Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine - February 2015

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Contents… 4. Contents Continued 5. Editors Block

Toast to the Arts 6. On Display - DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 7. The Televised and Filmed World of Media 8. Leona’s Sister 9. Big Blend Bonanza Giveaway

Creative Celebrations 10. Spring is Coming. Let’s Party!

Eat, Drink & Be Merry 15. Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Az 17. Three Ways to Roast Peanuts 18. Chocolate Date Cake Recipe 19. Medjool Date Crème Brulee Recipe 20. Spaghetti Vongole Recipe 21. Laphet Thoke Recipe 22. Chicken, Sausage & Smoked Oyster Gumbo 24. Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf Recipe 26. Champagne Cranberry Cocktail Recipe 27. Chocolate Martini Recipe

Quality of Life 28. Meet Mae Edwards 29. Romantic Herbal Oil 30. Strengthening Family Relationships 33. The Great Reading Run PAGE 3

Success Express 34. Why Buy Locally? 35. Success in the World of Food, Wine and Travel Writing 36. The Art of Memoir Writing 38. Workplace Harassment Law

Vacation Station 40. The Poconos 43. ‘They Eat Horses, Don’t They?’ 44. ‘Boots & Burgers’ 45. February Fun in Yuma, AZ 48. Yosemite Gold Country Happenings 50. Central California Calendar 53. Travel Marketplace

Way Back When 54. Petroglyphs 56. Sewing Nostalgia 57. Red River Campaign Commemoration 58. Born Under a Sign - February

Upcoming Radio Shows 60. Feb. 1, 2015: Seeds, UK Gardens, Ventura, Arizona, Music 61. Feb. 8 & 9, 2015: Home & Garden Radio Expo 62. Feb. 22: Authors & Writers Round-Up Radio Show!


Editors Block… As we eagerly look towards the coming of spring, this issue compares noteworthy birth dates in February, and shares some of the traditions behind Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, and Presidents Day. From Spaghetti Vongole to Chocolate Martinis, we have a variety of recipes to try – even one for making your own romantic herbal oil! Turn the pages and you’ll get a culinary glimpse of the farm-to-table action in Yuma, discover the ‘new’ Poconos Mountain destination, reflect on the ancient history of petroglyphs and rock art, reminisce on the days when sewing was the norm and when shows like Mary Tyler Moore were on TV. Get the scoop on new travel gear, and upcoming events and activities in California, Arizona and Louisiana. We also have new interviews with Canadian rockers Leona’s Sister, spiritual singer-songwriter Mae Edwards, and authors Roger Naylor and Piu Marie Eatwell. Bobbi DePorter provides tips on strengthening family relationships, and Dennis Yang updates us on his epic run around the perimeter of the country. Glynn Burrows explains the benefits of shopping locally, Ward Heinrichs reports on new workplace harassment laws, Lynn Wiese Sneyd advises on memoir writing, and Linda Kissam discusses international food, wine and travel writing. On The Front Cover: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site in Arizona, musician Mae Edwards, Chef Jeremy Manley’s Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf, and Civil War re-enactor of priest saving his church in Alexandria, La (courtesy Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB).

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On Display DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 10-Acre Historic Landmark in Tucson, Arizona Famous Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia opened this gallery in 1965, in the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains. Today it is home to over 15,000 originals of DeGrazia’s art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. A limited number of DeGrazia originals are available for purchase, while the gift shop and online store offers a wide variety of popular DeGrazia reproductions. The Little Gallery hosts visiting artists during the winter months. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is Open Daily from 10 am – 4pm, and is located at 6300 North Swan, Tucson, AZ 85718. There is no admission charge. For up-to-date event and exhibit ENAMEL ON COPPER information, call (520) 299-9191 or Fired enamels are glass-based pigments that melt (800) 545-2185, or visit and fuse to metal when heated to high temperatures. Between 1972 and 1974, WAY OF THE CROSS southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia’s focus on this The annual showing of Ted DeGrazia's "The Way technique led to the creation of hundreds of of the Cross" is on display through Lent with 15 enameled copper and silver objects including original oil paintings that depict the suffering and jewelry, sculpture, and enamel on copper paintings. crucifixion of Christ. Instead of the traditional 14 The 1975 book DeGrazia Creates Enamels Stations of the Cross, DeGrazia's collection reproduced selected images from thirteen limited culminates with the resurrection. "I never thought edition enamel on copper painting series. This the cycle would be completed unless we had the exhibit features full and partial editions of those 15th station where Jesus arises in glory," the artist paintings along with a selection of DeGrazia’s explained on a 15-minute audiotape that enameled jewelry, sculpture, and additional accompanies the exhibition. On display until May individual paintings. On display until Aug. 15, 2015. 27, 2015. EXHIBITS IN THE LITTLE GALLERY Jan. 25- Feb. 6: Pat Doughty, Mixed Media Feb. 8-20: Chris Andrews, Native American Art Feb. 22- Mar. 6: Jeannie Fellow, Lumen Art Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Lance Laber, Executive Director of DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, about the current exhibits.



The Televised and Filmed World of Media


Listen to Steve Schneickert’s Big Blend Radio segment as he recalls the Hollywood History of TV shows Mary Tyler Moore, Murphy Brown, Just Shoot Me, and The Newsroom; plus, the films Pump Up The Volume, Talk To Me, His Girl Friday, The Fisher King, and The Paper!


Leona’s Sister Based in Toronto, Leona's Sister is a special blend of musical styles and influences, led by the powerful and unique vocals and guitar of JT, Len (Blud) O'Sullivan on guitar, Dave Hanson on guitar and vocals, Barry (Bazman) Twohig on bass and vocals, and drummer Barb Piatkowski. They’ll be performing at the Velvet Underground in Toronto, on Feb. 21! Keep up with them at

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Before the coming of Christianity, many cultures around the world celebrated the coming and going of seasons according to nature’s cycles and the moon, and some still do. It seems that many of the myths or legends behind our holidays and traditions celebrated today, embodied animals as well as the elements of nature - earth, water, air, and fire. Many cultures add spirit or energy as the fifth element. While the connection we used to have with nature may seem to be disappearing, and our holiday customs have morphed into more modern practices, they still stem from our need to live within nature. The coming of spring is a time to celebrate love, fertility, and abundance!

Ground Hog Day - February 2 According to legend, a sleepy little rodent wakes after a long winters’ sleep, moseys out of his warm burrow and has a look around. If the day is bright and sunny, he will see his own shadow, get frightened, and back to his burrow he goes for 6 weeks. However, if it is overcast, spring will come early, and the eating can begin. Groundhog Day stems from an ancient Irish celebration called Imbolc that occurred halfway between the Winter Solstice, (the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, about December 21) and the Spring Equinox (on or around March 21). Actually, this is when night and day are the same length. This day is a sign that winter has surely gone and new grass will start to grow and the first lambs will be born.

Groundhog Day is the merging of these beliefs. Perhaps the most famous Groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil. Back in 1887, Clymer Freas, the city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit Newspaper, started calling those who celebrated the appearance of the first groundhog of the season, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, and Phil, their mascot, became the official weather forecaster for the nation.

St. Valentine’s Day

Some historians believe Valentine's Day stems from an ancient pagan festival known as In North America, some Native Americans in the Lupercalia. To begin this festival, at the official Delaware area, held a belief about ancient beginning of Spring, (February 15) a group of creatures who were originally animals living in Roman priests known as the Luperci gathered at Mother Earth. This could be because hibernating the cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, animals emerging from burrows could seem to be the founders of Rome, were said to have been coming from the center or the earth. It was believed raised by a she-wolf, lupa. The priest sacrificed a these animals would eventually live and hunt as dog for purification and then a goat for fertility. men. They were called Oijik or Wojak which Houses in the village were cleansed by sweeping European settlers later mis-pronounced as followed by sprinkling salt and wheat throughout Woodchuck. each home as an act of purification. . PAGE 10

The boys in the village would take slices of the sacrificed goat hide dipped in the goat’s blood, through the village and gently slap the women, and then out to slap the fields of crops to encourage fertility. The names of all single women were put into a large urn and the bachelors of the village would choose a name. The couples would be paired for the year, hopefully resulting in marriage later. Some believe that this festival was later "christianized" and the Roman system for romantic pairing off was un-Christian and outlawed. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. Some believe that Valentine's Day was celebrated to commemorate the death and burial of Valentine, a priest or bishop living in the third century after Christ. Valentine sympathized with young people during a time when Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage due to the Roman Empire’s need for soldiers. The priest married young lovers in secret and was arrested and executed on February 14. When he was buried, a pink almond tree near his grave blossomed as a symbol of his lasting love. Another belief is that while Valentine was imprisoned, he fell in love with the jailer's blind daughter. On the morning of his beheading, he sent his love a farewell letter signed "From your Valentine". In the Middle Ages the beginning of Spring, when birds and animals began to mate, enhanced the idea that February and Valentine's Day should be a day for romance and lovers. The oldest known valentine still in existence today is in the British Library in London, England. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London in 1415, following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

St. Valentine’s Day Traditions & Superstitions The Birds of Valentine's Day- One suspicion connected to Valentine's Day is that the first bird a women sees on the day, would determine the kind of husband she would marry. Below is a list of birds and their meanings: Blackbird - a man of the cloth or religious figure Dove - a man with a good and generous heart Goldfinch - a man of wealth, especially if it was a yellow goldfinch Sparrow - a happy man Hawk - a brave man, most likely a soldier Crossbill - a man of bad temper, argumentative Robin - a man of the sea Bluebird - a happy man Owl - a man destined to live a short life Woodpecker - it is believed the woman will never marry if a woodpecker is the first bird she sees on Valentine's Day England - Early tradition had women eating a hard-boiled egg then putting green leaves under their pillow and their husband-to-be would come to them in a dream. Scotland - Gifts given in early times were a knot made of ribbon or paper. PAGE 11

In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus. His Greek counterpart is Eros.

France - On the morning of Valentine's Day, the first man to be seen by a girl became her boyfriend or "valentine". Often engagement occurred after a year. Flowers became a popular gift when one of Henry IV's daughters received a bouquet from her chosen valentine. Germany - Women would plant onions in pots, giving each a man's name and placing them near the fireplace. The first onion to sprout would be the husbandto-be. Italy - Cupid is a cherub angel who shoots arrows at people making them fall in love. Roman youths would draw the names of a girl from a jar that were to be their partners during Lupercalia (celebration of the wolf). USA - Exchanging of gifts and cards are the popular tradition of America. School children enjoy classroom parties exchanging sweethearts. Many marriages occur along with proposals. Wales - Gifts of carved wooden love spoons were exchanged. People decorated with hearts, keys and keyholes. The person who received a key was said to be able to unlock the giver’s heart. Continued on next page….

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Early explorers The Ancient Romans celebrated Lupercalia, a festival of feasts and merriment to welcome spring celebrated this French Holiday on the banks of the Mississippi River about 60 miles south of where and to ask the gods for good crops and ample livestock for the coming season. To encourage the New Orleans is today, naming the spot Point du Mardi Gras. Throughout the years, New Orleanians Romans to accept Christianity, the Church fathers found it was easier if they incorporated some of the have added to the celebration by establishing krewes (organizations) which host parades and Lupercalia customs into a celebration called balls. Carnival. Carnival, means "farewell to meat" and signifies the period beginning on January 6 or the Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for twelfth night after Christmas and is a period of both children and adults. Floats, throwing beads merriment before the penance of Lent. and pies, wearing masks and costumes, while parading down the streets to Dixieland or Cajun Carnival is filled with parties and parades, ending on Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras falls between February music has made this one of the world’s most popular holidays. The official colors for Mardi Gras 3 and March 9, depending on the lunar Calendar are purple, green, and gold. These colors were and Easter--it is always 47 days before Easter chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. He Sunday. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday and falls chose these colors with purple standing for justice, on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the green for faith and gold for power. beginning of Lent (fasting period).

