Big Blend's Radio & Tv Magazine July 2015

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July 2015

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Contents… 5. Editors Block 14. BIG BLEND BONANZA GIVEAWAY! 80. Upcoming Radio Shows

A TOAST TO THE ARTS 6. News & Interviews 10. Historic Artists of Yosemite 13. Artist Gail Shelton

CREATIVE CELEBRATIONS 19. July Holidays 20. Summer Parties!

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY 22. Wine Tasting at Marquita Crossing 24. Foodie News & Interviews 27. Fruit it Up!

GARDEN GOSSIP 32. Building a Solid Energy-Saving House 35. Power Shift

NATURE CONNECTION 36. Back to the Blue

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SPIRIT OF AMERICA 38. Pinnacles National Park 41. Pinnacles National Park Travel Planner 48. National Park News & Interviews

VACATION STATION 51. Summer in Yosemite’s Gold Country 53. Summer in the Sequoias 56. Summer in San Diego’s Back Country 58. Super Summer in Yuma WAY BACK WHEN 60. American Presidents With English Connections 62. Welcome to the Shire 64. Giddy-Up To Yerington, NV 65. Relics and Legends 68 Born Under a Sign-July

QUALITY OF LIFE 70. Herbal Health for Men 71. Excellence Effect-Integrity 72. News & Interviews

SUCCESS EXPRESS 75. Promote Your Business With a Book 76. New & Interviews 77. Designer Insider 78. Encore Career Insider PAGE 4

EDITORS BLOCK With the anniversary of America’s Independence, it means we’re knee-deep into summer. This issue celebrates the sunny season with the background history of July’s holidays, summer party planning tips, and fruity recipes that range from blackberry pie to watermelon ice. From wine tasting in Paso Robles to hiking in Pinnacles National Park, we have travel articles and event news covering various destinations in the western states of Arizona, California and Nevada. In the world of the arts, we shine the spotlight on Louisiana artist Gail Shelton and the historic artists who first painted and photographed Yosemite, feature interviews with noteworthy musicians and entertainers, and a little Hollywood History. Read about our US Presidents who have family connections back in England, find out about the fascinating relics and legends of Lyon County, Nevada, and take a listen to our Big Blend Radio Time Travel Play ‘Phyllis Diller Meets Amelia Earhart’ as part of the ‘Born Under a Sign’ article.

Priscilla, Big Blend’s pink sock monkey travel mascot, hangs out with Cali The Condor in Pinnacles National Park.

When it comes to nature and the environment, this issue covers national park funding, fossil fuels versus solar power, building a sustainable home, and, the delightful story of the dolphins Tom and Misha, who the Born Free Foundation rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild. In June we broadcasted our annual education radio show at Quantum Learning Network in Oceanside, California. Hear the various interviews on education and parenting, and enjoy the interviews and articles focusing on health and relationships, and success in business and marketing. Be sure to subscribe to our Big Blend e-Newsletter so you can enter our Big Blend Bonanza Giveaway. Remember, one winner wins all the prizes we add to the prize pot throughout the year. You will also receive our Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine in your email. Here’s to a Fun-filled Summer! Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith Big Blend’s mother-daughter publishing, radio and travel team; along with Priscilla - Big Blend’s pink sock monkey travel mascot! Front Cover Photos: Dolphins Tom & Misha by J. Foster for Born Free Foundation; Pinnacles National Park; Chef Jeremy Manley’s Blackberry Lemonade; and ‘All That Jazz’ by artist Gail Shelton. PAGE 5




Tennessee Love Song

For My Mother Who Truly Loved The World

Nashville based country artist Sarah Gayle Meech chats with Big Blend Radio about 'Tennessee Love Song', the follow-up to her debut album 'One Good Thing'. With a high-caliber cast of pickers and a talent for traditional songwriting, she’s been keeping the honky-tonk spirit alive in Music City. Sarah Gayle holds residencies at famed Robert’s Western World and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, recently won the 2015 Best Outlaw Female Ameripolitan Award, has a song and performance featured on ABC’s 'Nashville', and has songs featured on the hit FX TV series 'Justified.' Keep up with her music and shows at

Arizona based singer-songwriter Ryan David Orr talks with Big Blend Radio about his music and songwriting career, as well as his latest album 'More Than Strangers' and new 7-track EP 'For My Mother Who Truly Loved The World'. Ryan has been a major player on the American folk scene and has traveled all over the United States playing in many of folk music’s legendary venues. Keep up with his upcoming performances, music and videos at







Nathan Pacheco II

900 Voices – We Are Love

Classical crossover artist Nathan Pacheco speaks with Big Blend Radio about his second full length album “Nathan Pacheco II." Nathan rose to prominence by recording and touring with instrumental superstar Yanni, who met Pacheco after the singer auditioned for mega-pop producer Ric Wake, who was helming the new album "Yanni Voices." Pacheco recorded several new tunes on the collection and quickly gained a following as a guest performer on the "Yanni Voices" PBS Special and over 100 tour dates throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The acclaimed tenor has toured the U.K. with British singer Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra, headlined tours in the U.S. and starred in his own PBS special "Introducing Nathan Pacheco." Keep up with Nathan at

Producer, author and GRAMMY® winning composer and recording artist Laura Sullivan chats with Big Blend Radio about her new music video and song ‘900 Voices - We Are Love’ that features 938 people singing in 27 languages from all over the world. Fifty percent of the music proceeds of “900 Voices” are going towards the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock. This organization partners with economically disadvantaged school districts to run music programs. Download the track and learn more at







Heart on Fire

For Better or Worse

Bassist Alexander Gershman, founder of the jazz collective Sasha's Bloc, talks with Big Blend Radio about the jazz industry and the release of their second album, ‘Heart On Fire’. An intriguing ensemble of varied artists, nationalities and experiences, Sasha’s Bloc aims to solidify their growing presence on the U.S. music scene with this original album that hearkens back to the Big Jazz Band sound of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, and to a performance style that evokes such seminal acts as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald and more. On ‘Heart On Fire’, Gershman is honored to have Grammynominated vocalist Jane Monheit perform on multiple tracks. Visit

Chandra Curelley is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actress. Listen to her interview with Big Blend Radio about her music career, and current her role as Ms. V on "For Better or Worse" on OWN. She’s a fixture in many of Tyler Perry's other productions including "Madea's Big Happy Family," "Diary of Mad Black Woman," "Tyler Perry's A Madea's Christmas." Chandra is also the former lead singer for the legendary recording group, the S.O.S. Band, replacing the original lead singer. She continued the band’s string of Top Twenty Billboard hits with the CD’s "Diamonds In The Raw", and "One Of Many Nights", where she wrote several songs, including the single "Broken Promises." Keep up with her at




NEWS & INTERVIEWS ERICA AUSTIN Against The Grain Erica Austin chats with Big Blend Radio about her young adult / teen digital comic series "Against The Grain," that features Leslie the heroine, a tomboy with a vivid and wild imagination. An outcast of sorts, Leslie is a free spirit coming to terms with herself, the world around her, and the world in her head. "Against the Grain" takes you beyond mere words, weaving different stories together into a single, exhilarating narrative. Each of the comic books spring to life after several pages, bursting into brilliant and vibrantly dramatic movie shorts that advance the storyline. You can read a portion of the tale, and then watch your favorite characters run, fight, jump, and crawl across the pages before returning to reading. See


Steve Schneickert recalls the Hollywood History of business and professional themed movies, plays and TV shows including: ‘The Pajama Game’ (1954), ‘9 to 5’ (1980), ‘The West Wing’ (1999), and ‘The Office’ (2005).



By artist Victoria Chick The history of the artists of Yosemite is not merely a recounting of the paintings, engravings, and etchings they produced, but encompasses politics, big business, and the early movement to set aside spectacular land to be forever enjoyed by the public.

This article is not inclusive of all the artists that have made Yosemite a subject, but does detail some of the earliest.

Yosemite Falls by Thomas Ayers

The first “fine artist” to visit Yosemite was Thomas Ayers who arrived in 1855. Ayers was brought in by James Mason Hutching who had the idea of publishing a magazine called California Monthly. Ayers did two drawings on that trip but returned a year later to draw again. His drawings were turned into engravings for publication in the magazine. The originals were acquired by Admiral James Alden of Boston who came to California to settle a boundary dispute between the U.S. and Mexico. Alden’s family owned the drawings until 1926, when they gave them as a gift to the Valley of the Yosemite Museum. Carleton Watkins produced photographic images of Yosemite that became part of the presentation to Congress given by Senator John Conness to convince Congress to set aside and preserve the area as a park. Conness, from California, and Galen Clark, a homesteader in the Mariposa Giant Sequoia Grove near Yosemite Valley, lobbied almost ten years to bring the Yosemite Grant to fruition. It was finally signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and Yosemite became a California State Park.


Big Blend Radio interview with Victoria Chick.

Watkins’ photographs were instrumental in getting Congress to understand the beauty and uniqueness of Yosemite at a time before there was a transcontinental railroad, and few Easterners had gone by ship to San Francisco, much less taken a rough stagecoach ride from there into the Sierra Mountains. Thomas Hill (1829 -1908) was born in England but came to the United States as a child. By 1854, he had studied art in Philadelphia and Paris.


Looking Down at Yosemite Falls by Albert Bierstadt In 1861 he began living and working in San Francisco but maintained a permanent studio in Yosemite. Thus, he was considered the “Pioneer Artist of Yosemite”. Paintings he did can be seen in the Yosemite Museum but much of his painting inventory was destroyed in the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Rather than sell his paintings to individuals, he would take one painting at a time on tour, charging a fee to look at it. Sometimes he kept the fees; sometimes he donated the money to charity. His tours went to major cities in America and Europe. He has been criticized as a showman, but his skill as a painter cannot be denied.

The most well-known early artist to paint Yosemite was Albert Bierstadt (1829 – 1902). Bierstadt came to the United States as a child, growing up on the Eastern seaboard. He was a highly successful painter that specialized in dramatic landscapes. Hearing of the grandeur of the western portion of the continent, Bierstadt took an overland stage trip across the U.S. in 1858, making sketches and developing ideas for very large paintings. In addition to his preference for landscape, Bierstadt also studied American Indian culture and included many details of tribal life in his paintings. The drama of Yosemite made it a perfect subject for Bierstadt. He painted many aspects of it - domes, cliffs and waterfalls, capturing the changing light and atmospheric effects in a grand, romantic way. Bierstadt made the western landscape real to people who would never have the chance to travel and see it in person. His audience was huge.

By the time John Muir and conservationist Robert U. Johnson began lobbying for Mariposa Giant Sequoia Grove and other land surrounding Yosemite Valley to be preserved as a National Park, artists, through their paintings and publication of their etchings, had attracted the attention of the public, business, and government to specific natural wonders within Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Giant Sequoia Grove. East Coast Printmaker James Smillie (1833 – 1909), an engraver and etcher, made a trip to Yosemite in 1871 where he found numerous views that inspired etchings. Smillie was also writer and wrote the section on Yosemite for Volume 1 of Picturesque America published in 1872. Smillie illustrated the section with 20 of his etchings.


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Historic Artists of Yosemite Continued Early visual publications such as Picturesque America whetted the appetite for travel after the Civil War. The possibilities for tourism increased due to the completion of railroads which made travel safer, speedier, and had opened many of the most scenic areas to tourists by also operating hotels and restaurants. Although Yosemite was one of the first lands set aside as parkland, it was one of the last areas to be reached by train. Horseback and stagecoach were the usual transportation modes to reach Yosemite until a railroad was completed from Merced to El Portal in 1907.

A third printmaker, Charles William Dahlgreen (1864 – 1955), did a series of etchings from his visit to Yosemite Valley. Several of these are in the collection of the Library of Congress. Muir’s lobbying efforts were realized when 1500 acres of land around Yosemite Valley was declared a National Park in 1890. In 1906 the original Yosemite Grant, making the valley a California State Park, was incorporated into the National Park System.

Although this article is limited to early Yosemite artists, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the work of these, and later, other artists in the early Another artist, Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926), made twentieth century, did more than promote the setting aside of lands. Their paintings also served his first trip to Yosemite in 1872, followed by six as advertisement to the public to visit the new parks more trips there before 1922. Yosemite’s Moran via railroad and automobile, thus providing income Point is named in his honor. He was a prolific painter and etcher. A collection of almost 300 of his from park fees to help maintain and protect the land. artworks has been given to the National Park Service and is housed in the Yosemite Museum An amazing aspect of the move to preserve because Yosemite is the subject of so many. He was working on a painting of Bridle Veil Falls at the Yosemite is that it marks the only time in U.S. history where the work of fine artists was a driving time of his death in 1926. force in forming opinion, ultimately bringing about the National Park System, an idea that was unique in world governments and served as a model for other countries. 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 Nancy J. Reid


As we travel around the country we meet all kinds of people, and Gail Shelton ranks at the top of the multi-talented, creative and busy. Gail lives in Winnfield in North Central Louisiana, and owns and runs the Pea Patch Gallery and Cafe that has an art gallery, antique and gift mall, Gail’s studio and Uncle Earl’s Cafe.

Listen to our Big Blend Radio interview with artist Gail Shelton.

Gail taught gifted art students in Winn Parish for 20 years and needed a place to display her students work, thus the gallery, a historic building that used to be a hardware store, was renovated and turned into what you see today. Gail continues to teach and hold workshops, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for watercolors, pencil, pen and ink, pastels and colored pencil. Her subject matter ranges from flowers, birds, wildlife to cityscapes, people and still life. Travel Journal Once a year Gail travels somewhere in the world, with a group, painting as she goes, filling journals Final Egret, top photo. with colorful memoirs and notes about each trip. Painting to right is Besides this, she also runs and helps in Uncle Pirates Alley. Earl’s Cafe and the gift mall. The cafe specializes Gail also painted in some real Southern comfort food that you can’t All That Jazz featured help but love, including cornbread, black-eyed peas on our front cover. and more! The gift mall is an eclectic collection of unique crafts, antiques, hand made clothing, jewelry and gifts that you won’t find in the big box stores. To learn more visit


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HOW DO YOU ENTER? Subscribe to the Big Blend e-Newsletter to get the monthly prize update, monthly question, and entry form. Maximize your chances of winning by answering as many questions as possible. As a subscriber your entries are tripled each month. Last entry will be accepted on November 10, 2015. Winner will be announced in the December 2015 issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.

