Big Weekly Blend Podcast – October Musings

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BIG WEEKLY BLEND PODCAST: OCTOBER MUSINGS
From National Heroes’ Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day to National Salmon Day and National Dessert Day, this episode of the Big Weekly Blend podcast features a fascinating conversation celebrates the national and international holidays, pop culture, and historic happenings between October 8-14, 2023.  

FEATURED GUESTS:
Margot Carrera
Fine Art Nature Photographer

Shelley WhizinTransformational Life Coach & Author
Dr. Diane Dobry – Food, Wine & Travel Writer

Listen to the podcast and enjoy our special Indigenous Voices music playlist along with the book/author reading list, and links to articles, podcasts, puzzles, and recipes that connect with this week!

MUSIC PLAYLIST:
– On YouTube
– On Spotify

THIS WEEK’S BOOK/AUTHOR READING LIST INCLUDES: Nora Roberts, James Clavell, Douglas Adams, Mary Kingsley, A.A. Milne, Louise Hay, and Karle Wilson Baker.

 


CELEBRATE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2023
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: William John Swainson – naturalist and artist (1789); Louise Lynn Hay  -author & publisher (1926), Paul Hogan – actor (1939); Chevy Chase – comedian and actor (1943); Johnny Ramone – musician, The Ramones (1948); Sigourney Weaver – actress (1949); Michael Dudikoff – actor (1954); Darrell Hammond – comedian (1960); Peter Greene – actor (1965); C-Jay Ramone – musician, The Ramones (1965); Emily Procter – actress (1968); Matt Damon – actor (1970); Michael Gregory Mizanin, a.k.a. The Miz – wrestler (1980), Bruno Mars – singer-songwriter (1985).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: American Touch Tag Day, International Birth Registration Day, International Newspaper Carrier Day, National Fluffernutter Day, National Harbormaster Appreciation Day, National Heroes’ Day, National Salmon Day, World Dyslexia Day, Simchat Torah, World Octopus Day.

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Sweet & Spicy Salmon Recipe
The Mysteries of Octopuses
Dogs, Our Unsung Heroes
D-Day Hero Stories


CELEBRATE MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2023
“Life is what happens to you, While you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon (Oct. 9, 1940-Dec. 8, 1980)

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Camille Saint-Saëns – composer (1835); Charles Walgreen – entrepreneur (1873); Walter O’Malley – baseball executive (1903); Donald Sinden – actor (1923); Russell Myers – cartoonist, “Broom Hilda” (1938); John Lennon – musician and songwriter, The Beatles (1940); Jackson Browne – musician (1948); Sharon Osbourne – music manager, TV personality, and wife of Ozzy Osbourne (1952);Tony Shalhoub – actor (1953); Scott Bakula – actor (1954); John O’Hurley – actor, musician and game show host (1954); Donald Singletary – Hall of Fame Baseball player (1958); Kenny Garrett – jazz saxophonist (1960); Sean Lennon – musician & son of John Lennon (1975), Scotty McCreery – country music singer (1993).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
 Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Native American Day, World Post Day, National C60 Day, Curious Events Day, International Beer & Pizza Day, International Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, Leif Erikson Day, National Kick Butt Day, National Moldy Cheese Day, National Online Bank Day,


ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Margherita French Bread Pizza
Positano Pizzas
Spicy Veggie Pizza-Dilla
The Chief Joseph Trail Ride


CELEBRATE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2023
“Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.” Nora Roberts

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Giuseppe Verdi – composer (1813); Helen Dunbar – actress (1863); Helen Hayes – actress (1900); Thelonious Monk – jazz pianist (1917); James Clavell – author (1924); Richard Jaeckel – actor (1926); Peter Coyote – actor (1941); Ben Vereen – actor (1946); Charles Dance – actor (1946); Nora Roberts – novelist (1950); David Lee Roth – singer, Van Halen (1955); Tanya Tucker – singer (1958); Chris Penn – actor (1965); Shawn “Thunderbird” Jamison – basketball coach and ex Harlem Globetrotter (1969); Brett Favre – football player (1969); Mario López – actor (1973); Dale Earnhardt Jr -NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver (1974); Adrian Grenier – actor (1976).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
 World Mental Health Day, National Angel Food Cake Day, National Cake Decorating Day, National Face Your Fears Day, National Hug a Drummer Day, National Handbag Day, World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day, World Homeless Day, World Day Against the Death Penalty, World Inclusion Day, World Plant-Based Burger Day, and World Porridge Day.

