Big Weekly Blend Magazine: Vol. 1, Issue 19, Nov. 2023



“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

This issue celebrates Thanksgiving week and the start of the winter holiday season with podcasts covering travel tips, unique escapes and destinations, festive events and activities, shopping, and gift ideas. And if you are looking for ways to stay healthy during the holiday festivities, check out our recent Big Weekly Blend podcast chat with Dr. Jackie Eubany, and try the holiday side dish recipes from Chef Ivan Flowers, and cookbook author Ruth Milstein.  

Speaking of food, wine, and travel, Cori Solomon shares her visit to Torrance in Southern California, Debbie Stone gives us a taste of historic Gettysburg, and innkeepers Steve & Kathy Hiatt talk about the visitor experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as the fascinating history about their inn, Bottger Mansion of Old Town. 

A few weeks ago we drove from North Carolina to Tucson, Arizona, and along the way, visited with Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca, the husband-wife team behind LDV Winery. Their tasting room is in Scottsdale, and their vineyard is just outside Chiricahua National Monument in Cochise County, and that’s where we met up with them. Along with a sumptuous wine pairing dinner, they treated us to a tasting of their Viognier, which is currently aging in stainless steel and French Oak. As Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Wine is bottled poetry,” and that’s exactly how incredible this tasting experience was. You can hear it in the podcast we recorded with Peggy and Curt during the tasting. 

‘Tis the season to focus on gratitude and transformational life coach Shelley Whizin explains how to embrace thankfulness in everyday life, while organizational trainer Rita Sever shares how to show sincere appreciation in the workplace. And if you’ve ever wondered if it’s time to call an attorney regarding a situation in your business or at work, you’re going to want to listen to our recent podcast conversation with employment attorney Ward Heinrichs.

From our audiences across the country and around the world to our expert contributors, podcast guests, marketing partners, and friends, we thank everyone who is part of our Big Blend world. We are grateful for your support and friendship as we continue our publishing, podcasting, and travel journey!

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