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July Holidays, Observances and Traditions by Nancy J. Reid Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is one of only four holidays in the USA, that is still celebrated on its date, no matter what day of the week it falls on. Christmas, New Year’s and Halloween are the others. We have moved all the others for convenience sake.

Even though New York Harbor was teeming with hundreds of British naval ships, Washington read the Declaration to a crowd in front of the City Hall. The crowd cheered wildly and amassed to tear down a statue of King George III, which was later melted down and made into over 42,000 musket balls for the new American army.

John Hancock was the first to sign it with a flourish, on August 8, like most of the other signers. Fifty six men signed the document, the oldest being Benjamin Franklin, aged 70, and the youngest In the early summer of 1776, a group of men being Edward Rutledge, a lawyer from South representing all 13 of our original colonies, acting Carolina, who was just 26 years of age. Eight of the as the Continental Congress, gathered in signers were born in Great Britain, the rest born in Philadelphia. These leaders appointed five men the America. Now we celebrate this day with backyard task of putting to paper the Declaration of BBQ’s, block parties, festivals and parades. Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first In 1984 Ronald Reagan deemed July as National draft, and it was edited by Congress. Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as On July 2, twelve of the colonies voted to declare National Ice Cream Day. independence from Great Britain. New York July 2 has become World UFO Day to raise abstained until the delegates had permission from awareness about the existence of UFO’s and their home assembly to vote in favor of intelligent beings from outer space. It is used to independence. encourage governments to declassify their By July 4, the finished Declaration of Independence knowledge of sightings, usually through their was accepted by Congress and it is the military sources. Interested? Visit acceptance, not the signing of the declaration, that we celebrate. On July 5th an unsigned copy was In 1989, the Governing Council of the United printed in Philadelphia and dispatched throughout Nations Development Programme recommended colonies to newspapers, local officials and the that, July 11 become World Population Day to be commanders of the Continental troops. observed world wide. This is to highlight the issues When a copy of the Declaration reached New York, connected with a global population of over 7 billion on July 9, George Washington, then Commander of that grows by over 100, 000 people a day. the Continental Forces in New York received it. PAGE 19

By Regina Leeds 'The Zen Organizer', best-selling author of ‘One Year to an Organized Life’


Regina Leeds talks Summer Parties!

Another way to save on expenses for a party is by giving your guests assignments. There’s always someone with a winning potato salad they love to whip up for parties or someone (like me) who lives After the Fourth of July, the weather cooperates down the street from an extraordinary bakery. In and we all dream about an outdoor party. We’ve today’s economy the important thing is to share been cooped up all winter and it feels like time quality time with loved ones. No one should be to release ‘ye olde BBQ’ from its winter embarrassed if they need to ask friends to make a slumber. You know me: I need a plan. Here are contribution to a party. You’re doing the planning; some things to consider before you send out you deserve a little help. (Don’t forget to factor in your E-vites or pick up the phone. whatever beverages you wish to serve.) The Devil is in the Details The idea of a party is always exciting, isn’t it? And here I am about to throw cold water on your plans with mention of the dreaded ‘B’ word. Not that word but rather budget. If you follow your heart you might wind up broke at the end of the month or worse with unexpected credit card charges. Let’s look first at your finances and see what’s in the ‘expendable income’ column. Do you want to use all of that for your party or just a portion? What’s that you say? You don’t have a budget!? Check out One Year to an Organized Financial Life for detailed instruction or Google ‘budget’ for immediate assistance. Who would you like to invite? Toss out every name you can onto a sheet of paper. How many people are on your list? You might count and realize immediately that it’s too many. Perhaps more than too many to feed it’s too many for your home and backyard to handle. Do some whittling down. We all have ‘A-Listers’ who are automatically invited to every social event we host. Noodle with the rest of your list. Strive to create a good mix of personalities.

Once you have the guest list and the menu (and/or food assignments) you can start planning how the place is going to look. Do you want to decorate? Is this a lazy summer weekend get together or a Fourth of July bash? Will you use paper plates? What about silverware vs. plastic? Do you have tablecloths and coolers? Take some time to list all the items you need and see how many you have from previous gatherings. If you are giving out assignments to guests remember that someone might like to bring paper goods rather than a food item. Clear the Clutter When you have the details worked out, it’s time to make your home ‘party ready.’ One of the best tips I can share is this: don’t open your entire home to your guests. They don’t have to take a tour, see any of the bedrooms or use more than the designated guest bathroom. How will you keep them out? Lock the doors in question or post a sign that says: ‘Please do not enter.’ If you have pets you can always use them as excuses. ‘Do not open: Cat/Dog inside!’


Spend the summer sharpening your entertaining skills. The food is light, the menu is simple and you can keep guests in the backyard for most of the evening. Come Fall move the festivities inside and begin hosting intimate dinner parties. Who knows maybe this is the year Thanksgiving (the mother of all dinner parties) moves to your home? In One Year to an Organized Life I've got you covered with detailed instructions. No one should be afraid to entertain. It takes a bit of organizing but the rewards are rich and the memories last a lifetime. This may mean you have less to organize for the event. Before you dive in, walk through with what I call ‘Fresh Eyes.’ If you were a guest, how would these rooms strike you? Is there clutter everywhere or do they simply need to be cleaned? If you don’t have time to clean, can you hire someone? Clutter collects as the result of unmade decisions. Go through and eliminate as much debris as you can. Toss old magazines, newspapers, invitations for sales and events that have passed etc. Put things in the rooms where they belong. You know like those coffee cups that are collecting in your bedroom. And then figure out the best way to organize whatever is causing the clutter. Needless to say the best solutions for clutter clearing are in my books! Clean Up Look ahead to the end of the evening and be sure you aren’t doing all the work by yourself. If you have a large family I trust you are going to have tasks so that everyone will share clean up chores. You might want to offer your children a few extra dollars if they are especially helpful. For those of you who are alone or empty nesters, see if you can hire someone to help out. Your teenagers may be gone but someone else’s may be in need of spending money for school.

Professional organizer Regina Leeds, known as The Zen Organizertm has brought order and peace to home and work environments across the country for over 27 years. She is the author of 10 books on organizing including New York Times bestseller ‘One Year to an Organized Life’ and the newest release ‘Rightsize! Right Now!’ The latter presents a sane plan for rightsizing your possessions to fit your home and life and craft a move in 8 weeks. A former actress Regina delights in giving lectures on the benefits of Zen Organizingtm. A native of Brooklyn, New York she now lives in Los Angeles with her rescue pup Charlie. Learn more at

Old Glory Cocktail This summer cocktail recipe is from mixologist Heather Witherington who pours cool cocktails at the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill, a popular weekday Happy Hour hangout in Yuma, Arizona! Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Three Olives Citrus Vodka ½ oz. Blue Curacao Sprite Method: Add ice to a tumbler. Add Vodka, top with sprite (leave room). Float Blue Curacao on top. Garnish with stick of cherries and lemon wedge.


By Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’. Listen to her Big Blend Radio interview below.


It’s been a while since I was in Paso wine country. I tend to get distracted by all of its sparkly brothers and sisters around the world, as I look for the next best sip. Shame on me. While I was looking in all the wrong places, Paso was doing all the right things. The wine and grape industry in San Luis Obispo County has been transformed over the last decade, a transformation that has enabled growth while preserving agriculture and independent ownership in a beautiful rural environment. If you haven’t been in a while…do it now. Why n-o-w? Read on. I have my reasons.

The “Kool Kids” have come up with a very smart way to work inside that challenging scenario. It’s called “Tin City” and it’s something you must see for yourself. Think of a grouping of small wineries, some tasting rooms, and artisan businesses open at Marquita Crossing across Highway 101 from Target in Paso Robles. This is an industrial complex that three years ago was sleepy, quiet and pretty much unknown. Now, a brewing company or two have moved in along with several wineries, a distillery and an artisan guitar maker, all creating a quirky community of independent businesses. It’s officially called Marquita Crossing, but insiders have dubbed this area “Tin City.” Tin City references all the buildings made of tin. Tourists I talked to mostly had the same opinion, “Creative, compact, easily walkable and — different.” As the story goes, the term “Wine Ghetto” was considered but was passed over because of a similar name and concept in Lompoc. If you’ve been to the Lompoc setting you get the visual: several wineries and associated business located in an industrial area, away from where people would normally expect to find them. When it works, it works. Just sayin.

It appears the “Kool Kids” have taken over. Small lot wines and self-determining vision seem to be the order of the day for these grassroots entrepreneurial winemakers. Last time I looked, the big guys were moving in, taking over, planting bazillion of acres for their middle of the road, big lot production wines. What a relief to see that trend, while not gone all together, has been mitigated by a generation of winemakers who care more about the land, the community, interesting wines and a gentler more eco-conscious lifestyle. Water, as in all of California, is at a premium, as is the agricultural driven way of life. Land prices are up. Tourists are plentiful, but how do you get them to your tasting room? Wait…how do you afford to open a wine tasting room and all that goes with becoming a winemaker? The joke one hears often in wine country begins with, “How do you make a million dollars in the wine industry?” The answer? “Start with three million.” PAGE 22

In Tin City, artists and winemakers love making wines their way. Owners have all worked here, there and everywhere – for everyone else, both domestic and international. They’re very experienced and hungry for a shot at doing their own thing. They’re starting from the ground up here. They have a different plan for what they do and how they do it. Some are so small they only lease a few rows (not acres) of grapes in several vineyards. Some share production and storage space. They’re looking for perfection as only they can see it. They’re starting small and loving the outcome. Having tasted the results, I’d say they are definitely on the right track. Heads up! I counted five wineries while I was there on a press trip. None were open for casual drop-in visitors on the day we went. We tasted the following three by appointment. So call ahead. Some do offer limited hours. As small artisan wineries that want to make wine without the expense and demands (like staffing a daily tasting room) of the bigger-guy wineries out in the Paso Robles countryside, so What this means is Andrew produces small compromises needed to be made. Once you quantities of unexpected wine from unusual, quiet experience Tin City, you’ll applaud their efforts and vineyards. His tasting room features a fun sleek not care it took a phone call to get you in. décor and good wines. Be sure and try his Fiction Red - 500 ml Cans - 4 pack for a take home price Try these Tin City dreamers before they reach of $40.00. You’ll be surprised how good it is. success and move on to be the big guys. HOURS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Giornata - Perhaps the best of the group listed, this 11 AM to 5:00 PM: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. is a DO NOT MISS. According to the owners, we had a, “… dream to create wines from Italian grapes grown in California employing the sensibility and philosophy of Italian winemaking. We work with the same grape vines (clonal material) as the best producers in Italy.” The results are pretty much perfection. Expect a winemaking style leaning more toward Italian than Californian, producing wines with balance and subtlety rather than intensity and extraction. This place is special on a variety of levels. Giornata offers tours and tastings by appointment only. Make sure you get the full tour. I won’t ruin the surprise, but you won’t believe the dedication to lifestyle and pursuit of creativity behind the tasting room doors. Bring your camera.

Clos Solene - Need your “French fix?” The story of Clos Solene is very very French and the epitome of small lot production. The atmosphere and wines all ooze fragrance, flavor, structure and sophistication. Most of their wines are saved for wine club members, so keep that in mind. If you love the six wines that are – or should be available to taste- even more are available to you when you become part of their club. My favorite was the 2014 La Rose for Visitors. Note purchase is limited to 1 bottle. Winemaker notes hit the mark, “Because it is rose, pink, because it is floral like la rose, the rose, we called our rosé wine La Rose. Fruity and dry, this very refreshing pink wine amazed by its color, Field Recordings - Creative, wacky and wonderful. flavor and “Frenchiness.” $38. The 34-year old winemaker Andrew spends his days as a vine nursery field man planning and Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva' is a planting vineyards for farmers all over California. As a result Andrew is sometimes offered small lots professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California, who specializes in of their best grapes. As he puts it, he “…has a easy, breezy destination stories sharing her keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are favorite things about the places she visits. Visit unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential.” PAGE 23


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Big Blend Radio interviews Winemaker Josh Jensen

Big Blend Radio interviews Chef Eric Klein & Andrew Harris



Eric Klein, the executive chef and partner at Spago Calera Wine Company Las Vegas, talks with Big Blend Radio about working alongside Wolfgang Puck, creating Big Blend editors / radio hosts Nancy J. Reid and memorable meals for his diners, shopping the Lisa D. Smith met with Josh Jensen, the visionary farmer’s markets in Las Vegas, and serving winemaker and owner of the award-winning Calera celebrities such as Bette Midler, Cher, and Rod Wine Company, during a visit to Hollister in central Stewart. Born and raised in Alsace, Chef Klein California. This fascinating interview was conducted began his culinary career in France where he out in the wine tasting room’s beautifully received his diploma in 1991 from Lycee landscaped picnic area, overlooking the Professional. He joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine spectacular Diablo Mountains. After spending time Dining Group soon after relocating to the United in Burgundy, Josh returned to California in search States in 1996, and spent seven years working of the ideal site to plant his vineyard. His French alongside Chef Wolfgang Puck at his Californiamentors taught him that elevation and limestone based restaurants, including Spago Beverly Hills. rich soil was key to creating phenomenal Spago Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesars chardonnay and pinot noir wines. Over 35 years was Wolfgang Puck’s first, and most successful, ago, he found the perfect parcel of land, high in restaurant in his growing collection in Las Vegas. elevation and right beside an old limestone quarry. Learn more at Over the years Calera Wine Company has garnered numerous awards, accolades and media Andrew Harris, radio host of the 'SoCal Restaurant attention for its delectable cool climate varietals that Show' and board member of International Food include pinot noir, chardonnay, and viognier. Calera Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), also wines are available around the world and across joins in the Big Blend Radio discussion and talks the country, but it is well worth a visit to the tasting about Chef Klein being a presenter on the room in San Benito County, central California. upcoming IFWTWA Conference at Sea. Learn Learn more at more about IFWTWA at PAGE 24



Big Blend Radio interviews Chef Mary Kropelnicki

PASTRY CHEF MARY KROPELNICKI The Bakery Gallery Big Blend editors / radio hosts Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith met with Pastry Chef Mary Kropelnicki during a visit to Yerington, in Nevada’s western Pony Express country. Mary has been in the baking industry for over 35 years and owns The Bakery Gallery, a popular destination for the locals and area visitors, and for those traveling between Reno and Las Vegas. From the decadent cakes and pies, to the mouth-watering cookies, cupcakes, and Danish pastries, everything is made-fromscratch and is absolutely delicious! Listen to her interview about how she entered into the world of baking, the science behind it, and the importance of butter! Learn more at



From watermelons to plums and berries, all kinds of fabulous fruit is in season and just ripe for pickin’ and a eatin’! Check out these seven super summer fruit recipes – they’re perfect for a backyard party, a picnic, or a cool midday treat.

