Category Archives: Fame

A Six Year Old Impersonates Sarah Palin

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This is six year old, Ingrid.  She worked very hard on her impersonation of Sarah Palin.  I hope you enjoy it, and that you will share it if you do!

 

Thanks for watching!

New Blues Guitar Hero?

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Whoa….It looks like we just may have a new blues hero here!  Teen guitarist Chase Walker is being referred to as “the new Stevie Ray Vaughan”, or “the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd.”  American Blues Scene calls him one of the top 10 musicians under 18 you should know.  After I watched this video I knew why.  Wow.

Walker, who is from Riverside, California, was born in 1998 and didn’t start playing guitar until 2010. His influences include Vaughan, Warren Haynes, the Black Crowes and the Black Keys.  Since I knew Vaughan a little bit, I’m excited about this.

To quote the Big Bear Grizzly, the Chase Walker Band formed in 2012 and includes Matt Fyke on drums and vocals and Randon Davitt on bass and vocals. In 2013, Walker’s song “Too Many Days Ago” was a finalist in John Lennon International Songwriting Contest.

The band released its debut album, Unleashed, last year.

Check it.

Empowering Women Everywhere

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Here is a little blurb from the new show, “Empowering Women Everywhere, ” which is hosted by my friend, Nann Gill.

Watch it on Channel 23 (TWC) at 7:30 ET, or on line at empoweringwomeneverywhere.tv.

Become part of the Empowering Women Everywhere Community!

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The program reaches over a million households twice a week!

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Ann Coulter, the Vile Spewer of Hatred, Gets Taken Down a Notch or Seven

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After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a “retard” in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:


Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night. I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have. Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next. Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift. Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more. After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV. I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash. Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much. Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia

On Being Politically Correct

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The Goddess Kring Featured in Documentary

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The Goddess Kring Featured in Documentary

I love it when my friends prosper in their careers and begin to get public notice. It makes me feel very happy for them.  It is my distinct pleasure to promote them, which I do with abandon (in those cases when I can publicly do so.)  😉

That said, I am happy to promote my very talented friend, Shannon, a multi-disciplined performance artist and good friend.   Channeling Yourself presents: The Golden Age of Seattle Public Access, featuring Goddess Kring and Kelly Hughes. Saturday June 20, 7-10pm.

Scarecrow Video and the producers of the upcoming documentary Channeling Yourself invite you to join them for an evening with Shannon Kringen (Goddess Kring) and Kelly Hughes (Heart Attack Theatre!). Watch highlights from their shows and stay for a Q&A with the stars in Scarecrow’s video screening room.

June 20th is the first in a series highlighting The Golden Age of Seattle Public Access.

Channeling Yourself is a locally produced documentary that explores the people who produced programs on Seattle Public Access television and its ongoing influence on how we watch media and challenge freedom of speech.

The Seattle Public Access Preservation Series is currently on display at Scarecrow Video, world renowned home for VHS, DVDs and home to film lovers and community involvement. Find our shelf in the locally produced section and join us for future events at Scarecrow.

Channeling Yourself will be released in 2016.
More info visit http://channelingyourself.com/

The Power of Empathy

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This is my friend, Nan, a powerful woman that I am very proud to call a friend.  Please read about her new television show by clicking HERE.

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Day #25 – Lucky

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Original photograph by Stacy Alexander.  ©2015

Reno, Nevada

Ok….This is CUTE!

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Apart from the fact that this is a tiny little girl singing a song from a controversial video (that she has never seen, by the way), the cutest thing about Ingrid’s version of “Wrecking Ball” is the fact that she made up her own lyrics.   They are lyrics that make no sense at all.  One of my musician friends, Steve Grandinetti, said that if I took Ingrid to one of his shows, he would just let her take over.  He posted her video on his Facebook for his fans to see.  She will be thrilled when she finds out. 🙂

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Ballet and Flowers

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Yesterday, little Ingrid participated in her first real ballet since we put her in the Portland Classical Ballet Academy.  It was a modified presentation of Swan Lake, and was utterly adorable.  It is not uncommon for me to cry during live ballet or opera anyway, but big salty tears *really* slid down my cheeks  during this performance as my heart swelled with pride. All of these precious little children working so hard to do their amazing performances really touched me.  They were all so cute.

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Ingrid had been very nervous and anxious about the performance, but you’d never have known.  She exuded confidence and looked so secure and happy up on that stage.  I honestly believe she had a good time, which, for me, was the most important thing.  She worked toward and achieved an important goal, and I think that made her feel great.  She seemed proud of herself afterward, and I know *we* were very proud of her.

