings of harbors and ships were done by Dutch painters to satisfy the market among those whose livelihood was trade related. This new genre had adherents in all coastal European countries as well as the United States by the mid-19th century. Several themes developed among seascape painters. One theme shows ‘Man Against the Elements’. The Ocean is seen as a hostile place and Man is pictured as insignificant and overwhelmed by giant waves, monstrous aquatic creatures, and unbridled storms. The feeling projected in this theme is that Man will be the loser. A second theme shows a ship or ships as the focus. They may be in harbor or under full sail, but the underlying subject is that Man is using the Oceans and is in control. This theme gained in power into the 20th century.

Victoria Chick discusses Seascape Art on Big Blend Radio! The painting of seascapes came about during the Age of Exploration. Prior to the 17th century few Europeans, even fishermen, ventured very far from land. Crude compasses were accurate only to the equator and the unknown areas were feared. Ships were at the mercy of wind and waves. The Dutch were among the first to engage in long ocean voyages, as fear was overcome by the prospect of trade and money.

A third theme eliminates Man. The viewer looks at a general coastal scene of Ocean Meeting Shore. Variations in feeling represented are expressed by how calm or rough the sea is, the weather conditions in the sky, and if the coast line is sandy beach, craggy rocks, or cliffs.


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The Flying Dutchman, to right, c. 1896, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Public Domain

The Art of Seascapes Continued‌ Since underwater scientific exploration has been going on, tools have made it possible to see the oceans in new ways. Some artists have taken advantage of these to paint composite underwater views, ranging from naturalistic to fantastic. Victoria Chick is the founder of the Cow Trail Art Studio in southwest New Mexico. She received a B.A. in Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and awarded an M.F.A. in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio. Visit her website at Watson and the Shark, version 3, to right, by John Singleton Copley, December 31, 1781, Public Domain. Great Wave off Kanagawa, woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, below, published sometime between 1830 and 1833, Public Domain.

San Diego Migration, above, by Robert Wyland, Beech St. and Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA.


Volcano House in the Steam courtesy NPS/S. Geiger

National Parks Arts Foundation Offers a Unique Artist-in-Residence Program at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park boundaries include two legendary and sacred volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, as well as rainforests and mysterious and ever-changing active lava flows. This is a unique dramatic environment for all media to flourish and to inspire new breakthroughs in process and result. National Parks Arts Foundation’s (NPAF) Fine Art curator, along with their select judges and panelists will consider solicited proposals through a competitive application process to identify artists deserving of a residency at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. National Parks Arts Foundation, through many generous partner donations, provides lodging, possibly a car and a venue for workshops and lectures and a possibility of donating art to National Collections.

Listen to the Big Blend Radio discussion about NPAF’s Artist-in-Residence program at Hawai’i Volcanoes NP. Featured guests, who literally called into the radio show from the edge of the volcano, include: Tanya Ortega - Founder of National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), artist Emma Stibbon, Laura C. Schuster – Division Chief of Cultural Resources for Hawai’i Volcanoes NP, and Elizabeth Fien - Executive Director of Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes NP.

NPAF will also be partnering with the National Park In addition to their residency, the selected artist will Service, park partners, recognized museums, have the opportunity to present lectures and galleries, schools and underserved peoples workshops, and exhibit their art. This program aims organizations to promote Hawai'i Volcanoes to fulfill and exceed goals for Park Arts Programs National Park Artist-in-Residence Program. Learn as indicated in the NPS guiding document issued more at for the Centennial of the Park Service celebrated in 2016. PAGE 10

The images featured on this page are by artist Emma Stibbon, artist-in-residence at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, in spring 2016. Currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton, England, Stibbon studied at Portsmouth College of Art, Goldsmith College and the University of the West of England. An award winning artist with an international reputation, she has held several residencies, including the Derek Hill Scholarship at the British School in Rome (2010). She also participated in the Arctic Circle 2013, an art and science expedition to the Arctic Circle. Black & White art images are by past NPAF Artist-inDrawing is at the heart of Emma’s practice and she has travelled widely, recording her responses to the physical appearance and psychological impact of natural and built environments. Working from sketches and photographic records, Emma creates stark, monochrome, often large-scale works on paper. Romantic in character, they dramatise the effects of human intervention and natural phenomena on monumental structures and explore the fragility of existence. She has works in public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, the University of Cambridge and the Stadtmuseum, Berlin. AK

Residence: Emma Stibbon

Photo below: Holei Sea Arch courtesy NPS Photo/S. Geiger



DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark that’s nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted A New Exhibit at DeGrazia DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six Gallery in the Sun permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. A limited number of Scenes of daily life on the Navajo Reservation DeGrazia originals are available for purchase, while are featured in artist Ted DeGrazia’s Navajo Collection. Seventeen oil paintings dating from the gift shop and online store offers a wide variety 1960 to 1966, depict the Navajo people at work, of popular DeGrazia reproductions. See at play, on the trail, and at tribal gatherings. The collection is currently on display at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, through January 25th, 2017.

From Ted DeGrazia’s early life in a mining family of Morenci, Arizona to the art and scenes portrayed in the new ‘Navajo Collection’ exhibit, hear Lance Laber Executive Director of DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talk about the famed Arizona artist on Big Blend Radio. NAVAJO CAMP JIGSAW PUZZLE Piece together this Big Blend online jigsaw puzzle, photo to the right, of ‘Navajo Camp’, one of Ted DeGrazia’s paintings, featured in the new Navajo Collection exhibit. To the puzzle! PAGE 12

BOOK NEWS & AUTHOR INTERVIEWS Four Summer Reads: From Women’s Fiction, to Art and Travel Memoirs, and a Global Thriller! PIECES OF GLASS Like certain songs create the soundtrack of our life, do paintings catalog specific scenes and moments of our days gone by? Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with author John Sacret Young, who discusses his passion for collecting art, interpreting the various stories and characters portrayed in paintings, and writing his artoir, ‘Pieces of Glass’. Pieces of Glass — the title from the recently revitalized Tallfellow Press — is a memoir: a tour of a life enriched by a private and eclectic art collection of works owned by the author, and those he wished he owned. The book is by John Sacret Young, who moved from the Atlantic east coast, and is now a long-time L.A. resident. The story starts in the 1960’s — his adolescent years, and follows an illuminating journey through adulthood. After writing about and collecting art for much of his life, Young has decided it’s time to release his beloved works back out into the world to be cherished by the next lovers of beauty. “We really don’t own art, we just borrow it for a time,” said Young. In Pieces of Glass, Young mixes the "art" side of his life with a personal memoir to create a unique Artoir spotlighting and exploring the deep, moving, and explosive effect art has had on him, his work, and his soul. From Mark Rothko, John Marin, and Richard Diebenkorn to Johannes Vermeer, Norman Rockwell and Charles Burchfield, Young comes to realize that paintings, drawings, sketches, and even chalk on an old garage wall have helped shape him into the best of what he is today. With chapters reflecting on family, cancer, women, sailing, summer storms, car accidents, Hollywood, swindlers, shady art dealers, and more — he paints haunting portraits with a sensitivity and lushness readers will soak up, and be moved by. John Sacret Young is a writer, art collector, producer, director, and screenwriter (China Beach, The West Wing, Testament) and has been nominated for or won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, Humanitas, Peabody, Christopher, and Golden Globe Awards. He has a solid track record from his previous books, a film/TV fan base, an impressive art collection, and a keenly anticipated art sale which ties in with the publication of Pieces of Glass.

Pieces of Glass has over 80 full color images, and 27 chapters that wander across the U. S. and Europe exploring traditional artists such as Paul Cezanne, Andrew Wyeth and Henri Matisse, as well as lesser-known contemporary artists as Andrew Stevovich and Lois Dodd, and even pulp artists such as Robert McGinnis and Rafael DeSoto.


BOOK NEWS & AUTHOR INTERVIEWS Four Summer Reads: From Women’s Fiction, to Art and Travel Memoirs, and a Global Thriller! ONCE UPON A WINE Hunky dudes, wine and tractors! From writing sex scenes to researching wine and roses, listen to women’s fiction author Beth Kendrick chat with Big Blend Radio about ‘Once Upon a Wine’, her new laugh-out-loud Black Dog Bay novel! Cammie Breyer needs a big glass of cabernet—her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left for a hotter kitchen. Just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, her Aunt Ginger calls with a surprise: she’s bought a vineyard—in Delaware. At Ginger’s command, Cammie returns to Black Dog Bay, the seaside town where she spent her childhood summers with her aunt and her cousin, Kat. The three women reunite, determined to succeed. There’s only one little problem: none of them knows the first thing about wine making. And it turns out, owning a vineyard isn’t all wine and roses. It’s dirt, sweat, and desperation. Every day brings financial pitfalls, unruly tourists, romantic dilemmas, and second thoughts. But even as they struggle, they cultivate hidden talents and new passions. While the grapes ripen under the summer sun, Cammie discovers that love, like wine, is layered, complex, delicious, and worth waiting for. ONCE UPON A WINE by Beth Kendrick is a delectable rollercoaster of gasps, headshakes, and laughs about the gambles we take and the amazing, unpredictable outcomes that can come of our choices. Kendrick is the author of twelve other women’s fiction novels, including Put a Ring On It, New Uses for Old Boyfriends, Cure for the Common Breakup, The Week Before the Wedding, The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service, and Nearlyweds, which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. She lives in Arizona with two big rescue mutts and vacations at the Delaware beach, where she devotes a great deal of time to eating local strawberries and drinking wine. You know, for research. Visit her online at


BOOK NEWS & AUTHOR INTERVIEWS Four Summer Reads: From Women’s Fiction, to Art and Travel Memoirs, and a Global Thriller! DRINKING MARE’S MILK ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD "The most sublime moments are those that are unexpected," says Tom Lutz on Big Blend Radio, who discusses his obsession in ‘collecting countries’ on his world travels and writing his travel stories in his new book, ‘Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar.’ Tom Lutz is addicted to journeying. Sometimes he stops at the end of the road, sometimes he travels further. In this richly packed portmanteau of traveler’s tales, we accompany him as he drives beyond the blacktop in Morocco, to the Saharan dunes on the Algerian border, and east of Ankara into the Hittite ruins of Boğazkale. We ride alongside as he hitches across Uzbekistan and the high mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan into western China. We catch up with him as he traverses the shores of a lake in Malawi, and disappear with him into the disputed areas of the Ukraine and Moldova. We follow his footsteps through the swamps of Sri Lanka, the wilds of Azerbaijan, the plains of Tibet, the casinos of Tanzania, the peasant hinterlands of Romania and Albania, and the center of Swaziland, where we join him in watching the king pick his next wife. All along the way, we witness his perplexity in trying to understand a compulsion to keep moving, ever onward, to the ends of the earth. Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tom Lutz teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. His previous books include ‘Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums’ and ‘Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears’. His new book, ‘Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar,’ is published by OR Books.


BOOK NEWS & AUTHOR INTERVIEWS Four Summer Reads: From Women’s Fiction, to Art and Travel Memoirs, and a Global Thriller! ROGUE MISSION From researching weapons and remote locations, to world events and what goes into writing an action series, bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens talks with Big Blend Radio about his latest Jordan Sandor thriller. In the newest thriller by bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens, CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger. Rogue Mission takes readers on a mission more complex and with more at stake for Sandor than any he has ever faced. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the explosive climax. Jeffrey S. Stephens is the author of the Jordan Sandor series, which also includes ‘Targets of Deception’, ‘Targets of Opportunity’ and ‘Targets of Revenge’. A native of the Bronx, Stephens now lives with his wife Nancy in Greenwich, Connecticut, where they raised their two sons, Graham and Trevor. Visit


HOLLYWOOD HISTORY of NORTH SAN DIEGO Listen to Steve Schneickert as he recalls the Hollywood History of North San Diego County, Southern California including the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, and movies that were filmed in the area such as: ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Zorro’ in Oceanside; ‘The Grifters’, ‘Stablemates’, ‘Sing You Sinners’ and ‘Love Always’ at the Del Mar Racetrack; ‘Invaders from Mars’ and ‘Crater Lake Monster’ on Palomar Mountain; ‘Bugsy’ in AnzaBorrego Desert State Park; and ‘Sands of Iwo Jima’ and ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. LA PALOMA THEATRE One of the first theaters to show ‘talkies’, the La Paloma opened in Encinitas on February 11, 1928 with a showing of 'The Cohens and Kellys in Paris'. The gala event was attended by starlet and 'America's Sweetheart’, Mary Pickford, who was rumored to have ridden her bicycle all the way to the theater from Fairbanks Ranch for the event.

THE TOP GUN HOUSE Known as ‘The Graves House’, this historic 1887 Victorian beach cottage is currently located on Pacific Street in Oceanside. Love scenes between Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), and Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Tom Cruise), were shot there. McGillis actually stayed in the cottage during the filming. Photo at top of next page. Continued on Next Page…


Hollywood History Continued‌ PALOMAR OBSERVATORY The Palomar Observatory served as a filming location for 1953's low-budget science fiction film 'Invaders from Mars', along with a handful of other sci-fi movies, including 1977's 'Crater Lake Monster'. Photo right middle. SAN LUIS REY MISSION The iconic San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside was used for the actionadventure western drama series, 'Zorro', produced by Walt Disney Studios. A skull and crossbones at the cemetery entrance, added by Disney, still exists. Photo right bottom.


STAGE/SCREEN NEWS & INTERVIEWS Actors Jason Stuart and Christopher Mann to Appear in Period Drama Films that Release this Fall.

JASON STUART Appearing Soon as Joseph Randall in the Drama Film ‘The Birth of a Nation.’ From politics to his role in the upcoming film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ directed by Nate Parker, listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with activist Jason Stuart, an award-winning actor and comedian known for his show, 'I'm Only Gay on the Weekends', and producer and podcast host of ‘Absolutely Jason Stuart.' Jason Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with his ‘Gay Don Rickles’ performances all over the country since coming out in 1993. He has accomplished what few other gay comics have ever achieved, brutal honesty with humor in a world that’s not always kind. Although his semi-celebrity came via stand-up, Stuart is well-known for his work as an actor playing gay and straight roles on over forty popular television shows. Best known for playing ‘Dr. Thomas’, the gay family therapist on ‘My Wife and Kids’, he has wowed audiences on the TV screen with guest roles in hit shows like ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Entourage’, ‘The Closer’, ‘Will & Grace’, ‘George Lopez’, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, ‘House’, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and ‘Charmed’, to name a few. Stuart has a major role opposite Armie Hammer in the historic bio pic ‘The Birth of a Nation’, from filmmaker and star Nate Parker. The story follows Nat Turner, the slave who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. The awardwinning film premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2016. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ is set to be released on October 7, 2016 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Jason Stuart uses his talents as an openly gay actor and comedian to support the community by performing at countless benefits for issues from AIDS to the homeless. He is the National CoChairman of the first ever SAG / AFTRA, LGBT Committee, and also chaired the comedy shows for Lifeworks Mentoring Program for 8 years. He currently fosters and mentors youth. His groundbreaking stand-up comedy and his versatility as an actor make his career an amazing ride. Visit PAGE 20

STAGE/SCREEN NEWS & INTERVIEWS Actors Jason Stuart and Christopher Mann to Appear in Period Drama Films that Release this Fall.

CHRISTOPHER MANN Appearing Soon as Theoliver Jeter in the Drama ‘Loving.’ From starring alongside George Clooney in ‘Michael Clayton’ to his upcoming role in the 2016 film ‘Loving,’ actor Christopher Mann chats with Big Blend Radio about his extensive career. On stage, TV, and film, Christopher Mann has played numerous roles in a long list of productions that range from ‘Law & Order’ to ‘The Wire’ on HBO, and to ‘Duplicity’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ on the big screen. In November 2016, you can see him as Theoliver Jeter, the father of the future Mrs. Loving in ‘Loving,’ one of only three films from the US that premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ‘Loving’ is a 2016 British-American drama film directed and written by Jeff Nichols. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The film follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They are arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violates the state's anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional. ‘Loving’ is to be released on November 4, 2016 by Focus Features.


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

MY TURN BEGINS TODAY Lisa Dawn Miller Releases her New EP and Continues to Honor her Family and Father’s Rich Musical Legacy Lisa Dawn Miller follows her EP ‘Hello You’ with the six-track set ‘My Turn Begins Today,’ featuring a powerful version of ‘Heaven Help Us All,’ written by her father, legendary songwriter Ron Miller, and a song from her new musical ‘Mandropause’. The multi-talented songwriter/performer also produces and stars in the long running musical ‘Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show.’ ‘My Turn Begins Today’, released on iTunes and Amazon, includes original songs written and produced by Lisa and her longtime creative partner Mark Matson, a tune penned by Miller with her exhusband Howard Richman, and a soulful reimagining of the classic, ‘Heaven Help Us All,’ originally recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1970 and covered over the years by David Ruffin, Joan Baez, Brook Benton, Richie Sambora, Meat Loaf and Ray Charles. The Grammy Award winning version Charles did with Gladys Knight for his Genius Loves Company album was the last song he ever recorded. The five original songs on the EP include ‘My Turn Begins Today,’ which Lisa will perform live in the world premiere of ‘Mandropause,’ her new musical featuring 10 co-writes with Matson. ‘We Were Meant To Be’ is a lush, sensual expression of romantic love, while another Miller/Matson piece, the inspirational ‘Hero in My Heart,’ is dedicated to Ron Miller and Lisa’s mother Aurora Miller. The other tracks are the anthem ‘Stand Together,’ whose chorus was originally written by Lisa’s brother and sister Gary and Debbie Miller decades ago; and the dreamy, sensual ‘Could It Be I Found You,’ written with Richman. Lisa, the producer and co-star of the long-running musical ‘Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show’ (with her husband and co-star, Sandy Hackett), put her songwriting and recording career on hold for several years due to the ongoing demand for her successful show.

