Just Because Who Doesn't Love A Baby Pug?
So, enjoy looking at these adorable pictures of Stanley and Lila.
So, enjoy looking at these adorable pictures of Stanley and Lila.
A recent report on CBS Sunday Morning about “The Return of the bald eagle” highlights the success of the Endangered Species Act and the benefits to the bald eagle.
I photographed this Eagle on Whidbey Island in Washington State, earlier in the week that this story ran. It was perched on top of a piece of driftwood alongside the water at dawn, waiting for its prey.
High waters on the Mississippi River roll past downtown Memphis on a hot summer night in Memphis, Tennessee.
East High School in Memphis, Tennessee was given a hero’s parade and pep rally at the school on Saturday, May, 25th, 2019 for James “Big Ticket” Wiseman. Wiseman is the #1 high school basketball recruit in the country and he has signed on to play with Coach Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers in the fall. Wiseman is 7-feet tall with a 7-6 wingspan and he was an excellent student while at East High School
Wiseman is a true role model. "He was the only male to make the Principal's List, all A's and good conduct in all classes, every quarter for the past two years." said Dr. Newman C. Robertson, Principal of East High School.
In recent weeks terror around the world has taken hundreds of lives. However, Wednesday night in Memphis, Tennessee a retired white Christian pastor and a Muslim cardiologist stood tapping their toes as an African American entertainer, Daryl Davis, rolled his fingers along a grand piano playing a boogie-woogie to a very full and diverse room.
They were about to honor this very artist for his ability to make friends out of his adversaries, his ability to build peace between enemies, one friendship at a time, one conversation at a time, by patiently listening. He uses the universal language of music to speak heart to heart.
“We are here to recognize those who make friends under amazing odds,” Dr. Bashar Shala tells the crowd.
“We want to create world peace, one friendship at a time,” said Muslim Dr. Bashar Shala. “We need friendship. When there is so much hate around us, we need friendship. When the country is so divided, we need friendship. When there is racism, prejudice we need friendship. When there is violence, like the massacres we witnessed unfortunately just in the last few weeks in Christchurch, New Zealand and this awful massacre in Sri Lanka” and his voice got quieter and asked the crowd to pray together.
A few moments later Daryl Davis, African-American musician, actor and author, who is best known for befriending leaders of the Ku Klux Klan, was awarded the Memphis Friendship Foundation's first Friendship Award in at a banquet in Memphis Wednesday night (April 24).
Davis of Silver Springs, Md. tells how his lifelong desire to answer a simple question began. “It was beyond me, that someone who knew absolutely nothing about me would want to inflict pain upon me for no other reason than the color of my skin” he said. “How can you hate me, if you don't even know me?
Davis, 61, whose story was the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy, says he has befriended more than 200 Klansmen who have subsequently left the group. Davis encourages respectful dialogue and listening to your adversaries.
He displayed one of the KKK robes and hoods he has been given by exiting Klan members, this one given to him by ex-Grand Wizard Roger Kelly. “I did not respect what he had to say, however, I respected his right to say it“ Davis said.
More recently, Davis approached Richard Preston, the KKK imperial wizard that fired the shot during the 2016 white racist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Davis and Preston became good friends, such good friends that Preston and his fiancé asked Davis to fill-in for the fiancé’s father, who couldn't make it to Preston's wedding. Davis walked her down the aisle.
As the evening began, Dr. Bashar Shala, described retired Heartsong pastor Steve Stone as his “best friend.” Shala, and Stone, are the two men at the core of the Memphis Friendship Foundation.
The Memphis Friendship Foundation was created to build friendships among races, cultures, and faiths. It started many years ago when the Heartsong Church, a Christian church, let members of the Islamic Center of Memphis use their building while the Islamic mosque was being built. They have gained national recognition. It has grown into a long- term friendship and partnership between neighbors.
By Karen Pulfer Focht ©
April 24th, 2019
Industry professionals got intimate concerts and opportunities to connect with artists at the 31st Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, Canada. Artists showcased their music all around the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel.
“In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montréal, Canada where they penned and recorded the iconic pacifist song “Give Peace a Chance.” 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this historic moment in music history, and our conference is taking place in the same hotel!” Folk Alliance International~
This weekend 78-year-old singer -songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who had a string of hits in the 60’s and 70’s was honored at the event. She is a peace activist and a very private person who seldom leaves her farm in Hawaii. She recently released a biography.