Mardi Gras - February 17, 2015

In England Mardi Gras was known as Pancake Tuesday as people made pancakes until they ran out of eggs, butter and milk. In Germany the day was called Fastnacht (Eve of Fast) and they celebrated with rectangular doughnuts filled with molasses, see photo right. PAGE 12

Chinese New Year - February 19, 2015 It is said that Buddha, the enlightened one, asked all animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve showed up, and Buddha named a year after each one. The Chinese New Year, the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar lasts for 15 days. This year it begins on February 19, 2015. It is the Chinese year 4713 and is the year of the sheep, goat or ram. Buddha said that people would carry some of the traits and personality according to the animal year they were born into. Those born in sheep or goat year are known to be sensitive, sweet, charming and artistic. The sheep year is the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac. Ancient Chinese celebrated the New Year by lighting bamboo stalks, believing that the flames would frighten away any evil spirits. The color red came to symbolize fire and the driving away of bad luck, letting good luck come in. Today the Chinese have family feasts, enjoy fireworks and wear red clothes, write poems on red paper and give “lucky money� to children in red envelopes. On the fifteenth day of the first lunar month the Lantern Festival is held. The lanterns are decorated with flowers, birds, animals, zodiac signs, and historic scenes or legends. The lanterns are hung in temples and some are carried in a parade that takes place under a full moon. A highlight of the parade is the dragon dance. Made of silk, paper and bamboo, a dragon can stretch up to a hundred feet long. It is held up by young men who dance through the streets. Today, especially in the US, marching bands and floats have been added to the parade.

Presidents Day The first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, President George Washington, fell on his actual birthday, February 22. On January 1, 1971 the federal holiday was moved to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This year Presidents Day falls on February 16, 2015. The Act moved Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, and Columbus Day, from fixed dates to designated Mondays and was designed to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees. Today, most people think of Presidents Day as either a celebration of the office of the presidency, or a celebration of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays. Many states across the U.S. celebrate the birthdays of presidents born in their states, in addition to Presidents Day.


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Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Arizona

The Winter Vegetable Capital of the World Compiled by Lisa D. Smith

Located in the southwest corner of Arizona, and home to the Colorado River, the greater Yuma region has one of the longest growing seasons in the country. This is all thanks to ample sunshine, rich soil, and high-quality irrigation water. With over 175 different crops grown in the region, there’s always something growing in Yuma including 90 percent of all the leafy vegetables that are grown in the country from November through March. Other crops include citrus, watermelons, cantaloupes, Medjool dates, wheat, and even cotton. Here are six ways to get a taste of Yuma, along with three local recipes!

1. Savor Yuma Culinary Tour From Mexican to German food, burgers and bar bites, and food truck fare to farm-to-table cuisine, Yuma has a diverse dining culture. Get a taste of Yuma on the Savor Yuma Culinary Tour, a progressive dinner that takes you through a variety of venues. It’s a great way to meet new people and try new tastes. Price is $50 per person, includes two "adult" beverages and transportation. Upcoming Tours: February 3 & 18, and March 3 & 11. Tickets and info: (800) 293.0071, (928) 783.0071 or


Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Arizona – continued. 2. Field to Feast Tours Get down – and a little dirty – with a hands-on farming lesson! The highlight of these half-day tours led by a local grower is a visit to a field planted just for us at the University of Arizona research farm. There, you’ll get a quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, along with hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives and a recipe card telling you what’s needed in the kitchen. Once you’ve filled the chefs’ “order,” you can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home. While you enjoy the rest of your tour through growing areas, culinary students from Arizona Western College will be hard at work turning fresh veggies from our field into a delicious and healthy lunch. Tickets are $45 per person and include transportation and a healthy lunch. Upcoming Tours: February 4 & 5, 7, 11 & 12,18 &19, 21, and March 4 & 5. Tickets and info: (800) 293.0071, (928) 783.0071 or

3. Get it Fresh at Yuma’s Farmers Markets Yuma has three seasonal farmers markets to fill up on fresh produce, including: - The Quartermaster Depot-Sunrise Farmers Market: Sundays, 9am to 2pm. Info: (928) 782-0062 - Historic Downtown Yuma Farmers Market: Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm except holidays. Tel: (425) 941-5030 - Yuma Palms Regional Center Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10am- 3pm Info: (425) 941-5030

4. 15th Annual Yuma Lettuce Days Festival Held on February 28 and March 1, this annual festival celebrating Yuma’s agricultural production goes “down on the farm” on the University of Arizona’s Yuma Ag Center, a working research farm in the Yuma Valley just west of town. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and contests, the giant salad bar, farmers market, product samples, farm and equipment displays, kids activities, music, entertainment and plenty of food and drink. This year’s celebrity chef is Hosea Rosenberg, winner of the fifth season of ‘Top Chef’. He has worked for the world renowned Wolfgang Puck, has been awarded Best Chef by the Denver International Wine Festival, and is also the the seven-time, undefeated winner of the Flatiron Chef Competitions. Learn more about the festival at

Listen to Big Blend Radio’s interview with Chef Hosea Rosenberg and Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Yuma Visitors Bureau, who discuss farm-to-table cuisine and the upcoming Yuma Lettuce Days Festival.



Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Arizona – continued. 5. Pass the Peanuts Open October through April, The Peanut Patch offers free tours that showcase how peanuts are farmed and grown, as well as how peanut brittle is made. After the tour, try a free sample of their homemade fudge and shop for peanuts, peanut brittle, fresh peanut butter, candies and fine chocolates, pickles, olives and preserves, and gifts. Tours are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am, in January, February, March and November. Learn more at

Three Ways to Roast Peanuts By Donna George, owner of The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona

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Conventional Oven Roasting Place peanuts in-shell or shelled, one layer deep in a shallow baking pan. Roast in a 350-degree oven 15-20 minutes for in shelled and 20-25 minutes for in-shell peanuts. Remove from heat just short of doneness desired as peanuts continue to cook as they cool. Microwave Oven Roasting Place 2 cups raw shelled peanuts in a 10 x 6-inch glass or similar microwave container. Dot with butter or margarine. Microwave on high for two minutes. Stop. Stir peanuts. Continue to microwave two minutes at a time followed by stirring until peanuts have been microwaved -10 minutes for light roast; 1 minute for regular roast. Remove from microwave. (Peanuts continue to cook as they cool.) Season to taste. Oil Roasting (French Frying) 2 Cups raw shelled red skin or blanched type peanuts 1 ½ cups peanut oil or enough to cover peanuts Put peanuts into a colander or frying basket. Submerge in peanut oil preheated to 350 degrees and fry for 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Serve warm.


Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Arizona – continued. 6. Cool Medjools Known as ‘Nature’s Candy’, Medjool dates are naturally sweet, fat and cholesterol free, and high in flavor and antioxidants. Medjools were introduced to the greater Yuma region in 1944, and thanks to the ideal growing conditions, the area is now one of the world’s largest producers. One of the best ways to get a taste of these sweet treats, is to visit Basket Creations and More in historic downtown Yuma. As the retail distributor for Bard Date Company, they sell a variety of dates and specialty gifts featuring dates, and they’re known for serving up cool Medjool Date Shakes! Lean more at "Date Night" is a new multi-course gourmet dinner that features Medjool dates, and is served under the stars in a lush Yuma date grove! Cost is $65, and includes transportation to and from the site, a delicious dinner and a special program by a Yuma date grower. Upcoming Dinners are on Feb. 13, and Mar. 13. Call to reserve your Date Night: (800) 293.0071 or (928) 783.0071 or see

Chocolate Date Cake This easy-to-make chocolate cake recipe is by Eva Stubbs, as featured in the Bard Date Company Medjool Date Recipe Book, available at Basket Creations and More in downtown Yuma. Mix: 1 cup chopped dates I cup boiling water 1 tsp. soda Set aside to cool and soften dates Cream together the following ingredients: 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup shortening 1 tsp. vanilla Pinch salt Sift together the following ingredients: 1 ¾ cup flour 1 Tbsp. cocoa Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9 x 13” pan. Top with ½ cup chopped nuts and ½ cup chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until done.

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Farm-to-Table Adventures in Yuma, Arizona – continued.

Medjool Date Crème Brûlée By Thomas Wright, Executive Chef of Yuma Landing Bar & Grill

Listen to Big Blend Radio’s interview with Chef Thomas Wright about making Medjool Date Crème Brûlée.

Ingredients: 2 ½ Cups heavy cream ¾ Cup sugar divided 5 large egg yolks 8 Dates with pit removed Sugar for brûlée Directions: Pre-heat oven to 325. Place ramekins into pan deep enough that water can reach half way up the side of the ramekins. In a pan over low heat combine the heavy cream, half of the sugar and the dates. Allow the cream to heat slowly. Using a spoon press down on the dates as they begin to soften this will allow more of the flavors to be extracted from the dates. Combine egg yolk with the other half of the sugar and whisk. Once the cream comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved, remove the dates and set aside. Pour 1/3 of the cream into the bowl with yolk and sugar mixture whisking as you pour. Add remaining 2/3 of cream to mixture.


Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl or container. Take dates and place in a food processor or blender. If not available you can use the back of a spoon and press the dates as flat as possible. Place dates into the ramekins and sprinkle dates with pinch of salt. Ladle the mixture over the dates and fill to the rim. Place pan into the oven and pour the water until it reaches the middle of the ramekins. Bake until the center still has some jiggle to it when gently shaken. This may take 20-30 minutes. Once it reaches this point remove the ramekins from the water. Allow to cool. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until the custard is completely cooled. When ready to eat sprinkle sugar evenly over the top. Ensure the sugar is enough to cover but not too thick. Using a blowtorch made for kitchen use evenly heat the sugar. Avoid being too close or too far away.