Last year, when she and Matson penned the high energy dance songs, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Can You Feel It’ for her young 10-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Hackett, she discovered her passion for writing. As she began to build momentum as a songwriter, she quickly got to work on her own material. “I love songwriting and I am so excited to get back to my roots,” says Lisa. “I will continue to honor my father’s legacy and I remain committed to the multiple projects I am producing about his life. My father, more than anyone, would want me to create and sing songs that are timeless, well written and that touch people. I’m fortunate to have the most amazing creative partner in Mark Matson and recently, I’ve had an incredible opportunity to collaborate with my mother who is a wonderful composer.” Continued on Next Page…


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

My Turn Begins Today Continued… Having wrapped up the latest 15-performance, eight-city tour with ‘Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas’ at the end of 2015, Lisa is excited about her new musical comedy ‘Mandropause,’ a show about four men going through male menopause. The show is expected to premiere this fall. Lisa is also working on a new film and musical about her father, entitled, ‘For Once In My Life,’ as well as a new EP release of the never-before-heard songs from the Ron Miller catalogue. She continues to write and produce songs and music videos for her multi-talented children, 15-year-old Oliver Richman, who recently recorded ‘For Once In My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release’ and has already shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, and 10-year old Ashleigh Hackett, who recently made her singing and dancing debut with ‘Let’s Go’ and headlined at the Charleston Kids Fair. Follow the latest news visit Photos: Top Left, Rat Pack Show Poster Top Right: Ron Miller & Diana Ross Middle Right: Ron Miller & Berry Gordy Bottom Right: The Miller Family PAGE 23

MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop! SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD Soul music legend Charles Wright talks with Big Blend Radio about his new album, today’s music scene, politics and more! Charles Wright, soul music legend known for his hit song ‘Express Yourself’, author, and founding member of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band has released his new full-length album, Something to Make You Feel Good, one of the year’s most anticipated soul/funk/R&B albums. The 13 tracks showcase Charles’ legendary songwriting as well as his understated guitar lines and vocals. The album is released on Charles’ own label, A Million $ Worth Of Memories Records. With the release of his first autobiography in a planned series of memoirs earlier this year, Charles Wright has also become a critically acclaimed author and evolved into a tireless watchdog of African American history. The book, entitled “Up From Where We’ve Come” tells the story of Wright’s upbringing in rural Mississippi in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. In the 1960’s and 70’s Charles Wright recorded five LPs with The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and one solo LP for Warner Bros. (Poetry & Rhythm– 1972) followed by three for ABC-Dunhill. In the `90s, Wright started his own label, A Million Dollars’ Worth of Memories Records, which has released 10 albums of Charles’ music. Visit


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop! KOPASCETIC Singer-songwriter Ryan David Orr talks about his new album that as he explains, features “Songs about the masks we wear to show the world how unlike ourselves we are, and the terrifying realization that we are still just us.” Ryan David Orr’s sixth full-length album, ‘kopascetic’, is a collection of brand new material that is at once thoughtful, accessible, and provocative. Once noted by producer, Stuart Epps (Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Twisted Sister), as having a "great, distinctive voice", Orr has again made the dynamics of the melody one of the most important points of the song. This and a strong, poignant focus on writing and expression, make this latest album unique in the modern musical landscape. Always one to challenge the listener to truly contemplate the written word, Orr’s lyrical content with this record touches on the various masks and walls we put up in an attempt to hide our true intentions, to not risk vulnerability, and the escapes we make to run from facing ourselves. Pulling from a myriad of influences and inspirations, not the least of which is raw human nature, this album is crafted with hints and elements of folk, rock, pop, jazz, classical, hip-hop, electronica, blues, and spoken word. These varying elements mix and swirl to form an album that, while being accessible, refuses to sit still in a single category. Ryan David Orr has a theory that the main difference between art and decor is whether the work keeps a dialogue going or simply passes through the background without consequence, and he offers no apologies about finding little use for decor in song-crafting. He wouldn't insult you like that. Visit


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MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop! JUMP THE FIRE Big Blend Radio interview with Evie Ladin about the band’s new album that combines traditional folk with African influences. ‘Jump the Fire’ not only introduces you to the energy and character of the Evie Ladin Band’s live show, capturing a palpable audience connection through emotive, catchy songs and masterful percussive dance, the album happens to tell a story. Opening with the title track, a snappy ode to summer festival jams, a folk operetta emerges. From that roaring party, we settle in to the smooth ‘Cozy,’ essential stories of love and family give way to straight-up grown-up life in ‘Have it All,’ through the dissolution of love with the Louvin Brothers/Beatles-inspired ‘Only You,’ and the raw floating loss of ‘Under the Waterline,’ the opera bookends in action - pick yourself up, ‘Jump Up & Go.’ Ladin fronts the band and writes the lyrics. The daughter of an international folk dance teacher and old-time folk music devotee, Evie grew up believing that playing music, dancing and singing with others is what people do. Tradition bearers came through her house, played in her living room, with weekends spent running free at music festivals and parties. The neo-trad-kinetic-folk of her Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members; partly influenced by living in New York, Baltimore in cities, not mountains, with hip hop on the radio; and her attraction to the African and AfricanAmerican elements of Appalachian music. ‘Jump the Fire’ shows the band's evolution into a tight trio. Keith Terry (bass, body music, percussion, vocals), trained as a jazz drummer and most known for contemporary body music, goes after tonal percussion on bass, cajón and toys with clever lines and unusual grooves. He and Evie met on the dance floor and live a double life between the Folk/Americana circuit and the International Body Music scene they helped create; elements beautifully integrated into their live show. Erik Pearson (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals) fell in love with old-time music studying composition at Oberlin, and he contributes chordal containment and the ultimate support. Three-part harmony carries the music into the heart. Visit PAGE 26

MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop! WALLY LAWDER Big Blend Radio catches up with the awardwinning Tucson, Arizona-based singersongwriter. Wally Lawder was born in Kansas and grew up in Connecticut. Music was always playing around the house, and between his parents and older siblings it was diverse! Rockabilly, classical, jazz, early folk, Broadway soundtracks, the British invasion, Johnny Cash. His first song was written as a preteen on the piano (in a self-taught, hunt-and-peck manner) based on the style of Thelonious Monk. His childhood instrument was the trumpet and he didn’t take up guitar until well into his teens. Songwriting in earnest began much later in life. His eclectic life path has led him to work as a nonprofit catalyst, carpenter, alternative energy consultant/technician, holistic educator and rehabilitation specialist, not to mention a brief, but strangely memorable, stint as a waiter in an Australian themed Karaoke bar. All of these experiences and more have been inspiration for his muse. In the late 1990’s his songwriting began to flourish. "I really took a liking to performers like John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Patty Larkin, Susan Werner, Bruce Cockburn. I could relate so much to their songwriting and was inspired to write my own." Since that time he has been a prolific songwriter with 5 CDs of original music including the latest release, ‘This Dangerous Life’. From Connecticut, Wally moved to Princeton, NJ for a number of years until landing in New Mexico in 2003. He moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2012. He was the winner of the 2010 ACLU Southwest NM songwriting contest, a finalist in the 2009 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and winner of the 2008 Gila River Songwriting Competition. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn wrote: “Wally Lawder is both a romantic and a social critic, and his quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist gives me great pleasure.” Wally performs solo, sometimes as a duo, and increasingly often is backed by several Tucson musicians under the name Acoustic Sky. He occasionally still performs with his New Mexico band the Raptured Coyotes. Formerly he performed as part of the ensemble Papillon. Visit PAGE 27

MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

GIVE & RECEIVE Big Blend Radio interview with award-winning duo The Danberrys about their third album. The Danberrys' musical magic stems from familiarity, but their uniqueness lies in their inspired songwriting and in music that overflows with raw emotion, unmatched harmonies and dynamic musicianship. At the heart of The Danberrys is Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a distinctive pair of artists from East Nashville, Tennessee. Drawing deep from the traditions of bluegrass, oldtime country, blues, and funk/soul, the 10 songs on their third album, ‘Give & Receive,’ allow the band to step outside their comfort zone, and explore a rich musical landscape. The album was produced by Ethan Ballinger (Lee Ann Womack, Tim O'Brien) at the exclusive Southern Ground Studios, (Zac Brown, The Wood Brothers, Foo Fighters) in Nashville. The Danberrys have known each other for a while since junior high, to be exact. They dated in high school, and eventually went their separate ways until one fateful day in Cookeville, Tenn. In their years apart, Dorothy had created a sound for herself that inspired Ben, and soon, they reconnected and began gaining attention with the new sound they created. Dorothy, a devotee of soul and blues music, offered an interesting pairing for Ben's love of bluegrass, rock and country - they found middle ground on their love of folk music. After nearly ten years of marriage, the mix of each person's individual interests has combined to create a humble sense of wonder and emotional sincerity in their music, rooted in a relationship that has always been strong even when they've been apart. The songs on ‘Give & Receive’ provide a passageway and safe haven for the engaged listener to explore their emotions. The music offers a broader palette of moods and sounds than existed on previous recordings, reflecting the organic maturation of two souls on a truly courageous and honest journey. The Danberrys will tour extensively in support of the new album. Visit


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

GUNG HO Americana duo Freddy & Francine have a fun and lively chat with Big Blend Radio about songwriting, performing together, and recording their third album. Love and music have influenced the career of Freddy & Francine since the beginning, albeit somewhat tumultuously at times. The Los Angelesbased Americana duo learned long ago that love's roller coaster offers plenty of inspiration, though the carnival ride is sometimes less enjoyable in real life. Their new album, ‘Gung Ho,’ offers a celebration of sorts, one that finds the couple reunited after going their separate ways, but also on the verge of ascending the next plateau. The duo, more commonly known to friends and family as Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso, recorded their new album at Gung-Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon, with an all-star cast including renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco), drummer Ted Poor (Andrew Bird, Bill Frisell), guitarist Kyle Sanna (Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma) and keyboardist Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright). The couple's story begins in 2007, when they both worked on the musical ‘HAIR.’ As their time as cast members drew to a close, they formed their own band, eventually releasing two albums together. As time went, they realized their romantic feelings for one another, and began a relationship - which was the beginning of the end -- of both the band and their feelings for one another. They played a soldout album release party and then broke up, personally and professionally. That could have been the end of the story, and it was for three and half years. Lee played Carl Perkins in the hit Broadway show ‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ while Bianca moved to New York City, then back to Los Angeles where she founded a musical comedy duo called Zabruso. Then Bianca decided to record a solo album, which included a song she and Lee had co-written several years before. That led her to ask Lee to join her in the studio, and in an instant, their music was rekindled. Visit


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

CHOREOGRAPHIC Big Blend Radio interview with award-winning singer-songwriter Rachael Sage about her new full-length studio album, ‘Choreographic.’ Through this self-described "ballet-pop", Sage delivers a musically ambitious and emotionally accessible tribute to her very first love - Dance. Fresh off the heels of her 16th song placement on Lifetime TV’s ‘Dance Moms’, Sage’s music has reached an ever-widening audience since her previous release ‘Blue Roses’, amassing over 9.5 million views on YouTube. On disarmingly honest songs like ‘I Don’t Believe It’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘French Doors’, incisive lyrics and yearning melodies merge into something expansive. The lexicon of ballet may be French, but in Sage’s hands on ‘Choreographic’, ballet-pop becomes a decidedly universal musical language. Connecting to her roots in ballet, the NYC-based Sage "envisioned each song as a fullychoreographed multi-media experience" while crafting the album. The result is an inspired set of piano-based chamber-pop merging orchestral elements with her signature blend of folk, pop and rock. “Making this album was a meditation on my lifelong relationship to ballet and more recently, to lyrical dance. Dance gave me virtually everything I cherish as an artist: melody, expressiveness, a sense of ensemble, a love of costume and fashion, and foremost, discipline.” Sage has several dancecentric videos in the works including one for the single ‘I Don't Believe It’, which explores the topic of bullying and will feature 3-time national dance champion Kaci King, an eleven-year-old performer who reached out to Sage on Facebook. A soulful vocalist and innovative multiinstrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band, The Sequins, throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals and improvisational audience interaction. Visit:


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

ASHLEY J Big Blend Radio interview with Billboard charting Pop/EDM singer Ashley J. Ready and eager to soar through air waves across the globe with her infectious new single ‘Dare Ya’, Ashley J brings a fascinatingly diverse background, artistically, musically and otherwise, to her emergence into the pop-world. Already with two Billboard charting hits (her first single ‘One and One’ charted in Billboard's Top 20 Dance and second single ‘Cali’, hitting into the sweet spot of Billboard's Top 10 Dance), Ashley J is hitting the charts hard. “I love a lot of different styles of music,” Ashley says, “but POP is the best genre fit for me because my voice is big and broad, and pop-oriented styles allow me free range and to have total control performance-wise." Ashley J made the definitive switch from country to pop, after a trip to Los Angeles, where she met with President of Electra Star Group, Michael Blakey. Instantly falling in love with her music, Michael decided to bring her on board. As she says, she “landed in the best hands the music business has to offer,” and signed her first recording contract. With her musical dreams coming true every day as a recording and performing artist, she is also setting her sights on someday owning and running her own record label. “I’m really having a great time, and I’ve never felt more a part of the industry than I am right now,” says Ashley J, “I feel that I’m in complete control of who I am and what my music and message is. ‘Dare Ya' is all about taking chances, and being free with love. Pushing yourself past your limits and out of your comfort zone.” Visit


MUSIC NEWS & INTERVIEWS New Summer Sounds from Soul, R&B and Funk to Americana, Folk and Pop!

STARTING NOW Big Blend Radio interview with indie rock singer-songwriter Idalee, about his debut EP. Indie rock singer-songwriter Idalee (aka Topher Hall) has made his debut with EP ‘Starting Now’, a meaty, lyrically dense collection that includes such highlights as ‘Barbarian,’ ‘Some Day,’ ‘Home,’ and ‘Tree Got Rain.’ Idalee’s influences include Nirvana, Elvis Costello, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, as well as Cage The Elephant, Ben Folds, and Beck. The EP was produced by Ethan Kauffman (Ryan Cabrera) and mixed by Will Brierre (The Killers’ Grammy-nominated Hot Fuss, Imagine Dragons’ Nightvisions). In addition to his ‘Starting Now’ video, Idalee has worked with non-profit organization, Prison Fellowship, to record and release a music video and mini-documentary about the bonus single ‘Heal,’ a free download at When visiting Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan in 2015, Idalee was deeply moved by what he saw. This trip inspired ‘Heal,’ a raw, personal ode about redemption. Teaming up with Prison Fellowship, Idalee was granted exclusive access to a Texas prison to record the music video for ‘Heal,’ with a prisoner band. The resulting video not only features the song, but also provides an insider’s look into each of the prisoner’s emotional testimonials and deep connection they had with the song. After a drug-induced car crash in Virginia, Topher Hall woke up in the hospital and woke up to the demons holding him back. He pled out of his proposed jail time and escaped with only a DUI conviction, fines and parole officer. Serendipitously, he found a job down the street at a prison nonprofit that advocates for restorative justice on Capital Hill and in the prisons themselves. Because of these experiences, Idalee is living and breathing a second chance. Topher’s rocky past made him who he is, but he’s been clean for several years and is striving to make a better life and society. Visit



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WORLD UFO DAY - JULY 2 Government cover-up??? Our government hiding facts from us?? Who would have thought! World UFO Day is celebrated by believers in Unidentified Flying Objects, on July 2. The famous Roswell Incident, July 2, 1947, started the controversy… Mac Brazel, a rancher just northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, came across the wreckage of a strange metallic object on his land. He immediately contacted the military, who investigated and removed the wreckage. The initial reports stated the wreckage was that of a mysterious Unidentified Flying Object. These reports were rescinded almost as fast as they were issued, which of course, got people wondering. Are we going to be attacked by aliens from outer space? What was the government hiding from us? These rumors, along with consistent reports of UFO sightings, led to the organizers of World UFO Day, who are quite serious about keeping the subject in front of both the public and world governments.