BLACKBERRY LEMONADE This refreshing recipe is from Chef Jeremy Manley ‘San Diego’s Sustainable Chef,’ who owns and operates Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro, in Julian, a historic mountain destination in Southern California. Listen to another fun Big Blend Radio interview with Chef Jeremy about lemonade and seasonal fruit, and watch his video on how to make fresh Blackberry Lemonade, as pictured! For more of Chef Jeremy’s recipes, visit Ingredients: 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 cups fresh blackberries 6 cups of water 1 cup of sugar Small handful of mint from the garden or a lemon slice Method: Place all ingredients in a pitcher and blend with a stick or immersion blender. Pour in glasses over ice and let it chill for a couple of minutes. For a grown up version, infuse with your favorite vodka, garnish with a mint sprig or lemon slice. Watch the video for variations and more tips.


Big Blend Radio Interview with Chef Jeremy Manley


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Fruit It Up! Continued GRAPE, TOMATO & SHALLOT FLATBREAD A wonderful summer snack or appetizer, this recipe serves four, and is from Ivan Flowers, the Five-Star Executive Chef of Top of the Market in San Diego. Listen to his Big Blend Radio interview! Ingredients: 3 Large Flatbreads 1 5.5 Ounce Package Boursin 3 Roma Tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 Cup Red Grapes, halved 2 Shallots, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil Spray Oil ¼ Pound Shredded Mozzarella Juice of 1 Lemon Salt Pepper Parmesan


Big Blend Radio Interview with Chef Ivan Flowers

Method: Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray both sides of flat breads with oil, place on baking sheets and put in oven until they are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Remove and set aside. Leave oven on so it is heated to finish cooking flatbreads.

This delicious pie recipe is from Andrea Peterson, innkeeper of Blue Heron Farm Bed & Breakfast that is located on an beautiful organic farm in southern California. You can use whatever berries you have, she tends to use a type of loganberry. For more of Andrea’s recipes visit

In a sauté pan over medium-low heat add the shallots, juice of 1 lemon and olive oil. Cook until translucent. Salt and pepper to taste. Take the toasted flatbreads and spread each with a third of the Boursin cheese. Next, sprinkle the cooked shallots over the Boursin, then use one thin sliced Roma tomato on each flatbread, placing slices so they are evenly covering the bread. Now, top tomatoes on the breads with the halved red grapes. Spray each with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finally, put 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese on each flatbread, and place flatbreads on baking sheets and put into your pre-heated oven. Cook about 8 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Top with grated Parmesan. Cut into slices and serve.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your favorite pie crust for a top and bottom of pie. Combine: 1-1/4 cup sugar 2 t. corn starch or I use tapioca flour Mix in and mash slightly: About 3 C. berries.

Fill the bottom crust with berries, cover with top crust. Prick and sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake until slightly brown. PAGE 28

Fruit It Up! Continued WATERMELON ICE A simply refreshing dessert recipe from Ruth Milstein. Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 pounds watermelon cut into chunks, rind and seeds removed 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 lemon, sliced Method: Place watermelon and lemon juice in a blender and process until chunky smooth. Freeze for 30 minutes in a small cake pan. Take it out of the freezer and stir well, then freeze again for another 30 minutes. Serve in a tall chilled glass with lemon slices.

COLD APPLE & GRAPE SOUP Here is the fresh, sweet taste of fruit that is a great soup or a fabulous cold drink. Whip this recipe from Ruth Milstein up in a jiffy, and enjoy in the hot summer! Makes 6 servings. Ingredients 2 apples; washed and cut into half inch cubes Half a pound seedless grapes; washed 2 cups grape juice 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, optional 2 tablespoons honey or artificial sweetener Method: Place the diced apples and grapes in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and cook for 5-7 minutes until apples are tender. Drain the fruit and add the grape juice, liqueur and honey; stir gently. Refrigerate overnight or for 3 hours.

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Big Blend Radio Interview with Ruth & Howard Milstein

FRUIT TIP & RADIO INTERVIEW Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Howard & Ruth Milstein about fruit and wine, and Ruth’s Watermelon Ice and Fruit Soup recipes, as featured on this page. Howard is a wine expert and Ruth is the author of the Gourmand award-winning recipe book ‘Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine.’ Get more of Ruth’s recipes at Tip: What can be done with overripe fruit? Puree it (peel first if necessary) and use as topping for pancakes, waffles ice cream or blend with yogurt. Add fresh juice or yogurt to puree for making a sauce or drink!

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MEDJOOL DATE SHAKE Debbie Mansheim, owner of Basket Creations & More in Yuma, Arizona shares her recipe for a cool date shake using locally grown Medjool dates from Bard Date Company. Watch her video here, and get more Medjool date recipes at There are many ways that you can make a date shake. One of the easiest ways is to just use date butter and ice cream. If you want more of an authentic taste, use Medjool Cooking Dates. There is no reason to buy the graded dates if you are going to make date shakes. Go ahead and pit your dates and then soak your dates in water. Once the dates have soften, drain off the excess water and blend in a food processor. Just a little side note from experience, dates are extremely hard on blenders. Once you have blended this mixture in a food processor, mix a scoop of date mixture with ice cream, a little bit of milk and blend. A great refreshing drink to cool you off during the summer! Another quick and easy way to enjoy your Medjools as a summer treat, is by eating a date directly out of the freezer! Due to the amount of natural sugar, Medjool Dates will not freeze solid. When you eat a Medjool directly out of the freezer it will probably remind you of eating caramel. If you haven’t pitted your dates before freezing, just be aware of the pit inside when eating.

This cordial recipe is from Leah Launey, Innkeeper at Three Rivers Bed & Breakfast in California’s Sequoia Country. We have stayed at the B&B quite a few times during our visits to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and this cordial is always a highlight of our visit! In fact Leah and her husband Peter always refill a glass flask of it for us. We love to add it to sparkling wine or prosecco for our Champagne Sundays radio shows, and, it pairs well with a locally made Reimer’s chocolate truffle! Visit The definition of "liqueur" is a distilled spirit with fruit added. For those less familiar with the word "liqueur", the word "cordial" is a synonym. With this simple recipe, you can experiment with any fruit and make your own liqueur or cordial. Purchase a fifth of inexpensive vodka. Pick some wild plums. Wash and pit the plums, then cut them into enough small pieces to make a quart. Measure 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Using a funnel, alternately push plums and sugar into a large glass bottle. Add vodka. Soak fruit and sugar in vodka for 3-4 months minimum. Before serving, push the mixture through a sieve, so that it runs clear and red. If you like, collect the fruit that remains in the sieve and use it as a base for soup. Enjoy!


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How We Selected the Building Materials for Our Latest House By Mike Dowd Bulgogi, kim chee, peach cobbler, all washed down with a Pepsi Throwback‌sounds like a nice lunch to me, but possibly not to you. Lunches, like houses, are pretty much an individual choice as are the design and layout of a house. However, certain aspects of house construction are possibly more universal in their appeal. No matter what the layout or external appearance, most home owners want a house that is comfortable, solid, quiet, and easy and inexpensive to maintain and operate.


To make the house comfortable and inexpensive to maintain in these surroundings, the ‘robustness’ and good insulating qualities of the building materials are a high priority. Because of the not-soremote possibility of a wildfire here in this dry corner of New Mexico, we added fire-resistance to the requirement list. The insulating qualities were especially important as we had decided to build an all-electric house with a grid-tied photovoltaic system to provide most of the electric needs. (Even though the initial cost of photovoltaic systems is high, State and Federal tax structures make photovoltaic energy systems very attractive.) The size of the photovoltaic system is directly linked to the size of the house and the energy needed to heat and cool it. Money spent in reducing energy requirements by improving insulation would be offset by a reduction in the size (and cost) of the photovoltaic system. We spent quite a bit of time working with the comfort/energy requirement/photovoltaic system equation before construction started.

Not everything was straight-forward in the process. For example, heating water by circulating it through Big Blend Radio panels exposed directly to the sun seems like a Interview with good idea and systems that do this have been Mike Dowd. around for a long time and are readily available. In our case it was not a good idea. Direct solar water heating has a large initial cost and requires some The climate in Southwestern New Mexico where we day-to-day maintenance. The latest studies show that spending that money to enlarge a grid-tied built our house is relatively mild. With that in mind the winter temperatures still occasionally get down photovoltaic system and using an efficient electric resistance water heater (or preferably a heat pump in the negative single digit range and the summer highs sometimes exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. water heater) is more cost effective than installing a The springtime temperatures are pleasant enough separate system of direct solar water heating. (Note: This is in our specific case. Other but a 60 mph wind gust during the day is not at all installations might be significantly different.) unusual. PAGE 32

Researching the various materials and methods available brought us to the conclusion that use of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF’s) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s) would give us exactly what we needed. We were planning to build the house ourselves with a minimum of help so we continued the research to assure ourselves that we were capable of actually building a house with these materials. I attended a multi-day seminar from an ICF manufacturer (Polysteel) and I contacted a local manufacturer of SIP’s (K.C. Panels, Animas, NM) to see what kind of training they had available. After attending seminars, viewing videos, visiting job sites, and interviewing builders, it was obvious that both products were easy to work with and well within our capabilities. Each building method had special qualities so it was hard to settle on one. We decided to use both SIP’s and ICF’s in this house to gain experience in their use and evaluate their relative qualities. In the basic layout of a house you will encounter two ‘warring’ philosophies: Passive Solar; and, what I’ll call Active Solar design. A Passive Solar house is usually oriented to allow the sun to heat the house in the winter, yet shade the house from the sun to minimize heating in the summer. Opening and closing windows, drawing shades and running fans are all part of passive solar living. Active Solar design relies on a photovoltaic system to give you the electricity you need to condition the house as required to make the inside of the house comfortable. The person in the home at any time of the day or night can decide how hot or cool to make the house and then use the thermostat to produce the desired results.

To me the Active Solar house was the better choice. Twenty-first century technology has given us very efficient building materials and very efficient heat pumps. This makes us the masters of our surroundings and requires little more than adjusting a thermostat to obtain comfort. The photovoltaic system supplies the energy to make this happen so we are not a drain on the utility power system and not a producer of CO2 (which seems to bother some folks). Visualize the house at this point: The walls would be SIP’s or ICF’s. The ceiling panels would be SIP’s. The roof would be metal. (I actually preferred tile but found it difficult to obtain tile here in our remote location. Standing seam metal roofs are long-lived and fire-resistant so they fit our needs quite well.) All exterior walls would be stucco. Porches would be made from massive timbers to resist fire. Windows and doors would be selected to be as energy efficient as possible, as would the appliances for the kitchen and utility room. I want to insert a note about window construction (from actual experience). Some windows are being made today with PVC plastic frames. The fire resistance of PVC window frames is not as good as the fire resistance of aluminum frames. In the heat of a fire the PVC can soften and allow the window glass to drop out exposing the interior of the house to smoke and fire damage. Continued on Next Page….


Building A Solid Energy-Saving Home Continued Also, all windows should be dual glazed, even in unconditioned areas such as the garage. Double glazed windows are more efficient from a heating and cooling standpoint, of course, but are actually safer when the house is near a fire. In a fire situation, single glazed windows allow heat to enter a structure even when the structure is quite a distance from the fire source. This heat can ignite curtains, papers, upholstery, anything that can burn. This problem is greatly reduced by the use of dual glazed windows.

Glossary - Grid Tied: When power from the photovoltaic system exceeds the requirements for the home it is fed back to the utility company grid (running the main meter backward). No battery system is used to store energy. - Heat Pump: An electro-mechanical device to move heat from one location to another. (A refrigerator is one type of heat pump. Heat is removed from the inside of the device and delivered to the outside.) - ICF (Insulating Concrete Form): Hollow Styrofoam blocks that are stacked and glued together to form the walls of a house. The blocks are filled with concrete to provide strength and thermal mass to the structure. The ICF’s we used had a nominal R-value of 27. - Infiltration: Air leakage into or out of a structure. Usually this is expressed as air exchanges per hour. Since you generally are heating or cooling this air you want to minimize this number.

- R-Value: (The inverse of U-value‌.ha ha‌a little engineering joke). R-value indicates the relative effectiveness of insulation (the higher the R-value the better the insulating capabilities of the insulation). In our area the latest homes of conventional construction are built with R-19 exterior walls and R-30 ceilings. - SIP (Structural Insulated Panels): Construction panels of Styrofoam or urethane foam interior and plywood or OSB exterior skins. The thickness of the panels generally depends on the desired insulating value. Usually the panels provide a significant improvement in strength and insulation and infiltration when compared to conventional construction methods. The SIP panels we used have an R-41 rating. - Thermal Mass: Thermal mass provides stability to the internal temperature of a structure by storing or releasing heat.