Spaghetti Vongole

By Chef Ivan Flowers, Five Star Executive Chef of Top of the Market in San Diego, CA Serves 2 Ingredients: 12 Cherrystone Clams ½ Lb. Spaghetti 1 Cup Clam Juice ½ Cup Minced Clams ½ Cup Chardonnay 1 Tsp. Thinly Sliced Garlic 1 Tsp. Unsalted Butter 1 Tsp. Chopped Parsley 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil ¼ Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes Juice of 1 Lemon ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Salt Pepper

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Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place Cherrystone clams in a large sauté pan and cook in the oven until they open. Remove from oven and set aside. In a large saucepan bring salted water to a boil. Keep it boiling so you can add spaghetti once the sauce is ready. In a sauté pan over medium-low heat add the olive oil and let it heat for two minutes. Now add the red pepper flakes and the thinly sliced garlic. Cook these for one minute. Next add the chardonnay and cook for two more minutes. Now add the clam juice and minced clams and cook for two minutes. Drop your spaghetti into your boiling water now and cook until al dente. Into the sauté pan now add the lemon, butter, parsley and the pre-cooked cherrystone clams. Spoon the hot broth over the cherrystone clams for about two minutes. Remove the cherrystone clams from the broth and set aside. Now, fold in your cooked spaghetti and cook with the broth until it is warmed. Salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl, place the spaghetti and broth, then add the cherrystone clams on top. Finally, finish with the grated Parmesan. PAGE 20

Laphet Thoke Burmese Pickled Green Tea Leaf Salad

2. Mix thoroughly, then gently sprinkle in the dry shrimp (powder) and chickpea flour.

By Chef David Gilbert

Ingredients: 3. Serve alongside plain rice or eat by itself. 4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage 2 T unsalted roasted peanuts Listen to Big Blend Radio’s ¼ tsp. dried shrimp (or shrimp powder) interview with award1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds winning Chef David Gilbert, 2 garlic cloves, fried (or fried garlic chips from Asian author of ‘KITCHEN grocer) VAGABOND: A Journey 3 T sesame oil Cooking and Eating Beyond 2 T pickled green tea leaves (from Asian grocer) the Kitchen’ and executive 4 oz. Mixed fried beans (yellow peas, broad beans, chef / co-owner of Tuk Tuk and soy beans—purchase mix at Asian grocer) Taproom in San Antonio, 1 tsp. fish sauce Texas. Visit 1 fresh squeezed lime 2 T cilantro ½ tomato, sliced 1 tsp. chickpea flour Directions: 1. Combine all dry ingredients inside a mortar and pestle. Pound gently to break up peanuts, add in sesame oil, fish sauce, chili oil (optional), and lime juice. PAGE 21


Chicken, Sausage and Smoked Oyster Gumbo By Leah Launey, Innkeeper of Three Rivers Bed and Breakfast in California’s Sequoia Country. Dad used to tell me, when people ask you who you are, tell them "I am Creole by birth, Cajun by culture." Ha, ha! That KIND of explains it. On my Mom's side, it's mainly Louisiana French (Creole) and just a bit of Scots-Irish. On my Dad's side, it's definitely Creole. However, my Mom's mom didn't know how to cook when she got married. She learned how to cook during the Depression, with lessons from the wonderful woman she called her "help". This woman taught MaMa in a Cajun Country style. And that's pretty much the way MaMa Bessie made everything, the rest of her life. I remember, she didn't use standard measuring. She didn't like to write things down. She preferred to just tell you. She didn't want to show you, because no matter how wonderful a cook she had become, she remained insecure about her abilities and would not let anybody in the kitchen while she was cooking. Dad's side of the family was very proud to be French from France. His mom not only knew how to cook really well when they got married, she also had a college education. That was very unusual, at the time. However, the entire time she was growing up, her family had been struggling economically, so she also knew how to keep a strict eye on whatever was in the cupboard. The Great Depression left a lasting impression on people, and my grandmothers were no exception. MaMa Bessie learned how to stretch a meal to feed any unexpected hungry stragglers.

PaPa Dutch's fishing and hunting helped her a lot. MaMa Bea had a strict "no seconds" rule, and she always cooked exactly enough to feed everyone, without a drop extra. PaPa Low's enormous fruit and vegetable garden helped her. I watched both grandmothers, and my Mom. Add to that a stint in Jamaica from the summer of '69 to the fall of '73, an introduction to different types of Mexican food, Indian food, Thai, Chinese and a variety of traditional Malaysian foods, and little by little I began to develop styles of my own. I know that I am still developing. I think, as long as a person is alive, and as long as they are open to new ideas they, along with their kitchen traditions, will continue to grow and develop. My favorite gumbo when I was little, was MaMa Bessie's Dove, Squirrel and Tasso Gumbo. However, I don't hunt, and the jerky around here tastes nothing like Tasso. Now, there are as many types of gumbo as a person can conjure up. This one is an example of a roux-based gumbo, made with locally available ingredients. There are many other types, including okra-based gumbos. Please feel free to experiment, and create your own. In my opinion, gumbo tastes best if made the day before, and stored in the refrigerator overnight. Also, nowadays, some people prefer to brown their roux in a pan under the broiler rather than use a Dutch oven on top of the stove. I understand you use less oil that way. However, I still adhere to the "top of the stove" tradition and simply reduce the amount of oil. Hope you enjoy it!


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The roux: 1/4 to 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (I use canola) 1/2 cup unbleached flour Stir oil and flour together over medium heat on the top of the stove in the bottom of a Dutch oven until roux turns at least the color of peanut butter. For me, this is dark enough for a seafood gumbo. For non-seafood, I like a stronger tasting roux and continue cooking until the roux turns a fairly dark brown. Just be careful not to burn it! Stir constantly, or it will stick, and you will end up with small burned bits floating around in your gumbo not to mention a very smelly kitchen! Ingredients: 2-3 medium onions (any kind you like) 2 medium bell peppers 4-8 large toes garlic (to taste) 2-4 cups of water (I use distilled water) 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Bay leaf (I use CA bay laurel) 2-3 lbs. chicken (I use boneless skinless thigh meat) 2-3 lbs. of different types of sausage - about 12 oz. to 1 lb. each type: a spicy hot sausage, a smoky type, and also a sweet sausage, (flavored with apple or maple syrup.) 2 tins smoked oysters (We can't get fresh oysters close by.)

Ingredients continued: 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (season to taste) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (season to taste) 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (season to taste) Parsley or Basil, dried form of either is okay Green onions to cover the top of the gumbo Gumbo file (ground sassafras leaves) Steamed basmati rice The method: To the browned roux, add onions, bell pepper and garlic. Cook 'til soft and onions are transparent. Add water (maybe only 2 cups at this point). Add chicken, Worcestershire, bay leaf and simmer, lid closed, for 1 hour. Add sausage, oysters, and simmer, lid closed, for 15 minutes more. Add water (last cup or 2) along the way, as needed. Five minutes before serving (or before turning the burner off and preparing to store the gumbo in the refrigerator overnight) add salt, pepper, parsley or basil, and the green onions. When ready to eat, serve over warm rice that has been sprinkled with gumbo file (dried sassafras leaves) in individual soup bowls. Enjoy, and always feel free to experiment with ingredients and their quantities! A recipe is just a starting point.


Bacon Wrapped Bison Meatloaf By Chef Jeremy Manley

If you have a large muffin pan, this recipe will make 12 individual meat loafs. If you have two bread loaf pans or 9 inch pie pan you will make 2. Feel free to freeze half the recipe for another use such as meatballs, marinara sauce or another meatloaf. Ingredients: 2.5 pound bison (grass fed and organic if possible) 1.3 pounds ground beef (grass fed and organic if possible) 1.5 cups red onion minced 1 cups rolled oats or breadcrumbs. Rolled oats do add a flare to the taste! 1/4 cup minced parley 3 eggs lightly beaten 1 tsp. ground thyme 1.5 tsp. salt 1 3/4 cup ketchup 1 tsp. black pepper 2 T Dijon mustard 12 pieces of apple wood smoked bacon Knead all ingredients together, except for mustard and bacon, until well incorporated. Once all your ingredients are mixed, add your Dijon mustard and continue to mix.

Take some butter and coat all the surface area of your pan or muffin tins you will be using. If you are using muffin tins, weigh each portion to the same size and wrap in bacon. If using a bread loaf pan, lay your bacon length wise over the edges and place your meatloaf inside. Fold the overhanging bacon over the top of the meat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once preheated, place your meatloaf in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 140 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer just use your best judgment and the 45 minute rule. You can always wait until a white "fluid" comes out the side. This is how you know your meat is cooked 100 percent through. Serve with mashed potatoes and some nice roasted carrots, or even quinoa! Enjoy! Owner of Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro in Julian, California, Chef Jeremy Manley serves fresh outstanding cuisine using fresh, seasonal, sustainable and local ingredients. Visit



Champagne Cranberry Cocktail The term champagne is used as a generic term for sparkling wine, especially in the United States, but in much of the world it is capitalized and used to refer to wine produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name. The 3 prominent grape varietals used in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne is designated as Extra Dry or Brut. Ironically and contrary to what may seem obvious to a novice, the Extra Dry Champagne is typically a 'touch' less dry than the Brut. Most Brut Champagnes have a crisp, clean, bone dry taste while the Extra Dry will contain hints of the ripened fruit, while by no means displaying a sweet character at all. The Italian Sparkling wine, Asti Spumante would be the only wine that we could consider "semi dry"; displaying a bit more residual sugar or fruit in its flavor profile.

Ruth’s Champagne Cranberry Cocktail Prepare the ingredients a bit ahead so you are ready to make the drinks as guests approach your serving table or bar. Mixed drinks using Champagne pair well with a variety of foods for brunch or dinner apéritifs. Ingredients: 1 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 4 cups chilled Champagne or Sparkling Wine Directions: In a large bowl stir Cointreau, juices and sugar. Let chill covered for 4-6 hours. When guests arrive, divide among 8 Champagne flutes. Makes 8 drinks for happy guests! PAGE 26


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Chocolate Martini Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this cocktail recipe is from mixologist Kotiana Klyse of Rickey’s Restaurant, located on the same property as Inn Marin in Novato, California. Visit .75 oz. Stoli Vodka, vanilla .5 oz. Crème de Cocoa dark (or light) .5 oz Godiva, white chocolate liqueur Squeeze whip cream Chocolate swirl in glass. Shake, and serve up!

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Meet Mae Edwards Starlette & Saint Mae Edwards is a singer-songwriter, violinist, recording artist, self-help author, culinary author, video content creator, film and TV editor. But like all humans, the real Truth is ‌ Mae is simply Life Energy, experiencing consciousness and temporarily enjoying this world of form. Embracing her reverence for spirituality, Mae has spent the last 20 years studying the cultures and beliefs of the world. This brought her to the discovery that the longings and concerns, beliefs and values of people from every culture are more alike than they are different. Much like art therapy brings catharsis, Mae wrote lyrics set to alternative rock music, to work out the tumults in her life. Her four CDs "No Prayers", "Hieroglyphs of Emotion", "Elements of Continuity" and "Grace" are her autobiographical progression, a journey through the struggles of her youth to her present state of Grace. She then wrote the book "Starlette & Saint - A Memoir on Dualism" to share the healing reflections found through her songwriting. Sacred Places is her latest foray. As seen on this page, videos on her YouTube Channel under the Sacred Places category, transport viewers out into nature or into the company of an artist at work. Mae's meditative music and spoken word open up a space to experience release, comfort and peace of mind. The music from these videos will be available on CD as well. Taking the journey one step further, she bridges the concept of spiritual nourishment literally, with her "philosophical" cookbook "Starlette & Saint - 52 Week Menu Sets" (available July 2015). Mae's four CDs are used like a metaphor for the Winter, Autumn, Summer and Spring phases of life. The Winter, represented by No Prayers' blustery and demanding ego, offers 13 hedonistic, carnivorous and rich menu sets. The Autumn Menu Sets are paleo. Summer's Menu Sets are pescatarian and Spring's Menu Sets are of saintly vegetarian. Mae's cooking blog (launching July 2015) features these and other recipes served to her family.