Legend has it that sometime in the early 1900s, President Teddy Roosevelt was hunting in Mississippi with some friends. They came across a bear cub which Roosevelt refused to shoot. Eventually, the story appeared in The Washington Post, along with a cartoon. Toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom wrote to President Roosevelt asking for permission to call their stuffed animals “Teddy Bears”. The “bears” were so popular that the toy store grew to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world. Later the company launched favorites like the Betsy Wetsy, Tiny Wake up Thumbelina, and the Shirley Temple dolls; Old Maid, The Hollywood Squares and Let’s Make a Deal board games; and Evel Knievel, Flintstones and Rubik Cube toys, just to name a few.


Not wanting to be left out of the fun while her husband sang in a quartet, Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma gathered the wives of other quartet singers and started the Sweet Adelines on July 13, 1945. The group later became Sweet Adelines International and, in 2005, Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created to mark the groups 60th anniversary. The group now has over 300 choruses and 15,000 singers. Continued on Next Page… PAGE 36


UGLY TRUCK DAY - JULY 20 Just like favorite shoes, shirts and reclining chairs, there are just some things some of us cannot bear to part with–and that includes trucks. Across the states there are “ugly truck” competitions, each with their own rules and games.

This is a showcase event where proud owners show-off the look, durability and mileage of their working pick-ups, vans and SUVs – as is, or sometimes really pimped out.

AUGUST CREATIVE CELEBRATIONS NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY - AUGUST 7 National Lighthouse Day honors that beacon of light that has symbolized safety and security, for those at sea, throughout maritime history. Lighthouses have shined those powerful lights, sweeping back and forth, cutting through fog and storms, guiding ships back to port, saving many ships and hundreds of lives. On August 7, 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation's lighthouses.

Now, with radar and GPS, lighthouses are not as used as they once were, but they remain a universal symbol of safe harbor for those that rely upon the sea for their livelihood. There are numerous local and national lighthouse preservation societies and lighthouse organizations. They serve to preserve and promote lighthouses, and their historical significance to communities, and to the nation.

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"Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's PRESIDENTIAL JOKE DAY - AUGUST 11 listening." Bill Clinton

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What could be more fitting than celebrating Presidential Joke Day in an election year? This special day had its beginning in 1984, during a sound check for a radio broadcast, President Ronald Reagan was about to make.

John F. Kennedy opened a speech with a funny story about himself and two other presidential aspirants, Senators Lyndon Johnson and Stuart Symington, at the Gridiron Club dinner in March of l958:

"My fellow Americans,” he said, "I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." Reagan did not realize that his feed was indeed live, and what was intended as a joke, was not so funny to the Russians when they heard of the broadcast. They responded by putting their military on high alert.

“I dreamed about 1960 myself the other night and I told Stuart Symington and Lyndon Johnson about it in the cloakroom yesterday. I told them how the Lord came into my bedroom, anointed my head and said, "John Kennedy, I hereby appoint you President of the United States." Stuart Symington said, "That's strange, Jack, because I too had a similar dream last night in which the Lord anointed me and declared me, Stuart Symington, President of the United States and Outer-Space." Lyndon Johnson said, "That's very interesting, gentlemen, because I too had a similar dream last night and I don't remember anointing either of you."

Once both sides calmed down and the threat of nuclear war was over, humor reigned the day and Presidential Joke Day was born. Here are some other Presidential Jokes you may enjoy… or not: "Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan ''Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for 'That One.' And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president.” Barack Hussein Obama

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I wouldn’t want to wake up next to a lady pipefitter.” Richard Nixon, referring to women’s lib. “So dumb he can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.” Lyndon Johnson, referring to Gerald Ford. Well, now that we’ve gone there, might as well add the time when, reportedly, President Reagan was riding with Queen Elizabeth in 1982. The queen’s horse let out a loud fart, for which the queen apologized. Reagan’s response was, “I’m glad you told me, or I would have thought it was the horse.”

"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty.” Teddy Roosevelt PAGE 38

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. In 1872, America established Yellowstone National Park, the very first National Park in the world. Yosemite, Sequoia and over 30 other parks were established, and on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act, creating the National Park System to oversee these parks. This was all thanks to the campaigning of businessman Stephen Mather, journalist Robert Sterling Yard, and Secretary of the Interior, Franklin Knight Lane. Today we have 412 National Park units managed by the National Park Service, which includes 59 National Parks, and numerous Historic Sites, Historic Trails, Seashores, Wild & Scenic Rivers, Battlefields, Preserves, Memorials, Recreation Areas, and Monuments.

Our National Park System is a symbol of national pride that actively protects natural and historic areas, providing us as citizens, along with our international visitors, a place to get out and enjoy the tranquility of nature, watch wildlife and have outdoor adventures, and also learn the stories of our ancestors and country's past. On top of that, these parks are national and regional economic generators that create and provide jobs within and outside of the park boundaries. In honor of the Centennial, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have launched FIND YOUR PARK, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, and setting the stage for the next 100 years. At the heart of this engagement effort is the invitation to share park experiences and memories at, where you’ll find an interactive gallery of inspirational stories from the general public, National Park Service employees, and celebrities. Content is also socialized with #FindYourPark. Also on is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park, including in-park and digital activities. #FindYourPark and learn more about the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebrations and Programs at htm


Husband-and-wife team, Howard and Ruth Milstein, share their summer cocktail party tips and a Vodka and Cherry Brandy Cocktail Recipe, plus have another lively conversation on Big Blend Radio! Howard is a wine expert, and Ruth is the author of the Gourmand awardwinning cookbook 'Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine.' Visit Cocktail Parties are social gatherings for friends, family and co-workers are easier than trying to mix guests, who might not feel comfortable sitting across from one another, at a dinner party. Cocktail parties can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. Plan your party in the backyard, around the pool, or in your living room depending on how many people you plan to invite. Cocktail Party Tips from Ruth - When informing your guests about the date, time and occasion, mention a dress code.

Howard and Ruth Milstein share their summer cocktail party tips, a recipe, and more on Big Blend Radio!

- Mini pizzas, spring rolls, filled mushrooms and eggs, and sautĂŠed or steamed vegetables are fine - All food should be finger food, made or purchased choices. Marinated olives will go wonderfully with your drinks. You can make BBQ chicken cubes. ahead of time. Prepare about 15-20 pieces per Buy various types of cheeses, and arrange on person. platters with crackers and sliced, healthy fresh breads. - Avoid mixed salads, especially if the party is outside or in the summer months. PAGE 40

Summer Cocktail Parties Continued‌ - For dessert, mini pies and tarts, filled pastry cones, and assorted chocolates are good choices. - For the drinks: prepare orange and grapefruit juice; (tonic) water, tomato juice, lemon and limes, Tabasco sauce and soft drinks. Have plenty of seltzer water on hand, as well as ice that can be used for the drinks and chilling bottles and cans. - As a finale, coffee is always welcome! - A good host makes sure that none of his/her guests drive intoxicated!

Drink Tips from Howard Let's see what we need for a real neat cocktail party! - Being a wine person myself, I say we must make sure that the proper amount of wine is on hand. It is safe to say that each 750ml bottle of wine will serve approximately 6- 4oz. glasses of wine. If you want to be a bit thrifty in this economy, use Magnum's (50 oz.) of your favorite varietals, which will give you a bit more than double that amount and can Recipe: Vodka and Cherry Brandy usually be bought at a slightly better discount at Cocktail your favorite wine and liquor store. Makes 4 servings 8 ounces peach vodka 2 ounces peach liqueur 2 ounces cherry brandy 2 ounces fresh lemon juice - It is customary to serve a few standard types of hard liquor that can be used in a mixed drink, on it’s 8 Ice cubes own or mixed with water, tonic or juice. It is always Sparkling white wine safe to buy vodka, rum, and scotch whiskey as well Shake all the ingredients except the sparkling wine. as tequila; this should satisfy most of your guests in Transfer to 4 tall glasses and fill with sparkling different ways. A new trend now is high quality wine. bourbon, but that is your choice. - For the beer drinkers use 1 six pack of beer (assuming they are 12 oz. bottles) for every 2 people.

- Have a variety of glasses on hand depending on the type of drinks you plan to offer. Use straightsided high ball glasses for tall drinks, tumblers for spirits and juices, as well as martini glasses. Don't forget your wine glasses as the type of wine glass can make a discernable difference on how your wine breathes and eventually tastes. The best choice for good swirling is a typical Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Burgundy shaped glass; I personally recommend some of the finely made Riedel Burgundian glasses as they provide a large, nicely widened and round shape for your favorite wine. And there you have it! PAGE 41

SUPER SUMMER SIPS Celebrate the Sunny Season with Friends and Family with these Cool Cocktails & Chilled-out Drinks! Serve them at your backyard BBQ or pool party, or mix them up and just pour them over ice at your next beach, river or lakeside gathering. Colorado River Punch Cocktail This super summer cocktail recipe is from Tyler Johnston, mixologist at the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill – just a couple bocks from the lower Colorado River in Yuma, Arizona! For more cocktail recipes visit 2/3 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 1/6 oz. fresh orange juice 1 ½ oz. dark rum 1/3 oz. grenadine 1/3 oz. simple syrup 1 1/6 oz. pineapple juice 4 dashes bitters Add all ingredients, except bitters, into a shaker. Shake vigorously then pour into an ice-filled glass. Top with bitters. Garnish with a slice of pineapple if desired. Tunk’s Water Moccasin Cocktail This peachy cocktail recipe is from Lisa at the Oyster Bar at Tunk's Cypress Inn, a popular restaurant and watering hole right on beautiful Kincaid Lake, just outside the city of Alexandria in central Louisiana. Visit Pour over ice: 1 shot Crown Royal 1 shot Peach Schnapps ½ oz. Sweet-n-Sour Garnish with a cherry. Stir, and enjoy!

Prickly Pear Lemonade This refreshing southwestern pink lemonade recipe is from Donna George, owner of The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona. Fun for kids, or spike it up with a shot of vodka for an adult beverage. For more recipes visit 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate 4 cans of water ½ cup Cheri’s prickly pear syrup 1 lemon, juiced Lemon slices Combine all ingredients and stir until done. Serve with ice and lemon slices. PAGE 42

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- ‘Carol Channing’ (as performed by Steve Schneickert) stops by for a little singing and to Listen to Big Blend Radio’s HAPPY HOUR show share highlights from her career. that streamed live from the virtual Wiggie Butt - Fortune teller ‘Hot Mama Babooschkah’ shares Club Bar for party animals! some wacky predictions, while Lizzie’s Uncle Saul chases her with a bottle of Manischewitz!

Mikey ‘The Bartender,’ (musician Michael Ely) pours shots of Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon the bar’s Hump Day special, while patrons discuss everything from current events to what famous people they’d throw a dinner party for, and where they want to go in a time machine. Guests at The Wiggie Butt Club Bar: - Stephanie McMillin - Director of the Springfield Tourism Commission in central Kentucky, talks about the region’s Bourbon Trail. See - Musician Lizzie Harrah of The Madisons in Tennessee, talks about the band’s new album ‘Err on the Side of Love’. See PAGE 43

By Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’

When I say, “Walla Walla,” you probably think, “Walla Walla Sweet Onions.” If that’s all you’re thinking, you haven’t been to Walla Walla in a while. It’s growing up. It’s changing. It’s delighting as a sip-filled, two-day destination. As a parent might say, “It’s showing definite potential.” It takes guts to say out loud that what you’re doing just isn’t cutting it. Walla Walla had to do just that a few years back when jobs were leaving and current crops weren’t supporting the region’s economic goals. A few founding fathers and mothers got together and started a wine industry. They get the Smart Cookie Award for that decision. The wines are good. Really good, actually. The burgeoning tourist amenities are a good mix, tailored to both local and visitor tastes. The region now has what some refer to as a “wine cluster.” This includes not just wine production, but wine tourism as well. From vineyards and wineries to hotels, fine restaurants, recreational enterprises, and specialty retail stores, Walla Walla is on its game and expanding almost every day. Jobs and a destination are being created as a result of “wine migration,” formed from a subgroup of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests, looking for a particular quality-of-life made possible by the presence of wine cluster amenities. Walla Walla…a great place to live and visit… who knew? PAGE 44

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Walla, Walla, WA Continued… Plan a two-day trip your first time. Make your itinerary a fusion of wine tasting and culinary exploration. Here are my suggestions for a funfilled weekend. Lodging: Either the historic Marcus Whitman, The Fat Duck Inn, or the newish Courtyard Walla Walla Marriott is the place to be. The first offers old world ambiance, good service, a restaurant, reasonable rates and an easy walk to downtown. The Marriott is newer, centrally located as long as you have a car, is stylish and also offers good rates. The Fat Duck Inn is located in a residential area and offers the quintessential B&B experience. Relax, reboot, renew, and enjoy the creative amenities. Wineries: The good news is that the wines in Walla Walla are really good. There is still room for some improvement, but you’re going to like what you taste now. Smooth, fruit forward (without being jam bombs), consistent, and medium bodied. They’re known for their reds, but the whites are impressive. Walla Walla Valley encompasses 2,722 vineyard acres. The most widely planted varieties in the Walla Walla Valley wine region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. In total there are 37 different varietals planted. I loved the Sangiovese, Syrah, dry Grenache Rosés, and surprisingly, the crisp white 2015 (Balboa brand) Gruner Veltliner. Divided into five tasting regions, all easily drivable, there’s something for everyone. Walk or drive on your own, but for your first visit you should really hire Black Tie Wine Tours to pick you up and show you around. Custom or group tours are available.

Westside - Driving in from the west on your way to town, you’ll drive right through the Westside wine region, finding some of the most established wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. Downtown - Downtown Walla Walla showcases 25+ wine tasting rooms, all on a charming historic Main Street. Airport - Next to the Walla Walla Airport, more than a dozen wineries have set up tasting rooms inside old WWII-era mess halls, hanger buildings and firehouses. Eastside - On the far Eastside, find a plentiful array of award-winning wineries - alongside the scenic Mill Creek growing area. Southside - The majority of the vineyards are located on the Southside of town. You’ll get some beautiful views of the Walla Walla Valley paired with highly acclaimed premium wineries. Continued on Next Page…


Walla, Walla, WA Continued… Downtown Walla Walla: You can easily spend a day in this small wine country downtown. Short blocks, flat, and accessible. Great combination of wine tasting, culinary treats and shopping. I’d suggest you buy a ticket for a Walla Walla Food Tour. The DOWNTOWN LUNCH TOUR is $65, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, and is an easy 1.1 mile walk. This is an insider’s look at the best of what the downtown has to offer and will point you in the right direction for further exploration. On your own, don’t miss the best of the best. Colville Street Patisserie (France in a deli case), Bright’s Candies (premium chocolate yum), and D’Olivo (ultra –premium olive oil, spices and tea). Dinner should find you at Saffron Mediterranean Restaurant (reservations necessary). Order the BALBOA Sangiovese with anything you eat. Exquisite pairing.

Out in the community: Within easy driving time, make sure you get out and visit the following businesses. You can visit all the places listed below in half a day. A stop at Walla Walla Roasters on A Street is going to put you in the right mood. Glorious hand crafted coffee drinks, locally owned and a testament to premium roasting techniques, the owners have put time, talent and MONEY into this establishment. The nitro coffee drink is a real kick. If you’re interested in becoming a chef you must check out the Wine Country Culinary Institute. A community college partnership, this place rocks with a two-year program that turns out ready-towork talented chefs. Eat at the café. Better than anything you might imagine. If you have time, check out the wine program downstairs. Another focused, two-year program producing some of the most talented winemakers in the Northwest. Continued on Next Page…


Walla, Walla, WA Continued… Welcome Table Farm requires a reservation to tour, but you can drop into this organic farm to purchase a few goodies (produce and flowers) at their farm stand. Earth rich, indulgent tastes await you. Fields are ploughed with America Belgium horses, the old fashioned way. Small but mighty, all of America should be eating and putting flowers on their table this way. Give your senses a lovely workout at Blue Mountain Lavender Farm. This is the ahhh moment of your vacay. Sensuous lavender lives on resplendent green rolling hills sharing relaxing scents with you. Buy some starter plants, sip some lavender lemonade, and shop the very well-stocked gift shop. Potential (po·ten·tial) ~ Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. That definitely defines Walla Walla, Washington. See it now, before it becomes “all that.” Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California, who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Visit PAGE 47

By Eva Eldridge Red chili was introduced to me as an ingredient in Mexican food. It is the basis for enchilada sauce, red chili tamales, and posole soup. However, this rich sauce can be used as a base for barbeque sauce or anything else you might use dried chili power for. I start with dried New Mexico chilies or Hatch chilies. You can find them in most of the grocery stores in the Southwest or a well-stocked grocery store that carries Mexican items. They are bagged and come in mild, medium or hot varieties. I love the flavor of chili with a little heat, so I generally use the mild or medium. Sometimes even those are pretty spicy. Do not use a ristra—those ornamental strings of chilies you see depicted in many Southwestern representations. Many of the ristras are coated to preserve the color and integrity of the chili.