- Passive/Active Solar Design: Passive solar design makes use of construction materials and house orientation to promote house cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Active Solar design uses a photovoltaic system to drive heating and cooling equipment to condition the air inside a house. - Photovoltaic System: A system to generate electricity using panels that convert sunlight into electrical energy and related electronic equipment to make this electrical energy available to the house or to the electrical grid. PAGE 34

From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power Written by Robert Arthur Stayton, Power Shift is the most compelling argument for solar energy that has ever been assembled. The book blends crystal-clear explanations of energy with visionary thinking into a plausible blueprint for reaching a 100 percent solar future in fifty years. Power Shift describes how solar is so fundamentally different from other energy sources that it marks the beginning of a new era of human advancement. Solar makes up less than one percent of the electricity market today but could become the world’s biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency. Power Shift’s breakthrough insight is that human civilization has embarked on a great transformation from static fossil energy to dynamic solar power, altering the basic relationship between humans and energy. This shift is so fundamental that it defines a new historical epoch, and looms as large as the discovery of fire, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of fossil fuels. Today few are aware that this new epoch has already begun.


Robert Stayton discusses Solar Power on Big Blend Radio! Power Shift explains energy to everyone. Why should you care? Because energy will determine the fate of the human species. The world is transitioning from energy to power, a change that is setting human civilization on a new course for the future. Power Shift is the first book to describe this fundamental change in the human relationship with energy. Today, solar is winning because we have reached the limits of fossil fuels with their unintended consequences—climate change and ocean acidification. Our next step is to tap into the vast dynamic power sources that flow all around us, sources that derive their power from the Sun. Unlike fossil fuels, the Sun is a permanent source of clean power that will never run out.

Robert Arthur Stayton is a writer who lives in Santa Cruz County, CA. He has a master’s degree in physics and has taught college courses in physics, energy, and solar energy. Robert received his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder and awarded a scholarship for graduate study in physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Robert decided to pursue a career in teaching energy rather than researching physics, so he completed the requirements for a master’s degree in physics and began teaching at Cabrillo College in Aptos, For 200 years human society has mined caches of California. In 1997, Robert and his wife built a passive solar home in Santa Cruz County and fossil energy to build and run our mechanized civilization. Now we have reached the limits of fossil outfitted it with an off-grid solar photovoltaic fuels because of their unintended consequences— system. He has been living with solar energy since then, always looking for new ways to apply solar in climate change and ocean acidification. Our next his daily life. He drives a solar-charged Plug-in step is not to dig up a new energy source, but instead to tap into the vast dynamic power sources Prius, heats his water with a solar water heating system, and bakes his bread in his solar oven. He that flow all around us, sources that derive their power from the Sun. Unlike fossil fuels, the Sun is a has served as host to hundreds of people who have toured his home to see his solar efforts. Visit permanent source of clean power that will never run out. PAGE 35

BACK to the BLUE New Report Confirms Captive Dolphins Can Be Successfully Returned To The Wild! The Born Free Foundation has launched a ground-breaking scientific report, Back to the Blue, detailing the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of Tom and Misha, two captive bottlenose dolphins. This pioneering report charts the rehabilitation of Tom and Misha, who were rescued from a toxic swimming pool in Turkey in June 2010. The campaign to help these dolphins was spearheaded by the Born Free Foundation. Following an intensive two-year period of rehabilitation, the pair were released into the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey on 9 May 2012.

The report details how the progress of Tom and Misha was recorded against a number of key goals to ensure their responsible reintroduction back into the wild. These goals included ensuring they were in peak physical condition, and retraining them to live as wild dolphins again – including hunting, catching and eating live fish, and spending more time underwater.

Born Free's Back to the Blue project, with its detailed post-release monitoring phase, proved what is possible. Tom and Misha were rescued from their tiny concrete tank where they had been languishing in filthy water and going downhill fast. Over a period of 20 months of rehabilitation they were transformed into the sleek, efficient marine “The successful rehabilitation and release of Tom and Misha back to the wild not only gave them their mammals that nature intended. Their journey was not without considerable challenges - however the freedom back, it also ignited a beacon of hope for rehabilitation team, led by marine mammal expert other captive cetaceans,” said Born Free Jeff Foster, worked with Tom and Misha every day, Foundation President Will Travers OBE. Back to adjusting and developing the process in recognition the Blue highlights the plight of captive dolphins of their individual characters and skills. and provides the tools to assist in the future rehabilitation and release of other captive Continued…. cetaceans. PAGE 36

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free Foundation, added: “The rescue of Tom and Misha has made history. We now have the hard evidence that it is possible for these animals to be successfully and humanely returned to the wild. That is a dangerous concept for a multimillion dollar captive industry that profits from their very confinement, posing new ethical and moral challenges for the future of an outdated industry.”


Listen to Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA & Born Free Foundation, on Big Blend Radio! Though a considerable undertaking for these two dolphins, the effort was more than justified as it highlights a practical way forward and offers a realistic alternative for dolphins currently condemned for life in concrete tanks. Jeff Foster said: “In captivity we train the animals not to think on their own, to shut down their brains and do what we ask them to do. What we are trying to do when we release them into the wild is get them off autopilot and thinking again. If they can make it alive through a six-month period, then we know they have been successfully reintroduced. Within six hours of release they were eating wild fish and swimming with another dolphin. It was fabulous.”

Following their successful release into the Aegean, Tom rounded the Turkish coast at Bodrum and continued north towards Izmir, while Misha headed east along the southern Turkish coast. They were tracked via satellite until 14 October 2012 and 29 November 2012 respectively. Tom was subsequently spotted in summer 2014. Their extraordinary journey is documented in a remarkable video available below, and coincides with the release of this pioneering report. The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. For more information about Born Free please visit:


By Nancy J. Reid

Pinnacles is in central California, about 50 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 140 miles south Like other monuments he created, Theodore of the San Francisco Bay area. It has two Roosevelt included Pinnacles in his list of entrances, the East Entrance on CA 146 coming “must save” regions in 1908. Although his main from Hollister or King City, and the West Entrance reason was to preserve and protect this unique on CA 146 coming from Soledad. Note, CA 146 landscape and its wildlife, his visionary action does not run through the park, so you cannot drive also protected the economy of the gateway through the park from one entrance to the other. communities, who now benefit from the tourism We entered through the East Entrance coming from dollars. In fact, about 250,000 people visit the charming and lively town of Hollister, CA. Pinnacles National Park every year, bringing about $13,000,000 and around 160 or so new Pinnacles National Park is known as the “park on jobs to the local economies. the move” because the park itself moves about 3-6 centimeters a year. In fact the park is now 195 Pinnacles National Park, our 59th and newest miles north of its original location. The earths crust National Park, was elevated from a National is divided into huge puzzle-like plates that are Monument to its new status by President Obama, always moving around each other. Twenty-three on January 10, 2013. million years ago, a part of the Farralon plate moved itself under part of the North American plate, causing the mountains along the California coast, to emerge, along with some volcanic activity.


Big Blend Radio interview with Park Superintendent Karen Bepploer-Dorn who talks about the establishment of the park, the Antiquities Act and park volunteer programs. PAGE 38

Part of the Pacific plate then collided with the North American plate creating the San Andreas Fault Zone and the Pinnacles volcano. The Pacific plate kept moving north, splitting the new volcanic field but taking volcanic formations with it. The heavy mass sank but wind, rain and ice eventually exposed the old volcanic field, which we see today. Continued …


Big Blend Radio interview with Park Ranger Paul Johnson who talks about the geology, flora and fauna of the park. The park has since traveled long the San Andreas Fault which is part of the Ring of Fire, a string of volcanoes and earthquake sites, positioned around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. Almost 90% of all earthquakes and 75% of all active volcanoes, occur along the Ring of Fire. All this fire and jostling of earth plates has left us with one of the most fascinating, diverse and stunning natural areas. From rock spires, giant boulders balancing against each other, monolithic giants set against clear blue skies, to rolling hills, caves, meadows of wildflowers and meandering creeks, springs and Bear Gulch Reservoir, Pinnacles is a place for anyone ready to experience something really different. There are plenty of hiking trails, (32 miles of them), and you can go caving, rock-climbing, picnicking and camping. You can also explore the Bacon Ranch built in the early 1900’s.

For flower, bird and butterfly lovers this park is heaven. Besides the 600 plus flowering plants, there are oaks, pines, ferns and mosses. Of course, as you examine the wildflowers, you keep an eye out hoping for a glimpse of a California Condor flying overhead. Pinnacles National Park is the only NPS unit that manages a release site for captive bred California condors.


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Pinnacles National Park Continued‌ On one of our hikes, a turkey walked along side, stopping when we stopped, and walked when we walked. Although she kept her distance, she apparently appreciated the company. Everywhere we looked there were blooming flowers, chipmunks, squirrels and butterflies. Small song birds flit from tree to tree so fast, it was sometimes hard to recognize them, but we know there are over 160 bird species documented in the park. Walking along the creeks you will see dragonflies and damselflies. We have always found walking with a park ranger will enhance your understanding of the park, whether it be the geology, flora or fauna. We were walking with Park Ranger Paul Johnson and learned that some dragonflies land on branches or logs submerged in water, and insert their eggs in the soggy wood. After the eggs hatch, the free-crawling aquatic larvae hunt for themselves and spent most of their life underwater, until they reach their full size and become aerial. We also learned there are over 500 moth species and 400 bee species that make Pinnacles National Park their home. It is one of those parks that you benefit from walking slowly, looking up, down, and everywhere in between. The two caves are home to over 14 bat species and add another dimension to explore. It is also a park that needs multiple visits in all seasons and times of day or night, to soak it all in and see the unique and endangered species that live there.



Big Blend Radio interview with Park Ranger Alacia Welch who talks about the California Condor program.

San Benito County in central California, is the gateway destination to the east entrance of Pinnacles National Park. It’s a scenic drive up CA State Route 25 from Pinnacles NP to the historic town of Tres Pinos, the charming city of Hollister, and beautiful San Juan Bautista, which also happens to be part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. About a 2 hour drive from San Francisco, 90 minutes from Monterey, and less than 5 hours from Los Angeles, the area features a wonderful wine tasting trail, historic sites, diverse shopping, golf, fabulous dining opportunities and a fun calendar of events. We spent a few days in the region as part of our Big Blend Spirit of America Tour visit to Pinnacles NP in April 2015, and only scratched the surface of what there is to see and do! Note, Pinnacles NP is the busiest in spring, so you may want to try visiting mid-week, and during the other seasons. It’s an outdoor park with numerous hiking trails, so during the summer when temperatures rise, you may want to plan on early morning and evening hikes. San Benito County has a moderate year-round climate, perfect for growing grapes and crops, as you will see in the surrounding ranch and farmlands.

BIG BLEND RADIO Listen to our two Big Blend Radio shows focusing on Pinnacles National Park and San Benito County! Episode 1: This episode features Pinnacles National Park, Hollister Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert, Pietra Santa Winery, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Bolado Park Event Center, and Johnny’s Bar & Grill. Click Here to Listen! Episode 2: This episode features Summer Events in San Benito County with Juli Vieira of San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, Calera Wine Company, special events at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, 19th Hole Booze & Food, Veritgo Coffee, San Benito County Historical Society Museum, and San Benito County Historic Park. Click Here to Listen! Continued on Next Page…

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Pinnacles National Park Travel Planner Cont’… VISITOR INFORMATION Pinnacles National Park (East Side) is located at 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, CA. Visit the website at for park information including camping reservations and ranger programs. You can also call (831) 389-4485 or (831) 389-4486. San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is located in historic downtown Hollister, at 243 Sixth Street, Suite 100. Call them at (831) 637-5315 for area information including up-to-date event news, and visit

WHERE TO STAY Pinnacles NP has picnic sites, a small store, as well as tent, RV and group camping sites. They even have a swimming pool behind the store / visitors center! Call (831) 389-4538 for camping info. Another place to pitch your tent or to park your RV, is at Bolado Event Center, just 25 miles north of Pinnacles NP. Info: (831) 628-3421. We enjoyed our stay at scenic Ridgemark Golf & Country Club and at the historic Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast, both located in Hollister.

Ridgemark Golf & Country Club features a scenic and challenging championship golf course, designated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary." The Public House Restaurant & Lounge is a lively place to enjoy your favorite beverage, have a delicious lunch or dinner, and wake to a hearty breakfast on weekends. Kick up your heels with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Perfect for families and groups, there are 32 deluxe spacious suites with comfortable king-size beds, beautiful golf course views, private patios and a spa-tub to relax in. Rooms are furnished with high speed wireless interview, cable TV, a coffee maker, and refrigerator. Visit

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Run by innkeepers Greg and Tricia Harvey, along with their sweet little dog Sugar Bear, Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast is a gorgeous Queen Anne-style Victorian home that’s just a short walk from downtown Hollister. From the Captain’s Quarters to the Savannah Beach room, each of the five suites are themed, offering an elegant and unique atmosphere complete with the utmost of comfort. Start your day with a mouth-watering breakfast prepared by Tricia, savor some quiet time in the garden gazebo, or relax on the porch with a good book, and close the day with a glass of local wine or a cocktail in the parlor. There’s even an oldfashioned candy buffet! Visit


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Pinnacles National Park Travel Planner Cont’… HOLLISTER Founded in 1968, Hollister is the county seat of San Benito County, and features modern conveniences along with a charming historic downtown district that boasts a variety of shops and restaurants, and hosts numerous events including a weekly Farmer’s Market. From Victorian to Frank Lloyd Wright, the buildings range in architectural styles. Some have vibrant murals depicting Hollister as ‘The Birthplace of the American Biker’. If you want to learn more about Hollister’s history, call and make an appointment to visit the fascinating San Benito County Historical Society Museum. Tasting award-winning wines is a popular weekend activity in the greater Hollister region. We enjoyed Calera Wine Company’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier, Pietra Santa Winery’s vibrant Italian varietals such as their Rosato, Pinot Gris and Sangiovese, as well as the Zinfandel, Negrette, Cabernet Franc and Viognier at neighboring DeRose Vineyards. Celebrating over 100 years in business, Casa de Fruta also offers wine tasting, and is a fun place take the kids for a ride on the double decker Venetian carousel and train, shop the fruit stand, and grab a bite at the Casa de Restaurant & Bakery. PAGE 44

When it comes to food, you’re in for a culinary treat! If you have a sweet tooth, Lighthouse 55 and Heavenly Bakery are the bakeries to visit for their decadent baked treats, pastries, cookies and pies. Running Rooster serves amazing wood-fired pizza and entrees, awesome salads and burgers, and also pours beer flights. From their tasty enchiladas suizas to the slow roasted pork conchita pibil and tender steak tampiquena, La Catrina Mexican Grill serves phenomenal Mexican food. Catch up on Hollister’s colorful biker history at Johnny’s Bar & Grill, while you enjoy a cold one, a big burger, salad, sandwich or hot dog. And if you like to fuel up with a good hearty breakfast, Country Rose Café is the place. They serve everything from omelets to scrambles, but try their well-known Hollister Heat Plate loaded with country potatoes topped, meats, vegetables and cheeses.