For Mae, the meditative and nurturing qualities of cooking, creating music, writing, and videography are expressions of her peace and joy. In a parallel dimension, Mae has won numerous awards including a Regional Emmy for her work as a film and television editor. See Mae’s reel at Keep up with Mae at

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Romantic Herbal Oil How to Make an Aphrodisiac Herbal Oil By Cynthia Johnston In my humble opinion, there isn’t a better way to set a romantic mood than with a luscious herbal oil. It will be fragrant with aromatic herbs and spicy essential oils. Herbal oils can be used in the bath, for massage or blended into a lubricating salve. Of course, other elements like flowers, chocolate, Listen to Big Blend elixirs, candles and incense “create” the perfect Radio’s Interview with setting in which to use your herbally blissful Cynthia Johnston creation. Romantic Herbal Oil Recipe Into a one quart jar – • ¼ cup damiana • ¼ cup rose buds • ¼ cup lavender flowers • 1 vanilla bean, sliced • ¼ cup cloves • 3 cinnamon sticks • ¼ cup ground coffee Or anything that seems good to you. Use your imagination!


• Cover with oil (almond, apricot, or sesame are great selections). Allow this mixture to “infuse” in a dark place for a month. Then, strain oil from the herbs and place into a clean jar. • To this oil add 45- 60 drops of essential oils. I like a blend of the following: Clary sage, lavender, rose geranium, patchouli. • I only use pure essential oils and flavorings. • Give a bit of zip by adding a very tiny amount of menthol. Extremely titillating!

Cynthia Johnston is an herbalist and founder of MoonMaid Botanicals, a small herb company that is dedicated to providing high quality herbal products that are free of chemical preservatives, propylparabens or synthetics of any kind. Products include remedies for menopause, PMS, yeast infections, common women’s health issues, and herbal products for the family. Learn more or shop online at

This oil can be drizzled into a bath or used as a body oil or lubricant. An aphrodisiac salve can be created by adding 1 tablespoon grated beeswax per one cup of oil, melted into your oil over very low heat, stirring continuously until completely blended. Add essential oils, pour into a bowl or jar and let harden. This is excellent for massage or as a lubricant for intercourse.


Creating Family Focus Time By Bobbi DePorter, Co-Founder of SuperCamp & President of Quantum Learning Network If we’re not careful, it’s easy to get so caught up in our own busy lives that we forget to make time for the other members of our family. Studies have shown the importance of positive family relationships on children’s behavior and character. Making a conscious effort to build connectedness within your family will pay dividends in the long run. Here are seven relationship-building techniques you can use to create what I like to call “family focus time”:

2. It’s also useful to plan family focus time away from home, whether it’s a family hike/walk, a picnic in the park, or, as mentioned above, a joint activity such as volunteering at a charitable event. 3. While planning these ventures is usually a good idea, using the surprise factor every once in a while helps add to the fun and bonding value of a family activity. At SuperCamp, we call it a “pattern interrupt.” As the term suggests, it involves breaking the pattern, in this case, of your family’s normal daily routine. It can be as simple as telling everyone to pile in the car to go for an ice cream.

1. Pick a time during the week when all family Bobbi DePorter is the President members can spend 30 minutes or so together at of SuperCamp and Quantum Learning Network, a U.S.-based home without the television or a computer on. The educational firm producing activity can vary from week to week, but a few options include reading from a book (for example, if programs for students, teachers, you have a trip planned, read information about schools, and organizations your destination), discussing a topic of interest to across the United States and the family (such as planning a weekend outing, a worldwide. SuperCamp is the project around the house, or a joint volunteering leading academic summer camp in the world. opportunity), and playing a board game together. Visit PAGE 30

4. Another family focus technique is to create “conspiracies.” Normally, one doesn’t think a Listen to Big Blend conspiracy is a good thing, but in this context, I’m Radio’s interview with suggesting that two or more family members Bobbi DePorter. conspire to do something special for another member of the family. The reason for the conspiracy doesn’t really matter; if you feel someone in your family could use a show of appreciation, that’s reason enough. And the conspiracy itself? Maybe you do one of the other person’s regular chores. That’s always appreciated.


5. Of course, you don’t need to conspire to show your appreciation within the family. Try setting up an “acknowledgement board” in the house where anyone can post a note acknowledging another family member, for a success, an attempt, a kind deed, or just for being them. You can create little pockets on the board, one for each family member, into which the notes can be placed. Imagine how good a feeling it is to come home and have an acknowledgement waiting for you. 6. Along the same lines, I encourage you to celebrate each family member’s success, no matter how small. Providing positive feedback not only encourages repeat behavior, it reinforces the family bonds. Celebrating with a special dessert or a family trip to the movies gets everyone in on the congratulations.

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7. An activity called the Affinity Exercise is a technique you can try on occasion with your family. Have everyone choose a partner. Have one person in each pair respond to these statements: Tell me something I don’t know about you. Tell me something you like about me. Tell me something we have in common. In response to the answers, the person doing the asking can say only, “Thank you.” After one person asks the three questions, it’s the other person’s turn and the process is repeated. One idea for your “family focus time” is to sign your family up for the 8 Keys of Excellence family program. It’s a no-cost program available through my non-profit organization, Learning Forum International. This program lets families apply all of the seven bonding techniques I’ve discussed above, while learning about the eight character principles that comprise the 8 Keys of Excellence. It’s an eight-week program that requires only about 20 minutes of the family’s time each week. You can sign up for it at PAGE 31


The Great Reading Run Dennis Yang Runs the Perimeter of the USA for Children’s Literacy and Fitness

Dennis Yang is an endurance athlete, the author of the Papa Didos children book series, and founder of the Papa Didos Ideals Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy and fitness to children across America. Dennis is currently on his second Great Reading Run, where he is in the middle of running 11,000 miles around the perimeter of the country. As he runs, he stops in communities and does special book readings and speaking programs for schools and community organizations, often donating books to disadvantaged or at-risk youth.

Listen to Big Blend Radio’s third radio chat with Dennis as he runs across the country. His first interview with us was in Yuma, Arizona in September 2014, and the second was when he reached El Paso, Texas in October, 2014. Now he is running in Florida. Dennis travels with his partner Crystal, and his mother Elizabeth. Follow Dennis on the 2nd Great Reading Run by reading his blog available on

“The Papa Didos run across America was conceived with the belief that we must maintain a balance between mind, body, and spirit to achieve the best within ourselves. We also want to do our best to help the many worthy causes out there. Sometimes when the system doesn’t work for us we just need to go around it. We have faith that by helping others we are also helping ourselves.” Dennis founded the Papa Didos Ideals Foundation with the belief that education is the key to solving this world’s problems. His childhood was spent around the world where he was exposed to the people of other cultures. Through his experiences he witnessed the importance of education. He saw that the amount a person read was often connected to their wealth and prosperity. He says, “Being able to read and write opens doorways to many worlds. The confidence of an educated man shines brightly. We as a society would be able to realize peace and harmony if more people were educated.” PAGE 33


Why Buy Locally? By Glynn Burrows We all like to visit places which have a good selection of old style shops and restaurants, you know the type, family stores and pubs, grocers selling local produce, and where the owners know everyone in the town. The way things were before the big boys came along, ruining our towns and villages with their chain stores, shopping malls and hypermarkets. The difference between a place with independent businesses and a place full of national chains and multi-national companies is often the character it has, but why does buying from local independent businesses have such a massive effect? To find that out, we need to look at that very complicated subject; The Economy. Imagine that the local economy is a bowl, full of all the members of the public, businesses and organizations in the town. You happen to be a small business owner in the town, so you are in the bowl too. You decide that you want the office carpet cleaned and you employ John, your local carpet cleaner. He charges you $100 and you pay him. The $100 stays in the bowl. John needs some flowers for his wife, Mary, so he goes to Joan, the florist and spends $40 and, as it is Mary’s birthday, he takes her to Pedro’s, the local restaurant and spends $60. Joan needs her hair done so she goes to Sylvia across the street and pays her $30 and $10 to top up her phone. Pedro only uses local suppliers and staff, so all the money for the meal goes to local businesses. That $100 spent locally has turned into $290 in the bowl. You also want some new office furniture so you go to the internet and buy a shelf from Apazim, a massive multi-national company. The shelf is $100 and, because Apazim is not in the bowl, the $100 goes straight over the edge of the bowl, and is gone.


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Looking at this picture, we can adapt it to fit any business. If we stay in a local B&B or an independent hotel as opposed to one of the big “Rabbit Hutch” chain hotels, we are keeping the bowl full. If we use local cafes, pubs and restaurants as opposed to the well-known branded ones, we are keeping the bowl full. If we buy our white goods from a local independent store, (not only will we get better after-sales service), we will also keep some of the money in the bowl. Whatever we buy, we have the choice - do we want to try to keep the bowl full or empty? Obviously, there are things beyond our control which means money is going over the edge; tax, insurance, goods only available from elsewhere, etcetera, but as long as we are thinking about what choices we are making, we have the opportunity to make a difference. Do you want to live in a bowl or a sieve?

Local businesses, organizations and members of the public, all have the choice to either keep your money in the bowl or throw it out, over the edge. Living in a bowl which spends locally means the community is a rich one, but a community which spends outside the bowl is fighting a losing battle. PAGE 34

Glynn Burrows is the owner of Norfolk Tours, and director of Buy Local in Norfolk, England. If you would like advice about tracing your family history, or are thinking about taking a vacation to England, contact Glynn and visit

Success in the World of Food, Wine and Travel Writing Spotlight on the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a premiere global network of journalists who cover the food wine and travel fields, and the people who promote them. IFWTWA was formed in 1981 in California. It was conceptualized, based on a Paris group who reviewed restaurants starting in the 50s. They are a 501 (C) 6 nonprofit. Their members’ writing focuses on sense of taste and place. Niches include food, wine, travel and destination activities, as well as the culture and history. Their members are professional writers, bloggers, photographers and industry support groups such as public relation firms, convention and travel bureaus, and industry professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and in the hotel and hospitality management industries.

The trips are typically done in coordination with convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, public relations agencies, and marketing and communications personnel of airlines, cruise lines, resorts, hotels, and restaurants. They facilitate story opportunities for their members, and also facilitate access for their hosts to working qualified journalists with substantial outlets and mass circulation.

The association also organizes conferences, regional meetings, and press/media trips to provide members with story opportunities, information and contacts essential to a successful career in food, wine, and travel journalism.

New for 2015 is an Emerging Writers Program. This is a Mentoring Program for writers from other genres who would like to learn the finer points of writing on food, wine, and/or travel topics. This program is a step toward membership in the organization that is offered to writers who would not Since 2008, they have added an annual conference otherwise qualify under their current requirements. with professional development as well as averaged 2 to 5 scheduled trips (local, national and Learn more about joining IFWTWA as a travel international) a year with additional trips offered in writer, or how to work with the organization to their monthly publication “Press Pass.� promote your region, by visiting


Listen to Big Blend Radio chat with travel writer Linda Kissam, President of IFWTWA, about how IFWTWA works with organizations, destinations and travel writers to boost tourism. PAGE 35

The Art of Memoir Writing A Challenging Writing Feat

By Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz' Does everyone have a book in them, a book about their personal story? Most people probably do -- after all, life can be stranger than fiction. Can everyone write a book? Now that’s an entirely different story. Recently, I heard a publisher describe memoir as a “complicated literary undertaking.” An editor friend of mine called it a “challenging feat.” Why did they use such daunting terms? Let’s look at what memoir writing entails by comparing memoir to autobiography. Both genres are told in first person and both recount truths about the author’s life. An autobiography, though, tends to cover a person’s entire life, from childhood to the current time. No one incident or event is emphasized more than another. Most often, the narrative is linear; it doesn’t jump around in time, but steadily progresses from beginning to end. Memoir differs in a number of ways. First, it may only focus on a period of time. In Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert centers her story on one year of her life. She includes brief insights into her childhood, but those details are minimal. If she had written an autobiography, she would have started with her childhood and told about growing up, going to college, starting her writing career, and traveling for a year around the world. Her account of the year abroad would have been far less personal.