Blend the softened chilies with enough of the cooking water to make them blend easily. I’ve tried to use the immersion blender but it doesn’t work as well as a standard blender for this part. When you have all of them blended, you will work the groundup chili through a food mill using a mesh that is slightly smaller than the chili seeds. Empty the food mill of the spent chili skins and seeds periodically, so you can work through more ground up chilies. The result is fresh chili sauce. At this point you can use it as is. You can also thicken it with a roux (flour and water paste), freeze it, or turn it into something else. Note: Red chili stains, so make sure you are wearing an apron or suitable attire. If you have cooking water left over, you can strain it and save the water to cook beans or add to a soup stock, or you can freeze it for later use. Continued on Next Page…

Break the stem off the chili and shake out as many seeds as you can. Put the chilies in a pot and just cover them with water. Throw in several cloves of garlic. They do not need to be peeled. Bring them to a boil and push the chilies down into the water. You want them soft and plump. In about 20 minutes, the chilies should be pliable and fragrant. Cool the chilies in the cooking water to at least room temperature. This is important because hot chilies and blenders do not cooperate. PAGE 48

Red Chili Sauce Continued Every batch of red chili I’ve made has come out different. It depends on the chili. Some sauce is pungent and nearly brown in color. One batch made with very fresh dried chilies was bright red and smelled like chocolate. The flavor was mild and smooth. However your sauce turns out, it is worth the effort. RED CHILI BASED BARBEQUE SAUCE RECIPE I make my own red chili for tamales or posole from dried New Mexico chilies. The sauce is like dried chili powder, only better. I wanted to do something different with it and decided to try a non-tomato based barbeque sauce. The following recipe is the result. 2 ounces finely minced onion 1 large clove of garlic, minced 2 cups red chili sauce 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar The zest and juice of 1 orange Chipotle powder, flakes, or canned ½ teaspoon smoked paprika A few grinds of black pepper Salt to taste 1/8 – 1/4 cup agave syrup, brown sugar, honey or white sugar. In a medium sauce pan, sauté the onion and garlic in a little oil, until soft. Add everything except the sweetener. Slowly simmer until the flavors blend. Be sure to stir because it can scorch. Blend the sweetener in last. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze. Notes: • The amount of chipotle is of individual taste. The smokiness and flavor enhances the sauce. If canned, use ½ to 1 chipotle chopped up. Powder or flakes use ½ a teaspoon. I find the chipotle adds quite a bit of heat, so use accordingly because the chili sauce has its own heat factor.

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• The black pepper adds a little different heat to the mix, it isn’t necessary, but I like the flavor. • I’ve made this sauce with and without the sweetener. Without sweetener the sauce is more robust and the heat is stronger. When sweetener is added the orange becomes more prominent and the sauce tastes more like a traditional barbeque sauce. I like the flavor the agave syrup adds but honey or brown sugar will work also.


Two Vibrant Summer Dishes to Get Your Poke & Ceviche On! ALBACORE POKE This vibrant seafood salad ‘poke’ recipe from Chef Jeremy Manley, is served with a sweet Thai chili aioli and avocado mousse. Known as San Diego’s Sustainable Chef, Jeremy is the owner and executive chef of Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro in Julian, CA. Download his free recipe e-book at Poke 1 pound of albacore, diced large 1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced 1/3 cup quinoa, pan fried until crispy 1/2 jalapeño, diced small 1/2 bunch cilantro, diced small 1/3 bunch of green onion or spring onion tips 1/2 lemon juiced Salt to taste

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Mix all ingredients together and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. The less it sits the more fresh it will be. Enjoy this delicious and simple poke recipe. Sweet Thai Chili Aioli 1 tablespoon sweet Thai chili sauce 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce 1 cup Mayonnaise Use a food processor or a whisk to combine and thoroughly mix ingredients together Avocado Mousse 1 avocado 1/2 lemon juiced 1 lime juiced Salt to taste (optional) Use a food processor to evenly blend ingredients together and create a smooth mousse-like consistency. Enjoy! PAGE 50

SUMMER CEVICHE Served with watermelon and avocado, this summer ceviche recipe serves 4-6 people, and is from Fivestar Chef Ivan Flowers, culinary instructor at Kitchens for Good in San Diego, CA. 1 Lb. Halibut, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 Large jalapeno, seeded and minced 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped Salt Pepper 1/8 Tsp. ground coriander 2 Medium avocados, diced 2 Tsp. sweet chili 3 Roma tomatoes, diced with pulp and seeds removed 5 Oz. each, fresh lemon, lime and orange juice 1 Lb. Watermelon, cut into large squares Lavosh crackers 4 Chilled parfait glasses In a chilled glass bowl combine the diced halibut and citrus juices. Cover and let sit in fridge at least two hours. While halibut is curing, prepare all your fruits and veggies, then cover and put in fridge. After two hours, remove halibut from fridge and add: jalapeùo, avocado, tomato, sweet chili, coriander and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste. Place a cube of water melon in the bottom of a chilled parfait glass and using a slotted spoon, top the melon with the ceviche. Top with Lavosh crackers and serve immediately.

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EASY PASTA SALAD Leah Launey shares three variations of her popular pasta salad recipe that uses fresh local vegetables. Leah is the innkeeper of Three Rivers Bed & Breakfast, in Three Rivers, California, gateway to Sequoia National Park. See The Vegetables Here in Three Rivers we are fortunate enough to have fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. During the summer, I collect, wash, and cut up those delicious summer tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, carrots and whatever else is available, ahead of time. Then I "pickle" them, until I'm ready to make pasta salad. Basic No-Cook Country "Pickling" For every 2 cups of vegetables, add up to 1/3 cup of sugar and an equal amount of distilled vinegar, plus enough water to cover, and store in the refrigerator in glass jars for hours, days, or weeks, until you are ready to use the vegetables. Onions and Garlic Variation To the above, add up to 1/2 cup of minced onion and 1 large toe of minced garlic. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Worcestershire and Rosemary Variation Follow the above steps, but replace some of the water with 1/4 cup of Worcestershire (or more, to taste). Add sprigs of fresh rosemary. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This is my favorite variation. The Pasta Boil rotini according to the package directions. Once drained and cool, add "pickled" vegetables, then toss with equal parts vegetable pickling juice and balsamic vinegar. However, if you made the Worcestershire and Rosemary Variation, the pickling juice will be sufficient. You probably won't need the balsamic vinegar. Return to the refrigerator and store in a Tupperware container with a lid, making sure to flip the container upside down occasionally. PAGE 52

CALIFORNIA CORNUCOPIA SALAD Perfect for a summer gathering, this green salad recipe serves 5-6, and is from Terri Bailey, co-owner of Bailey’s Palomar Resort, located a mile-high up on Palomar Mountain in Southern California. Get more of her recipes at

1/2 c. sliced almonds 3 T. sugar 1 ½ heads romaine or mixed lettuce 4 green onions, chopped 3-4 Mandarin oranges (or 1 can, drained) 1 avocado, sliced 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced ¼ cup dried craisins (dried cranberry) 1 c. chopped celery ½ c. blue cheese or gorgonzola 2 lb. chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (or one rotisserie chicken) 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1/2 c. oil 2 T. chopped parsley 4 T. sugar 2 T. white wine vinegar Toss sugar in large frying pan with almonds and cook over a low heat to medium heat, stirring occasionally until almonds are coated. Don’t let sugar burn. Spread on foil to cool (spray with oil/Pam so it does not stick). Tear lettuce leaves into bite sized pieces. Mix lettuce, onion, oranges, avocado, apple, celery, craisins, cheese, chicken and almonds. Mix remaining ingredients for dressing. Toss with salad ingredients. Serves 5-6. PAGE 53

By Nancy J. Reid, Photos by Lisa D. Smith

Experts in psychology, medicine and biology have been studying the effects of color on humans for many years. Lately, they have studied the human brain more closely and realize that color helps us better remember the size and shapes of objects, and that how colors affect us correlates to how colors behave in nature. So, when we see a nice, blue sky, we feel happy, safe and ready to go outside. From man’s early days, blue skies meant no storms coming, so there was a sense of calmness and well-being. Perhaps this is why visiting a place like Mt. Rainier National Park, WA is so special–all those brightly hued wildflowers bordering dark green trees under a clear azure sky, back-dropped by an amazing snow capped mountain–a kaleidoscope of color. The vast expanse of colors in the Mt. Rainier meadows is made up of several wildflower species that have a very short summer season in which to grow, bloom, attract pollinators and produce seeds, before the next snowfall ends their days. They are extremely fragile and stepping on them will either kill them, or stunt their growth for seasons–which is why Park Rangers ask that you stay on the designated pathways. This will not impair your visit in anyway, you can get up close and personal to examine each kind of wildflower.

Avalanche Lily - White usually signifies purity, cleanliness, sophistication and efficiency. It sends a message of “Hand’s off, don’t touch me!” The color gives a heightened feeling of space.


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Broadleaf Lupine - Blue is reportedly the world’s favorite color, conveying trust and stimulating clear thought, enhanced concentration, and calmness.

Scarlet Paintbrush - Red is the strongest color, appearing closer than it is, thus used in traffic stops all over the world. It signifies energy, survival and courage.

Arrowleaf Groundsel - Yellow is the color of emotion, optimism, friendliness and confidence. It can lift our spirits and stimulate creativity.

While each color gives us a different feeling, and we all see color a bit differently, the color in wildflowers really serves as a beckon to armies of pollinators that will help the flowers procreate. The pollinators see and assess colors differently, looking more for patterns and the dark spot in the center of a flower to lead them to the nectar. In return they collect pollen for later distribution, ensuring their future food supply. It works like a well practiced orchestra… but now the importance of the leaves and the color green. Green is the color of balance, harmony, universal love and refreshment. It helps tired eyes, it is restful and is in the center of the color spectrum. Green tells us there is water nearby, so we are reassured there will be food. The green leaves of plants are the perfect back drop for the lively colors of flowers… but they are also what provides oxygen for our planet. So if you are a tree hugger, gardener, plant and flower lover, stand up and be proud. You are on the right side of how we exist!

Enjoy our short video above about Mt. Rainier National Park Wildflowers. Jeffrey’s Shooting Star Violet suggests spiritual awareness, vision and luxury and encourages contemplation and a sense of spiritual value.

Lewis’ Monkeyflower - Pink is the color of tranquility and nurturing and soothes rather than stimulates. It represents the feminine principle and thus, survival of the species. PAGE 55

The creation of a marine reserve will help to protect the incredible resources of Biscayne for the benefit of all Americans, now and for generations to come.

Marine Preserve for Biscayne National Park??

While the reserve would cover only a small percentage of the park’s waters, it stands to make a major impact on the health of the marine environment, all while still allowing for visitors to swim, boat, snorkel and dive in the area. The marine reserve has been proposed and widely supported, but red tape could block it’s implementation. If the marine reserve is not soon enacted, it may be too late for remaining corals and fish populations to recover. The Obama Administration must deliver on it’s promise to establish the marine reserve in Biscayne National Park within the next year. Biscayne’s beautiful but severely threatened coral reefs cannot afford to wait.


Learn more and take action here> All photos credit Biscayne National Park All graphics credit National Park Conservation Association.

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Caroline McLaughlin, Biscayne Program Manager for National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), talks with Big Blend Radio about the need for a Marine Reserve in Biscayne NP.

Located in Southern Florida, Biscayne National Park is a national treasure and one of our country’s largest marine national parks. Home to part of the third-largest barrier reef tract in the world, Biscayne protects some of the only living coral within the continental United States. However, the health of the park’s reefs and fisheries has declined dramatically in recent years. The National Park Service, after more than 15 years of planning, has announced plans to create a marine reserve in Biscayne National Park to protect the park’s ailing reefs and help bring back more fish to Florida. PAGE 56




SHOULD ZOOS EXIST? "Zoos are playing Russian roulette with dangerous wild animals." – Adam Roberts With tragic zoo incidents resulting in injury or death for humans and animals being far too common, Born Free USA is calling for an immediate review of all safety and emergency protocols for the keeping of potentially dangerous wild animals in zoos across the U.S. and globally. According to international animal welfare expert Adam M. Roberts, "The lesson of Harambe is that having dangerous wild animals in American zoos is not worth the risk to humans and the risk to the animals themselves. Zoos, whether licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture or accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, cannot predict or prevent the possibility that animals will escape their compounds or that humans will enter them. The only way to eliminate risk is to not have certain animals in zoos in the first place. Should dangerous animals not be on display? Should exhibits be closed while a complete review of safety protocols is put in place? Should all emergency protocols at every zoo in the country be assessed? If you play Russian roulette with wild animals in captivity, it’s best to reduce the number of bullets in the chamber. However, the lesson of Harambe is that it’s best not to play at all. Gorillas should be protected in Africa where they belong. Children can learn about gorillas—and tigers, lions, elephants, and polar bears—without ever seeing one up close."

On Zoos

On Trophy Hunting

Listen to Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and UK-based Born Free Foundation, discuss zoos, trophy hunting and wildlife conservation on Big Blend Radio.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at


DOES TROPHY HUNTING CONSERVE WILDLIFE? "Just because there may be some species that are hunted and don't go extinct, doesn’t mean that hunters conserve wildlife.” – Adam Roberts Following his recent Intelligence Squared debate (watch the video below), Adam Roberts talks with Big Blend Radio about whether trophy hunting conserves wildlife.


By Glynn Burrows, Norfolk Tours

Look at a map of Norfolk and you will see that some of the roads and tracks follow straight lines, which was the way the Romans laid out their roads and is unusual in England. Look at some of the place-names and you will see many clues to Roman activity - Caistor is indicative of Roman towns and there are several places in Norfolk with that element in their name, such as: Brancaster, Caistor and Caister, etc. The Romans even gave us the names of our Country and our Capital City as they called Britain “Britannia” and London “Londinium”.

Listen to Glynn Burrows discuss Roman History in Norfolk UK! Norfolk is definitely a long way from Rome (about 1,300 miles by road) and the climate is definitely very different, so I have to spare a thought for the poor Roman Centurions who had to come to this outpost of the Empire to spend time building roads, towns, cities, forts and converting the locals to the Roman way of life. The number of Romans who came here is not known but the influence they had is to be seen all over the landscape, from physical structures to place-names, from artifacts to actual people (or their remains), the Roman occupation of Norfolk has left a massive mark on the area. Walk across many of the fields in Norfolk and you can find Roman pottery and coins, dig in those fields and you may find the remains of buildings.

The village where I grew up has no excavated Roman ruins and isn’t marked on any map as a Roman settlement but I have found lots of Roman pottery, Roman coins and even part of a Roman bracelet during my sessions of field walking and metal detecting. When I find something, the thought that it was last handled by someone nearly two thousand years ago, gives me an instant connection to that person. Who was he or she? Where did they live? How did they live? Were they local or from Italy, France or another part of the Empire? Did they stay or did they go back to where they came from? My general perception when I was at school was that the Romans came here and conquered the locals, who were either killed or pushed out to Wales and Scotland but today, I see that many of the local tribes just simply adopted to the Roman way of life. It was much more comfortable and much more civilised! Continued on Next Page…


The Romans settled here, had families and the area became Romano-British, a mixture of locals and settlers, much like America when it was settled by the British and South America when it was settled by the Spanish. Even in the past, newcomers often joined with the locals, such as John Rolfe (a Norfolk man) and Pocahontas. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it is believed that the reason that their way of life deteriorated, was because the systems of communication broke down. The people could no longer rely upon the government to carry out the administration and the infrastructure soon collapsed. Soon, the people in charge left the area and went back to where they came from and left the locals to carry on the best way they could, but without the backing from the local governors, they were lost. The Romano British soon found their systems falling down, as well as their properties, and without the knowledge and international trade, their supplies dried up too. The only thing to do was to revert to the way things were and they soon ended up living in mud huts again! It is amazing to think that there were towns, cities and villages, houses with central heating, plastered walls, bath-houses, plunge pools, indoor gardens, Temples, theatres, public buildings, proper roads and many modern facilities when the Romans were here, yet after only a very short time, these had all gone and many of these luxuries were not to return till the late twentieth century!

Photo above is Glynn standing by a "Time Team" vehicle. This is an archaeological TV programme which was filming at Caistor St. Edmunds some years ago.

If any of you are interested in the Romans, or other periods of archaeology, please do drop me an email, I'd be very happy to give you more information. If you would like to experience this exciting hobby, I can even arrange for you to take part in an archaeological dig! (This is at set times in the year and organized by professional archaeologists.) Glynn Burrows is the owner of Norfolk Tours in England. For help or advice about tracing your family history, or if you are thinking about taking a vacation to England visit PAGE 63

By Hilarie Larson CSW, FWS

The Spanish region of Catalonia (or Catalunya) is an incredible kaleidoscope of history, geographic beauty and color, all laced together with the ever-present bubbles of its glorious signature wine, Cava. Located in the northeastern corner of Spain, the area is bordered by France and the Pyrenees Mountains to the north, and Valencia to the south, with the Mediterranean Sea lapping upon its eastern shoreline. It’s home to one of the world’s busiest cities, Barcelona, as well as charming beach resorts of the Costa Brava, ancient Roman ruins and medieval cities that seem to be frozen in time.

