Share

cover art for Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki - Dancing Into the Light Memoir

Big Blend Radio

Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki - Dancing Into the Light Memoir

This episode of Big Blend Radio features award-winning author Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki who discusses her compelling new memoir “Dancing Into the Light: An Arab-American Girlhood in the Middle East,” (She Writes Press). The story followes her multi-cultural upbringing of belonging to two vastly different cultures, finding her place within both, and the search to find the inherent harmony in worlds at odds with each other. 


“Dancing into the Light” is a story of love, loss, and renewal, and of overcoming devastating early trauma through music, dancing, and the love and devotion of strong American and Arab women. More: https://kathrynabdulbaki.com/ 

More episodes

View all episodes

  • Nature Tripping in Florida and Coastal Mississippi

    01:12:54
    Welcome to Part Four of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode covers Nature Destinations in Coastal Mississippi and Florida:- LISA EVANS - travel writer and photographer, and author of "“100 Things to Do in Coastal Mississippi Before You Die.” Visit https://writerlisa.com/ - KATHLEEN WALLS - Travel writer and author of numerous Florida books. Visit http://www.katywalls.com / and https://www.americanroads.net/ * DIANE DOBRY - Travel writer, podcaster, and memoirist. More: https://discoverydaze.com, and https://hungarianaquarian.com/  LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE ONE features nature photographer and Nature Connection cohost Margot Carrera, who talks about Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces.* EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou.* EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark. 
  • Nature Adventures in North and South Carolina

    31:28
    Welcome to Part Three of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina:- NORTH CAROLINA: Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, talk about what to experience in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah National Forest, in North Carolina. More: https://www.lion-rose.com/ - SOUTH CAROLINA: Jo Clark, travel writer and photographer, talks about Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, near Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Follow Jo's blog at https://www.haveglasswilltravel.com/ LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE ONE features nature photographer and Nature Connection cohost Margot Carrera, who talks about Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces.* EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou.* EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry. 
  • Nature Connection Destinations - Ecuador to Vermont

    43:41
    Welcome to Part Two of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. ON THIS EPISODE:- LINDA BALLOU, award-winning travel writer and author, talks about her experience at Sacha Lodge in Ecuador as well as the natural highlights of where she lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about Linda, who hosts Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures" Podcast, at https://lostangeladventures.com/ - JAMIE EDWARDS, award-winning travel writer and photographer, talks about her nature experiences in beautoful Stowe, Vermont. Cehck out her article about this sustainable destination on her blog site: https://iamlostandfound.com/best-things-to-do-in-stowe-in-summer/ LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE ONE features nature photographer and Nature Connection cohost Margot Carrera, who talks about Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces.* EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark.* EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry. 
  • Margot Carrera - Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces

    58:39
    Welcome to Part One of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode features fine art nature photographer and co-host Margot Carrera who discusses sacred spaces in nature, and how we can energetically and spiritually help give back to nature. See Margot's photography, here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/margotcarrera/?etsrc=sdt LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou.* EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark.* EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry. 
  • Historic Music and Songs of the Jefferson Highway Era

    01:04:59
    This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Jefferson Highway" Show focuses on the historic music and songs of the Jefferson Highway Era. The Jefferson Highway Association originally founded the Jefferson Highway in 1915. This international highway is also known as "The Pines to the Palms Highway," that runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. FEATURED GUESTS:- ROGER BELL, President of the Jefferson Highway Association, talks about the upcoming Jefferson Highway Conference held in Alexandria, Louisiana from April 24-27, 2024. Also hear about the Sociability Run in Louisiana that will be held pre-conference from April 22-24, 2024). Info: https://jeffersonhighway.org/  - CECELIA 'CECE" OTTO is a classically trained singer, composer, historian, recording artist, and international best-selling author. In 2013, she launched An American Songline with a 30-concert vintage music tour along the Lincoln Highway. She will be a featured presenter at the upcoming Annual Jefferson Highway Conference. More: https://americansongline.com/ SPECIAL THANKS to the Jefferson Highway Association, and the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau: https://natchitoches.com/ 
  • Cheryl Ogle - River Cruising in America

    31:29
    From the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Columbia and Snake Rivers, this episode of Big Blend Radio's Vacation Station "Hey Wanna Go" Travel Show with travel advisor Cheryl Ogle is all about River Cruises in America.On Big Blend Radio every third Wednesday, Cheryl is a world traveler, accredited travel advisor, and owner of Hey Wanna Go that specializes in travel to Europe and the UK, as well as river and ocean cruises. More: https://heywannago.com/ 
  • Linda Ballou - Tasmania, The Devil Made Me Do It!

    36:11
    On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda takes us to Tasmania where she spent a week exploring Cradle Mountain National Park, the Cataract Gorge in Launceston, and Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park on the sunny east coast. With 40 percent of the land in this island state preserved with 880 tracks lacing the national parks, Tasmania is one of the last hold outs for true conservation. The caring population of just over half a million are doing all they can to keep their home clean and green. Read Linda's story, "Tasmania: The Devil Made Me Do It!" that's featured in her book, "Lost Angel Unleashed: Stories from the Heart."Follow Linda's adventures at https://lostangeladventures.com/ and learn more about her books at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/ Listen to Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures" Show every 3rd Wednesday at High Noon PST, here: https://shows.acast.com/linda-ballou 
  • Celebrate Spring 2024 in Natchitoches, Louisiana

    40:15
    From wildflower hikes and family activities to annual festivals that celebrate the arts, seasonal flowers, history and culture, and more, it's all about Spring 2024 Celebrations in Natchitoches, Louisiana on this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday Vacation Station "Go to Natchitoches" show with K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: http://tinyurl.com/yc8csn8b Check out our Longleaf Vista Trail story and video here: http://tinyurl.com/4zmd969n 
  • Julie Diebolt Price - Southwest Road Trip

    01:00:57
    This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 3rd Monday “Food, Wine & Travel” Show with IFWTWA features award-winning travel writer and photographer Julie Diebolt Price who gives a fun overview of her southwest road trip from Phoenix, Arizona to Golden, Boulder, and Denver in Colorado, and Santa Fe and Albuquerque in New Mexico. Hear about the restaurants, public art, unique experiences, and amazing hotels she stayed in including Table Mountain Inn, Hotel Boulderado, The Maven Hotel, Inn & Spa at Loretto, and Hotel Chaco. You can read about it all in her article, here: http://tinyurl.com/5xvwdusjLearn more about the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) here: https://www.ifwtwa.org/