In what was a folkies paradise, thousands of folk music fans came together to hear music legends in the historic Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. While it was frigid outside, the warmth inside between old friends was palpable. I was sitting next to Tom Paxton as he whooped it up and gave a thumbs up to Livingston Taylor after he performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow. As soon as the set was over, Paxton approached the stage and the two embraced. Both artists have been able to maintain longstanding careers in the folk industry.
The reporter I was working with and I looked for every opportunity to slip into the space where Livingston Taylor was giving his delightful performances. His warm and inviting style was very engaging; his vocals soothing and his guitar playing joyful. But what made Livingston special to me was his performance charisma. Frequently interrupting himself, as to never let a teaching moment pass, he's filled wisdom and humor and eager to share both with his audience. This says a lot, when you think that more than 1,000 singers, songwriters and musicians from around the world were competing for the attention of industry professionals.
There is just something about Livingston that speaks heart to heart.
~~Young artist connected to industry professionals and each other, while showcasing their own music.
Story by award winning reporter Mike Sangiacomo, Cleveland Plain Dealer. https://www.cleveland.com/arts/2019/02/folk-alliance-conference-unites-musicians-from-around-the-world.html
Next years event will be in New Orleans.
VIDEO OF LIVINGSTON TAYLOR SINGING SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW ABOVE WITH APPROVAL OF TOM PAXTON AT THE END.
Each Tuesday the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob meets at Central BBQ on Summer Ave. in Memphis . The weekly sing along is led by Pete McCarty (AKA Petey Mack) About 100 people of all ages show up with ukuleles and kazoos in hand to play and sing together. The all volunteer Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob also plays on occasion for the elderly, for sick children and even at some area Farmers Markets and festivals.
Memphis has a very rich music history and is the perfect place to hold a ukulele festival.
It was recently announced that the Memphis Uke-N-Roll Jamboree, a ukulele festival in Memphis, is being planned for April 23-26 2020. Save the date, more information is coming. YA’LL COME- https://memphisukenroll.com/
You’ve never been to a ukulele festival? Well click the VIDEO ABOVE to get an idea of what goes on. This video is from the Brown County Ukulele Festival in Brown County Indiana.
For more on the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob see
FOR MORE ABOUT MEMPHIS SEE:
Frommer’s recently named Memphis a must see detination https://www.frommers.com/destinations/memphis
National Geographic named Memphis one of the top destinations in the world. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/tennessee/memphis/
Jan. 17, 20019 © Karen Pulfer Focht
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“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/
Previous Marathon post-
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.
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.
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
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
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.
An Amish father and son from Canada were out for an afternoon ride while visiting relatives Missouri. The Missouri population of Amish is growing. There are over 9,000 Amish in Missouri.
The Amish live an Old-World lifestyle, still traveling by horse and carriage, living without power and living a simple life as part of their religion.
Each year musicians gather from around the world to showcase their music, network, learn and further their profession. The International Folk Alliance 2018 was held in Kansas City, Missouri. in 2019 it will be held in Montreal.
The mission of the FAI is to "nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community, through education, advocacy and performance."
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As a photojournalist in Memphis, I have covered Jerry Lee Lewis many times over the years. I moved to Memphis in the late 80's and I have always enjoyed watching Jerry Lee Lewis perform. I consider myself a fan as well.
I was originally introduced to him by my fellow coworker Jim Kingsley, who has since passed away. Jim who was a stereotypical newsman, was also in the inner circle of Elvis Presley. Jerry was married to his sixth wife Kerry Lynn McCarver at the time. I remember Lee (Jerry Lee Lewis lll) as a toddler.
Lewis is passionate about his music and loyal to his fans.
I have photographed him in clubs, festivals, on Donald Trumps yacht and have been lucky enough to visit his ranch many times. I watched him get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I watched the IRS remove his piano from his home when he owed back taxes.
Jerry Lee has lived a turbulent life and he has a wild reputation. While I admit he is a bit of a flirt, I can say my personal experience with him has been that he has always been a kind man and a gentleman, each and every time I have interacted with him. It has always been my pleasure to photograph him.
I recently watched him bring in the new year once again at age 82, at his namesake club, Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe and Honky Tonk on Beale Street in Memphis. I realized what an honor it has been to cover him for 30 years. I still get a kick out of watching him and he still gets a kick out of playing for his fans who come from all over the world to see him. You can see in the video that he stills smiles at the end of Great Balls of Fire, his signature song that he must have sung thousands of times since it was a hit in the 50's.
I have decided to share a glimpse of my photo collection in this photo gallery (above) and share a current video in this blog space below.
©Karen Pulfer Focht- Photojournalist