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And everywhere you look, there is color: the blue of the sea and sky, the lush and varied greens of the pine trees and grape vines, the vibrant hues of food stalls in the famed Boqueria market in the heart of old Barcelona. It’s the many shades you see in the soils of the vineyards and the walls of the village homes and the brilliant golden yellow and red of the Catalan flags that festoon the windows and balconies of these fiercely independent people. Although most everyone speaks Spanish, the official language is Catalan, an ancient tongue whose origin goes back to the Middle Ages.


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Colorful Catalunya continued… From the 9th to the 12th century, Catalonia stretched into what is now the Southwestern part of France and was ruled by the Count of Barcelona. Over the years, the language and culture have been outlawed and revived many times, and today, the fiery spirit of the Catalonians is alive and well, as they seek political independence from Spain. Speaking of people, who could be more colorful than Catalunya’s own creative geniuses! Pablo Picasso spent most of his formative years in Barcelona and returned often. The Modernist Movement of the late 1880’s through early 1900s is practically synonymous with Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. His best known design, the Sagada Familia church in Barcelona, is still a work in progress and has been since construction began in 1882! You can see his designs throughout the city and his influence extends to many towns and villages; imaginative designs that integrate the natural and organic forms of Art Nouveau with a bohemian take on Medieval and Arab styles using ceramics, glass, ironwork and other decorative arts. Continued on Next Page… Continued on Next Page…


Colorful Catalunya Continued… Surrealist artist Jean Miro was born in Barcelona and founded an acclaimed museum in the city, while his contemporary, Salvador Dali, was the embodiment of the unconventional. “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs”. He designed the fantastical Dali Theatre and Museum in the town of his birth, Figueres, where his crypt lies beneath the stage – a showman for all time. It seems somewhat fitting that this land of tradition, modernism and independence should also be home to one of the world’s great sparkling wines – bubbles that challenge even those of Champagne – Cava! Grapes have been grown and wine produced here since Greek and Roman times and today this region is the largest producer of quality wines in all of Spain. From white to rosé and red, still and sparkling, the wines of Catalonia are as diverse and intriguing as the terrain itself. There are a total of twelve Designations of Origin, or ‘DO’, each region with its own personality and ‘terroir’. The largest of these is DO Catalunya and it encompasses wines made throughout the region. Dry, fresh and fruity, you’ll find readily recognizable varieties, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Garnacha (Grenache), and Merlot, plus some are less familiar locals like Ull de Llebre (aka Tempranillo), and Carinena (Carignan) and Malvasia.

The main difference between Cava and its French cousin is the choice of grapes, usually a blend of three varieties: Macabeo (subtle aromas and balanced acidity), Xarel-lo (full bodied with fresh, lush aromas) and Parellada (smooth and subtle but with backbone). Chardonnay is now allowed but many producers stay with the tried and true, traditional grapes.

The wines can range from dry to sweet, although producers are trending more and more to very dry, or ‘brut nature’ styles which people find more food But the wine most associated with Catalonia is compatible. Speaking of food, Catalonia has been Cava. named the 2016 European Region of Gastronomy, celebrating the culinary culture, history as well as The center of Cava production is the DO Penedès its growing focus on sustainable farming. From the and its heart is the town of Sant Sadurni. 90% of all cava is produced in this village and a visit to the smallest village café to trendy tapas bars and every Cava Interpretation Centre is a perfect way to begin other dining option, creativity is blended with a passion for local and seasonal ingredients, and the your exploration of the region. result is simply delicious! Like its renowned cousin, Champagne, it is crafted Hilarie Larson’s passion for wine began in the in the ‘traditional method’, where the second 1970’s while in the European hospitality industry. In fermentation (the one that creates all those lovely 2003 she began her wine career in her native bubbles) occurs inside the bottle; the same British Columbia, Canada, working at several container in which it will be sold. Production laws state that the wine must be cellared for a minimum Okanagan Valley wineries. She acquired her certificate from the Court of Master Sommelier, of 9 months, but many Cava houses (or Bodegas) worked for an international wine broker and as allow the wines to rest for extended periods, producing sparkling wines with small, rapid streams ‘Resident Sommelier’ for wineries in Washington State and California. She spreads the gospel of of bubbles and layers of delicious flavor. And like wine, food and travel on Champagne, both should be enjoyed any time of, and day, with a vast array of foods and not just on various online publications. She is Admin. Director ‘special’ occasions! for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association PAGE 66


I am a Southern California girl in the most “diva” sense of the word. I think car first for doing anything whether it be shopping or travel. It never crossed my mind to be without a car anywhere in the US, but especially in California. That being said, I do have an adventurous spirit, blinged out walking shoes, and I am open to new experiences. So, when PR great Laura Kath offered me an opportunity to visit nearby Santa Barbara for a couple of days, IF I would agree to do the travel by Amtrak train and be carless in Santa Barbara once I arrived, I choked back “Are you crazy,” dusted off my walking shoes and headed for the nearest railway station. The Pacific Surfliner train is a double-decker California passenger car with wide windows perfect The Basics for viewing the Pacific Ocean. All cars are equipped Headed North from Orange County, Amtrak’s 743 with comfortable seats and power outlets for Pacific Surfliner train chugs the coast from my laptops. Amtrak’s Surfliner route is one of the home stop of Santa Ana all the way to Santa busiest in the country and for good reason. It’s an Barbara in about four hours. On this ride, there are easy way to get around, relax and have some “me” miles of unspoiled coastline that are not accessible or “us” time. by car. After turning inland, the Surfliner travels Upon arrival in Santa Barbara the Amtrak train through oak-covered valleys filled with miles of station is only a ten-minute walk to Stearns Wharf grape vines until it reaches the rich farmland of and many beach hotels. I stayed at the Santa Santa Maria Valley. For maximum comfort buy a Barbara Hotel which was an easy fifteen minute business class ticket, you’ll get nicer digs with walk, once I got use to traversing the streets with better amenities. Pack light. Check your luggage my luggage in tow. (yes, who knew?), or carry it on and stow it near Continued on Next Page… you. PAGE 68

Ditch Your Car in Santa Barbara Continued… The Benefits Ease of travel: Train travel has not been affected by as many security issues as air travel. Though trains are guarded and security personnel are present, you typically won't have to wait in long security lines or submit to intensive baggage screening. A security person will also escort you to your car if you arrive late at night. Compared to LAX, riding the rails is a breeze. Sightseeing: What a treat to watch the countryside flow by without having to check the GPS every 15 minutes. It’s a great way to get a feel for an area's terroir or landscape, and if you are traveling with someone, enjoy a casual, uninterrupted conversation. Cost: Train transportation can be cheaper than buying an airline ticket. The cost one way for me was $56.00 in business class. It can be more affordable than driving a car since you don't have to pay for gas, and trains typically travel at a faster speed with no traffic. A word of caution, just like airplanes, trains are subject to all sort of delays. Never make your arrival or departure plans too rigid. Be the ecologically conscious traveler: Train travel, just like most forms of mass transit can make a positive difference for the environment. By riding a train, you may help to lower carbon emissions, according to research firm Paul Watkiss Associates' analysis of train data in Europe. Riding a train also means you are not contributing to the gridlock of cars on the road. The Comfort Factor: Train seating, especially in Business Class, is spacious and comfortable. Most seats recline and have a tray table for your laptop or Bloody Mary. For best results, book a seat away from the doors at either end of the train car so you're not disturbed by the coming and going of other passengers. Check out these special amenities: Free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, power outlets, room for carry-on luggage, bicycle racks and checked baggage option is available at some staffed stations. The on-board SeaView Café offers reasonably priced sandwiches, fresh salads, snacks, sweets, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Upgrading to Pacific Business Class means large reclining seats with power outlets, extra leg room, and complimentary snacks, beverages and newspapers. PAGE 69

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Ditch Your Car in Santa Barbara Continued… Santa Barbara Car Free Train Discount When traveling to or from Santa Barbara check out the 20 percent discount on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner®. Three day advance reservations are required and some restrictions apply. Note that blackout dates apply. Show your current Amtrak ticket (traditional paper, e-ticket, or mobile device) to Santa Barbara vendor participants and enjoy special experiences through December 31, 2016. Check out the 2016 hotel and activity partners listed below to learn more about their special offers. All inquiries and reservations are made directly with them. Some restrictions apply. Suggested Lodging and Sightseeing Lodging: Hotel Santa Barbara is located in the heart of the easily walkable downtown Santa Barbara. It is just 4 blocks from the Amtrak Station. Outstanding shopping, diverse cuisine, trolleys, buses and notable museums and theatres are just steps away from the front door of the hotel. The lobby and comfortable guest rooms integrate the original architecture providing a sense of history and tranquil charm. I highly recommend this as your home base. Friendly staff, free breakfast and the location make this hotel the premiere place to stay. Sightseeing: Your options for one or two days by foot are actually endless. Use local transportation such as the complimentary Santa Barbara Trolley Tour tickets (part of your carless package) or pay 25 cents to ride the local main-street car. Here are a few of my favorite things to do. Santa Barbara Trolley Tour: Get the lay of the land by taking this 90 minute looping tour. It will help you understand the layout of walkable or public transportation assisted attractions. It’s a hopon hop-off ride, so you can step off at local hot spots such as the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Natural History, the historic Santa Barbara Mission, the Funk Zone and more. The tour is fully narrated by a knowledgeable tour guide. Santa Barbara Farmers Market: Just step out of Hotel Santa Barbara and there it is. Can’t get better than that. Open Tuesday 4 – 7 pm. Stuff your basket up with tasty hummus, crisp vegetables, juicy strawberries, blackberries, nuts and fresh flowers. A real treat for the senses. PAGE 70

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Shop till you drop: No trip to Santa Barbara (or anywhere else) would be complete without a healthy dose of shopping. Shopping here comes with its own distinct flair. Yes, you’ll see some of the chain stores from elsewhere, but by far the local boutique experience far outranks the same ‘ol you have in your home town. The shopping area is pretty much concentrated on both sides of State Street. You’ll easily get all the exercise you’ve promised yourself thanks to plenty of easy, level walking and fresh ocean air. Wander through Paseo Nuevo, one of Santa Barbara’s open-air malls or just browse the street-side art galleries, clothes stores, ice cream shops, chocolatiers, or plentiful restaurants. There’s even afternoon tea for the shop weary. State Street is the yellow-brickroad of a sound shopping strategy. Just sayin’. Dine at the Lark: Executive Chef Jason Paluska has created a culinary oasis within the Funk Zone. Moderate prices ($10 - $42) brings a premium foodie experience. Try the deviled eggs, crispy Brussel sprouts, house made gnocchi & Dungeness crab, the smoked pork belly, slow cooked superior farm lamb ribs and …of course…Mary’s Roasted Chicken. Indulge in the tasty and imaginative handcrafted cocktails, ice cold homemade lemonade, cider or beer on tap. Sharing dishes and plates are very much the point for Lark diners. Sit back and take the ‘shared” culinary ride experience. Lark takes the concept, adds its own local flavors creating a delectable masterpiece. Riverbench Vineyard and Tasting Room: Located on Anacapa Street this somewhat edgy and inviting tasting lounge can be found in the heart of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Enjoy great service, still and sparkling wines by the bottle, glass or tasting flight. Winemaker Clarissa Nagy has created some solid wines for your tasting pleasure. The winery is dedicated to creating a small portfolio of wines from their wholly managed vineyards. Cool ocean breezes foster lush – but not overdone - tropical fruit flavors. The grapes natural qualities are fostered through fermentation and aging in French oak barrels, resulting in smooth character and dimension. All of the wines are made solely from grapes cultivated on the owners own property. Open daily from 11:00 am6:00pm. All of the wines are good, but the 2014 RIVERBENCH ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR gets a shout out. Light, dry, refreshing. A great example of what the California vintner can do with this trending wine. This wine pairs well with almost any food and is delightful as a standalone in the Jacuzzi or on the patio swing. PAGE 71

Ditch Your Car in Santa Barbara Continued…. Jamie Slone Wines: Located in the “other” wine section of downtown Santa Barbara, get ready for the full wine tasting experience. This neighbor of wine tasting has a much different vibe from the Funk Zone. It represents the more elevated style of exploring wines. No one does that pre-eminent style better than newcomer Jamie Sloan. Although open only a mere 20 months or so, the wines present as much more mature and thoughtful. If you can’t find a wine here you love, I give up. Think elegant, smooth and complex, running in price around $24 a bottle and up. I wouldn’t say this about many places, but the prices seem in line with their premiere nature of the wine. This is the kind of place that makes me want to join their wine club. This is a place and a man to watch. Highly recommended, if you’re serious about wine. These are just a few of many many places you can enjoy while in Santa Barbara. You can easily walk to each place from the Hotel Santa Barbara. Give the whole carless theme a try. It’s fun, easy and definitely eco-friendly. Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California, who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Visit


RICH HABITS RICH LIFE The Four Cornerstones of All Great Pursuits Anybody can offer advice; for real, lasting change, however, nothing offers proven insights like science. Dr. Randall Bell examines groundbreaking research from human psychology and economics in his latest book, ‘Rich Habits Rich Life: The Four Cornerstones of All Great Pursuits’ (Leadership Institute Press). The culmination of Bell's diligent search to discover why some succeed and others fail, Rich Habits Rich Life asks: are there fundamental differences or traits that set successful people apart? What makes a winning strategy or leads to disaster or collapse? Dr. Bell's work on high profile disasters ranging from the World Trade Center and Chernobyl to Hurricane Katrina, provides a unique perspective on human behavior. Then, including more than 3,000 people around the nation and from every walk of life, from moms to millionaires, Bell seeks out the foundational elements of success common to us all. He identifies a definite link between daily habits and various measures of success. In a practical, fun style, Bell helps readers pinpoint their own personal definition of happiness. Whether it's professional acclaim, financial independence, interpersonal relationships or mastery of a skill, there are simple and identifiable steps we can take to make fortune come our way. These insights into behaviors that lead to prosperity are the result of 25 years of research. Listen to Dr. Randall Bell on Big Blend Radio! Randall Bell earned his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and his MBA from UCLA. A socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, LLC, Bell is a popular speaker, internationally recognized for his expertise. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PEOPLE magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and every national television network. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and four children. Visit:


Workplace “security” can be a very broad topic. It often includes issues like: physical safety, protection of company confidential information, use of social media, and cyber security. Certainly before the internet boom, workplace security was associated with keeping people safe and protecting company secrets. Since the internet boom, the definition of security has expanded and, in some cases, the internet has become another concern linked to both physical and confidential information security.

Listen to attorney Ward Heinrichs discuss workplace security issues on Big Blend Radio!

Remember “going postal”? That was the term used after a series of gun violence incidents at the hands of disgruntled postal employees. Most businesses do not face such serious concerns, but sometimes employees can begin to behave erratically. Similarly, an employee might be a victim of violence or stalking. In both cases, employers and managers should pay attention to signs of potential danger. Employers have a duty to keep the work place reasonably safe. In California, employers must give time off to employees who have suffered domestic violence or are being stalked.

If the potential wrong doer makes efforts to contact the victim at work, the police should be called. Workplace safety policies should be in employee handbooks. Physical safety at work also includes reasonably anticipating potential work place injuries. OSHA has many rules that are designed to prevent work place injury, and employers should strive to meet those rules. While Workers’ Compensation covers almost all work place injuries to employees, a safe work place can reduce insurance premiums and prevent lawsuits by non-employees who are injured on business premises. Depending on the type of business, security of confidential information can be very important to an employer. Coca-Cola goes to great lengths to protect their “secret formulas”. Kentucky Fried Chicken still claims its “11 herbs and spices” recipe as a trade secret. Drug companies protect developing products through patents. Sales companies often try to protect lists of clients. Not all confidential information can be protected by patents or trade secrets. In those cases, confidential information may be protected by individual agreements with employees and by company policies. Often, employers have social media platforms as part of their marketing campaigns. Hackers might use these platforms to spread viruses, commit fraud, or send spam. Additionally, employees might use the platforms to say negative things about their employers or co-workers. Sometimes, employees threaten or bully co-workers on social media. Companies that use social media should have IT departments that protect and monitor them, their websites, and their email. They should also have strong policies that describe how employees are to use company social media and email. Continued on Next Page…


Workplace Security Continued… Employers should also have policies about how employees use their own social media and email while at work. In contrast, personal social media use outside of work is much harder to control. In many cases, an employee’s negative comments about an employer, or even a co-worker, are protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act. Of course, threats of physical violence rarely take the form of protected speech. When enforcing policies, employers should approach each situation on a case by case basis and apply discipline evenly for all similar violations.

HACKED AGAIN! It Can Happen to Anyone Even a Cyber Security Expert Cyber warfare has become a very real part of our business, our government, our technology and our culture. Real cyber-attacks have increased exponentially in the past 12 months and the growing fear of them has gone off the charts. Still, many of us do not incorporate simple, best practices when it comes to things like creating passwords or engaging with social media. When it comes to help with cyber hacking, Scott Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, is the go-to man for advice. Schober's new book: Hacked Again: It Can Happen to Anyone Even a Cyber Security Expert follows his initiation by fire into our craziest period of cyber security hacks and scandals ever. Trace through Scott's media highlights and personal blunders as he tries to run a successful business and all while trying to not get hacked again.