Upcoming Events in Hollister: July 11, Aug. 1, 15, Sept. 5 & 26: Hollister Concerts at Pepper Tree Ranch, Guerra Cellars. Info: (831) 902-9106 Wednesdays, through September 30: Downtown Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market. Tel: (831) 636-8406 July 3-5: Hollister Freedom Rally: One of the top ten biker rallies and festivals in the US! Downtown Hollister. Tel: 702-216-5867 July 18: Street Festival & Car Show: Downtown Hollister. Tel: (831) 636-8406


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Pinnacles National Park Travel Planner Cont’… TRES PINOS Established in 1883, historic Tres Pinos is located off State Route 25, between Pinnacles NP and Hollister. Home to the San Benito County Fairgrounds, Bolado Park Event Center hosts numerous events throughout the year, and also features the San Benito County Saddle Horse Association Museum that displays equestrian art, historic photos, saddlery and riding apparel. Other sites to visit include the Pinnacles Hills Golf Course, and San Benito County Historic Park, a historical village on 33 acres with 10 historic building and a plethora of historic artifacts. It’s a great place to stop for a picnic and take a guided tour. Known for their juicy steaks and big tasty burgers, the 19th Hole Booze & Food is a popular historic restaurant and saloon.

Upcoming Events in Tres Pinos: August 6-8: Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: Bolado Park Event Center. Tel: (831) 628-3421. September 12: Hot Cars & Guitars Tour: Boldao Park Event Center. Contact Cyndi, (408) 846-8888 October 1-4: San Benito County Fair ‘Cowboy Boots & Local Roots’. San Benito County Fairgrounds & Bolado Park Event Center. Tel: (831) 628-3421 October 17: San Benito Olive Festival: Bolado Park Event Center. Tel: 831-537-7508. PAGE 46

Pinnacles National Park Travel Planner Cont’… SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Upcoming San Juan Bautista Events:

Known as "The City of History", San Juan Bautista was incorporated in 1869, and is part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. A unit in the national park system, this historic trail honors the journey of Juan Bautista de Anza, who over two centuries ago, led about 240 men, women and children more than 1200 miles from the Sonoran Desert region in southern Arizona to Alta California. This resulted in the settlement of San Francisco by Spain in 1776. Located on the outskirts of the city, the Anza Trail is a challenging 4 mile hiking, horseback riding and biking trail that offers splendid valley views.

August 9: 51st Annual Antiques & Collectibles Fair: Town Plaza. Contact: Jill Ortiz: (831) 6234107 Sept. 26 & 27: Bi-Annual Cactus & Succulent Show: San Juan Bautista Community Hall. Call Ruth Pantry (831) 758-6645.

Explore history at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista, the largest of the California missions, and at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park that has the only Spanish Plaza left in California and also hosts living history days the first Saturday of every month. The San Juan Bautista Commercial District is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features eclectic shops and restaurants. Be sure to stop in at Vertigo Coffee for breakfast and lunch, and enjoy their specialty coffee drinks, pastries and wood-fired pizzas. Spend some time at the beautiful San Juan Oaks Golf Club and enjoy a cocktail and a bite at their Golfer’s Grill that offers lovely views of the golf course. PAGE 47


Power Plant Pollution in Southwest National Parks

The owners will also pay $1.5 million in civil penalties and $6.7 million in healthcare and other mitigation costs for the affected communities.

On June 24, 2015, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and other clean air advocates, represented by Earthjustice, reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant to reduce the plant’s pollution and improve the health of surrounding communities and national parks.

Once the nation’s single largest source of nitrogen oxide emissions, Four Corners’ pollution has long been recognized as a threat to the region’s health. In 2009, NPCA and Diné CARE submitted comments to the EPA demonstrating that the Regional Haze Rule—the Clean Air Act program designed to reduce air pollution in national parks— required Four Corners to clean up its emissions. The following year, the EPA proposed limits that cut 85% of the plant’s nitrogen oxide emissions.

Four Corners, located on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, is responsible for dirtying the air in the Grand Canyon and 15 other national parks in the Southwest. Over the last 30 years, the owners of the plant made changes that resulted in additional pollution. In 2011, NPCA, Diné CARE, and To’ Nizhoni Ani filed a lawsuit asserting that the plant violated the Clean Air Act by increasing emissions without installing the best pollution controls. Under the new consent decree, the plant will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide – major contributors to both respiratory health problems and haze in the parks.

Plant owners offered their own pollution mitigation plan, which called for closing the first three coal units at Four Corners and installing the best controls for nitrous oxide pollution at the remaining two units. Those first three units closed at the end of 2013. Photo: The Navajo Generating Station, the nation’s 8th largest coal-fired plant, is just outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and only 12 miles from the Grand Canyon National Park. Copyright © Frontpage/Shuttershock


NATIONAL PARK FUNDING Senate Appropriations Bill Offers a Modest Increase for National Parks but Falls Short in Providing Adequate Funding for Park System Centennial The spending bill for the National Park Service approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, 2015 would increase overall funds for the agency slightly above the spending proposal in the House, but still falls short in meeting the operation and maintenance needs of our national parks. Although appropriators attempted to focus a measure of priority on our parks, the budget caps governing their allocation simply did not allow the resources necessary to do so adequately. Like the House version, the Senate bill includes several policy riders that undermine clean water and air protections that could harm park visitors, ecosystems and wildlife. During last week’s markup, Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M.) fought for more robust funding for the parks in advance of the Park System Centennial, and to strip from the bill the many damaging policy riders. Below is a statement by Craig Obey, Senior Vice President for Government Affair, National Parks Conservation Association: “Senator Udall provided welcome leadership, highlighting the shortcomings of the proposal for our national parks. Because the sequester budget caps have tied appropriators’ hands, the Senate Interior appropriations bill does not adequately support our National Park System as we enter its centennial year.” “With our parks suffering from an $11.5 billion deferred maintenance backlog and the loss of over 400 rangers and other staff over the last 5 years, now is the time for Congress to take Senator Udall’s lead and enact more realistic budget caps to ensure our parks have the resources they need to thrive in their second century.”


John Garder, of NPCA discusses park funding on Big Blend Radio. Select Bill Details: - A proposal to fund excess wildfire suppression costs through an emergency account, an important and needed proposal that would not only improve budgeting, but relieve appropriators of the additional burden of funding the most catastrophic wildfires through an allocation that is already severely constrained by the sequester. - A $47.5 million increase in the budget to operate national parks over last year’s level, but $4.5 million less than the House bill and $191 million short of the president’s request. - A needed $54.5 million increase in the park construction account that addresses the maintenance backlog, a $53.3 million increase over the House bill but only half of the President’s request. - Level funding of $10 million for the Centennial Challenge, which leverages private dollars with a federal investment for signature projects to address the backlog and enhance visitor services. - Policy riders undermining the minimization of impacts from oil and gas development on federal lands and the ability of the Clean Water Act to protect numerous bodies of water.

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SUMMER IN YOSEMITE’S GOLD COUNTRY Celebrate the 4th of July, The Arts, and Gold Rush History Home to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, Tuolumne County is made up of the historic California gold rush and mountain towns of Sonora, Groveland, Twain Harte, Long Barn, Columbia, and Jamestown. The ideal summer getaway, the region features outdoor adventure, wine tasting and farm-to-table dining, theatre and musical performances, historic sites and state parks, boutique shopping, and a variety of lodging options. For travel and up-to-date event information, contact the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau at 800-446-1333 or 209-533-4420, or visit Continued on Next Page‌.


SUMMER IN YOSEMITE’S GOLD COUNTRY Continued… CELEBRATE AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE July 4: Glorious 4th of July Celebration in Columbia: Parade, races, bucket brigade, greased pole climbing, watermelon eating contests, BBQ at 2 pm. Parade at noon. Columbia State Historic Park. Tel: 209-536-1642/532-6604 July 4: Fourth of July Celebration in Twain Harte: Water slides and bounce house at 9am Meadow Plaza. Parade at 11am. Tel: 209-586-4482 July 4-5: Independence Day Weekend at Railtown SHP: Railtown 1897 SHP in Jamestown became a State Park on July 4, 1983. Ride, tour, and experience steam train operations in an authentic railroad facility. Tel: 209-984-3953

CELEBRATE THE ARTS 2nd Saturday Art Night: Starting at 5pm, galleries, restaurants, and shops in downtown Sonora, offer a blend of art, live music! “The Music Man”: Seventy-Six trombones and much more arrive at the Sierra Repertory Theatre’s Fallon House Theatre in Columbia. Funny, warm, romantic and touching, this award winning musical comedy has been entertaining people for years. Runs until Aug. 16. Tel: 209-532-3120. Photo by Rich Miller. “Blues in the Night”: The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in this scorching musical review of good music, hard lives, and dreams that stretch on long into the night. Runs July 10-August 9, at Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora. Tel: 209-536-1778

CELEBRATE HISTORY Ghost Tours at Columbia State Historic Park: Learn the stories behind those who lived in Columbia during the Gold Rush. Held July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12. Tel: 209-588-9128 History’s Mysteries at Columbia State Historic Park: Come solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800's! Held July 25, Aug. 1, 15, 29. Tel: 209-588-9128

July 18: Big Band Street Dance in Columbia SHP: Step back into the 1940's and put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his orchestra. Tel: 209-532-3184 July 25-26: 37th Annual Twain Harte Arts & Wine Festival: 100 high caliber artists, wine tasting and food samplings. Tel: 209-586-4482 Aug. 7: Magic of the Night: Magicians, live music, street acting, dancing, and specialty foods. Historic downtown Sonora. Tel: 209-532-7725 PAGE 52

SUMMER In The SEQUOIAS! Events in Tulare County, Central California Located in the heart of central California, Tulare County is the gateway destination to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Forest. The region is home to the vibrant city of Visalia, the art town of Three Rivers, the painted city of Exeter known for its murals, and the historic agricultural communities of Porterville, Tulare, and Dinuba. From experiencing the Giant Sequoias to shopping, dining, museums and the arts, this area makes for a fun summer escape! For travel and event information visit

EXETER Movies in the Park: Enjoy a Free Family Friendly Movie Night, at 7:30pm in Exeter City Park. July 2 "Cars", July 9 - “Cars 2”, July 16 - “Planes”, July 23 – “Planes Fires & Rescue.” Tel: (559) 909-2996. July 15: KJUG Free Summer Concerts: "Brothers Osborne". 7pm, Exeter City Park. Info: (559) 592-2919 July 4: Fourth of July in Exeter: 7am-10am in Exeter City Park. Pancake Breakfast, 10k & 5k run and 2 mile walk. Horseshoe Tournament and Book Sale. Dusk – Fireworks display at Lions Stadium. Info: (559) 592-2919 Aug. 22: Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Poker Run: Registration, 8 am. Starts at 10 am at the Exeter Memorial Building. Tel: Larry Mayfield at (559) 786-1775.

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Summer in the Sequoias Cont’… THREE RIVERS Center Stage Strings Music Festival & Camp: Enjoy fabulous concerts provided by guest artists, staff and students during this music festival and camp for young string virtuosos. Runs until July 12. 1st Saturday Three Rivers Art Festival. A day-long festival of food, fun, and art. July 4th is "Hot Time in the Ol' Town,” and August 1st is "Celebrate Sequoias" in honor of Sequoia National Park’s upcoming 125th anniversary. July 11: Hot Dog Festival & Show: This annual event at the Historical Museum supports the Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters and the Museum. Held on July 11, from 10 am 4 pm with demonstrations by Tulare County Fire, Cal Fire, and the National Park Service Fire.

TULARE Free Concerts in the Park: 7:30pm, Tulare Zumwalt Park at John Philip Souza Pavilion. July 1 - J.E.R.K., July 8 - Bruthas of Anutha Mutha, July 15 - Tule British Bass Band, July 29 Richard Frost, Marco Rodriguez & Billy. Cruize Nights: Car shows with classic muscle cars and roadsters, music and prize raffles. 5pm-8pm at Tulare Outlet Center on July 11, Aug. 8, Oct. 10. Tel: (559) 684-909 July 3: 50th Anniversary of Kiwanis Club Firework Show: Tulare County Fairgrounds. Tel: Brandon Ormonde (559) 686-3861

DINUBA July 3: Independence Day Celebration: Food, games, bounce house, live music, aerial fireworks display. Tel: (559) 591-5940

VISALIA Visalia Blues, Brews & BBQ: Free live music and dancing under the stars at Garden Street Plaza. July 3: Randy McAllister, Aug. 7: MoFo Party Band, Sept 4: Andrew Magnuson. Tel: (559) 732-0101.

