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The Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob entertained participants in the St. Jude Marathon on Sat. December 1st, 2018.
“The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the single largest one-day fundraising event for St. Jude. Every race course passes through the campus of St. Jude, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers.”
“St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The hospital costs about $2.4 million a day to run, and there is no cost to the patient to be treated.” St. Jude Website
More about St. Jude @ https://www.stjude.org/
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More about the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob can be found on facebook @ Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob.
Holiday Wonders at the Garden opens Friday, November 23rd and runs (select nights) through December 30th.
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“What I did was, I prayed to God before I shot every free throw,” Harris said. “He came through for me.” From Geoff Calkins story- Daily Memphian
Dylan Dunn Plays National Anthem ~ Dunn opened up a pre-season Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball game with an electrified version of the National Anthem.
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Winnie the baby hippo plays with her mother Binti while on exhibit at the Memphis Zoo. Winnie was born in the spring of 2017 and as she has been one of the favorites at the Memphis Zoo. Winnie is growing fast from 70 lbs. to an anticipated 3,000 lbs. Her mother Binti stays close and is very protective of her big baby. The hippopotamus is among the most dangerous animals in the world as it is highly aggressive and unpredictable.
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AUG. 2018 ~~Women leave kisses on the wall of what was once the bedroom of Elvis Presley. This apartment, was home to Elvis Presley during his teenage years in Memphis. It is now open for tours.
Elvis fans can sleep in Elvis's bedroom, eat in the kitchen he ate in and sit in the halls where he played guitar because NOW they rent out the unit by the night for $250.00.
Presley lived in public housing with his family at Lauderdale Court before he reached stardom in 1956 as an entertainer. Regular tenants have occupied the income based apartment all theses years until what was Lauderdale Courts public housing underwent renovations. The units are now called Uptown Square apartments. Elvis lived there with his parents at 185 Winchester, apartment 328, from 1949 until 1953. The unit has been decorated to look like it would have during that time and then personalized with photos of Elvis and his family.
Uptown Square is just north of downtown Memphis.
Need you ask? Yes, I left a lip print of my own for the king.
© Karen Pulfer Focht
August 11, 2018-
Today Andy Childs, Joel Weinshanker (left) (managing owner of EPE), and Lisa Marie Presley took the stage at Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland on Saturday to discuss the release of the latest album Where No One Stands Alone. Lisa Marie became emotional. Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley sing a duet on 'new' Elvis gospel album. Lisa said about working on this album "this is the best experience I have ever had." Her business partner and the albums co-producer Joel Weinshanker said of Elvis "What he’d want more than anything in the world is for Lisa to have some peace.
Lisa Marie Presley opened up about how she has overcome her addiction to drugs this week in Memphis.
Aug 13- 2018
Elvis fans renewed their vows in the brand new Graceland Chapel in the Woods at Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee during the 2018 Elvis Week Celebrations.
We are so lucky! Meet Robert Moody, the new conductor in town for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in this months Memphis Magazine! Can't wait to see what Robert Moody does here in Memphis with the Memphis Symphony.
We had great fun on our photo shoot. He comes to Memphis with a lot of experience and inspiration. © Photos by Karen Pulfer Focht
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Miss Jubilee entertains diners at Evangeline's during a Sunday jazz brunch in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Valerie Kirchhoff, @ http://miss-jubilee.com/ the lead vocalist, sings from a great set list of music from the 1920s and 30s. Ethan Leinwand @ http://www.ethanleinwand.com/ is a St. Louis-based barrel-house blues pianist. GREAT FUN! GREAT BRUNCH!
Diana gets the whole pool rocking during her water workout class at the Cordova, Tennessee YMCA. This fun video clip says more than I ever could.
Luxurious Caribbean living can be enjoyed at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This Dominican Republic Luxury Golf Resort, has 7,000-acre, lush, tropical grounds, pools and beach access. Casa de Campo Resort & Villas boasts some of the best polo in the world. The Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for high handicap polo in the world they say, following England’s Queen’s Cup, the US Open in Palm Beach, and Sotogrande in Spain. The resort is also home to Teeth of the Dog golf course, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean.