Using a policy to discipline an employee while not applying the same discipline to other employees can create legal liability. Ward Heinrichs is a shareholder and named partner of the San Diego based employment law firm, Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC. The firm represents both employers and employees in almost all areas of labor law. He and his firm litigate cases that have been filed in many different parts of California. Visit

Listen to Scott Schober discuss cyber security issues on Big Blend Radio! Lax security standards led to this breach which prompted Target to commit $100 million to technical upgrades. And Target wasn't the only corporate giant to take a hit – so did Nieman Marcus, Adobe, Yahoo, Michael's, and hospitality industry leader White Lodging (which includes Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton and Westin). Schober regularly appears on Good Morning America, Bloomberg, CCTV, CBS News and CNBC as a technology and cyber security expert, with numerous appearances on Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera America, Fox News, Inside Edition, MSNBC, CNN, PIX11, The Blaze, OAN and more. Berkeley Varitronics Systems is a 40-year-old provider of advanced wireless solutions for the telecommunications and security markets. Since we know the problem of hacking is only going to continue to increase, President and CEO Scott Schober has become the trusted expert that corporations and individuals turn to when it comes to understanding cyber security issues and what needs to be done to keep personal information safe.

This respected cyber security expert and industry go-to man was there from the beginning of the Target hacking over a year ago and witnessed the chaos and turmoil a cyber-attack of this magnitude Visit can inflict on a business. PAGE 75

SPEAKING FOR IMPACT By Corey Poirier Like most people, when I was in school, I was absolutely terrified of the idea of standing in the front of the classroom and speaking to my classmates. Each time a teacher would ask for volunteers, or suggest we had to be prepared to speak on a certain day, I found a way out of it – including having my Mother write me notes stating that I wasn’t feeling well enough to attend school on said specific day. I managed to make my way through high school and college without ever having to speak in public. I knew I wasn’t alone as I had seen classmates faint, I had seen knees knocking, I had witnessed sweat rolling down faces, but I had no idea then that speaking public is the number 1 fear in the world; above death.

Corey Poirier talks with Big Blend Radio about becoming a Keynote Speaker.

In fact, Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has said that this means that if you were at a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy! In my early twenties however, I was accepted to an Entrepreneurial program in which we were all required to present in front of the room. I tried to get out of it, but to no avail. I prepared as best I could, trying to ignore the butterflies that would appear every time I even thought about my upcoming talk. By the time the day arrived, I was a bucket of nerves. I waited until the last spot and then I did get up in front of the room, and I did present – but I was an absolute mess. I basically plowed my way through a talk given so fast that you could have timed it with a police radar gun. I was covered in sweat, my heart was beating rapidly, my knees were knocking and I did all I could not to pass out.

Then, in 2002, I was directing a stage-play in a Fringe Festival and was driving one of the actors home when he asked me if I wanted to check out a stand-up comedy workshop at a local University. I reluctantly decided to register for the workshop, figuring I never actually had to stand on stage just by attending the workshop.

Fast forward a few weeks however, and I found myself at a night club with 5 minutes notice and a decision. Get on stage and try my hand at stand-up comedy OR run out the door. We didn’t know we Six months later, I was invited to give another talk. were there to tell jokes, and in fact, the workshop instructor led us to believe we were there to watch This time on the difficulties young entrepreneurs face. Again, I was a mess leading up to the talk and other entertainers. considered backing out many times. I did deliver I’ve since learned that he did that so that we this talk as well, and once again, I was a mess, and wouldn’t have time to decide not to show up that the talk wasn’t much better. People did come up night. Still, even though all 15 workshop afterward though and thank me for my passion. participants showed up, only 7 got on stage that They didn’t compliment my talk but over and over night. The rest left, and I’ve only seen one since. noted the passion with which I delivered it. I did get up on that stage that night though, I did tell After that talk, I never put much thought into public jokes, I did bomb horribly, and I returned the speaking again. Perhaps, I wanted absolutely no following week to get back on that stage and do it part of it. all over again. Continued on Next Page… PAGE 76

Speaking For Impact Continued… I didn’t have any idea how this connected to public speaking or me ever trying my hand at it again, but after weeks of performing I began to realize I was actually speaking in public, and doing so in the absolute most difficult way possible. What’s more, I was enjoying it. This is when I discovered something else, something even more important – I discovered that the ability to speak in public is one of the most valuable skills one can acquire. I discovered that the influencers, the people who were changing the world; were also the most effective public communicators. I also discovered that the most effective way to impact others with your message was through acquiring the ability to speak proficiently in public. This is also when my transition from stand-up comedian to professional speaker began. It continued for many years after, and I kept performing stand-up throughout, but eventually I was well into a career as a Keynote Speaker, and it was somewhere near that point that I discovered just how important it was that I stepped outside my comfort zone in the first place, and just how many blessings in life I enjoyed because I began speaking in public. I also began to notice that many of my speaking counter-parts were enjoying the same blessings, while also making an impact, influencing others, gaining confidence and drawing more of what they wanted in their lives. That is why, years later, I have finally decided to dedicate a large amount of my time to helping others take their first step into the world of public speaking or go from public speaking off and on to getting paid regularly to speak while also having an impact on others – and that is why I wanted to share some of my journey with you today.

2. Only speak about things you are passionate it. Earlier I mentioned how I bombed during my second talk, but, many approached me afterward to say how much they enjoyed my passion. You’ll also perform better, and better retain your talk, if you’re passionate about the topic. 3. It’ll take time but even if you’re terrible at first, or so nervous you can’t think of anything else aside from your talk, with practice, you will absolutely get better. Corey Poirier is an award winning Keynote speaker (having presented to over 150,000 attendees and shared the bill with Deepak Chopra, Stephen MR Covey, and General Rick Hillier) and host of the top rated Conversations With PASSION Radio Show which features the likes of Jack Canfield, John Gray, Rick Hansen, Olympic Gold Medalist Silken Laumann, Turbo Jam Creator Chalene Johnson and hundreds more. Learn more about Corey’s upcoming free video training and speaking program at

On that note, here are the three take-aways from this early part of my journey. 1. When you are going to speak in public (whether your first time or tenth time), if you get to choose the order in which you speak, always go first. It’s better to jump in first then watch each person struggle through their speech before you. Once you start building a career in the speaking profession, you’ll ultimately want to close the show when you get that opportunity as that is typically your Keynote spot, but early on, especially when you’re super nervous, going first is always optimal – I wish I would have known this sooner. PAGE 77

Let’s Start with The Facts Many of America’s child welfare systems are badly broken — and children can suffer serious harm as a result. Some will be separated from their siblings. Others will be bounced from one foster care placement to another, never knowing when their lives will be uprooted next. Too many will be further abused in systems that are supposed to protect them. And instead of being safely reunified with their families — or moved quickly into adoptive homes — many will languish for years in foster homes or institutions.

- In 2014, more than half of children entering U.S. foster care were young people of color. - While most children in foster care live in family settings, a substantial minority — 14 percent — live in institutions or group homes. - In 2014, more than 60,000 children – whose mothers’ and fathers’ parental rights had been legally terminated – were waiting to be adopted.

- In 2014, more than 22,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care Did You Know? without being linked to forever families have a - On any given day, there are approximately 415,000 children in foster care in the United States. higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, - In 2014, over 650,000 children spent time in U.S. unemployment and incarceration as adults. foster care. - While states should work rapidly to find safe permanent homes for kids, on any given day - On average, children remain in state care for children available for adoption have spent an nearly two years and seven percent of children in average of nearly two years waiting to be adopted foster care have languished there for five or more since their parental rights were terminated. years. - Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids in care is nearly 9.


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What’s Life Like as a Child in Foster Care? “In many ways foster care saved me. But I want to see a lot of change happen in the system. I want to see less medicine in these kids. I want to see more efforts being made to reunite families. And if they’re unable to reunite, the kids should be placed with someone who really cares about them,” says comedian Monroe Martin, who grew up in foster care, and lived with 14 different families within 15 years. These Foster Care Facts are provided by Children's Rights, a national advocacy organization that protects America's abused and neglected kids by reforming the child welfare systems they depend on to keep them safe. Learn more at Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with standup comedian Monroe Martin, who first came to the public's attention (and hearts) when he competed on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. A lot of his comedy shone a light and made light of his experiences growing up in Foster Care. Monroe performs across the country, and has appeared on the Netflix series Master of None as well as Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He also wrote for the MTV2 series Charlamagne and Friends.

What Happens After Foster Care? The statistics are alarming. Eighty percent of homeless people in NYC were formerly in the foster care system. When a foster-care youth reaches the age of 18 and has not been adopted, they "age out" of the system and are essentially abandoned and completely unprepared to be on their own. Almost universally, they have minimal education, very high dropout rates, absolutely no parental or adult guidance, no life skills, no qualifications, and no living arrangements. Continued on Next Page…


Keys to Building Positive & Valuable Principles to Live By Focus on Foster Care Continued… That's why the Techie Youth Foundation's Founder and President - Eric David Benari, PMP, an IT expert and master technologist, is on a mission. Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Benari, who explains how he's teamed up with other experts in the field to provide free IT education to any youth of employable age in the foster-care system to help combat homelessness.

"It is never the kids' fault they are in the foster-care system. Most of them enter the system due to severe parental abuse or extreme neglect. Kids who don't enter the Techie Youth program and ageout of care are likely to become incarcerated within 18-24 months. Many will become homeless, and nearly half of all females will become pregnant within one year. Any of the students who participate in the program could within a very short time be earning much more than what is required to live adequately,” says Benari. After five months of classes, the Techie Youth Foundation is proud to announce they recently celebrated their first graduating class at the Microsoft Store on 5th Avenue. For more information visit:

Quantum Learning Network's “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program” is a free program that guides young people and families, toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles. Created by education expert Bobbi DePorter – Co-founder of SuperCamp and President of Quantum Learning Network, and author of numerous books on education including ‘The 8 Keys of Excellence: Principles to Live By,’ the 8 Keys of Excellence program embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults.

Listen to the Big Blend Radio panel discussion that focuses on how the 8 Keys of Excellence program can positively impact foster care youth. Featured guests include: - Bobbi DePorter - President of Quantum Learning Network & Co-founder of SuperCamp - Sue Pepe - Former Quantum Learning Regional Education Consultant & Foster Parent - Cherie Clark - Retired Director of Shock Incarceration NY State Department of Corrections - Teresa Zutter - Director of Education for First Star Greater Washington Academy. Learn more about the 8 Keys of Excellence including its free family program and teacher’s program at Continued on Next Page…


For the next three and a half years, Jauvin spent hundreds of hours learning about Dr. Amporn’s life and visiting the places that played important roles in his journey. Leaving behind her prism of an educated woman brought up in modern Canada, Jauvin devoted herself to capturing the life of a man who had the courage to survive and thrive against tremendous odds. She is now sharing his journey in her debut book, ‘The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The Story of a Street Orphan Who Built a Children’s Charity.’ “The world faces many crises today. All too often, we feel powerless to act or too overwhelmed to look beyond the borders of our own lives,” says Jauvin. “The courage and determination demonstrated by Dr. Amporn throughout his life is a powerful reminder that all of us possess within our reach the possibility to make a difference.”

Focus on Foster Care Continued… The Story of a Street Orphan Who Built a Children’s Charity For the first six weeks of her life, Chantal Jauvin had an identical twin. From the time her sister died, her mother told her, “You have the strength of two.” This has been a driving force throughout her life. Empowered by this inner strength and a lifelong passion for other cultures, Jauvin was a world traveler by the time she visited Thailand in 2010. However, what she discovered in the slums of Bangkok would change her life forever.

Listen to Chantal Jauvin’s Big Blend Radio interview where she discusses world travel and writing Dr. Amporn’s story of how he became known as “the foster father to 50,000 children.” All author proceeds from the sale of ‘The Boy with a Bamboo Heart’ benefit the Foundation for the Rehabilitation and Development of Children and Family (FORDEC), the charity founded by Dr. Amporn. Visit

“From the first day I met Dr. Amporn Wathanavongs, his story fascinated me,” recalls Jauvin. “Starting out as a street orphan and then a boy soldier, he overcame the depths of poverty to become one of Thailand’s most respected and treasured philanthropists.”


The benefits of earning a degree in Europe are many. European degree programs are more affordable than their U.S. counterparts, with over 40 public universities that are entirely tuition-free to international students. The average tuition of the English-conducted bachelor's degree program in Europe is 6,614 Euros per year and there are more than 98 schools that offer tuition of less than 3,600 Euros per year. In most European schools, bachelor's degree programs take only three years to complete, saving students both time and money. Students studying in Europe also have the opportunity to easily travel to neighboring countries, learn about various cultures and learn languages through immersion.

Jennifer Viemont talks with Big Blend Radio about the cultural and economic benefits of studying abroad.

Beyond the States, an online service that helps students worldwide navigate Europe's English-conducted higher education programs, aims to simplify the complex process of applying to European universities and also offers personalized recommendations for students who are considering obtaining their degrees abroad.

"Our site is designed to provide families with all the information that Tom and I were personally looking for, as parents to teenagers," said Jennifer Viemont. "Beyond the States allows families and students to learn about, and compare, European schools and their English-conducted bachelor's degree programs. With the launch of the searchable database, information about admissions processes, costs, visas and student housing is now all available in one centralized place."

Founded by the American husband and wife team of Jennifer and Tom Viemont, features a comprehensive searchable database of over 1,500 accredited English-conducted full bachelor's degree programs available throughout non-anglophone Europe.

Beyond the States does not accept advertising or funding from universities, enabling it to provide objective information about the schools. Jennifer Viemont has personally visited, vetted and researched many of the schools listed in the Beyond the States database.


Patients and doctors alike are keenly aware that the medical world is in the midst of great change. We live in an era of continuous healthcare reforms, many of which pursue efficiency and cost effectiveness instead of forming therapeutic relationships or seeking health equality. In ‘The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine’, Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist, explores how population based healthcare reforms are diminishing the relationship between doctors and patients—to the detriment of both. Dr. Nussbaum transforms our ossified political debates about healthcare reform into a thoughtful discussion about the renewal of medicine. The phrase “the finest traditions of my calling” is borrowed from the concluding line of the Hippocratic Oath, “May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.” For Nussbaum, physicians can still experience the joy of healing by remembering that hospitals are not factories producing consistent health outcomes, but shared cultural spaces where patients and physicians meet as fellow creatures. Drawing upon personal stories, validated studies, and forgotten history, The Finest Traditions of My Calling chronicles one physician’s experience in healthcare reform. Dr. Nussbaum takes readers inside pathology suites, academic mental centers, antiquated asylums, CrossFit boxes, and medical marijuana dispensaries. From these spaces, the author develops a series of metaphors to explore a doctor’s role in different healthcare reform scenarios—scientist, technician, author, gardener, teacher, servant, and witness—and shows how each role influences what a physician sees when examining a patient.

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In today’s healthcare reforms, physicians are encouraged to “count something.” Dr. Nussbaum cautions that true healthcare reform can happen only when those who practice medicine “see someone,” when they can see, and be seen by, their patients as fellow creatures. The Finest Traditions of My Calling makes a hopeful appeal for the renewal of medicine. Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., is an assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and is the Chief Education Officer at Denver Health. He completed medical school and residency training in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in theology and medicine at Duke Divinity School. He has also been a faculty scholar at the University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion. Visit


From Creating a Super Mind through Transcendental Meditation to Connecting with Coincidence through Synchronicity and Serendipity

SUPER MIND How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life through Transcendental Meditation In his New York Times bestselling book, Transcendence, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD showed that, far from being a fad from the past, Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a timely tool for overcoming stress—even severe PTSD—and enriching all areas of life. In his new book, SUPER MIND: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life through Transcendental Meditation, Dr. Rosenthal weaves the latest clinical research together with the results of over 600 personal accounts to define the SUPER MIND state, achieved by meditators through their regular practice. As many familiar with the ’60s, the Beatles, and TM founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi may recall, people practiced TM for more than just health benefits. They sought (and many achieved) an expanded state of consciousness that enabled them to excel in their careers and relationships, and become “super performers,” like well-known TMers Hugh Jackman, Arianna Huffington, David Lynch, Katy Perry, Jerry Seinfeld, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Martin Scorsese, Cameron Diaz, and Russell Brand.

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“Now more than ever in our frenetic, divided, 21st Century lives, it’s time to find a way to de-stress and calm our minds,” says Dr. Rosenthal. “When we expand our state of consciousness beyond sleeping, waking and dreaming, we experience the SUPER MIND state of heightened awareness. This is where we’re optimized for problem-solving, emotional balance and resiliency to stress, as well an unshakeable state of inner happiness.”

