Big Weekly Blend Podcast: August 7-14, 2023

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BIG WEEKLY BLEND PODCAST: AUGUST 7-14, 2023
Lions, Lizards & Elephants to Books, Vinyl, and much more…

Recorded during a storm from a small hobby farm in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas, this episode of the Big Weekly Blend podcast celebrates the national and international holidays, pop culture, and historic happenings between Aug. 8-14, 2023. Listen to the podcast in the YouTube player below or download it on Acast, and enjoy the music playlist as well as the article, podcast, and recipe links that connect with this week!

THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PLAYLIST
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CELEBRATE MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2023
“Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” Billie Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Billie Burke – actress (1885); Louis Leakey – archaeologist (1903); B.J. Thomas – singer (1942); Dino Valente – musician, Quicksilver Messenger Service (1943); Paul Bruce Dickinson – metal singer of Iron Maiden (1958); David Duchovny – actor (1960); Charlize Theron – actress (1975); Luca Luhan – actor (2006).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: Purple Heart Day, National Lighthouse Day, National Raspberries N’ Cream Day, National Sea Serpent Day, National Beach Party Day, Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, Professional Speakers Day.

PARKS & PLACES: Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts (1961).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Lighthouses as Beacons for Artists
Off-Season in Cape Cod & Nantucket
Lighthouses, Sea Stacks & a Dairy Lover’s Dream
Preparing Leadership Trainers

CELEBRATE TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023
“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.” Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES:  Bob Smith – founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (1879); Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – author (1896); Frederic March – actor (1897); Russell Markert – Radio City Music Hall Rockets founder (1899); Dino De Laurentiis – film producer (1919); Esther Williams – actress and swimmer (1921); Rory Calhoun – actor (1922); Richard Anderson – actor (1926); Mel Tillis – singer (1932); Donald P. Bellisario – tv producer (1935); Dustin Hoffman – actor (1937); Connie Stevens – singer and actress (1938); Keith Carradine – actor (1949); Robin Quivers – radio personality (1952); Nigel Mansell – race car driver (1953); Joshua Scott Chasez – singer (1976);  Meagan Monique Good – model & actor (1981); Roger Federer – tennis player (1981); Shawn Peter Raul Mendes – singer (1998); Ryan Garcia – boxer (1999); Jentzen Ramirez – actor (2006).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:  International Allyship Day, International Cat Day, National Braiders Day, Digital Nomad Day, Culturama Day, Dying to Know Day, Happiness Happens Day, National CBD Day, National Frozen Custard Day, National Dollar Day, National Mochi Day, National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, National Pickleball Day, National Tarantula Appreciation Day, Peasant’s Day, Scottish Wildcat Day.

PARKS & PLACES:
 Joseph Whidbey & George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska (1794).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Captain George Vancouver
Zucchini Rice & Meat Recipe
Zucchini Muffins

Sammy’s 4-H Blue Ribbon Zucchini Bread


CELEBRATE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2023

“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.” Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: William Barret Travis – defender at the Alamo (1809); Robert Shaw – actor (1927); Robert Joseph Cousy – Hall of fame basketball player (1928); Sam Elliott – actor (1944); Melanie Griffith – actress (1957); Whitney Houston – singer/actress (1963); Gillian Anderson – actress (1968); Audrey Tautou – actress (1976); Rhona Natasha Mitra – actor (1976); Dan Levy  -actor, writer, director, producer, comedian known from Schitt’s Creek (1983); Alexa Bliss – wrestler (1991); Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson – actor (1999).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, National Book Lovers Day, Co-Working Day, Hold Hands Day, National Rice Pudding Day.

PARKS & PLACES:
 Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico (1916), Lassen Volcanic National Park, California (1916).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Chief Joseph Trail Ride
Big Blend Library
Lassen Volcanic National Park

CELEBRATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2023
“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.” Jimmy Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Herbert Clark Hoover – 31st President of the United States (1874); Noah Beery, Jr. – actor (1913); Rhonda Fleming – actress (1923); Jimmy Dean – singer and businessman (1928); Eddie Fisher – singer (1928); Bobby Hatfield – singer, The Righteous Brothers (1940); Rosanna Arquette -actress (1959); Antonio Banderas – actor (1960); Angie Harmon – actress (1972); Aliceia Lavae Bellamy – pop singer (1989); Jacob Latimore – R&B singer (1996); Sunny Suljic – actor (2005).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: National Lazy Day, National Spoil Your Dog Day, National S’Mores Day, Vlogging Day, and World Lion Day.