Each guest gets a golf cart to roam the grounds. The beach is lovely with chairs, towels, a handy restaurant and pool nearby. There is also another beautiful pool near the hotel. A fantastic fresh breakfast buffet overlooks the ocean and golf course. Breakfast includes some local specialties, fruit, breads, cheese, meats, cereals and made to order egg dishes. All of our meals were excellent and there are several places to choose from without even leaving the resort.
Its a nice way to wrap up the day watching polo. Horses are available to ride including an adorable miniature horse.
We visited at the end of May and it was not crowded at all. Off property we watched ladies with Tabacalera de Garcia hand-roll Vega Fina cigars at a small off-site facility in LaRomana in the Dominican Republic. In a lengthy and complex process, tobacco leaves are cut, dried, and aged, and categorized by taste and strength. The rollers then use a leaf binder to wrap the cigar's filler, then wrap with a solid leaf.
What we enjoyed most at this resort was the staffs desire to please their customers. I don't recall ever finding a staff that was so eager to please, so friendly, accommodating and helpful. This made the stay extra nice.
We got the all inclusive, which I think was a good idea. Our meals would have exceeded the cost each day and it was nice to just eat what we wanted and not worry about it. There were a few things that were not included so be sure to review the details before choosing a place to eat.
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
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By Karen Pulfer Focht ©
They are sisters and they sing like angels. Four of their albums hit the top of the charts. Now, reluctantly, they are breaking up for God's sake!
Yes, for God's sake. They are the nuns of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, at the Catholic monastery in Gower, Mo.
“We are breaking up,” explains Sister Scholastica, assistant prioress. The angelic sound that has blessed them with 10 successful CDs--and four that reached #1 —may never be the same.
This makes their latest album, The Hearts of Jesus Mary and Joseph at Ephesus, even more special. It could be their last recording together as a relatively new religious order and musical group.
In this case, breaking up is an exciting thing. The order has grown so fast that they have outgrown their current monastery. They believe 30-40 sisters should be the maximum size. “I think more than that might start to feel like an anonymous crowd, where one might be among a circle of friends, but not necessarily a family” she explains.
This very traditional order of nuns started with two members in 1995. They currently have thirty-five women, ages 17-94--and more coming in every day. Ready to commit (or seeking admission) are five postulants. Nine have officially signed up for early October and 20 or so more are in consideration.
The monastery began to fill up. In the chapel, they moved from choir stalls to ordinary pews. Then, the new postulants started filling up the back pews normally reserved for guests. As more women came to join the order, Mother Cecilia, the prioress, realized they'd have to build again. They started this tenth recording adventure to help with the financing the project.
“It would be very nice to stay together, but it is very much like in family life: there is a time when the older children grow up, and must begin their own families and carry on the family line” says sister.
In an effort to branch out, they have begun a search for another place of peace and some holy ground to dig in to. “When the family grows large enough that we begin to lose sense of the family, it is time for some "repotting," transferring portions to new soil “ she says with a bit of a broken heart. “While the details are still pending, I can say it will be the most painful thing we have ever experienced as a community since we have such deep sisterly love for each other.”
They are actively looking at different properties and locations to begin a new house. They'll have several sisters go and start a new monastery. “We are still gathering all the information and praying about where God wants us” explains Sister Scholastica.
So, it's possible that the earthly gift of this temporal union of women vocalists may have an uncertain future. But surely there will be more music coming from this sacred homestead?
“We know our sound just won't be quite the same! “ says Sister, “recording again seems a great improbability since several sisters will be sent, but one never knows what God has up His sleeve!”
By Memphis Photojournalist Karen Pulfer Focht © All Rights Reserved
Their CDs can be purchased and donations can be made at http://benedictinesofmary.org