NORMAN E. ROSENTHAL, M.D., is a clinical Dr. Rosenthal has seen the practical benefits of professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical SUPER MIND in his own life. The practice has School and the New York Times bestselling author bestowed “gifts” that are far beyond anything he had imagined. “I thought I’d shared all I had to say of books including ‘Transcendence: Healing and about TM in Transcendence, but I was very wrong,” Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation’ and ‘The Gift of Adversity: The says Dr. Rosenthal. “The personal growth Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, continues to unfold in terms of success and and Imperfections.’ synchronistic good luck accompanied by inner happiness and peace. It feels like the perfect antidote for the craziness that’s all around us!” PAGE 84

CONNECTING WITH COINCIDENCE The New Science for Using Synchronicity And Serendipity In Your Life In Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life, Dr. Bernard Beitman acknowledges that some coincidences will be best explained by randomness, personal responsibility, and Divine Mystery, but most times by a combination of the three. We've all experienced or heard of surprising events and unexplainable coincidences—money that seems to come from nowhere, a spontaneous idea that turns into a life-changing solution, meeting our soulmate on a flight we weren't supposed to take, or families being reunited by "accident" after years of separation. Often these coincidences are explained as being controlled by a higher power or pure chance. But for the first time since Carl Jung's work, comes bold new research that explains scientifically how we can identify, understand, and perhaps even control the frequency of coincidences in our everyday lives. Connecting with Coincidence is filled with the interesting anecdotes of Dr. Beitman's clients and associates. Simulpathity, or the act of feeling someone else's stress while at a distance, governs the cause of most of these coincidental incidents. Family members, friends, and associates are not exclusive in experiencing simulpathity, strangers like one of Dr. Bernard's research participants bears witness to this. The anonymous participant was going through a marital separation due to the abuse in her relationship. While on the way to meet up with her estranged husband, the participant found herself on the other end of a misdialed call with a woman who was in an abusive relationship as well, and terrified out of her mind. Because of this coincidental call, the woman left her husband indefinitely. Meaningful coincidences like that one happen all the time. But when we learn to recognize and understand them—and perhaps even help manifest them—they can improve our lives dramatically.

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As a leading expert in Coincidence Studies, Dr. Beitman proposes a greater personal responsibility which depends partly upon newly discovered "grid cells" located in the brain, near the hippocampus. Where other books on coincidences tend to be theoretical, inspirational, or story collections only, Dr. Beitman's book is the first to provide a scientific understanding and practical way in which readers can use them in their own lives. Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Visit his blog at:


How an Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle Can Lead to Better Health and True Wealth At 23 years old, Kamea Chayne made it her mission to educate the public - especially Millennials - about the massive impact seemingly innocuous decisions have on the planet and the ways in which humanity can collectively influence positive change. The years-ahead-of-her time sustainability and lifestyle expert has traveled to nearly 40 countries; performed volunteer work in China, Costa Rica, and Kenya; and sought out international health and business leaders to understand the interconnectedness of communities near and far. What she has learned along the way is both fascinating and frightening and is the subject of her first book, ‘THRIVE: An Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle Guide to Better Health and True Wealth.’ A straightforward practical handbook for anyone who wants to do better and feel better, Thrive teaches readers how they can easily become sustainable in all areas of their lives (from producing more positive thoughts (mind) to improving overall health through diet and exercise (body), to thinking about what we eat and where it comes from and how food is prepared (land) to the clothes, beauty products and home/cleaning materials we buy and energy / resources we use (acts). Chayne proves that a little change from each of us today will go a long way for all of us tomorrow. Visit


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Mookaite or Mooka Jasper comes from the Andamooka region of Australia. It is a scenic or picture jasper with beautiful swirls and egg-shaped patterns in southwest colors of orange, red, yellow, cream, purple and dark reds, with occasional spots and dashes of dark green. Everyone who sees it wants a piece for themselves---it evokes such feelings of wonder at all the earth energies emanating from it. It is the Australian Aboriginal rainbow earth stone used for healing and magic, and to conserve ancient rock sites such as Ayers Rock. Useful in helping the body to heal itself, it purifies the blood, speeds wound healing and strengthens the immune system. Emotionally, it encourages renewed hope, joy in life, and relieves grief and depression. Mookaite channels any restlessness into plans to expand your horizons, either mentally or physically, so be prepared to modify your present lifestyle or location. At work, it will help you see opportunities for improvement, reduces the impact of distractions, and allows one to focus on the task at hand. Carry a piece of mookaite in your pouch or pocket to protect against people who play mind games.

Listen to Marilee Strech discuss Mooka Jasper on Big Blend Radio! An avid rock hound, Marilee Strech owns Crossroads Treasures, a gift shop that features a variety of rocks and gems, beads and jewelry, plants and books, and is just down the hill from Julian, a popular mountain destination Southern California. Visit

Mookaite shields against all negativity, and protects against being overwhelmed by spirits at ancient earth sites. It is good for practicing animal communication, as it emanates the energy of animal instinct and allows one to follow one's own instinctual capabilities. The Zodiac sign is Virgo, the Planet is Earth, and its properties are amplified by moldavite.


TRAVEL & EVENTS GUIDE: San Benito County, CA

Located east of Monterey and Salinas, San Benito County is the eastern gateway destination of Pinnacles National Park. This picturesque region is made up of the historic communities of Hollister, Tres Pinos, San Juan Bautista, Aromas, Paicines and New Idria. Less than 2 hours from San Francisco and 4 ½ hours from Los Angeles, San Benito County makes for an ideal travel destination with outdoor activities such as bird watching and hiking, golf and tennis, as well as a wine tasting trail, a delectable selection of dining options, boutique shopping, historic parks and museums, and a fun calendar of events!

MUSIC, WINE & FARM-FRESH BITES A culinary paradise for foodies and wine lovers alike, San Benito County has a wonderful wine tasting trail with some wineries boasting summer concerts, a number of organic farms and historic cattle ranches, and diverse variety of restaurants that range from hearty country cooking to decadent baked goodies, and tasty Mexican dishes to fresh farm-to-table fare. Wines range from elegant pinot noirs to light pomegranate wines, plus, there are fun pubs and taverns to enjoy your favorite cold beverage along with local banter. Hollister Concerts: Summer Concert Series at Guerra Cellars Winery in Hollister. Info: On Schedule: June 18 County Artist Tribute to Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith; July 9 - Bonfire AC/DC Tribute with an opening performance by ‘Wanted’ a tribute to Bon Jovi; July 23 - Van Halen Tribute with an opening performance by ‘Pyromania’ a tribute to Def Leopard; Aug. 13 - Long Run Eagles Tribute with an opening performance by ‘Fortunate Son’ a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival; Aug. 27 Led Zepagain, a Led Zeppelin Tribute with opening performance by Frequency; Sept. 17- Smash Mouth with an opening performance by Silent Pilot.

Big Blend Radio interview with Juli Viera, Executive Director of San Benito County Chamber, about Summer Fun in San Benito County!

Music in the Vines: Summer Concert series at Pietra Santa Winery in Hollister. Tel: 831-636-1991 ext 211. On Schedule: June 18 & Sept. 17 - The Bornia Boys Blues Band; July 2 & Sept. 3 Singer/Songwriter Mike Annuzzi; July 23 MoonDance Classic Rock Band; Aug. 13 & Oct. 1 Maneck Classic Rock & Cover Band; Aug. 27 Soul Kiss Classic Rock Band. Hollister Certified Farmers Market: Every Wednesday from 3pm-7:30pm until Sept. 28, in downtown Hollister. Experience vendors selling the very best in fresh produce, tasty prepared foods, flowers, organic and gluten-free selections, specialty baked goods, local olive oils and honey, sausages, BBQ and more. You will also find handcrafted items, information booths, live entertainment, and activities for children. August 11-14: The Good Old Fashioned Blue Grass Festival: Bolado Park Event Center / San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421 Sept. 10: 60th Annual Kinship Wine & Food Tasting: Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center cordially invites you to its 60th Annual Wine & Food Tasting. Over 25 Wineries and over 25 Local Restaurants will be serving fine wine and gourmet food. Plus new silent and live auction items. Paicines Ranch. Tel: (831) 634-0238 Continued on Next Page…


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WHEELS ROLLIN’ & HOOVES STOMPIN’ The area’s scenic roads that wind through the ranch lands, paired with the temperate weather, it’s no surprise that San Benito County is a popular destination for bikers, day drivers and horse riders. Of note, the region was a film location for "The Wild One" (1953), a motorcycle movie featuring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. July 1-3: Hollister Independence Rally: Known as the "Birthplace of the American Biker" the Hollister Independence Rally is a free rally that is the largest of its kind in California, and one of the top ten in the USA. Enjoy live entertainment, poker runs, poker walks, motorcycle manufacturers and vendors, food and beverages, and more. Info: Randy Burke of Roadshows, Inc. at (775) 690-2035. July 16: 30th Annual Street Festival, Car Show and Swap Meet: Downtown Hollister event featuring two stages of live entertainment and music, vendors and food booths, restaurant and merchant sidewalk sales, raffle prizes, chili cookoff, 200+ cars on display, kids zone, free watermelon and free parking and admission. Info: (831) 636-8406 July 16: Faultline Derby Devilz Roller Derby: Bolado Park Event Center at San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421 July 18-30: California Gymkhana Association State Finals Horse Show: Bolado Park Event Center at San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421 August 13-14: Surf 'n Turf Livestock Show: Bolado Park Event Center at San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421 August 13: San Benito County Fair / Pre-Fair Kick Off: Bolado Park Event Center at San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421 Continued on Next Page… PAGE 89

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Summer in San Benito County Continued…

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK PLAY TIME Pinnacles National Park, the 59th and newest National Park, is one of the most fascinating, diverse and stunning natural areas. From rock spires and giant monolithic boulders to rolling hills, cool caves, wildflower meadows, meandering creeks and springs,

Pinnacles is a place for anyone ready to experience something really different. There are 32 miles hiking trails to explore, and you can go caving, rock-climbing, picnicking and camping. The biodiversity of this park is incredible, ranging from over 600 flowering plant species to 160+ bird species, including the California Condor, 14 bat species, 400 bee species, and 500 moth species! During the summer, it’s a good idea to plan early morning or late afternoon hikes. Weekdays are always a good time to visit too. Info: (831) 3894486 or Pinnacles Campfire Evening Program: Every Saturday night at 8pm, rangers provide interpretive experiences. Topics vary but may include: rocks, bats, birds, lions, snakes, and humans past, present, and future. Aug. 20: Centennial Day of Service: Come out to Pinnacles National Park to volunteer and help celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday by assisting with a variety of service projects. Volunteers will help with projects such as litter abatement, non-native plant control, seed collection, and trail work. Continued on Next Page…


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Summer in San Benito County Continued…

Living History Days: Every 1st Saturday of the month, from 11am to 4pm, at San Juan Bautista STEPPIN’ BACK IN TIME From Native American heritage to miners, pioneers State Historic Park. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, and ranchers, history runs deep in San Benito Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking County. Boasting a variety of historic architectural demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the styles, historic downtown Hollister makes for a historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horsebeautiful walk. The San Benito County Historical drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Museum is located in the downtown, and is worth Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta making an appointment to visit and to learn about family home. Tel: (831) 623-4881 history of the area’s early families such as John Steinbeck, as well as the heritage of the local Aug. 14: 52nd Annual Antique & Collectibles Native American culture. Info: (831) 635-0335 Fair: Antique and collectible vendors, food booths San Benito Historical Park, a historical village on 33 and entertainment in the San Juan Bautista Town Plaza throughout the day. An antique appraiser will acres within San Benito County Historical and be available from 10:00am to 2:00pm and all may Recreational Park in Tres Pinos, is a ‘must-visit.’ enjoy music and non-profit organization Here you can tour 10 historic buildings and see a diverse collection of historic homes, vehicles, farm presentations. Info: Jill Ortiz: (831) 623-4107 and household implements, old medicine bottles, a Aug. 19-21: Vaquero Heritage Days: Celebrates rose garden, and firehouse. Guided and group tours are available, and it’s a great place to stop for the California vaquero – the horsemanship, gear makers, artisans and traditions with fine art, saddle an afternoon picnic. Info: 831-902-9349. makers, silversmiths, books, jewelry, horseman demonstrations, music concerts, prizes, food and Nestled within the historic village of San Juan drink. San Juan Bautista. Tel: 831.623.1128 Bautista and part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, San Juan Bautista State For travel and up-to-date event information call Historic Park represents the blend of cultures and events during the Mexican period, when San Juan the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (831) 637-5315 Bautista served as the military and commercial and visit center of the San Benito Valley.


TRAVEL & EVENTS GUIDE: California’s Sequoia Country

Discover Exeter and Three Rivers, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Tulare County is home to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The region is approximately a 4 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and 3 hours from Los Angeles. EXPLORE KINGS CANYON & SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARKS Home to the world’s largest trees (by volume), Sequoia National Park is the nation's second national park and is connected to Kings Canyon National Park - home to the Nation’s Christmas Tree, and a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the Armed Forces. From rock climbing to hiking, bird and wildlife watching to camping, these parks offer a plethora of outdoor activities. For full details and for up-to-date event news, visit

Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview about Summer in California’s Sequoia Country with Sandy Blankenship – Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Leah Launey – Three Rivers Bed & Breakfast.

Aug. 5-7: Dark Sky Festival: Located throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this Crystal Cave Tours - Explore the underground event features constellation tours, telescope world of Sequoia National Park! A Crystal Cave tour viewing, solar observations, astronaut speakers, takes you deep into a marble cave with stalactites, model rocket building, special Crystal Cave tours curtains, and other formations. Purchase tickets and more. online at least 48 hours in advance, and bring a jacket! Offered from spring to fall. Aug. 20: Family Birding Walk: Meet at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park. Walk with a July 17: Full Moon on Moro Rock: Meet atop naturalist and learn to identify common songbirds of Moro Rock, the granite dome located in Sequoia the Sierra. National Park's Giant Forest, for this enchanting program focusing on the features of the Moon, Continued on Next Page… including craters and lunar seas. Hear stories from our civilization’s past as you enjoy the moon rise over the Great Western Divide. PAGE 92

TRAVEL & EVENTS GUIDE: California’s Sequoia Country Summer Fun Continued… MOVIES, FIREWORKS & MORE IN EXETER A charming agricultural community between Visalia and Sequoia National Park, Exeter has a beautiful historic downtown that’s known for its spectacular series of murals. For travel and event information call (559) 592-2919 or visit Movies in the Park: FREE family fun! Movies in the park are put on by the Exeter Optimists Club and are held at 7:30pm in the Exeter City Park. Bring the whole family! Info: (559) 592-2919. July 7: Kung Fu Panda; July 14: Kung Fu Panda 2; July 21: Kung Fu Panda 3; July 28: Mulan. July 4: Exeter 4th of July Celebration: Come and enjoy the fun with a 10k/2 mile Walk/Run, 1 mile Color Run and Horseshoe Tournament, plus Eagle's Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 am. The Exeter Lion's Club will present their FREE fireworks show at dusk at Lion's Stadium Dobson Field. August 13: Exeter's Hell of a Half Marathon Run: The 13.1 mile looped course starts at the Exeter Veteran's Memorial Park and follows roughly a counter clockwise loop taking runners along flat city streets for the first few miles, followed by stretches into more rural parts of the surrounding San Joaquin Valley. There are two big hills, around mile 6 and mile 10, and after that the race flattens out again. Info: Sole 2 Soul store at (559) 627-5522. October 1-31: Exeter Scarecrow Contest: For the entire month of October Exeter businesses and organizations will line the charming streets of Exeter with artistic, creative and lively scarecrows that will be sure to delight locals and visitors alike. Scarecrows are judged by popular vote of visitors and locals. Info: (559) 592-2919. October 8: Exeter's 103rd ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL "Cowboy Boots and Hometown Roots": Held in Exeter City Park, 7 am to 4 pm. Features a 10k Run / 2 mile Walk, Annual Pancake Breakfast; Fall Festival Parade; 10th Annual Rick Mosley Memorial Car and Bike Show; Fall Festival in City Park with the Exeter Dorksman Bratwurst Eating Contest. Info: (559) 592-2919. Continued on Next Page…


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Summer Fun in the Sequoias Continued… ART, HOT DOGS & FUN IN THREE RIVERS Gateway to Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers is a vibrant art community that runs along the Kaweah River. For travel and up-to-date event information, visit 1st Saturday Three Rivers Art Day: Enjoy a day of food, fun, and fabulous art. Featuring a different theme each time, it is held on the 1st Saturday of every month, and specials are promoted throughout the town – by artists, restaurants, gift shops, galleries and more. You can watch artist demonstrations, eat good food and listen to local musicians or entertainers. July 19: Hot Dog Festival: This is the Community Event of the Summer that brings Three Rivers Historical Society and the Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters together for a joint fundraiser and an old-fashioned good time! Enjoy hot dogs, corn on the cob, and root beer floats along with crafts booths. Meet personnel from Cal Fire, NPS and American Ambulance service. Oct. 8: Rave'n Run at Lake Kaweah: This annual fun run plays on the words "rave" and "raven", while celebrating our river and lake's namesake "Kaweah" was the Native Yokuts' name for a subtribe in our area and the sound of the raven's call - while combining the traditions of Hash House Harriers & New Orleans Second Line. PAGE 94

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Enjoy our videos of Sequoia National Park (above) and Kings Canyon National Park (below).