PARKS & PLACES:
 Missouri Statehood (1821), Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee (1933); Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina (1933); Tupelo National Battlefield, Mississippi (1933); National Capital Parks, District of Columbia (1933); Joshua Tree National Park, California (1936).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Climbing Above Paradise
Joshua Tree National Park
Missouri State Guide
 

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Smokey Mountain S’mores
The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast

CELEBRATE FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2023
“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.” Enid Blyton (August 11, 1897 – November 28, 1968)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Enid Blyton – author (1897); Alex Haley – historian (1921); Mike Douglas – entertainer (1925); Arlene Dahl – actress (1928); Terry Eugene Bollea “Hulk Hogan” – wrestler (1953); Joe Rogan – comedian, podcaster, actor (1967); Christopher Hemsworth – actor (1983); Alyson Stoner – actor, singer-songwriter (1993), Seo Chang-bin – rapper (1999).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:  National Son & Daughter Day; Hip Hop Day; National Bakewell Tart Day; National Face Mask Day; National Presidential Joke Day; National Raspberry Bombe Day.

CELEBRATE SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2023
“The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.” Cecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Thomas Bewick – author and artist (1753); Christy Mathewson – baseball player (1880); Cecil B. DeMille – film director (1881); Zerna Sharp – writer and educator, Dick and Jane books (1889); Jane Wyatt – actress (1910); Norris & Ross McWhirter – Scottish co-founders of the Guinness Book of Records (1925); Buck Owens – singer (1929); William Goldman – author (1931); Parnelli Jones – race car driver and team owner (1933); George Hamilton – actor (1939); Deborah Walley – actress (1943); Mark Knopfler – singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dire Straits (1949); Peter Krause – actor (1965); Rudy Pankow – actor (1998).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: International Youth Day; National Bowling Day; National Garage Sale Day; Milkman Day; National Vinyl Record Day; World Elephant Day.

PARKS & PLACES: City of Chicago, Illinois (1883); Fort Washington Park, Maryland (transferred from War Dept. 1940); Castle Clinton National Monument, New York (1946); Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa (1965).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Elephant Refugees Documentary
Chicago Botanic Garden
River Cruise in Chicago
On Big Shoulders Album
The Rise & Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

CELEBRATE SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023
“There’s a heaven on earth that so few ever find, though the map’s in your soul and the road’s in your mind.” Dan Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Lucy Stone – suffragette (1818); Annie Oakley – sharpshooter (1860); John Logie Baird – television pioneer (1888); Bert Lahr – actor (1895); Alfred Hitchcock – film director (1899); Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers – actor (1904); Neville Brand – actor (1920); Don Ho – musician (1930); Kevin Tighe – actor (1944); Philippe Petit – high wire artist (1949); Dan Fogelberg – singer/songwriter (1951); Danny Bonaduce – actor (1959); Sebastian Stan -actor (1982); Na Jae-min – rapper (2000).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: International Lefthanders Day, Melon Day, National Filet Mignon Day, Women’s and Family Day, National Prosecco Day.

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
A Short Guide to Sparkling Wines
Pan Roasted Filet Mignon
Get Lucky Watermelon Margarita

CELEBRATE MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023
“Don’t waste the time. Time is the final currency, man. Not money, not power – it’s time.” David Crosby (August 14, 1941 – January 18, 2023)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Doc Holliday – gambler and dentist (1851); Ernest Thayer – author of “Casey at the Bat” (1863); Francis Ford – actor (1881); Russell Baker – journalist/TV host (1925); Dash Crofts – musician (1940); David Crosby – musician (1941); Connie Smith – singer (1941); Steve Martin – actor and comedian (1945); Susan Saint James – actress (1946); Danielle Steel – novelist (1947); Magic Johnson – basketball player (1949); Palmer Williams Jr. – actor (1965); Halle Berry – actress (1966); Chris Perez – guitarist (1969); Tim Tebow – football player (1987).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: National Financial Awareness Day; National Love Your Bookshop Day; National Creamsicle Day; Navajo Code Talkers Day; US Victory Day; Spirit of ’45 Day; World Lizard Day.

PARKS & PLACES: Oregon Territory (1848); General Grant National Memorial, New York (1958).

PODCASTS, ARTICLES, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Big Blend Library
Military Communication Podcast

 

 

 

 

 


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