Memoir is personal, and that’s what makes it such a “challenging feat” to write. Again, this from my editor friend: "When I think of tough memoirs, like The Liars Club, what lifts them up and allows people to come to them and want to read them is the voice of the author who is able to create a sympathetic tone in spite of all that is tragically unfolding. In books such as that, the author is able to create a sympathetic picture of the flawed family members that elicits feelings of connection from the readers." Indeed, this is a writing challenge, one that requires the writer to embrace and learn the craft, the art, the technique – call it what you will – of writing about character and place. If you choose to write memoir, take time to study bestselling memoirs. Read from the point of view of a writer. How is the author revealing the story, creating depth in the characters, drawing in the reader? Attend workshops on writing memoir. Read books on the craft. Join a writing critique group. All of these steps will help you create a narrative that will touch and inspire others.


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Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz', is a Writer, Literary Expert, PR Consultant and Owner of LWS Literary Services. Along with H. Alan Day, she is also the co-author of ‘The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs’.



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Workplace Harassment Law New Trends and Cases By S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq., Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC

As seen below, we are now seeing different types of harassment and increased legislative protection.

Workplace harassment occurs when an employee is picked on or abused at work because he or she is in a protected class. Typically in the past, harassment cases have been male-on-female sexual harassment.

The California legislature passed a new harassment law to protect against “Field Rape”. Apparently, harassment and rape occur all too often in the agricultural work place. As a result, farm labor contractors must take an hour of sexual harassment training each year. Additionally, the Labor Commissioner must deny them contractors’ licenses, if a court or agency finds that a contractor, or a supervisor working for a contractor, committed sexual harassment within the preceding 3 years. Likewise, the Labor Commission may revoke or suspend contracting licenses for the same findings.


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In 2014, a new law in California revised the sexual harassment laws that appeared to require harassment to be motivated by a sexual desire. Before that change, a male iron worker sued his boss for calling him sexually vulgar things and describing sex acts he would perform on him. (Kelley v. Conco Companies, (2011) 196 Cal. App. 4th 191.) The iron worker lost his claims for harassment because he could not prove that his boss had acted with sexual desire. Presumably, the descriptions were simply considered rough work place banter. PAGE 38

Under the new law, an employee won a case that he probably would have lost before. (Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, (2014) 222 Cal. App. 4th 1228.) The employee worked on an oil rig. His boss called him “gay porn star”, “fagot”, “queer”, etc. and simulated masturbation. After a jury verdict, the appellate court affirmed $150,000.00 in damages and $680,520.00 in attorneys’ fees. In yet another case of male-on-male harassment, the employee won where sexual desire was proved. (Lewis v. City of Benicia, (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 1519.) The employee’s boss subjected him to months of gift purchases, paid lunches, computer pornography, and jokes about sex. Those acts rose to the level of pervasive sexual harassment that altered the work environment. A more traditional male-on-female case had an unusual twist to it. (State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, 2014 WL 6918577 (9th Cir. 2014).) The trial court told the jury that it could only award the employee $1 in damages, which it did. It then awarded over $800,000.00 in punitive damages. The Court reduced that amount to $300,000.00. The award is unusual because the United States Supreme Court had ruled that punitive damages should only rarely exceed the damages awarded to the plaintiff by a multiple of 10. In the above case, that would have meant that the employee would have only won only $10 is punitive damages. The Ninth Circuit said that harassment case punitive damages were governed by a different law and were not limited in the same way. It affirmed the $300,000.00 punitive damage award.

Franchisors have at least some protection when a franchisee harasses one of its employees. (Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, 2014 WL 4236175 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014).) Dominos did not have a direct relationship with the employee of the franchisor. Its franchise agreement says that it had no agency relationship with the franchisee and had no interaction or control over its employees. The California Supreme Courts said: “The imposition and enforcement of a uniform marketing and operational plan cannot automatically saddle the franchisor with responsibility for employees of the franchisee who injure each other on the job.” Thus, franchisors generally should not be liable for the way a franchisee treats its employees. In a recent Los Angeles trial court case, an employee won a racial harassment judgment. James Duffy worked for the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. While at a motivational speech attended by 30 new employees, a supervisor said that he hated white people. All in attendance turned to look at Mr. Duffy, who was the only white person there. Mr. Duffy also suffered bad job assignments and other forms of harassment at the hands of other Recreation and Parks employees. A jury awarded him $3.3 million. That case is now on appeal. Ward Heinrichs is a shareholder and named partner of the employment law firm, Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC. The firm represents both employers and employees in almost all areas of labor law. Visit

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Listen to Linda Kissam talk about The Poconos on Big Blend Radio! How could you not love undulating mountain terrain, unmatched waterfalls, flourishing woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers -widely considered the best in the entire country -- and tasting farm fresh local dishes at off-thebeaten-path dining landmarks? Exploring the Poconos in Pennsylvania is experiencing all the things you want in a vacation, and learning about even more you didn’t know existed. Think 2,400 square miles of relaxing, rebooting and engaging with the great outdoors.

About the Poconos Located in the northeastern region of Pennsylvania, the mountainous vacation region embraces several counties including Wayne, Carbon, Pike and Monroe. Visitors enjoy an unlimited collection of natural beauty and engaging activities. Often called The "Niagara of Pennsylvania," guests can experience the beauty of abundant waterfalls, be part of the intoxicating flora and fauna, and explore scenic hiking trails. All this and the Lehigh River provides white-knuckle white-water rafting trips through magnificent terrain. Have I found your hot button yet? The area's elevation and cold temperatures make it a popular ski destination and resorts like Camelback and Big Boulder lifts run all winter. No longer the “honeymoon capital” of the world… it is charged with a sense of wellness and relaxation.

In my opinion its true calling is the boundless opportunities to relax and enjoy life in a natural setting. Whether your thing is outdoor picnics or elegant meals, spas or a dip in pool, you can find it During the '60s, the Poconos was considered a here. Nightlife is plentiful and area hotels offer newlywed’s destination. Blissful honeymooners dancing. You can find cafes featuring jazz enjoyed a fantasy world of heart-shaped bathtubs musicians, and pubs offering craft microbrews. and champagne-glass-styled Jacuzzis. In the 70’s, Leisurely shopping excursions to small towns, area romance seekers enjoyed carpeted walls, mirrored outlet malls and weekend flea markets provide ceilings, wild couches, lamps on chains, and sink alternative entertainment for all. It’s all about the tops in the shape of hearts. By the time the 80’s relax and renew here. Affordable to upscale rolled around the resorts began to look dated. options available. Great for couples, singles and Business dropped off and by the '90s, many of the families. resorts were closing. Fast forward to today and you have a whole new ball game. The legend of Nine Diva Style Things To Do in The Poconos romance has become the promise of healthy living Follow this suggested itinerary, or pick and choose and fun. as fits your thoughts on how to have a great time. PAGE 40

1. Lodging: The Inn at Pocono Manor - A turn of the century resort with all the modern amenities you could ever want. The Inn at Pocono Manor is set on over 3,000 acres and offers seasonal activities and recreation, a world-class spa and championship golf. Enjoy the killer buffet breakfast. 2. City walk and lunch: Jim Thorpe City - A quaint Victorian town named for the controversial Native American athlete who was forced to relinquish his Olympic gold medals when it was discovered that he had played one season of professional baseball. The town of Jim Thorpe was home to the first railroad in the United States and the men who made their millions from the railroads. Spend a few hours or days exploring this historic town with its unique shopping, coffee shops, bike adventures, museums and outdoor adventure offerings. 3. Lunch: The Broadway Grille - Linger a bit longer in Jim Thorpe City because located inside the historic Inn at Jim Thorpe, the Broadway Grille & Pub combines historic charisma with a stylish, downtown character. Food is original, plentiful and reflects regional flavors. Anything on the menu is good. Indulge and enjoy. 4. Big time shopping: Country Junction Shoppers rejoice! One of the largest shopping experiences of its kind. Located in Lehighton, it’s home to gifts, patio items, home accessories, foods, candy, house wares, a fresh flower shop, scoops of ice cream, gourmet coffee and Yankee Candles. Unusual gift and unique treasures from around the world. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore. This place is huge. 5. Golf and Craft Beer: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort - Beautiful and stately, this resort sits on the edge of the pristine Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and on the banks of the wild and scenic Delaware River. The resort offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities like kayaking, canoeing, rafting, biking, hiking and fishing. Be sure to have a beer and some great local beers at the Gem and Keystone Brewpub. Located on the Inn’s property, you will love the proprietary craft beers and delish food. Continued on next page….


Continued from last page…. 6. Not your grandma’s museum: Grey Towers National Historic Landmark - Grey Towers built in 1886, is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and twice Governor of Pennsylvania. This is a wild and wacky, yet at the same time, a serene and beautiful home. It is not a stuffy old museum. Price of admission is the outdoors dining bar built around a “serving” pool. You simply pass the mashed potatoes on a dish floating on the small serving pool. 7. Go organic: Anthill Farms - Dedicated to creating an ecological food production system that mimics nature and a perennial based production model that uses agroforestry and silvopasture as its foundation. Using the savanna ecosystem as a model, this small family farm with eight acres of mixed vegetables and 10 acres of immature fruit and nut orchards committed to organic farming practices, is a great place for kids (and adults) to understand the true meaning of organic farm-to-fork farm practices. Ask for a tour for the best understanding of what this project has to offer the world. 8. Cocktails and alternative accommodations: Settlers Inn - Settlers Inn is a craftsman style Inn featuring 21 guest-rooms decorated in mostly period pieces. The Inn’s restaurant showcases the true meaning of dining excellence featuring a menu influenced by the seasons and artisan baking. Lovely gardens and gift shop. Killer cocktails – you MUST try the Bloody Mary.

Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California. Through her persona as The Wine Chix of and her website, she specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. Linda is also the President of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.

9. Girlie Coffees and stylish shopping: “Silk Mill” with Cocoon Coffee House - Built in 1880 and operated as a Silk Mill until 1956, the Hawley Silk Mill is still the largest laid bluestone building in the world. Recently refurbished into a combination of local shops and businesses, it’s a must see for its character and gift offerings – especially the Mill Market. In front of the massive structure sits an adorable little building that once sheltered the cocoons that supplied the silk. Today, it is the home of one of the best coffee houses in America. (Yup, you read that right). Dedicated to sourcing the best coffee beans from tiny sustainable coffee farms around the world we should all support this business for not only its crazy good coffee, treats and light meals, but for its philanthropic commitment to paying small coffee farmers a living wage. Learn more about The Poconos region at PAGE 42

The Truth about the French Written by Piu Marie Eatwell, and winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category. Ten years ago, when Piu Marie Eatwell first went to live in France she believed all the myths she heard about the people living there – that they drink wine at every meal and never get drunk, that French women don’t shave or get fat, that the city shuts down during the month of August and that the French always kiss when greeting someone. While some may be true, others turned out to be purely fictional, and in ‘THEY EAT HORSES, DON’T THEY?: The Truth About the French’ (Thomas Dunne Books), Eatwell reveals the facts behind 45 myths and misconceptions, and for each one she looks at the story of how it came into being, examines whether it is true or not today, and then rates each ‘myth’ on a scale of one to three stars, according to its veracity. Photo of Piu Marie Eatwell by Nina Wasilweska Bichot Drawing from her personal experiences and numerous primary sources, including historical periodicals, governmental surveys, statistics, and interviews, Eatwell creates this hilarious, yet informative, portrait of French customs and lifestyle. THEY EAT HORSES, DON’T THEY? reveals a fascinating picture of historical and contemporary France – a country that has changed radically in the twenty-first century, but still retains much of the mystery, romance and allure that has seduced foreigners for decades.