From the Beach to the Mountains, Pack Your Flip Flops & Hiking Boots and Experience Leucadia Beach, Palomar Mountain and Historic Julian in Southern California!

Upcoming Events include: LeucadiART Walk (Aug. 28); Classic Car Cruise Nights in Encinitas (July 21, Aug. 18 & Sept. 15); 28th Annual Taste of Main Street, Encinitas (Aug. 16).

CAMPING & STAR GAZING ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN LAID BACK BEACH Palomar Mountain makes for a peaceful respite within a tranquil and natural setting. Stay at historic LIFE IN LEUCADIA Bailey’s Palomar Mountain for a luxury camping / Nestled between glamping experience in the forest. The 60 acre Carlsbad and Encinitas, Leucadia is property spans cool old growth forests and rich green meadows, and features the spacious Bailey a laid back and House for group gatherings, cabins and cottage colorful beach rentals for quiet and private getaways, and group community located camping areas. Enjoy nature walks on the property off historic North or at the nearby Palomar Mountain State Park, and Coast Highway 101. It’s the ideal getaway visit Palomar Observatory world famous for housing the 200-inch Hale Telescope. Visit for surfers, families, beach lovers, and romantic getaways. Continued on Next Page… Check into Leucadia Beach Inn, a historic yet remodeled Hacienda-style lodging destination that offers spacious rooms and kitchenettes. From here, you can walk to the local beaches, restaurants, boutique and antique shops, or take a short drive to some of the other local attractions such as Legoland, Oceanside Pier and Harbor Village, Old Mission San Luis Rey, San Diego Botanic Garden, Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, Swami’s Surf Break, Moonlight Beach, and more. PAGE 97

TRAVEL & EVENTS GUIDE: North San Diego North San Diego Continued‌ MOUNTAIN MAGIC IN JULIAN Julian is a popular mountain hamlet known for its gold rush history. Check in at the Julian Lodge Bed & Breakfast in the historic downtown. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished, and a continental breakfast is included in your stay. From here you are just steps away from the downtown shops and restaurants. If you like farm-to-table cuisine, Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro in nearby Wynola is the place to go. Spend the day picnicking, boating or fishing at Lake Cuyamaca, or take a hike at Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, and William Heise County Park. Other local attractions and activities include wine tasting, the California Wolf Center, Julian Pioneer Museum, and tours at the Eagle & High Peak Gold Mine. Upcoming Events include: Julian Doves & Desperados Historic Re-enactments (Sundays, weather permitting); Heritage Quilt Show (June 25July 4); Julian 4th of July Parade (July 4); Sip Julian (July 30); 20th Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa (Sept. 3); Julian Bluegrass Festival (Sept. 18).



In Julian, San Diego’s Four-Season Mountain & Back-Country Destination Fresh, Seasonal & Outstanding Farm-to-Table Cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Manley Seasonal Menu & Favorites Steak, Seafood, Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches Desserts & After Dinner Beverages Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-Free Options Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner Indoor, Fireside & Patio Dining Live Music on Weekends Wine & Beer Pairing Dinners Private Banquet Rooms Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Menus Catering & Group Events for all Occasions

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Play in the Cool Colorado River and Soak Up Some Wild West History!

Known as the ‘Great Gateway to the Southwest’, Yuma is located between San Diego and the Arizona cities of Phoenix and Tucson. This growing city is home to the lower Colorado River and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area that encompasses the East and West Wetlands, Gateway Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, and the historic downtown district complete with shops, restaurants and Yuma Art Center & Historic Theatre. Summer is sunny and warm with watersport fun including kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and tubing down the Colorado River, as well as boating and fishing in the river and area wildlife refuges. Other activities include bird and wildlife watching, hiking and geocaching. To plan your Yuma Summer Vacation visit Upcoming Events: July 4: All-American BBQ & Fireworks Spectacular: Fireworks light up the skies above the Desert Sun Stadium. Enjoy a picnic, pie eating contests, family entertainment. July 16: Kayaking the Cosmos: Be amazed at the stars and galaxies that can be seen so clearly while kayaking the Colorado. Aug. 6: Sunrise Kayaking: An early morning adventure as the world wakes up with the rising of the sun. Aug. 19: Celebrate the Heat! Free block party in Historic Downtown Yuma. Live music, entertainment, food, shopping, family fun! PAGE 100

Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Dustin Mylius, Yuma Visitors Bureau, about Summer Activities in Yuma!

Yuma Landing Bar & Grill Come Eat, Drink & Be Merry where the First Airplane Landed in Arizona! Hangar Sports Bar 24 Beers on Tap ~ Daily Drink Specials Appetizers & Entrees Televised Sports Events ~ Live Music & Entertainment

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Yuma Landing Restaurant American & South-of-the-Border Cuisine Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Win! Win! Win! Sign up on for our Captain’s Log e-Newsletter and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a $25 Yuma Landing Gift Certificate, plus you'll get news on other great giveaways, specials, Yuma Landing recipes, events news & more! Located on the same property as the Historic Coronado Motor Hotel, the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill is the site where the first airplane landed in Arizona, and features a state monument, historic photos and memorabilia.

Groups of 15 or more diners get a 15% discount on breakfast, lunch and dinner. All Military Personnel Receive a 20% Discount on Meals!

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South of Reno and east of Yosemite National Park, Yerington is located in northwestern Nevada, just off the Pony Express National Historic Trail and on the California National Historic Trail. Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a 30 minute scenic drive from Yerington. It was built as a U.S. Army fort in 1861. Tour the ruins, visit the museum and cemetery, picnic, go camping and hike the nature trail, and enjoy various ranger programs. Buckland Station is just down the road from Fort Churchill, and was a supply center and boarding house. You can tour the house and picnic outside. Both sites are part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail. Yerington’s historic downtown district is charming with shops, restaurants and casinos, including Dini’s Lucky Club – the oldest family run casino in the state! The Bakery Gallery – Popular destination offering a delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, Danish pastries, coffee cakes, biscotti, chocolate truffles, desserts, and breads. They serve coffee and espresso and pre-fixe to-go dinners. 215 W. Goldfield Ave., Yerington, NV 89447. Tel: (775) 463-4070,

The surrounding Mason Valley and Smith Valley areas are beautiful with lush farm lands that stretch out to natural areas complete with rugged high desert hillsides and desert shrub lands, wetland ponds and meadows active with birdlife, and wind carved canyons that dip down to cool running waters. The region is a popular birding, geocaching and hiking destination. Other area highlights include: Lyon County Museum, Yerington Theatre for the Arts, Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Walker River, Walker Lake and Wilson Canyon. Summer Events: Yerington Farmers Market: Held at Yerington Theatre for The Arts on Fridays, from 4pm-8pm, until August 26. Enjoy fresh produce, art and entertainment, music, family activities, shopping, and much more. Tel: (775) 463-1783 July 4: 4th of July Celebration! Mason Valley Community 4th of the July Celebration and Fireworks Show with music, crafters and food vendors, and family fun. Mountain View Park. July 21-23: Night in The Country: Nevada's longest-running country music festival, held at Lyon County Fairgrounds, Yerington. Tel: (775) 463-5114. Sept. 8-10: 7th Annual Taste of the Valley: Savor local foods and handcrafted beverages, art, crafts, music, family activities, and more. Yerington Theatre for The Arts, Tel: (775) 463-1783 Continued on Next Page…

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Enjoy our video above, about Fort Churchill and Buckland Station located on the Pony Express Trail just outside of Yerington, NV.

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From lazing on the beach with a saucy book to relaxing with fruity cocktails poolside in Vegas, or taking that bucket-list, cross-country road trip adventure and backpacking through some remote wilderness – summer is a time for fun, for gathering with friends and family, unplugging from the stress of work, and embarking on some long awaited escapade. But who wants to worry about sunburn, bug bites, aching muscles and boo-boos, too much luggage, or even enough light to see what’s slithering around in your tent at night? We found five super products that will keep your summer funmeter on maximum – check them out!

DON’T WANT TO CARRY ALL YOUR CAMERA GEAR? Whether you’re traveling by plane to Disneyland or hiking through California’s magnificent Sequoia country – space may be tight on your summer travels, with extra baggage not being an option. You care about the camera and its safety – after all, you spent enough on it – and taking photographs is a key activity. Will the camera fit in your handbag or backpack? What about the lenses, the extra filters, batteries and the charger? It may all fit – but will your gear be protected and make it through the usual bumps and jumps all luggage goes through?

Enter Tenba’s inventive ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ Camera Insert & Packlite Travel Bag! Available is four sizes, this sleek and sturdy BYOB camera insert will fit into a larger suitcase, and with its malleable exterior, easily converts a backpack, carry-on bag or even a messenger or handbag into a camera bag! The dividers are padded for extra protection and adjustable to fit your camera size and shape, and other gear such as lenses and filters. There are secure internal pockets for your wallet, keys and personal items, as well as meshed external pockets to carry items such as your phone or water bottle. The lightweight Tenba Packlite Travel Bag partners perfectly with the BYOB Camera Insert. The Packlite is compact and convenient – it can roll up like a small T-shirt that can be stuffed into a shoe, a mesh pocket, or any corner of your suitcase, and even be clipped to the exterior of your backpack. Put your BYOB Camera Insert inside the Packlite, and voila - you have a camera bag! Both the BYOB Camera Insert and the Packlite Travel Bag are water-resistant; have an outer D-ring clip for keys, carabiners and other mobile necessities; and just like other Tenba camera bags - the top covers can easily be zipped open for quick access to your gear. Manufactured from the quality materials Tenba is known for, the Tenba BYOB Camera Insert / Packlite Travel Bag Bundle provides a lightweight, durable and clever luggage solution to carrying your camera gear on this summer’s travel adventures. Quite simply: There’s no lugging involved. Visit Continued on Next Page…

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT ANYWHERE YOU GO! Whether you’re on that long-awaited big backpacking adventure with your buddies or spending a weekend at the family’s rustic lakeside cabin, a portable light source is a must. And I’m not talking about some huge flashlight you have to carry, or one of those stinky kerosene lanterns. Something light and compact, that’s sustainable and affordable would be ideal. The LuminAID PackLite 16 is a smart solution when it comes to portable light! This lightweight, water-proof and solar-powered lamp inflates into a pillow-like lantern that can be clipped onto a backpack, strung up on a tree, hooked up in a tent or cabin, and can even float for those early morning or evening kayak adventures. Requiring no additional batteries, it’s made up of a rechargeable solar panel with an LED light that sits within a PVC-free bag that you can inflate into a lantern, providing extra illumination. It can fully charge within 7 hours of sunlight and provide up to 30 hours of LED light, with 4 different modes: extra bright, high, low, and flashing.

Over 1.6 billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity, and to date, LuminAID’s ‘Give Light, Get Light’ campaign has donated over 25,000 solar lights in over 60 countries that suffer from electricity loss due to natural disaster. LuminAID technology is clean, portable, efficient and affordable. It’s smart, and we’re not the only people who think so. In 2015, investor Mark Cuban partnered with them on ABC’s Shark Tank. They returned to the show in early 2016 to give an update on the company’s growth, and to also give viewers a look at their special trip to Malawi, where they had the chance to distribute the LuminAID solar inflatable light to families whose homes had been destroyed following extreme flooding and severe weather. Visit

Beyond being a great tool for summer adventures, LuminAID makes a good addition to a first-aid / emergency kit for your home, car or backpack. In fact, the idea for LuminAID was spurred by architecture students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, who were on task to design something that would make a difference, post the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. PAGE 105

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Big Blend Radio interview with Jodi Scott Co-founder of Green Goo by Sierra Sage

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ALL NATURAL FIRST AID FIX Let’s face it, from itchy mosquito bites to the pain and irritation of sunburn, a lot of the outdoor activities we enjoy during the summer lead us to the first aid kit or medicine cabinet ~ especially when there’s kids or pets involved! And then, even though we go digging through all the ointment tubes and band-aids for that trusty jar of Calamine for a nasty poison ivy rash, we discover we ran out of it last year, which now requires a trip to the pharmacy…and hopefully, there’s one nearby. Green Goo’s First Aid All Natural Salve to the Rescue! Formulated by a certified herbalist, this enriching herbal salve is made locally in the USA (Lyons, CO), and is packed with a variety of healing and all natural ingredients such as olive oil, chickweed, yarrow, sage, calendula and comfrey leaf plus St. John’s Wort, and vitamin E oil. These powerful antibacterial and antiseptic herbal ingredients help repair and heal wounds, and also relieves all kinds of symptoms including cuts and scrapes, bug bites, chafing and blisters, fungal infections, sunburn and even dry and cracked skin.

Replacing over 25 items in the common first aid kit (even Neosporin and Hydrocortisone, and Calamine) Green Goo’s First Aid Salve is a NoBrainer. It’s natural and good for you, it’s ecofriendly and sustainable, and it saves you money as you no longer need to buy a string of other first aid products. Trust me, your skin will thank you for using this non-greasy and incredibly good smelling salve that takes those horrible itches, stings, and burns away, and lets you get on with your summer fun! Green Goo is offering all Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine readers a 40% discount on their products. Just go to and enter the promo code: PARKS40. (Yep, they love National Parks just like we do!) Discount ends on Sept. 30, 2016.

Using certified organic herbs and 100% pure grade essential oils, Green Goo is also vegetarian and gluten free, and does not contain any parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, glycerin, silicon or petrochemicals. The containers are environmentally friendly too. PAGE 106

THE MARKETPLACE Available in 8 luscious shades that range from Fuschia Flare to Plum Eclipse, and my personal favorite Solar Rose, this lipstick not only adds a little summer shimmer to your lips, it feels good to wear, it shields against the sun, and it lasts! The lush colors are crafted using only pure pigment - instead of synthetic dyes, and the Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sun protection uniquely comes from being formulated with mineral zinc oxide (18%). And the secret to how this sunscreen lipstick not only feels great to wear (without being greasy), but also gives a plumper, smoother and healthier look with less lines? It’s made with organic oils and butters such as hydrating organic jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butters, plus, lip repair lipids and konjac root wrinkle-filling spheres. Lick your lips and you’ll get a light taste of sweetness from the small dose of natural stevia. Suntegrity LIP C.P.R sunscreen lipstick is glutenfree, dairy-free, wheat-free and GMO-free. Read the label and you’ll be pleased to see that there are no parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, sulfates, nano-chemicals or chemical UV absorbers included in the ingredients.

LOVE YOUR LIPS! Summertime is the sunshine season of outdoor fun and recreation, and also a time to be extra careful with our skin. However, navigating the chemical laced world of sunscreen protection can be quite a daunting task. Suntegrity Skincare, a holistic and mineral sun care line, was established in memory of the founder Tricia’s mother, and other people who had lost their lives to skin cancer. Awarded “Champion” status by the EWG/Compact for Safe Cosmetics, Suntegrity Face and Body SPF 30 products use only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide) to give broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, as well as super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair. Their products also use non-toxic preservatives.

Love your lips with Suntegrity LIP C.P.R lipstick sunscreen, for non-toxic beauty and protection from the sun. Available on, Suntegrity LIP C.P.R sunscreen lipstick comes in a slick silver tube that fits into any purse, and if you want to try the different color shades, purchase their sample pack. As Tricia says, “I hope you enjoy our products and smile in the memory of someone you love every time you use them.”

But what about our lips? They are usually the driest part of our face, and between sun damage and the wrong lipstick, they can get chapped and cracked. The exciting news is that Suntegrity recently released their new LIP C.P.R sunscreen lipstick, and it fulfills its mission to ‘Color, Protect, and Revive’ your lips! PAGE 107

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RELAX AND ‘ROLL OUT’ THOSE TIGHT MUSCLES! Summer is an energetic time of year! Are you going on a forest hike or wilderness trek, a canoe or kayaking adventure? Maybe you’re competing in an ultra-marathon or retreating to a yoga center, driving on a cross-country road trip or packing up and moving house? Did you stay up dancing the night away at a club in Las Vegas? Were you the one designated to drive across the grand state of Texas? Did you get to sleep in that bumpy old pullout couch at Grandma’s? Good or not-so-good, all of these activities often lead to one thing – sore muscles! Portable and compact, The Original Worm is your antidote to muscle stress and stiffness. This effective worm-style body and muscle massager is made up of solid rubber therapy balls that are wrapped in a hand-washable neoprene casing, creating a durable ‘roller’ that easily molds to your body’s contours. This provides multitude of ways to ‘roll out’ the tension from stiff muscles and joints, including your back, neck and even the arches of your feet. It’s also a great tool to use before or after any physical therapy, exercise or work outs, and can be incorporated into yoga practices and body work sessions.

Recommended by massage and physical therapists, The Original Worm provides myofascial/trigger point release, and relieves sore muscles and stiffness, and increases blood flow and circulation. Being portable and easy to pack into any luggage you can even fit it in a car glove box – The Original Worm is like having a personal massage therapist! It’s the perfect muscle relaxer to take on any summer travel or recreational adventure! And if you are doing that ‘big house move’ – this is going to be your best buddy when it comes to relieving your back, neck, shoulders, calves, and feet! The Original Worm is available in two different sizes and in pink or black, and can be purchased on or at

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