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Shelley Whizin - Soul Diving with Joy
This episode of Big Blend Radio's Quality of Life Show features Shelley Whizin, founder and CEO of the Soul Diving Institute™ (SDI), established to study and teach the art and science of Being Human. Hear about her upcoming free online event "Soul Diving with Joy – 3 BE’s to BEing a Happy Y.O.U." held on Aug. 27, 2021, as well as her new online "BEing Conscious Program" that will run in September and October. Full details are here: https://www.shelleywhizin.com/SDwithjoy
Shelley is also the author of “The Healing Journal”, “The Story of the Magical Baby Grand Piano”, and “What Do You Bring to the Table? A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life”.
Author Marcie Maxfield: Em's Awful Good Fortune
This episode of Big Blend Radio's Writers Wednesday Show with Books Forward features Marcie Maxfield, author of the novel "Em's Awful Good Fortune."
What was originally meant as a memoir turned into the autofiction feminist statement, a biting comedy about a woman’s global journey to reclaim her autonomy in a relationship stretched by the unfamiliar landscape of expat life. "Em's Awful Good Fortune" is a raw exploration of the expatriate journey, not just through various countries, but through the personal road to self -discovery. More: https://marciemaxfield.com/
The Accidental Suffragist - Author Galia Gichon on Big Blend Radio
This episode of Big Blend Radio features author Galia Gichon who discusses her new historical fiction novel, "The Accidental Suffragist."
Over a century after women were granted the right to vote, a new voice in historical fiction, Galia Gichon, explores this pivotal moment in time through a unique and distinctive lens. It's 1911, and protagonist Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York's tenements. When tragedy strikes in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Helen is seduced by the cause for women’s suffrage and is soon immersed, working alongside famous activists. As Helen's involvement with the cause deepens, she encounters myriad sources of tension that test her perseverance: estrangement from her husband, ostracization by neighbors, and worry about her children's safety. More: https://www.galiagichonauthor.com/
Fierce and Delicate - Author Renée K. Nicholson on Big Blend Radio
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, acclaimed author, writer, and poet Renée K. Nicholson discusses her memoir, "Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness." Renée Nicholson’s professional training in ballet had both moments of magnificence and moments of torment, from fittings of elaborate platter tutus to strange language barriers and unrealistic expectations of the body.
In "Fierce and Delicate," she looks back on the often confused and driven self she had been shaped into—always away from home, with friends who were also rivals, influenced by teachers in ways sometimes productive and at other times ordering on sadistic—and finds beauty in the small roles she performed. When, inevitably, Nicholson moved on from dancing, severed from her first love by illness, she discovered that she retained the lyricism and narrative of ballet itself as she negotiated life with rheumatoid arthritis. More at http://www.reneenicholson.com/
All the Lies That I Have Told - Grover Anderson on Big Blend Radio
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "New Music Friday" Show features California singer-songwriter Grover Anderson who shares some of the songs and stories from his new album "All The Lies That I Have Told," a collection of small town stories. Written around a high-country campfire, in a Texas Uber, and amidst Wikipedia deep dives, the songs dig a little deeper than traditional rural clichés. More at https://groveranderson.com/
Thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
Linda Kissam and Candy Lesher - Les Dames d'Escoffier International in Phoenix
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Eat, Drink & Be Merry" Show features travel writer Linda Kissam "Food, Wine & Shopping Diva," and Chef Candy Lesher, who provide an overview of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI), an international organization of women leaders who provide leadership, educational opportunities, and philanthropic events for the larger Phoenix community. It is the only organization of its kind: a world society of professional women of high achievement in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. Its purpose is to provide a system for communication and networking among its members. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/les-dames-d-escoffier-international-ldei-phoenix-arizona/
This is an amazing and fun podcast. A must listen.
I had so much fun listening to Lisa and Nancy's episodes. They are masterful at extracting valuable information from their guests. This is a must listen for anyone in the travel industry.