“The Man Behind the Merferds”
by Josh Herum
7 Short Documentaries Including The Man Behind The Merferds at the St. Louis International Film Festival
After having spent a long day preparing for the “Pickin on Picknic” fest in St Clair, Phil and Merferd arrived and slept in the bed of Phil's tree crane truck on a comfortable kick back lawn chair. The next day Phil was somewhat overwhelmed. He wondered "if it took so long to prepare and pull the Merferds out of their St Louis trees, how was I going to think I was going to be able to reinstall at the festival by dark?! It dawned on me that I needed a ROAD CREW."
When Tim stuck his head above that tailgate and asked if he could help if I hadn’t had a ride on his tricycle I would have thunk him an angel sent by God!
“Big Mike” joins me and Piglet, and the Merferds are in the buddy rigging system now!
... then Phil went off to ride on a bicycle and listen to the music of The Mighty Pines.
The Homeless are Cleaning Up the Trash in St. Louis.
Unsung hero friends started an amazing thing this year in the city of St Louis when they began putting un-housed friends to work cleaning up the trash in the city.
Those whose heads hung low, are proudly being empowered. Where once litter was filling every square foot of the North center of the City, clean green grass and sidewalks shine forth.
The City had long abandoned the area and its people, until recently. After learning of the movement, one of the participants was forced to pack up her tent and the supplies that she dispersed to the homeless and leave.
Merferd is usually all over town, but this year he is focusing on an area off of Cass Street referred to as the Pallet Yard. Phil and Merferd have met some great people there who have helped to make even more Merferds.
For 2018, Merferd has made the Pallet Yard his base of operations. From there, he will continue his duties as St. Louis’ unappointed kindness dignitarian. Merferd and his friends are working on more Merferds which will appear randomly around town.
Those who wish to sponsor a Merferd can purchase one in the Merferd Mart. In your honor they will be set free somewhere in a forgotten part of town. Phil will take a photo of that twinkling eyed yellow guy in his new home, and he’ll post those photos on Instagram and Facebook.
If you’d like to help in other ways, here are 5 Ways to Help Merferd.
The flood wall feud has another participant and this time he didn't bother with the art part. But Merferd had an answer to that:
Merferd is praying over the evil one who is overcome with the Love of God.
"It's the goodness of God that leads men to repentance." -- Roman's 2:4
After Merferd came out from behind the evil one and put his hand on his head, the Tennessee tager's fans went bonkers and were livid. One even threatening to break my hands. At that point Merferd went from pulling up the eye brow and sticking his little finger in his ear, to jamming a tooth brush in his mouth. The green teeth were getting to us all anyway.