July 12: Vietnam Veteran Wall Car & Motorcycle Show: Best of show, entertainment, beer garden, food, vendors, kids fun zone. Dinuba Memorial Hall. Tel: Joey (559) 8597585 or Johnny (559) 250-2475

July 12: Marina McBride at Fox Theatre: Tel: (559) 625-1369 July 19: 7th Annual Food Fight AGAINST Hunger! Prizes, local cuisine, live music, cooking demonstrations and competitions. All proceeds benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission. Tel: (559) 740-4178



JULIAN, CALIFORNIA Summer in San Diego’s Mountains and Back Country A quaint, historic gold mining town up in San Diego's mountain region, Julian is a beautiful four season destination complete with boutique shopping, wine tasting, hiking and outdoor adventures, a variety of dining and lodging options, and a full calendar of events to enjoy! For travel information and up-to-date event news, call the Julian Chamber of Commerce at (760) 7651857 or visit

SUMMER EVENTS Julian Doves & Desperados – Every Sunday, weather permitting, enjoy historic comedy and gunfights skits with Captain Cooper, Sadie Cashman, Doc Hopkins, Black Jack David, Si Si Chiquita, Snake and Gypsy Davenport. Admission is free. Held at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. The stage area is between Julian Fitness Center and the Julian Market & Deli. For information call Krisie Morgan at (760) 765-1857. July 1-4: Julian Women’s Club Annual Heritage Quilt Show: View quilts from as far back as the 1800s, many treasured from local families’ ancestors. The beautiful king size quilt made collectively by local quilters, will be raffled off, with the winner announced on July 4th. There will be various hand-made items available for sale at the event. Upstairs in the town hall. Tel: (760) 765-1857.

Aug. 13-15: Julian StarFest 2015: An annual star party and astronomy exhibition held on new moon weekend each August in the dark skies of Julian, amongst the grape vines and apple orchards of the Menghini Winery. Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Info: 760-765-1857. Aug. 21-22: 4th Annual Julian Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Julian Union High School. Sept. 5: Grape Stomp Festa: One large and one small tub full of tons of grapes to stomp. Enjoy wine tasting with local wineries and music, and food. Held from 11am – 7pm at Menghini Winery. Tel: (760) 765-1857

July 4: Julian Community 4th of July Parade 2015: Pre-parade activities start at 10 a.m. with the famed Julian Doves and Desperados. Musical talent and a variety of entertainment. The flyover will begin approximately 11 a.m. and the Parade will step off at noon. The Parade starts at the high school and ends at Frank Lane Park. Main Street will close at 9 a.m. and traffic will be detoured along 4th Street to C Street back to Main Street. Following the Parade, there will be a BBQ and music at the American Legion for a fee. Info: (760) 765-1857. PAGE 56


SUPER SUMMER IN YUMA Theatre & Film, Fireworks & Block Parties, and Water Fun!

Summer has definitely arrived in Yuma and folks are out having a ton of fun in the Colorado River! With all the river activities like tubing, kayaking, boating and fishing, as well as the summer movie and theatre series, and special events like the 4th of July Fireworks and the downtown Celebrate the Heat block party, Yuma is a fun and affordable group destination. The area has a variety of dining and lodging options, historic sites and museums to visit, as well as casinos and entertainment venues. Water sports enthusiasts and boaters love that it is only a few hours drive from San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson. To plan your Yuma getaway, visit Enjoy these Summer Events in Yuma! SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA All performances are held at the Historic Yuma Theatre and begin at 7 p.m. Admission is only $10 per person and is reserved seating. For more info, call 928-373-5202.

SUMMER MOVIE MANIA at the Historic Yuma Theatre Part of summer extravaganza. A series of FREE Saturday Kids Movies. All movies are at 2 p.m. For more info, call 928-373-5202 - July 25: “Lego Movie” - August 1: “Guardians of the Galaxy” July 4: All American BBQ & Fireworks: Fireworks, Food & Drink Vendors, Water features. Starts at 4pm. Desert Sun Stadium - $5 per car. Tel: (928) 373-5040 July 25: Back to School Rodeo: Free admission, door prizes, free health and vision screenings, arts and crafts, face painting, school reps on hand, for students pre-k to 8th grade. Canned food drive for Yuma Community Food Bank. Info: (928) 373-5020.

July 18: Stargazing Kayaking Trip: Bring your binoculars on this trip and you will be amazed at the stars and galaxies that can be seen on the July 9- 11 & 16-17: “Men are Dogs” by Joe Colorado. Paddlers should wear appropriate Simonelli. Presented by the Yuma Art Center. clothing, bring insect repellant, and plenty of water. Cecelia is a successful psychologist who, among Cost is $20 per person and is open to anyone over many sessions, runs a support group for single and 18. This trip begins at 7 p.m. For more info, visit divorced women. She's got troubles of her own, but it's her ensemble of neurotic patients who provide the action when a "volunteer" role-player becomes August 21: Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main the hapless victim of their not-inconsiderable ire. Street: This block party will feature local bands, a mini Fire Muster and Adult Brigade, free July 24 & 25: “Disney’s Mulan, JR.” Presented watermelon slices (until they are gone), local food by Infinite Imagination Youth Theater. In order to vendors and the Yuma Fire Department will be on spare her father from having to serve in the army, site misting the crowd. This event kicks off at 6 Mulan takes up arms and disguises as a boy. The p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. For more info, call Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan 928-373-5028. and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Continued on Next Page… Emperor! 7pm, $5 reserved seating. PAGE 58

Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Yuma Visitors Bureau, chats about Summer Fun in Yuma on Big Blend Radio!



American Presidents with English Connections By Glynn G. Burrows, Norfolk Tours UK The long list of Presidents of the USA are quite a mixed bunch, but all of them apart from one, (Martin Van Buren), are said to be able to trace their ancestry to King John who sealed the Magna Carta. What interests me, are the Presidents who have family connections to East Anglia, and you may well be surprised how many of the better known ones fall into that category.


Glynn Burrows talks about Norfolk on Big Blend Radio!

Inscription in the Swanton Morley Bible The one President donated by Henry Lincoln, a relation of who everyone, even in Abraham Lincoln, top photo England, learned Lincoln, painting by George Peter Alexander about in school, is Healy in 1869 George Washington. Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert He was the first Stuart Williamstown (1732–99) President of America, after the break with A more up-to-date local connection with US England and his Presidents comes from the involvement of ancestor, John American servicemen during World War II. On 4 Washington, was born July, 1942, American and British airmen took off in Purleigh in Essex, from RAF Swanton Morley as part of the first where his father was combined bombing raid of WWII. Winston Churchill Rector. Another and General Eisenhower were both at Swanton President with connections to Essex, is John Morley for this event. Adams, as his ancestor, Henry Adams, emigrated around 1640. Another with Essex connections is F. Looking at the list of Presidents has made me D. Roosevelt, who also had ancestors from Suffolk. realise just how many of them are connected to this George W. Bush has also got Essex blood coursing area and just how massive a job it would be to look in his veins as his ancestor, Reynold Bush at them all. For that reason, I will concentrate on emigrated from Messing in 1631, and settled in one who has connections close to my own home; Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abraham Lincoln. PAGE 60

The Lincoln family had moved to Hingham (Norfolk, England), after a family dispute over land in Swanton Morley (Norfolk, England), a village just three miles from where I sit typing this story. Samuel Lincoln was born in Hingham (Norfolk, England), a son of Edward Lincoln, and baptised on 24 August, 1622. He was later apprenticed to Francis Lawes, a weaver, and emigrated on 8 April, 1637. They sailed in the ‘John and Dorothy’ from Ipswich (Suffolk, England) and reached Boston (America), on 20 June. Samuel settled in what was by then Hingham (America), where his two brothers, Daniel and Thomas, were already living. It may appear strange to keep typing Norfolk, England but as that area of America has so many places named after English towns and villages, it is necessary for clarification. I remember, when I was researching a family from Hingham, (Norfolk, England), who lived in America, I kept reading about places such as Norfolk, Suffolk, Hingham, Norwich, Ipswich, Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Raynham, Attleborough, Wrentham, etc. I soon got totally confused as all of those places are around here too! Many people in the USA can trace their ancestry back to England but it is less common to know exactly where in England, families came from. So many documents give limited information and exact villages and towns of origin are seldom recorded. Most people, when asked where they came from, will just give the name of a large town or city in their native area and that can be miles from the actual place where they grew up. When looking at the early settlers, it is often the names which they gave to their settlements, which give a clue to where they came from. Hingham (Norfolk, England) is about ten miles from my home and many Norfolk families left here in the 1630’s and named their settlement Hingham, (in Massachusetts), forever leaving us a massive clue pointing to where they came from.

Hingham Church

Title page of the bible.

I would be fascinated to learn of anyone who has researched the families of the Presidents and have found connections to Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex (East Anglia), and if you live in a place which was named after a town or village in East Anglia, I would love to hear from you as I may well be able to add more information from this end. Glynn Burrows is the owner of Norfolk Tours in England. For help or advice about tracing your family history, or if you are thinking about taking a vacation to England, contact Glynn and visit PAGE 61

By Brad Bailey

On the face of it, Palomar Mountain is one of the most striking natural environments in Southern California. Rising over a mile into the bright western sky; its steeply forested south face offers unparalleled vistas of the blue Pacific Ocean far below. It is a place of rich forests, dripping springs and the finest artesian waters on the planet. The mountain is largely wilderness, and mostly under control of state and federal government agencies. Palomar is located about 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 60 miles north of San Diego, California. The small population is dispersed along the southern summit and supports two private communities. To the east the small enclave of Birch Hill is also known as Crestline for its single paved roadway. To the west is the tiny subdivision of Baileys. Northward is the Palomar Observatory compound which is a self-sustaining community in its own right.

To an impressionable youth (me), the view of Palomar Mountain through that nimbus seemed indeed a rarefied vision, simultaneously the stuff of belonging and beguilement.

For decades Grandma Adalind lived within what seemed to me like an old ghost town - all but abandoned to the fates long ago. With her blessing we visiting kids would play “store” in the abandoned Just two paved roads service the area, running century mercantile, its shelves still stocked with orthogonally north-south and east-west, and both canned goods and rolls of brown wrapping paper terminate in a dead-end. The mountain supports a gone crisp with age. In the drawer of the ornate little store, post office and restaurant, plus a state brass cash register were little notes written on park, various federal and county campgrounds, and scrap paper; perhaps a promise quickly dashed off a few private camp and resort facilities. Several by a neighbor short on change long ago. From ranchers work tracks of lush, sheltered valleys above the official Norman Rockwell Presidential behind locked gates accessible only by rutted dirt portrait of “Ike” smiled down like a kindly roads. grandfather figure. The picture still dutifully hung in the tiny cubby-hole post office once known as One Youngster’s Introduction Nellie, California. Yet to live on this remote mountaintop in southern California, along with a couple of hundred others in In the evening we would sit before a massive stone full time residence, is a singular experience within fireplace in Grandma’s overstuffed and faded chair, an equally rare environment. Over a half century while our folks chatted in the tiny kitchen nearby. In ago, my widowed grandmother lived here as the the former lobby of this turn-of-the-century back sole occupant of our family's former resort hotel. country resort were the leather-bound, heavy black She always referred to it as “the home place.” paper pages of our family albums. PAGE 62

She had always kept them just there next to the ancient stone hearth, under back issues of The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s magazines. Inside those pages, peering out from within tidy triangle boarders, were the old folks from days long past; one on horseback clothed in overalls, another behind the wheel of an open top touring car sporting a fedora, bow tie, and broad smile. At one time they had been a part of our mountain and had created the amazing world that remained decades later. As documented in these black on white pictures, our mountain place dated back to the late 1800s, and now seemed to be quietly sleeping off oblivion within our forested mountaintop backwater; the terminus of three dead-end roads. From these albums a family of our hardy ancestors stands proudly before their newly completed adobe homestead, actually just a hovel of mud and hand split cedar shakes. The hundred foot cedar trees towering out front today were mire saplings back then. Here was a snap shot of six children who help paddy-cake these walls of plaster-coated soil, thus literally making Palomar Mountain their new home. Turn the page again, and the kids have grown to adulthood. One of the brood has created a delightful destination resort from those humble beginnings, eventually marring a beautiful and demure hotel guest. Turn the pages again and the glowing Victorian bride-come-hostess is now pictured gray-haired with age next to the same family hearth we now enjoyed. Education of this sort was not taught to us formally on the mountain. Local stories, traditions and legends were picked up piecemeal, usually through short, often funny anecdotes and snippets of information told over Grandma’s kitchen counter or from her front porch rocking chair. What few collections survived were just a hodgepodge of stories, photos, maps, postcards and all manner of bric-abrac; packed away in sagging cardboard boxes for a time and purpose still undefined. Some material was copied from our widow neighbor up the road, others we discovered in boxes of pictures half buried in the old community dump; perhaps the last vestiges of an old-timer’s life on the mountain, no longer of value as the realtor prepared the a little cabin for sale.

Brad Bailey is a fourth generation Palomar Mountain resident and president of the Bailey Historical Society, LLC, which operates Bailey’s Palomar Resort, the family’s century old destination resort. He maintains an extensive private historical archive and museum on the site of the original 1888 township of Palomar Mountain, and is author of Palomar Mountain (Arcadia Press, 2009), which documents the mountain’s Yet the true color of Palomar Mountain is more subtle and intriguing then mere collectables. It can unique history with previously unpublished glass plate images, personal remembrances, maps, fliers best be found in the fabric of the lives and stories and postcards that follows the fabric of this vibrant woven by those who have peopled this unique community’s past up to the present day. Visit community in the past, and by those who carry on much the same traditions today. PAGE 63

GIDDY-UP TO YERINGTON Western Nevada’s Pony Express Country! Summer Events July 10-Sept. 25: Yerington Farmers Market: Fridays at Yerington Theatre for the ARTS. Tel: (775) 463-1783 July 11: Copper Hill Brewfest & Craft Beer Competition: Tel: 775-772-4912 July 23-25: Night in the Country Music Festival:. Info: 775-463-511 The Bakery Gallery – Popular destination offering a delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, Danish pastries, coffee cakes, biscotti, chocolate truffles, desserts, and breads. They serve coffee and espresso and pre-fixe to-go dinners. 215 W. Goldfield Ave., Yerington, NV 89447. Tel: (775) 463-4070,


Historic Highlights of Lyon County Museum in Yerington, NV By Lisa D. Smith Yerington is a charming historic ranching, agricultural and mining community in Lyon County, western Nevada. The area also incorporates Mason Valley and Smith Valley, and is a popular destination for history buffs researching the area’s Pony Express and California Trails, and its rich mining and railroad past. It’s also a fun casino gaming destination, and an outdoor and nature enthusiast’s paradise.