Piu Marie Eatwell went to France for a long weekend one August summer holiday many years ago. She never left. After graduating from Oxford University with a First Class degree in English language and literature, she trained first as a BBC television producer and then as a lawyer. Over the years she has worked in various positions as a documentary film maker, barrister, teacher, mother, and—most recently—full-time writer, both in London and Paris. ‘They Eat Horses, Don't They?’ is her first book. Click to purchase book! PAGE 43


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An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers written by Roger Naylor Finally, a fun and exciting hiking book! Everyone in Arizona lives within 15 minutes of a trail (and everyone eats) so Roger Naylor leads the way to beautiful hikes and incredible bites. Walk off some calories and put them back on! A humor and travel writer, Roger highlights his favorite trails all over Arizona, featuring Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, the Phoenix area, Tucson and the southern deserts, the forests of the White Mountains, and Arizona’s “West Coast.” Each trail is followed up by a nearby mom and pop eatery. Pass the mustard! This book is a love letter to Arizona and a departure from the typical dry hiking book. Experience in full color the beauty and wonder of Arizona in over 170 stunning photographs. Featuring: 37 trails, 38 eateries, trail guides, maps, fascinating fun facts, attractions along the way, and . . . fruit burritos. Photo of Roger Naylor by Rick Mortensen Roger Naylor is a Southwest travel writer, humorist, and author of Arizona Kicks on Route 66 and Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth. His work has appeared in Arizona Republic, USA Today, Go Escape, Arizona Highways, and Route 66 Magazine. He is also a senior writer for The Bob and Tom Show. Roger lives in Cottonwood, Arizona. Visit

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Casa de Coronado Museum Click to see

Free Tours by Appointment Tel: (928) 783-4453

On site at the Historic Coronado Motor Hotel, Yuma, AZ PAGE 44

February Fun in Yuma From Celebrating the Arts to History and Culture, to Getting Active on the Golf Course or Running Marathons, there’s a Host of Events and Activities to Experience in Yuma, Arizona! Located in the southwest corner of Arizona bordering Mexico, and home to the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and the Colorado River, Yuma is a popular destination boasting outdoor adventure and athletic activities, bird and wildlife watching, history and cultural attractions, art and entertainment, boutique shopping and casino fun. To learn about the area’s rich agricultural roots and diverse dining options, see this issue’s Farmto-Table Yuma feature on pages 15-19. The region is host to numerous events and festivals that range from golf tournaments to senior games, musical performances to art symposiums, airs shows to car shows, and more! For up-to-date event information, please call the phone numbers listed, and contact the Yuma Visitors Bureau at (800) 293-0071 or (928) 783-0071 and visit, and also contact the City of Yuma Parks & Recreation Department at (928) 373-5243 or visit

HISTORY & CULTURE On-going: Historic Walking Tours of downtown and the riverfront with Steve Cook sponsored by Yuma County Historical Society. Every Tuesday or for groups at other times by special arrangement. There is a charge, proceeds go to local historic preservation, call 928-287-3879 for details and to reserve. Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Civil War Days: Experience living history with two re-enactment battles each day. Quartermaster Depot. Tel: 928-373-5198. Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Two Rivers Renaissance Faire. Experience the 16th century with merriment for all, including fire dancers, jugglers, musicians & singers performing bawdy songs & more! Yuma County Fairgrounds. Tel: 928-257-2056. Feb. 7: Redondo Days: Gala fundraising dinner and auction to benefit Yuma County Historical Society. Historic North End. Tel: 928-782-1841


Listen to Big Blend Radio’s interview on Yuma Events with Rex Ijam – Yuma Art Center & Historic Theatre, and Carrie Ring – Yuma Civic Center. Feb. 21: Redondo Days Family Fiesta. Free historic presentations, pioneer cookin’ and fun for the all. Madison Ave. Tel: 928-782-1841 Feb. 21: Sons of Norway 13th Annual Scandinavian Festival. Uff Da!!! Who doesn’t love the Chicken Dance? The Sons of Norway share their Scandinavian culture and heritage. 9am-3pm, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928-373-5040. Mar. 7: Arizona Archaeology Expo: Free, educational event for adults and children alike that features Native American craft demonstrations, field trips, and informational booths on Arizona's prehistoric and historic heritage. Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Tel: 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071. Continued on Next Page….


February Fun in Yuma Con’t. CELEBRATE THE ARTS Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Anderson’s Americana Indian Art & Jewelry Show. Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928373-5040. Feb. 7: Yuma River Daze Boogie, Brews & Blues Festival: Live music, food, and festivities along the Colorado River. Gateway Park. Tel: 928-373-5028 Feb. 10: Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds – A Salute to Gunfighter Ballads and Songs of the West: Hits from Mary Robbins, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers. Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202. Feb. 12: Surf Rock Beach Party! Rock out to tunes from the Beach Boys and Dick Dale to Jimmy Buffett and the Ventures. Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202.


Feb. 13: A Tribute to Shania Twain & Tim McGraw: Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-3735202

Feb. 10: Behind the Big Guns Tour: Inside look at Yuma Proving Ground. Tel: 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071.

Feb.13-15: Yuma Square & Round Dance Festival: Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928-373-5040. Feb. 19-21: 36th Annual Yuma Art Symposium: Exhibitions, events, demonstrations and performances by nationally and internationally recognized and emerging artists. Yuma Art Center/Historic North End. Tel: 928-782-1934 Feb. 24: Travelin’ Man – A Salute to Ricky Nelson and Teen Idols: Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202. Feb. 27: “Diamond” Dave Somerville - The Rock & Roll History Bus Tour featuring the lead singer from The Diamonds! Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202

Mar. 6-8: 23rd Annual Midnight at the Oasis: Classic car show featuring over 1,000 classic cars, plus vendors, food, rides for the kids, evening concerts and a “cruise-in”. Desert Sun Stadium. Tel: 928-343-1715

COMMUNITY & SPECIAL INTEREST Feb. 10: Yuma Red Hat Hoot-and-Annie: Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928-373-5040.

Feb. 28: Riders in the Sky: Singing, yodeling, guitars, accordions and fiddles. Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202. Mar. 3: The Best of Broadway: Salute to Broadway’s greatest hits from “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story,” to “Les Miserable” and favorites from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202. Mar. 6: ABBA Fab: The Premier ABBA Experience! Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: 928-373-5202.

Feb. 27 & 28: 53rd Annual Marine Corp Air Station Yuma Airshow & Open House: With the theme of "Yuma Air Circus," this year’s air show will include rehearsals, a children’s expo and a twilight preview on Friday. Daylong performances and displays Saturday. MCAS. Info: Greg McShane, 928-269-3327

Feb. 15: 67th Annual Yuma Masonic Lodge Annual Barbecue. Tri-Tip B.B.Q. fundraising dinner. 11am-3pm, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928373-5040. Feb. 17: Canadian Snowbird Association Meeting: Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928-373-5040 Feb. 28: Indoor Swap Meet: Yuma's largest swap meet is back and better than ever! 8am, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: 928-373-5040.


GOLF, ATHLETICS & OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Feb. 1: Family Golf: Play the Par-3 Course (Session I), 2pm, at Desert Hills Golf Course. Tel: (928) 373-5220. Feb. 1-26: 31st Annual Senior Games: Over 30 scheduled events encouraging people over 50 years of age to continue fitness opportunities and to compete and interact with their peers. Info: (928) 373-5243 Feb. 6: Golf Clinic: Learn the game the easy way, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. 3pm-5pm, Desert Hills Golf Course. Tel: (928) 373-5220. Feb. 7: Desert Hills Men’s Club Association Tournament: 9am, Desert Hills Golf Course. Tel: (928) 373-5220.

Feb. 14: Great Yuma Road Race: 5K/10K Run and 5K Fun Walk. Tel: (928) 373-5243 Feb. 28: Hiking in Yuma: Session III guided hike to KOFA Palm Canyon. Tel: (928) 373-5243

Feb. 7: "Fantastic" February Canoe Trip: Hop in a canoe and spend a beautiful morning paddling down the majestic Colorado River. Tel: (928) 373-5243.

Mar. 7: March On City Finals: 5K/10K Run and Fun Walk. Tel: (928) 373-5243 Mar. 7: Desert Hills Men’s Club Association Tournament: 8am, Desert Hills Golf Course. Tel: (928) 373-5220.


Yosemite Gold Country Happenings Host to numerous festivals, special events, art shows, concerts and performances, Tuolumne County is located in the heart of California’s Yosemite Gold Country, and is comprised of the historic gold rush and mountain towns of Sonora, Groveland, Twain Harte, Long Barn, Columbia, and Jamestown. Visit this historic region and natural paradise, and experience these upcoming events. For up-to-date event information contact the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau at 800-446-1333 or 209-533-4420, or visit Feb. 7-8: Tuolumne Memorial Hall Antique Faire: Bi-annual event held in Tuolumne featuring vendors booths in a Depression era community hall, complementing the antique and vintage collections offered for sale. Show opens with a preview from 8-9am on Saturday morning with a $5 fee. Feb. 22: Sonora Wedding Faire: Vendor booths, Admission is free, 9 am-4 pm Saturday & 9 amand fashion show. Sonora Mother Lode 3pm Sunday. Tel: 309-928-4877 or 209-743-5302. Fairgrounds. Info: 209-532-7277 Feb. 14: 88 Days in the Motherlode, Mark Twain Finds His Voice: Documentary premiere produced by This 'n That Films. Fine art, photography 2-8pm; kids crafts and story time 2-5pm. Documentary starts at 6:30pm. Free to the public. 250 S Washington St, Sonora. Tel: 209-533-8687 Feb. 14: Roundhouse Days: Visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown and see what happens to prepare the locomotive and cars for the operating season. A behind the scenes tour of the Roundhouse will be offered. Tel: 209-984-3953

Mar. 1-May 3: Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents “Mary Poppins” - Mary Poppins follows the troubled Banks family after the delightful nanny arrives on their doorstep. Using a "practically perfect" combination of magic and common sense, she takes the children on memorable experiences, but even the grown-ups learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "anything can happen if you let it. Shows are at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora. Info: 209-532-3120.