PARKS & PLACES: The White House & President’s Park (1792), Boston African American National Historic Site (1980), Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site (1980)

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Here. Is. Better. Documentary
Salt + Light Works in Tulare County

Spicy Chickpea-Rice Burgers Recipe
Ultimate Black Bean Burger


CELEBRATE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2023
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: George Williams – English founder of the YMCA (1821); Henry Heinz – food manufacturer (1844); Jerome Robbins – choreographer for Broadway musicals (1918); Dottie West – first country vocalist to win a Grammy (1932); David Morse – actor (1953); Dawn French – comedian, actress and screenwriter (1957); Joan Cusack – actress and comedian (1962); Luke Perry – actor (1966); Emily Deschanel – actress (1976).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
 National Coming Out Day, International Day of the Girl Child, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, National Sausage Pizza Day, Black Girl Day Off, Emergency Nurses Day, It’s My Party Day, International Top Spinning Day, National Fossil Day, National Curves Day, National Peyronie’s Disease Awareness Day, National Spread Joy Day, National Southern Food Heritage Day ,National Stop Bullying Day, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.

PARKS & PLACES: Big Thicket National Preserve (1974), Big Cypress National Preserve (1974), First Ladies National Historic Site (2000)

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Parks & Waterways of The South
Louisiana Gas Station Food Trail
The Epic Mentor Guide
Days for Girls
Shakti Girls Poetry Book
Artemis Sparke & The Sound Seekers Brigade
Fair Trade Friday Club
Jett Jamison & The Secret Storm
Petrified Forest National Park
Dinosaur National Monument

Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide

CELEBRATE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2023
“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Verna Myers

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Art Clokey – animator for Gumby (1921); Luciano Pavarotti – Italian tenor (1935); Sam Moore – R&B singer, Sam & Dave (1935); Chris Wallace – broadcast journalist (1947); Hugh Jackman – actor and singer (1968); Adam Rich – actor (1968); Martie Maguire – musician, Dixie Chicks (1969); Kirk Cameron – actor (1970).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
Farmers Day, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, Happy Potter Book Day, National Gumbo Day, National Pulled Pork Day, National Savings Day, World Arthritis Day, World Sight Day.

PARKS & PLACES: Obed Wild & Scenic River (1976), Caesar Chavez National Monument (2012)

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Genuine Skagit Valley
Taste of Tulare County
Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve
Experience Pike Place Market
Central California’s Farm Country
Arizona’s Fresh Foodie Trail
Nepal Tea Collective
Farm Fresh California
 


CELEBRATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2023
“There is no such thing as a wrong note.” Art Tatum

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: Molly Pitcher – American Revolutionary War Hero (1754); Lillie Langtry – actress (1853); Mary Kingsley – writer and explorer (1862); Art Tatum – jazz pianist (1909); Cornel Wilde – actor (1915); Lenny Bruce- comedian (1925); Paul Simon – singer and musician, Simon & Garfunkel (1941); Sammy Hagar – singer, Van Halen (1947); Marie Osmond – entertainer (1959); Kelly Preston – actress (1962); Kate Walsh – actor (1967); Carlos Marin – Spanish baritone, Il Divo (1968); Nancy Kerrigan – figure skater (1969); Ashanti – singer (1980).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
 National No Bra Day, Ancestor’s Day, International Day for Disaster Reduction, English Language Day, International Skeptics Day, National M&M Day, National Herpes Awareness Day, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, National Train Your Brain Day, National Yorkshire Pudding Day, World Egg Day, Vet Nurse Day, World Thrombosis Day, Navy Birthday.

PARKS & PLACES: Cabrillo National Monument (1913)

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Author & Poet Karle Wilson Baker
Cabrillo National Monument
Protecting Your Valuables & Collectibles

Extreme Wildfire
Live Wildfire Map of The West
Firescaping Your Home

Two Countries Divided by the Same Language
US Navy Veteran Jim Pidgeon
Terri’s Stuffed Eggs Recipe
Castle Creek Quiche Recipe
Tuxedo Park Quiche Recipe


CELEBRATE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2023
“Action is the antidote to despair.” Joan Baez

BIRTHDAYS & BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES: William Penn – founder of Pennsylvania (1644); Dwight D. Eisenhower – U.S. general and 34th President of the United States (1890); Eugene Fodor – travel writer (1905); Roger Moore – actor (1927); Ralph Lauren – fashion designer (1939); Cliff Richard – singer (1940); Harry Anderson – actor (1952); Beth Daniel – Hall of Fame Golfer (1956); Natalie Maines – musician, Dixie Chicks (1974); Usher – singer and actor (1978); Stacy Keibler – actress and professional wrestler (1979).

HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES:
 National Dessert Day, Book Shop Day, Be Bald & Free Day, I Love Yarn Day, International African Penguin Awareness Day, National Chess Day, Universal Music Day, National I Love You Day, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

PARKS & PLACES: Saguaro National Park (1994), Timpanogos Cave National Monument (1922)

ARTICLES, PODCASTS, RECIPES & PUZZLES:
Saguaro National Park
Dessert by the Light of the Moon
Chambord Crème Brûlée
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Miss Geraldine’s Cream Cake
Fluffy Blueberry Cake

 

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