Listen to Lyon County Museum docent Mike Hagen on Big Blend Radio!


1. Human Hair Picture – A large decorative wall hanging that was hand-woven by Margaret Nichol in 1860. The picture has different colors of hair and is as intricate as lace! 1.

From local Native American culture to the pioneers, miners, farmers and ranchers who developed the land, the Lyon County Museum in downtown Yerington features eight buildings of artifacts and exhibits that preserve and showcases the region’s diverse history and heritage. You’ll see artifacts that range from a human hair embroidered picture to a nickel slot machine, dental tools and a gomphothere mandible. We took a fascinating tour of the museum with Mike Hagen, and found quite a number of unique exhibits and artifacts. In no particular order, follows are some of the highlights we experienced at Lyon County Museum – relics that transport you into another time, and exhibits that keep the stories of local legends alive. PAGE 65

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2. Gomphothere Mandible – A gomphothere is a four tusked relative of the ancient mastodons. This mandible is over 7 million years old, and was found in the Smith Valley Beds by Fred Willamson. 3. Wovoka ‘Numu Prophet’ – Born in Smith Valley in 1856, Jack Wilson, the renowned Paiute Messiah known as Wovoka, was the originator of the Ghost Dance movement. The movement is said to have spread quickly among many Native American peoples, notably the Lakota, and practiced by the victims of the Wounded Knee Massacre.


4. Harry Warren ‘The Sack Toter’ – Born in 1887 on Warren Ranch is Mason Valley, Harry Rutherford Warren created what became the largest bee and honey business in Nevada. He is best remembered for his feat of strength when he carried a 120 pound sack of wheat for 10 miles! 5. Casino History – From an old nickel slot machine to a carved wooden roulette wheel, cards and chips, the museum showcases Yerington’s casino history. This is all pre-video slot machine times! Of note, some of the artifacts are from Dini’s Lucky Club, the oldest family owned and operated casino in the state of Nevada – and we’re talking pre-Las Vegas times! 4.



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6. Indian Apple Face Charm – This charm is used as part of a head dress, however, it is said that the first crafting of dolls as playthings for children in America heralds back to Native Americans making dolls from dried foods like corn. Colonial and pioneer settlers turned to making apple dolls, which later became a popular folk art. 7. Spinner’s Weasel – A favorite of Priscilla, our pink sock monkey travel mascot, this mechanical yarn weaving device has a spoked wheel with an internal ratcheting mechanism that clicks every two revolutions making a ‘pop’ sound after the desired length of yarn is measured. Could this be what the word ‘weasel’ means in the nursery rhyme ‘Pop Goes The Weasel’?


8. Say Cheese! In today’s world of digital cameras, it’s fascinating to see the museum’s collection of historic box cameras, Polaroid cameras, moving picture cameras, film, tripods and an early single picture projector from the 1920s. Lyon County Museum is open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday, with special group tours arranged by appointment. Call (775) 463-6576 or visit



The Life of a Cancerian Those born between June 21st to July 22nd are born under the Cancer sign. They are usually loyal, dependable, caring, adaptable, responsive and good in emergency situations. On the other hand, they can be moody, clingy, self-pitying, oversensitive and self absorbed, pulling into their protective shells when needed. They are determined and their level of independence depends on their ability to control their emotions. Those in control of their emotions can be very successful, no matter what they venture into. Those who have not learned to control their emotions crave attention and depend on others, both for material and emotional support. They are somewhat wild, being the first to laugh and the first to cry, as well as being very protective of their loved ones. Here are three women who definitely made names for themselves, all born in the same month, but as different as chalk and cheese.

“The lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” Amelia Earhart

Born July 24, 1897, in Atchison, KS, Amelia Mary Earhart was a tom-boy turned feminist at an early age. Her interest in flying started after she attended a stunt show when she Born July 19, 1860 in Fall was young. By 24 years River, Massachesetts, of age she had taken her Lizzie Borden was first flying lesson and saved enough money to buy accused of murdering her her first plane just six months later. step-mother and her Amelia set out to accomplish the same aviation father, by killing them records held by men at a time when women were with an axe. It was a expected to marry, have children and stay at known fact that Lizzie and her sister Emma did home. In fact, women pilots were banned from a lot of air competitions, which really spurred her on. not get along with their step mother, Abby Borden. Lizzie in particular hated her and felt Abby was She broke several flight records, in speed, after the family fortune. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered endurance and altitude, but also published books and became the Aviation Editor for Cosmopolitan and mutilated in their Fall River home. Emma was Magazine. She became an official for the National out of town, but Lizzie was home, and in fact, was Aeronautic Association to encourage the the person that alerted the house maid that establishment of separate world altitude, speed, something was amiss. When the police arrived, and endurance records for women. they found the bodies and immediately suspected Lizzie, who said she had been in the barn. Later Earhart placed third in the First Women's Air she was seen burning a dress she claimed had Derby, also known as the Powder Puff Derby, and been soiled by fresh paint. The police felt it was became a national and international star when she blood stained. Lizzie was indicted on December 2, heroically rescued a fellow competitor that had 1892 and the trial began in June. Lizzie did not take crashed into a tractor on the last leg of the race. the stand in her own defense and the testimonies The delay caused her to place third rather than provided by others proved inconclusive. On June first. Earhart was the first woman to cross the 20, 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the Atlantic as a passenger, the first woman to cross murders. No one else was ever charged with the the Atlantic as a solo pilot and the first pilot to fly crimes. The mystery survives, with the murders the Pacific route from Hawaii to mainland United remaining unsolved. States. Continued on Next page… “Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.”


The Life of a Leo Those born between July 23rd and August 21st are born under the Leo sign. They are usually confident, ambitious, generous, loyal, and encourage others to get out and try new things as they do. On the other hand they can be pretentious, domineering, melodramatic, and stubborn to the point of vanity. They share the love of the limelight that some Cancerians do, being much happier if there is an appreciative audience watching their accomplishments. They like people to look up to them and will often put themselves in awkward or even dangerous situations so others can see them overcome obstacles. They are enthusiastic leaders who are confident, plunging into any project head first, knowing they can deal with any outcome, desirable or not. Phyllis Diller Meets Amelia Earhart! A Big Blend Radio Time Travel Play, featuring Amelia Earhart (Nancy J. Reid), Phyllis Diller (Steve Schneickert), Lizzie Borden, and Yvonne Peach - owner of the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona. Hosted by Lisa D. Smith

“ I am the Elizabeth Taylor of ‘The Twilight Zone” and I once worked as a lampshade in a whorehouse.” Phyllis Diller


As Earhart neared forty years old, she was determined to be the first woman pilot to fly around the world. On June 1st, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan departed from Miami and began the 29,000-mile journey. By June 29th, they landed in Lae, New Guinea, with only 7,000 miles left to finish the journey. Bad maps had made navigation hard for Noonan, and their next refueling stop to Howland Island was a huge challenge. Howland Island is a mile and a half long by a half-mile wide. All unneeded items were removed from the plane to make room for fuel, to give Earhart about 274 extra miles. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter ITASCA, their radio contact, was stationed just offshore of the Island. Two other U.S. ships, ordered to burn every light on board, were positioned along the flight route as markers. "We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet." The ship tried to reply, but the plane seemed not to hear. At 8:45, Earhart reported, "We are running north and south." Nothing further was heard from her. The mystery remains as searches continue. Did they land on an island and die of thirst and hunger? Did they die at the bottom of the ocean? "Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." Amelia Earhart

Phyllis Diller was born Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917, in Lima, OH. She was an only child and attended the Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory. During that time she met and eloped with Sherwood Diller. The couple moved to California and Diller became a mother of six children, losing one at birth. She started her career as a columnist but appeared on Groucho Marx’s game show, “You Bet Your Life’, where her comedic talent gained national exposure. Posing as a zany housewife with a trademark look and laugh, she pushed her way into the world of stand-up comedy, traditionally a man’s domain. Her tenacity paved the way for other women comediennes and she was the last woman that had to make herself look ugly or stupid to get a laugh. Diller’s career spanned 50 years and she was known for her impeccable timing and her ability to deliver one punch line after another. She was an electric performer, appearing in over two dozen movies and eventually starring in her own show. “Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off.” Phyllis Diller

For a list of artists, writers, musicians, performers and more, born in July, please click here!


By herbalist Cynthia Johnston Health issues for men are varied, and those related to hormone health are more frequent these days, related to, in my humble opinion (and my favorite topic), the huge amount of hormones in our environment, that are estrogenic, or xenoestrogens. Just think, if these xenoestrogens aren’t good for women, whose dominant sex hormone is estrogen, how must they be affecting males? Listen to Cynthia Johnston on Big Blend Radio.

Using Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) in a cream applied topically, is a controversial topic among doctors, herbalists and other alternative practitioners. My personal experience from working with hundreds of women is this; though this herb does not and cannot convert directly into estrogen, progesterone or testosterone, it does seem to assist the body in finding hormone balance. It has worked well for women, hence my development of a cream for men. I prefer using herbs, to creams with actual hormones added, as the balance of hormones is extremely delicate. Why not give the body the tools it needs to adjust hormones naturally. Erectile dysfunction has become the number one advertised condition on television.


Prostate cancer, decreased size in the testes, low libido, erectile dysfunction and breast cancer, (yes, men do get breast cancer), andropause (male menopause) and osteoporosis are conditions becoming all too common for men. In fact, they are becoming so common I created a wild yam cream for male menopause (Andropause) called ProAndro. Similar to my cream for women, it is applied topically to assist the body in bringing hormones into balance. Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), nettle root (Urtica dioica), and saw palmetto are the base herbs, which I discuss here.

Several herbs can be used to address this issue. Yohimbe (Puausinystalia yohimbe) is the first that comes to mind, as it is the herb that the prescription Viagra is derived from. It is extremely strong and must be used with the guidance of a trained herbalist. It is a central nervous stimulant and erectile stimulant, and will work well when used with care. There are subtler choices like Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides). An aphrodisiac and central nervous stimulant, it is taken in the form of a tea. To tone and nourish the prostrate, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) and Nettle Root (Urtica dioca) are excellent choices. Studies have shown that both herbs are effective in reducing prostate inflammation. Adrenal dysfunction can be a leading cause in any of these issues.


Use Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioca) or Oats (Avena sativa) to flood the body with bio-available nutrients that will assist adrenal balance. Adrenal glands kick in when testes are not functioning optimally. It is critical for prostate health as well as the healthy bones and sleeping patterns. Men with lumpy breasts or even breast cancer are rare, but becoming more common. A diet free of any synthetic hormones is critical as well as the consumption of large amounts of minerals. These can be attained from the herbs mentioned above, nettles and oats. A focus on lymph health will also be beneficial. Try bouncing on a trampoline to clear the lymph, or get a massage. A balm of Poke Root (Phytolacca americana) and St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) applied topically may also be helpful. Cynthia Johnston is an herbalist and founder of MoonMaid Botanicals, a small herb company 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


Integrity As ambassadors for Quantum Learning Network's “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program”, the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults. This free program guides young people and families, toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles. See

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Watch the video below of Jeff Miller, Education Manager for Quantum Learning Network, tell his story about INTEGRITY. The Integrity Key of Excellence is about matching behavior with values. Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.

The 8 Keys of Excellence Are: 1. Live in INTEGRITY. 2. Acknowledge FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS. 3. SPEAK WITH GOOD PURPOSE. 4. Live in the now. THIS IS IT! 5. Affirm your COMMITMENT. 6. Take OWNERSHIP. 7. Stay FLEXIBLE. 8. Keep your BALANCE. PAGE 71

NEWS & INTERVIEWS EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING & LEARNING Two educational innovators, Barbara K. Given, Ph.D., and Bobbi DePorter, CEO of Quantum Learning Network (QLN), have teamed up to make an impact in classrooms with the book ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning: The Quantum Learning System’. The book demonstrates that the integration of the Brain’s Natural Learning Systems with the Quantum Learning System creates an impact that transforms the way teachers teach and students learn. This comprehensive approach empowers teachers to achieve the desired goal that students leave high school prepared for success in college and career with strong character and citizenship traits. Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview about ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning,’ as well as the 8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program, with co-authors Bobbi DePorter and Barbara K Given, along with Mark Reardon - QLN Chief Learning Officer, and Jeff Miller - QLN Education Manager. Learn more about Quantum Learning and about the book ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ at


HOLLISTER SCHOOL DISTRICT Committed to academic excellence, the Hollister School District in San Benito County, California serves a student population of about 5,500 students. Around 40% of the students are English Learners. There are five elementary schools that serve students in grades K - 5, one school that serves K – 8, two middle schools that serve 6 – 8, a Dual Language Academy (grades K - 6, Spanish/English) and an Accelerated Achievement Academy (grades 4 - 8). The Hollister Dual Language Academy became a California Distinguished School in 2012. The Accelerated Achievement Academy became a California Distinguished School in 2013. Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Superintendent Gary McIntire. Learn more at PAGE 72


NEWS & INTERVIEWS PARENTING FOR THE DIGITAL AGE The fact is that advertisers and the media have targeted our children with wanton abandon. What effect does this media, whether through television, online, or through mobile devices have on our children? In his new book ‘Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children, and What To Do About It,’ Bill Ratner, a long-time Hollywood insider and voice of their movie trailers, explores with in-depth research the change in advertising since 1982 and what children are currently exposed to. As a parent, educator, and veteran insider to the world of television, movies, and new media, Ratner talks openly about the problems associated with excessive screen time, children’s advertising, and what parents can do about it. Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Ratner and keep up with him at