Mar. 6-8: 29th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire – The original and largest Celtic Faire returns to Sonora’s Feb. 14 & Mar. 14: 2nd Saturday Art Night: Enjoy Mother Lode Fairgrounds, celebrating the cultures art, music and refreshments from 5pm-9pm in of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and all Celtic historic downtown Sonora. Free to all. Nations. Five stages of Celtic Music, jousting on Tel: (209) 532-7697. horseback, large armor foot combat tournament featuring over 30 competitors. Celtic living history Feb. 21: “Winter Magic” Show: 7pm, The area will feature over 800 costume performers Groveland Hotel. Info & Tickets: 209-962-4000 acting out 2000 years of Celtic History! Browse over 80 Celtic vendor, artisan and craftsmen booths. Scottish Highland Competition Games, Scottish Bagpipe Bands, Celtic Clans, Irish step Dancers and Scottish highland dancers, jugglers, magicians, fire-eaters, fire breathing dragon, plus, traditional foods, whiskies, and ale! Tel: 209-532-8375 or visit PAGE 48


Central California Calendar

February Events, Fairs and Performances in Tulare County Tulare County in central California is home to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest, agricultural communities, art and historic downtown destinations including Visalia, Exeter, Porterville, Three Rivers, Dinuba, Lindsay, Springville, and Tulare. Winter features snow play in the parks and forests, specialty shopping in the historic downtowns, wine tasting, art and theatre productions, and special events. To plan your Winter Sequoia Adventure, visit

Visalia Farmers Market


Porterville Art Walk



Ongoing: Visalia Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8am-11:30am, corner of Mooney Blvd. & Caldwell Ave. Tel: 559-804-8372.

Feb. 6 & Mar. 6: Porterville Art Walk: Monthly festival held the first Friday in downtown Porterville, featuring the work of local artists, live musicians, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. Tel: (559) 776-7675, Pictured above.

Feb. 4: The Second City 55th Anniversary Tour: The Chicago company is where many of the world’s best and brightest comedians cut their teeth, including John Belushi, Bill Murray and Tina Fey. 7:30pm, Visalia Fox Theatre. TULARE, CA Tel: 559 625-1369 Feb. 6-21: Nunset Boulevard: The Little Sisters of Hoboken are at it again--this time they've been Feb. 6-21: House at Pooh Corner - Music and fun invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl. Comedy and with A.A. Milne's famous bear and his friends. The music at Encore Theatre. Runs weekends February Enchanted Playhouse. Tel: 559 739-4600. 6-21. Tel: 559 686-1300. Feb. 13: Betsy Wolfe Sings: Betsy Wolfe is a hometown girl made good. She was last seen on Broadway in "Everyday Rapture" with Sherie Rene Scott, a show she also performed off-Broadway in 2009. Visalia Fox Theatre. Tel: (559) 625-1369 Feb. 14: The Avett Brothers: Folk, rock, bluegrass, soul and pop music. 8pm, Visalia Fox Theatre. Tel: 559 625-1369. Feb. 21: Tulare County Symphony Plays Movie Themes: Cloak and dagger music from James Bond to "North by Northwest" and many more. 7:30 p.m, Visalia Fox Theatre. Come early at 6:45 p.m. and hear a pre-concert talk by music director Bruce Kiesling. Tel: 559 732-8600

Feb. 10-12: 48th Annual World Ag Expo 2015: The world's largest annual agricultural exposition with over 1,400 exhibitors displaying the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. Free seminars focus on a variety of topics important to dairy producers, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals. Held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA. Info: (800) 999-9186 or (559) 688-1030

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Central California Calendar THREE RIVERS, CA Feb 7 & Mar. 7: 1st Saturday Art in Three Rivers - The artists of Three Rivers have joined together to create a day-long festival of food, fun, and art. Held monthly on the first Saturday, with a different theme, explore artist studios and galleries, and enjoy discounts at participating restaurants and gift shops. Feb. 7: ‘Hearts & Flowers’, and Mar. 7: ‘Road’s End’. To keep up every month with who's who visit Hero Appreciation Months: This annual program runs January through March, and is hosted by Three Rivers’ all-volunteer Sequoia Foothills Chamber. Participating members honor our military along with our firefighters and first responders with discounts, free celebrations honoring individual he1st Saturday Art roes, and free family-friendly events. Info: Leah Launey or Peter Sodhy at 559-561-4270, or go to Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26: Three Rivers Learn to Square Dance Parties - Open to all levels of dancers, learn to dance with a variety of music and lots of laughter! Free, light refreshments. Pie Social on Feb. 26. Free event, 7-9 pm, Three Rivers Arts Center. Info: 559-561-4270. Feb. 14: The Calidore String Quartet: Top young string quartet in North America. 7pm, Community Presbyterian Church. Tel: 559-561-1100

The Calidore String Quartet

Feb. 27: Law Enforcement Celebration: Individuals being honored tell stories, and each goes home with a piece of art from a local artist. Free wine, hot soup, homemade bread, and desserts. Free, and open to public. 7-9pm, Three Rivers Historical Museum. Tel: 559-561-4270


Travel Marketplace Compiled by Lisa D. Smith As full-time travelers on the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 408 National Park units, we’re always on the look-out for new tools and gadgets to try out. Check out how the Beardski and Keyprop can enhance and make a travel adventure memorable!

BEARDSKI: Keep Your Face Warm! It’s too easy for a lot of us sun-lovers to stay indoors and complain about the cold winter weather. Well, to all of my mutual winter nay-sayers I say ‘Put Your Beardski On,’ shake up that hunched over huddle, and embrace this season that brings us a new landscape of beautiful scenery and all kinds of outdoor adventures. Beardskis will keep your face and head warm, but keep your look fun! Try the cool long styles like the Beardski Merlin (which could double as ZZ Top) and the Beardski Easy Rider, or yell a mighty ‘Haaahrr!’ with the Beardski Viking or Beardski Pirate!

We were in southern Arizona when a chilling Arctic freeze swept through. We still got out and enjoyed some snow hikes with our rambunctious red Beardski Zeke and laid back Beardski Midnight Rasta (see photo above). In fact, we even had a New Year’s Day champagne picnic in the snow! Beardskis are not only perfect for snow sports, but also for parties, winter sports events, pond skims, and, if you need a quick costume for Halloween this year … bust out your Beardski! Now I wonder what will happen if we wear our Beardskis in a drivethrough…. ! See

KEYPROP: The World’s Smallest Tri-Pod In a word, the Keyprop rocks! Not only is it a great phone photography tool for traveling, but for day-today use whether for work or pleasure, too. It’s so simple - just pick your favorite Keyprop color (they range from lime green to black), and put it on your keychain. To create a tripod, the bottom prong fits right into your smartphone or iPhone. The Keyprop instantly becomes a stand for your phone so you can take better photos or selfies. It works on just about any surface and with most smartphones including iPhone 4, 5, 6, Galaxy S4 and Nexus. And, if you have an iPhone, download their free KeyCam App that has a clap-to-snap self-timer so you can take selfies or group photos. I tried it on my smartphone and not only did it help me take clearer images, but I used it as a prop during business calls, and to read emails and watch videos. It’s also great for Skype video chats. See PAGE 53

Pre-historic Rock Engravings By Victoria Chick, artist and collector of early 19th and 20th century prints There is hardly a country in the world where petroglyphs do not exist. The United States is rich with petroglyph art. Many petroglyphs are within National Park or National Monument boundaries or within National Forests, where they are protected. Petroglyphs are also called rock engravings because they are chipped into a rock surface. There is often a color difference between the chipped image and the natural surface of the rock. The natural surface of the rock has not been painted but is usually a darker color caused by exposure to light and air producing an oxidation with a microbial component sometimes called “desert varnish” because this phenomenon is most clearly observed in desert territory. The chippedaway area is lighter and the contrast makes this type of petroglyph easy to see. Petroglyphs come in all sizes, from under an inch to over six feet tall.

Rock engraving continued through the Neolithic period, but those in the United States have a more recent dating range from about 14,000 years ago with many more in the archaic period from 8000 to 2000 BC and continuing into a period that would be around 1600 A.D. Some are possibly even more recent. Because petroglyphs are pre-historic, the reasons behind making them, along with their specific, individual meanings are couched in guesswork based on remnants of still-active, Native American tribal lore.

Petroglyphs are most often found in sheltered locations such as undercut cliffs, or on boulder sides away from prevailing weather. Sometimes petroglyphs can be found on flat, horizontal surfaces where bedrock is exposed but weathering makes these more difficult to appreciate. Some of the world’s petroglyphs were engraved as far back as Paleolithic times. PAGE 54


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One of the interesting aspects of petroglyphs, in general, is the similarity of images and designs throughout the U.S and even throughout the world. Numerous theories have been expounded to explain why this has occurred; none are provable-but some are believable. One theory is physical. This is the well-known concept that people came across the Bering Straits on a land or ice bridge, where they gradually and generationally migrated across North and Central America taking with them a common pictorial language. Some think the North American migration continued into South America and joined other migrations from Africa or Polynesia via Asia. Another theory is psychological and is expressed in the universal archetypes of the unconscious postulated by Carl Jung. Whatever the reasons, certain images do appear repeatedly. Examples are simple, stylized human figures sometimes wearing a piece of clothing or holding an object that might indicate a societal rank or role. There are animal figures that are often described as totemic or symbolic such as horned sheep, turtles, or thunderbirds, fantasy figures such as kokopelli and human headed snakes that seem drawn from imagination. Then there are designs such as hand prints, spirals, maze type configurations, and other engravings such as zig-zag lines that may be representational of lightning or a serpent, and parallel lines that may indicate crop growing rows or falling rain. And lastly, there are simplified, abstracted shapes of insects and animals that are native to particular regions. The arrangement of petroglyphs on a surface may be singular or composed of hundreds of individual engravings. It is impossible to say with certainty, but when clustered together, it appears they are not related to each other in a narrative way. In fact, sometimes one figure is partially chipped over another, giving rise to the idea that in some places and times it was not the petroglyph itself that was as important as the process of making it. In other situations, petroglyphs seem to be a communicating symbol with direct religious significance. What we see as art may only have been part of a group ritual that included music, dancing, and costume; or possibly even part of a private meditation. Petroglyphs in the United States tend to be clustered in Pacific coast states and the Southwest desert states; but they are also found in numbers in states whose rivers feed into the Mississippi, along the Great Lakes, and into the Southern states. Their lively shapes are aesthetically pleasing and their unknown aspects intrigue us.

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


By Aggie Garcia I am sure many of you can remember watching your mother or grandmother sitting at a sewing machine making you a dress or costume, or mending clothes. It seemed like every home had a sewing machine. I have fond memories watching my aunt put together beautiful cocktail dresses in the 1950’s. My aunt was my inspiration to sew and I began learning at the age of 10. She seemed to create them with ease and without patterns. Sewing was as important as cooking and was taught in public schools in programs called “Home Economics” . Sewing has not been taught in public schools for at least 25 years. I learned how to sew on a trundle sewing machine. It was powered only by your foot and in time, I became quite fast. In the 1920’s through the 60’s, it was actually very cost effective to sew your own clothes. A pattern company by the name of Advance changed everything. These were paper patterns used to make everything from aprons to clothes for women, men and children. It gave you complete instructions as well as information on how many yards were needed to make the garment. Advance pattern company no longer exists. I have a large collection of patterns that are now considered vintage. One pattern I have for a 1955 cocktail dress cost 50 cents at that time….I paid $45 for that same pattern in 2010. I enjoy reading the notes written on them. I wonder where did this woman live? What was her lifestyle like? One pattern I opened even had a small piece of a striped cotton. There were also notes written regarding solid color choices. That pattern was for a blouse, but perhaps they were also going to make a skirt.


