Big Weekly Blend Magazine – Vol 1, Issue 15, Oct. 2023



“October is a symphony of permanence and change.” Bonaro W. Overstreet

We’re celebrating the start of October by shining the spotlight on visual and literary arts, along with travel destinations across the country.

When it comes to the arts, Debbie Stone takes us on her visit to Giverny, France, the home and garden retreat of Monet, and then we head to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, Arizona where Lance Laber talks about the cultural ties that artist Ted DeGrazia had with the people of Mexico and the Desert Southwest USA. In between, artist Victoria Chick reminisces about classic children’s books like “Peter Rabbit” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and covers their talented illustrators, Beatrix Potter, and Sir John Tenniel.

As columnist John Sinor once stated, “October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.” We hope you enjoy the featured Big Blend Radio conversations with authors and writers who discuss their craft and inspirations. From crime and mystery to politics and a children’s book that uniquely covers multiethnicity, hear about four fabulous fall fiction reads by authors Ginger Pinholster, George Fraklin, Lyn Squire, and Mike Yam. Adding a little nature connection to the mix, garden writer and podcaster Jennifer Jewell discusses her fascinating and timely new book “What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds.” Plus, three travel writers, Elaine J. Masters, Lisa Evans, and Jo Clark, share some of the highlights and lessons learned from their careers and adventures.

Of course, travel is always part of the magazine, and this issue starts in vibrant and diverse Santa Ana, California and the Sleepy Lobo Inn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then heads up the historic Jefferson Highway to focus on Guinness World Records that have to do with long beards, cars, and a gazillion stickers! Then we head east for festival fun in Natchitoches, the oldest city in Louisiana, and to hear about the fall and winter festivities in popular Greenville, South Carolina. Our front cover story focuses on an epic park road trip with Mr. & Mrs. Wild, that goes from North Carolina to West Virginia and Virginia, with a brief stop in Tennessee.

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