Go Mavs (My head makes it’s national TV debut…)

Wow. How can it be two months since I’ve blogged anything? As America once said,
“I’ve been one poor correspondent.” And this is even with some of you writing me to tell me how much you like them….ah well, life gets in the way. For the past several years, I’ve made the vow to put real-life ahead of digital life. That means I just don’t find myself in front of the keyboard that much….
So, lot’s to catch up on. And I will not try to do it in one post. I still hope to blog about my trip to El Salvador in April. I think that was really the time my blogging fell off…just never got back in the habit afterwards.

I also want to tell yall about the great NDSM Benefit Show from back in April, and the great time I had at Northaven’s “Feast of Friendship.”

Of course, it’s also time to get pumped about Kerrville again. And, hopefully, sometime during the next week, I’ll post a little about that too. (For now, let me give you the url for what I wrote last year. At least two of you have written to ask if it’s still available somewhere. And it is. Just click here.

I also want to talk about the new Star Wars movie, which Dennise and I went to see yesterday afternoon. Yes, we’re geeks. I’ve seen every movie since the second one on the day it opened.
So has Dennise. Geeks attract, I suppose…. Happy

The movie was GREAT. Dennise and I both agree that it’s one of our favorites of all six….
certainly MUCH better than either Episode One, or Episode Two. But, as I said, more on this later.

What I REALLY wanted to blog about today is the Dallas Mavericks. Somehow, this season, we got reintroduced to basketball in a big way. Our friend from church, Joy Nelson, invited us to sit with her for one game about mid-season. As you might imagine, she can get GREAT seats, and we found ourselves right behind the Mavs bench. I kid you not. I wish I had video to prove it.

Then, Dennise found that our friends, Charles and Mary, ALSO have killer tickets…on the other side of the floor, on the fourth row. So, they invited us to the Mavs/Heat game about midseason.

Again, a KILLER game. Shaq called out Damp…Damp made Shaq look foolish. Shaq’s been mad ever since. Again, they were awesome seats. And, had I been thinking, I would have TIVOed the game so I’d have the video evidence for you…at least you would have been able to see the bald spot on the back of my head.

BUT, low and behold, the Mavs make the playoffs. And so, Charles and Mary invite us out once again for game three, last Friday at the AAC. Dennise and I were 2-0 in Mavs games to that point. But, alas, the Suns ran away with it. HOWEVER, I am happy to say that there IS one thing different about this third set of incredible seats that we had: I have the video evidence.

Thanks again to Joy, Mary, and Charles, for the incredible invitations this year.

And GO MAVS!!!

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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