GREAT READING RUN Dennis Yang, Founder of Papa Didos Ideals Foundation, author, and endurance athlete, updates Big Blend Radio about his current epic 11,000 mile run around the perimeter of US for children’s literacy and fitness. He stops at schools, children’s hospitals, and orphanages along the way to motivate children to read and be healthy. Dennis founded the Papa Didos Ideals Foundation with the belief that education is the key to solving this world’s problems. This is Dennis’ fourth Big Blend Radio update during his Great Reading Run, this time calling in from New York. Previous interviews were when he was in Arizona, Texas and Florida. Keep up with Dennis and his blog at




NEWS & INTERVIEWS THE KARMA QUEENS Dr. Carmen Harra & Alexandra Harra Most of us know ‘karma’ as the return of whatever kind of energy we give out. So then why don’t we think of it more often as vital to our relationships? Having just released their new book ‘THE KARMA QUEENS’ GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS: The Truth About Karma In Relationships’, Dr. Carmen Harra and her daughter Alexandra Harra talk with Big Blend Radio about karmic cycles, past lives, relationships, intuition and numerology. The author of 6 books, Dr. Carmen Harra is a singer and an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, merging mind, body, and spiritual healing – see: Her daughter Alexandra, is a certified life coach with intuitive gifts much like Carmen – see:


I REGRET NOTHING Jen Lancaster New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster chats with Big Blend Radio about her new memoir I REGRET NOTHING, that documents her quest for self-improvement with a bucket list that is anything but ordinary. From getting her tattoo removed, to learning to ride a bike, and even running a 5K, Jen shares her sometimes bumpy but always hilarious attempts to better her life. Jen Lancaster is no stranger to creative reinvention, and is best known for her seven hilarious, laugh-out-loud, widelyacclaimed memoirs that include: 'Bitter Is The New Black,' 'The Tao Of Martha,’ and 'Jeneration X.’ Keep up with Jen at



r ok u o Y e o t o B m Pro s With a s e n i s Bu By Lynn Wiese Sneyd ‘The Book Biz Whiz’ Have you ever thought of writing a book to promote your business? Seriously, you should think about it. And then just do it. Business cards, light-up pens, shopping bags, mouse pads are great giveaways, but they don’t promote you as an expert like a book does. Here’s how a book can make you and your business standout: - A book incorporates your knowledge, experience, and wisdom in one place. It boosts you to status of expert faster than a handshake. - It can leave readers with such a positive impression of who you are and what you do that they will want to do business with you. - It can be sold at the “back of the room” after presentations. Did someone say “supplemental income?” - It can be given to prospective clients. In addition to handing out your business card, hand out your book. - It can attract attention from the media, and attention from the media can result in free publicity. Think radio, TV, magazine, newspaper and blog interviews. WHOOT!


Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Lynn Wiese Sneyd about Writing a Book to Boost Business!

Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz', is a Writer, Literary Expert, PR Consultant and Owner of LWS Literary Services where she assists authors in book publicity campaigns, agent searches, book proposal writing, and editing. Learn more at:

So go write your book. If you own a restaurant, publish recipes and cooking tips, along with some stories about how you got into the business. If you’re a massage therapist, write about healthy living and proper exercise. If you’re an estate planning attorney, write about wills and trusts for families and businesses. You get the idea. Publish content that will inform people and inspire them to turn to you for assistance. It’s another cog in the ever-spinning marketing wheel, and one that you won’t regret having. PAGE 75


THRIVING Corey Poirier is a TEDx Speaker, an international bestselling author, and has interviewed more than 3000 of the world’s highest achievers on his radio show ‘Conversations With PASSION!’ Listen to his Big Blend Radio interview about his latest book ‘THRIVING: How Enlightened Super-Achievers Survive & Thrive in a Busy World.’ THRIVING features life changing insight from thought leaders like Jack Canfield, Robin Sharma, John Gray, and Tom Ziglar. Big Blend editors/radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith are thrilled be included with their insight on ‘Failure Leads to Success’ in the book. Download your copy (THRIVING is free until July 8th) and learn more at



TWEETS & CONSEQUENCES Listen to the Big Blend Radio discussion on social media mistakes in business and politics with Michael Schlossberg and S. Ward Heinrichs Esq. Michael Schlossberg is the author of ‘Tweets and Consequences: 60 Social Media Disasters and How You Can Avoid a Career-Ending Mistake’. As a Pennsylvania State Representative, Schlossberg has worked diligently to use social media to better connect with his constituents. See Ward Heinrichs specializes in employment law, and is the partner at Backstrom & Heinrichs Attorneys at Law in San Diego, California. See


DESIGNER INSIDER Aggie Garcia Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in the world of fashion and design? Fashion designer Aggie Garcia has owned and operated her company Illusions by Aggie for over 20 years. Specializing in designing suits for bikini and figure suit competitors, she works with some of the best trainers and nutritional consultants in the fitness industry. We asked Aggie 10 questions about running her own business, her inspirations, and the challenges of working in the design and fitness industry. Listen to her Big Blend Radio and learn more about Aggie at 1. What led you to become a fashion designer, and one who specializes in figure competition suits and bikinis? I have always been very creative and focused on detail. I started making regular bathing suits but as time went on, I became somewhat bored. I needed to make something that would allow me to be more creative. I had watched bodybuilding since I was a young girl. Rachel McLish was an inspiration to me. 2. What attributes do you have that makes you a good fit for your career in design? I am detail oriented and have a good eye for color onstage, and I love the challenge of creating the perfect fitting suit.

Listen to Aggie Garcia on Big Blend Radio, and read her answers to our 10 insider questions.


7. What do you consider your biggest challenge? Biggest challenge is not allowing clients to interfere into my personal downtime.

3. Who or what inspires you? The physiques of athletes inspire me, as well as artists such as Monet and fashions designers Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfield and Alexander McQueen. 4. Describe your ideal client. My ideal client holds herself accountable to staying on her prep, has a positive attitude, is on time for fittings, and pays her bill in a timely manner. 5. What is your pet peeve in regards to your business? Clients that do not show up for appointments and do not call in advance to cancel. I could have filled her spot with a more responsible client.

8. If you could have a dinner party with three people (alive or passed), who would they be? Fashion designers Valentino and Cristobal Balenciaga, and artist Frida Kahlo. 9. If you could switch careers for a day, what would you choose? I would love to be a pro tennis player.

10. What is the most important tip you would pass on to another person just getting started in the same career? Study the female physique - suits are not a one6. What personal changes have you had to size-fits-all - and develop an eye for color. Look at make in order to grow your company? I have had to make time management a priority and the reactions of your competitors when you put a certain color up to their skin. Make sure your no longer allow fitting appointments to turn into sewing skills are impeccable. therapy sessions for my clients. PAGE 77

Listen to Rick and Wendy on Big Blend Radio, and read their answers to our 10 questions about having an encore career outside of the Rick and Wendy Walleigh US, the challenges they face, and what What do you do when you're ready to retire from inspires them. Keep up with them at a successful career in Silicon Valley? Why not move to Africa and do volunteer work?


Okay, this isn't the way most of us imagine spending our golden years. But Rick and Wendy Walleigh -- like so many baby boomers reaching the traditional age of retirement -- were too healthy, motivated, and interested in giving back to play golf for the rest of their lives. Their book, ‘From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career,’ describes their experiences, from the challenges of day-to-day existence in an unfamiliar culture to the joys of helping people in poverty grow their own businesses. If you're thinking about transitioning to a more meaningful career, you'll find the Walleighs' story both informative and inspiring.



1. Describe your encore career and why you chose it. We did volunteer work in economic development in Africa for 18 months and have continued our work in the US. Basically we worked to help poor people make more money. Rick consulted to small businesses and Wendy developed youth programs teaching entrepreneurship. Prior to our African experience, Wendy had already started her encore career when she joined Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley as VP of Marketing and Development, where she worked for 4 years before our move to Swaziland. 2. What attributes do you have that makes you a good fit for working/volunteering with Techoserve? First of all we like adventure. It takes some courage to move to an African country you’ve never visited not knowing what you’ll find. More importantly from a work perspective, we both had many years of experience in business and Wendy had experience with Junior Achievement youth programs. Additionally, we are very comfortable working within diverse cultures and meeting people who have different perspectives from us.

5. What is your pet peeve in regards to your encore career? Initially we were both discouraged by the prejudice and lack of respect that the for-profit and non-profit worlds have for each other.

3. Who or what inspires you? Rick is inspired by people who lead great movements for beneficial social change such as Martin Luther King, people at the top of organizations, like Kofi Anan (former head of the UN) who are trying to tackle world peace and economic development from a broad perspective, and by the enterprising people at the bottom of the economic pyramid who strive every day to build a better life for themselves and their families. Besides those enterprising people who overcome so many obstacles to improve their lives, Wendy also admires friends/colleagues who move out of their comfort zone to take on new community challenges—they really are the “every-day heroes” of our society.

7. What do you consider your biggest challenge? Maintaining the right workload is a challenge. We want enough work so that we feel like we are making a significant contribution and staying intellectually stimulated. But we are “commercially retired” and want more relaxation time than we had during our primary careers.

4. Describe how you would choose your next project? Rick will continue to work with TechnoServe doing the projects that are most critical at the time and where they need the extra resource. Wendy will continue to have impact through her work on the JA of Silicon Valley Board as well as being CMO for our book, promoting it in media, bookstores, alumni associations, and with JA and TechnoServe, etc., etc., etc.

6. What personal changes have you had to make for your encore career? Like moving to Africa? Living in another culture forces you to become very flexible. Even more highly valuing family and friends’ relationships between times when we are 10,000 miles away.

8. If you could have a dinner party with three people (alive or passed), who would they be? Martin Luther King, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt 9. What advice would you give someone regarding working in a third world country? Be flexible, have an adventure, be prepared for obstacles and don’t give up. 10. What is the most important tip you would pass on to another person just getting started in an encore career? Two tips: Do something that will excite you. Do something that will make you feel good about yourself.


Join co-hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the crazy mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio. Except for holidays, shows air live on Sundays at 11am PT / 2pm ET, Wednesdays at 4pm PT / 7pm ET, and Fridays at 11am PT / 2pm ET. All shows this month will broadcast live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona, the hotel headquarters for the Big Blend Spirit of America tour of all 407 National Park units. Listen to the live or archived shows on, individual interviews on, or download the podcasts on,, and

July 1: Happy Hour Variety: Airs Live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. On This Episode: Barbara Gottlieb Physicians for Social Responsibility and Abel Russ - Environmental Integrity Project, Dr. Mona Vand "The Modern Pharmacist", Regina Leeds ‘The Zen Organizer’, and Hollywood History with Steve Schneickert! Click Here to Listen Live/Archive!

July 8: Happy Hour Variety! Airs Live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. On This Episode: Park Ranger Dana Dierkes – Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Sandy Blankenship – Exeter Chamber of Commerce & Sequoia Tourism Council, and Leah Launey – Innkeeper of Three Rivers B&B; James Henderson - author of “Travels with King Kong: Overland Across Africa.” Click Here to Listen Live/Archive!

July 10: Big Blend Radio – Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. On This Episode: Stuart K. Robinson author ‘It All Begins with "I": The "New Rules of Thinking" and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich, Joyous and Fulfilled Life’, Lynn Wiese Sneyd ‘The Book Biz Whiz’, and Big Blend’s Time Travel Radio Play ‘Phyllis Diller Meets Amelia Earhart’. Click Here to Listen Live/Archive!


July 15: Happy Hour Variety – Airs Live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. On This Episode: Attorney S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq. discusses the laws regarding physical labor, Nancy Kramer & Terry Ross discuss the Julian Film Festival 2015, and Chef Jeremy July 12: Champagne Sundays Variety – Airs Live Manley ‘San Diego’s Sustainable Chef’ talks hummus! at 11am PT / 2pm ET. On This Episode: Travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ Click Here to Listen Live / Archive! discusses Denmark, Glynn Burrows of Norfolk Tours UK, and artist Victoria Chick discusses The Art of the Giant Sequoia. Click Here to Listen Live/Archive!

July 17: Big Blend Radio – Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. On This Episode: Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA & Born Free Foundation talks cheetah conservation, and Howard & Ruth Milstein discuss pickling and the wines that pair well with pickled ingredients. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

July 19: Champagne Sundays Variety – Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Linda Kissam, President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association discusses California’s wine industry, Chef Ivan Flowers - 5-Star Executive Chef of Top of the Market San Diego, and Regina Leeds ‘The Zen Organizer’. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

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Join cohosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the crazy mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio. Shows broadcast live online, on Sundays from 11am PT / 2pm ET, Wednesdays from 4pm PT / 7pm ET, and Fridays from 11am PT / 2pm ET. Listen to the live or archived shows on or download the show and interview podcasts from iTunes.

July 24: Garden Gossip – Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. On This Episode: Herbalist Cynthia Johnston discusses Flowers That Heal, travel writer Eva Eldridge talks about Boyce Thompson Arboretum, an Arizona State Park. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive! July 22: Happy Hour Variety – Airs Live at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. On This Episode: Jazz singer Carmen Lundy discusses her 14th album “Soul To Soul”, the next chapter in her critically-acclaimed career as both a musical artist and a visual artist; a return to her roots but also an exploration of these roots -- and the journey that those roots can take you on. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive!

July 26: Champagne Sundays Variety Airs Live at 11am PT / 2pm ET. On This Episode: Special Farm-to-Table in Southern California feature with Andrea Peterson of Blue Heron Farm Bed & Breakfast and Peterson Specialty Produce in Fallbrook, CA, and Chef Jeremy Manley ‘San Diego’s Sustainable Chef’ of Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro in Julian, CA. Click Here to Listen Live / Archive! PAGE 82

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