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About 5 years ago, I was on Craigslist looking for vintage patterns. I went to an old house in North Park in San Diego, and there I met 92 year old Ester who was now blind. I sat and spoke with her about sewing. She asked to hold my hands. She said they were small but seemed very strong and agile. She said there was a fruitcake tin box by the sewing machine. It contained buttons and wooden spool thread. They haven’t used wooden spools in years. Everyone, including myself kept that fruitcake tin box with buttons, sewing needles and thread. Ester told me about all the clothes she made. Ester’ s husband was a banker and they lived in that old house for 65 years. She started to cry and said how much she missed sewing. It made me think “what will I do when the day comes that I can no longer sew?” I promised her that those patterns would be well cared for. I wonder what I will do with my patterns and all my old sewing books. I still remember that pink and white gingham dress I made at 10 years old. I tore it apart so many times to get it right. But, I wore that dress with pride to church one time and then I put it away. Women don’t really sew much anymore. It is less expensive to buy clothes these days, especially because of cheap overseas labor. Plus, fabric has become quite pricey. I love sewing and can’t imagine not making some kind of garment almost every day. I hope I have rekindled some memories of sewing for some of you, and that you have enjoyed this little bit of a blast from the sewing past. Aggie Garcia is a Southern California based fashion designer. As owner of ‘Illusions by Aggie’, she creates custom high quality bikinis and figure competition suits. Visit


Red River Campaign Commemoration Experience the Rich Civil War History of Central Louisiana Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana March 5-8, 2015 Featuring symposia, living history demonstrations, battle reenactments, and a special historically accurate baseball game, this series of events commemorates the Red River Campaign, a series of battles that were fought along the Red River in Louisiana, during the American Civil War between March 10-May 22, 1864. For full event details visit, and for Alexandria and Pineville travel information, visit From March 5-8, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site in Pineville will host a variety of historic events including: Food and music from the Civil War era, speakers and Civil War history authors, Catholic priest who saved St. Frances Xavier campfire tours, living history demonstrations, battle Cathedral in Alexandria from burning at the re-enactments, a baseball game re-enactment of hands of the Union soldiers. (Re-enactment). when confederate soldiers surprise a group of Union soldiers as they played baseball on the future site of Fort Randolph, and a Civil War era community church service. On March 6, Kent Plantation House in Alexandria, will host a wine and cheese reception and speaker T. Michael Parrish, Ph.D., Baylor University. On March 7, St. Frances Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, will host a re-enactment of the Catholic priest who saved his church from burning at the hands of the Union soldiers by wielding two pistols. This was the only church left standing when Alexandria was burned in 1864. On March 7, at 6pm, Tyrone Plantation in Alexandria will host “Memories of the Red River Campaign” Dinner Theatre, a production showing George Mason Graham tell his son Duncan, who just returned from the War, about what happened in Alexandria. Tickets $25. Tickets: (318) 442-8528 or (318) 4429546. Photo of priest on front cover and this page, courtesy Alexandria / Pineville Area CVB.

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By Nancy J. Reid Generally, those born in February are said to be sensitive and caring. They can be over emotional, compassionate and into heavy relationships. They are looking for that special someone and if they stay alone too long, can become depressed. Sometimes this can lead to co-dependence but conversely, they are optimists and willing to work towards their goals. They think in the abstract and can be daring. Aquarians, those born from January 21 to February 19, are real day dreamers, can think out of the box and are intelligent. They are loyal, friendly, humanitarian, honest, inventive and intellectual. On the flip side they can be intractable, contrary, unpredictable and detached. Pisces, those born from February 20 to March 20 are imaginative, sensitive, compassionate, kind, selfless, sympathetic and intuitive. On the flip side, they are escapist, secretive, vague on purpose, sometimes easily led and weakwilled. The first odd combination I see is that of Sarah Jane Moore who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, just days after the only other women to attempt to assassinate President Ford, Lynette Fromme from the Manson gang tried. Moore became fascinated by Patty Hearst while employed as a bookkeeper by Randolph Hearst and was an FBI informant when she attempted to kill President Ford. Strangely enough, she shares the same traits as Patty Hearst and mobster Bugsy Siegal. In music we have the likes of Alice Cooper, the Godfather of Shock Rock as opposed to Beatle George Harrison,guitarist Andres Segovia, Johnny Cash and Fats Domino. We have two of the most loved comedians, Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason, as well as a slew of performers including Gypsy Rose Lee, Joanne Woodward, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Peter Fonda and John Travolta. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, pony express rider and Indian Scout, is Buffalo Bill Cody. He started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars, founding his Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883. We have the personalities of Union Leader James Hoffa, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and activist Ralph Nader to consider, and then there are four Sports icons, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mark Spitz and Mario Andretti.

Artists - Aquarians February 18, 1933 - Yoko Ono Pisces February 25, 1841 - Pierre Renoir February 26, 1808 - H. Daumier Authors, Writers & Publishers - Aquarians February 2, 1882 - James Joyce February 3, 1874 - Gertrude Stein February 7, 1885 - Sinclair Lewis February 7, 1812 - Charles Dickens February 7, 1917 - Stephen Crane February 8, 1928 - Jules Vern February 10, 1890 - Boris Pasternak February 14, 1944 - Carl Berstein February 18, 1922 - Helen Gurley Brown


Criminals - Aquarians February 15, 1930 - Sarah Jane Moore Pisces February 28, 1906 - Bugsy Siegal February 20, 1954 - Patty Hearst Musicians - Aquarians February 2, 1940 - Graham Nash February 4, 1948 - Alice Cooper February 6, 1943 - Fabian February 7, 1962 - Garth Brooks February 9, 1942 - Carol King February 10, 1927 - Leotyne Price February 12, 1968 - Chynna Phillips February 16, 1935 - Sonny Bono February 17, 1902 - Marian Anderson February 18, 1894 - Andres Sogovia Pisces February 24, 1943 George Harrison February 26, 1932 Johnny Cash February 26, 1928 Fats Domino Performers, Directors & Celebrities - Aquarians February 1, 1901 - Clark Gable February 2, 1953 - Christie Brinkley February 2, 1947 - Farrah Fawcett February 4, 1945 - David Brenner February 14, 1894 - Jack Benny February 6, 1915 - Zsa Zsa Gabor February 6, 1931 - Rip Torn February 6, 1940 - Tom Brokaw February 8, 1921 - Lana Turner February 8, 1931 - James Dean February 8, 1925 - Jack Lemmon February 9, 1914 Gypsy Rose Lee February 9, 1943 - Joe Pesci February 9, 1945 - Mia Farrow February 11, 1936 - Burt Reynolds February 12, 1915 - Lorne Greene February 14, 1882 John Barrymore February 14, 1921 - Hugh Downs February 14, 1927 - Harvy Korman February 17, 1925 - Hal Holbrook February 18, 1954 - John Travolta February 19, 1955 - Margaux Hemingway

Performers, Directors & Celebrities - Pisces February 20, 1927 Sidney Poitier February 20, 1946 Sandy Duncan February 20, 1949 Ivana Trump February 20, 1949 Jennifer O'Neill February 21, 1921 Sam Peckinpah February 23, 1940 Peter Fonda February 23, 1938 - Sylvia Chase February 26, 1846 - Buffalo Bill Cody February 26, 1916 - Jackie Gleason February 27, 1910 - Joan Bennett February 27, 1930 - Joanne Woodward February 27, 1932 - Elizabeth Taylor Politicians, Presidents, Statesmen & Activists Aquarians February 4, 1921 - Betty Freidan February 4, 1947 - Dan Quayle February 5, 1900 - Adlai Stevenson February 6, 1911 - Ronald Reagan February 10, 1894 - Harold MacMillan February 11, 1920 - King Farouk February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1880 - John L. Lewis February 12, 1916 - Joseph Alioto February 13, 1885 - Bess Truman February 14, 1913 - James Hoffa February 16, 1665 - Queen Anne February 19, 1960 - Prince Andrew Pisces February 22, 1932 - Edward Kennedy February 27, 1934 - Ralph Nader February 27, 1980 - Chelsea Clinton Scientists - Aquarian February 12, 1908 Charles Darwin Pisces February 28, 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus Sports Figures - Aquarians February 5. 1934 Hank Aaron February 6, 1895 - Babe Ruth February 10, 1950 Mark Spitz Pisces February 28, 1940 - Mario Andretti PAGE 59

UPCOMING BIG BLEND RADIO SHOWS Join co-hosts Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the crazy mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Spirit of America Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays variety show on Feb. 1, a special 2-day Home & Garden Radio Expo on Feb. 8 & 9, and Authors & Writers Round-up Radio show on Feb. 22. All shows air from 11am PST / 12pm MST / 1pm CST / 2pm EST. Listen live or to the archive on, or download the podcasts from iTunes.

Feb. 1, 2015: Seeds, UK Gardens, Ventura, Arizona, Music – This show airs from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona. On This Episode: - OPEN SESAME: The Story of Seeds – Awardwinning filmmaker M. Sean Kaminsky discusses his new documentary. - Norfolk Garden Destinations – Glynn Burrows, Norfolk Tours in England - Ventura, California – Travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ - Presidio in Tubac AZ – Shaw Kinsey, Director of Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - Events in Yuma AZ – Rex Ijams – Yuma Art Center & Historic Yuma Theatre, and Carrie Ring – Yuma Civic Center - Fabulous Fudge Club – Donna George, The Peanut Patch in Yuma, AZ - Alice Sweet Alice - Kansas City based alternative rock band.


Feb. 8: Home & Garden Radio Expo – Day 1: This show airs from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona. On This Episode: - Storing Wine at Home – Howard & Ruth Milstein, author of Gourmand award-winning recipe book ‘Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine’ - Cooking with Fresh Herbs – 5 Star Chef Ivan Flowers, Top of the Market in San Diego - Organizing Your Kitchen & Garage - Regina Leeds ‘The Zen Organizer’, best-selling author of ‘One Year to an Organized Life’ series - Vegetarianism - Author James McWilliams will discuss his book ‘The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals’ - Animal Friendly Home & Garden – Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA wildlife conservation organization.

Feb. 9: Home & Garden Radio Expo – Day 2: This show airs live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona. On This Episode: - Culinary Tricks with Utensils – Chef Jeremy Manley, Jeremy’s on the Hill California Bistro in Julian - Herbs that Cleanse – Herbalist Cynthia Johnston, MoonMaid Botanicals - Flowers in Art – Artist Victoria Chick - David Austin Roses – Chris VanCleave ‘Redneck Rosarian’ and Teresa Byington, Rose Chat Radio - Garden Events in Central California – Sandy Blankenship – Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie Cortez – Porterville Chamber of Commerce - Hummingbird & Butterfly Gardens in Yuma – Richard Stamp and Espy Matlock, City of Yuma, Arizona Plus, Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert!


Feb. 22: Authors & Writers Round-Up Radio Show! Interviews On: - Book Events, Signings & Readings - Lynn Wiese Sneyd ‘The Book Biz Whiz’, author and owner of LWS Literary Services. - Becoming a Travel Writer - Sue Montgomery, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association Writers Panel Discussion: - Ron Chepesiuk – Award-winning author, investigative journalist, movie producer and publisher at Strategic Media Books. - Christian Cipollini – Journalist and author of true crime books, including his latest ‘Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad’ - Mark Stevens – Author of Alison Coil mystery series including the latest ‘Trapline’, and publisher of the Gary Reilly’s Asphalt Warrior comic novel series. - Brian Anderson – Author of The Godling Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy series. - Craig McGuire – Author, ‘Beyond the Ides of March--Why March is the Unluckiest Month of All’.