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This is Ingrid after the performance, coming out to take her bows with her classmates.  She is the little one second in line from the teacher.

During final bows, each child was presented with a rose.  Of course, we also bought her a gigantic bouquet of them, but these single stemmed yellow roses were really sweet for them to get on stage.  And the thing that touched my heart most was when her parents drove me back home.  As I was walking up to the house from the car, she rolled down her window and called to me, so I returned to see what she wanted.  She told me I was the sweetest Gams in the world and said that she wanted me to have her yellow rose.  Lump in throat.  More tears….but happy ones.  Ingrid is such an articulate little girl…so sweet.

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I smile every time I think of it.  I am lucky.  I am blessed.

And I know it.

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Life is really, really sweet.  Ya know?

Sending kisses to your heart, little Ingrid.

I love you.

Day 6 – 10 o’clock

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I was asleep at 10:00.  This picture represents my worst nightmare.

Place Your Bets….

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Place Your Bets….

I’m not a gambler….but if you are, and would like to place a wager on the Kentucky Derby, this is a venue online where you can not only watch the race.  You can also place your bets!   (Am posting this for a friend who just won $7,000 on a $2.00 bet.)

CLICK HERE!

I Am Light….and so are you.

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This beautiful song by India Arie was performed by Dr. Wayne Dyer’s daughter, Skye, acapella, at the recent “I Am Light” seminar that I attended with my friend, Shannon Kringen,  here in Portland.  I thought of another of my friends as I listened to these words… and was grateful for his teaching and his loving light.  As I listen to this song, I am thankful for the love that I receive each day, and I am reminded again, of how lucky I am.  There is only one spirit and one mind, and we are all part of this collective intelligence and love.  We are one.

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I Just Can’t Believe It!!!!

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I Just Can’t Believe It!!!!

This has been a day filled with many blessings.  So many friends and family members have reached out to me in kindness today.  I am so grateful for each and every one of them.  So grateful.  I am especially grateful to my husband, John, and to my best friend.  They were the ones that held me up when I didn’t think I could go on, the ones that stood by me every step of the way, and the ones that gave me hope when I just couldn’t find it within myself to go on with this for another day.

I have now officially completed my coursework at Southern New Hampshire University!  I completed my final project, my discussion questions and all other required work and I never have to take another class as long as I live….but, of course, I will.  I will always take classes of one type or another.  That’s just what I do.  I still have to complete the 10-week capstone (thesis) project, but I don’t have to take any more courses.

So….I got a big surprise when I posted on my Facebook that I had just finished my work. Independent Music Award winner, Amy Correia posted a sweet congratulations and the above photo of herself with the mosaic guitar that I made for her! Beside the picture, she wrote, “Congratulations! I think of you often : ) And this wonderful gift you made me: I’ll always cherish it!”

 Any is the recipient of three 2012 Independent Music Awards.[“You Go Your Way” was named best folk/singer-songwriter album by a panel of influential artists and industry professionals. “You Go Your Way” also won the Vox Pop award, determined by fan voting, for best folk/singer-songwriter album. The single, “Love Changes Everything” won the Vox Pop award for best love song.

This is a better photo of the mosaic guitar that I made for Amy:

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While signed to Virgin Records, Amy recorded an album of songs at Daniel Lanois‘ Kingsway Studios in New Orleans with Christopher Thorn producing, but the album went unfinished. Correia left Virgin with her master recordings and signed with Capitol/EMI, which released her debut “Carnival Love” in 2000. Correia recorded the album “Lakeville” with her own money. It was produced by Mark Howard, who also has produced Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams. The Canadian label, Nettwerk, licensed and released it in 2004.

She  tours throughout the U.S. and has performed with artists including Marc Cohn, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Freedy Johnston, Emmylou Harris, Jason Crigler, Rebecca Martin, Josh Rouse, Duncan Sheik, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Julian, Jesse Harris, Ollabelle, Aimee Mann, Kenny White, Jonathon Spottiswoode, Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Allison Moorer, Tara McLean, Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally, Charlie Musselwhite, Jon Brion, Grant Lee Phillips, Dredd Scott, Julia Fordham, Jess Klein, Kerri Powers and others.  I am very proud to call her my friend!

Here are a few videos of Amy singing:

This is my very favorite song by Amy.  She is an amazing poet!

This is also one of my favorites:

This is a newer song: