Blogs of the Month: August 06

It’s been a full month since the blog-software meltdown. It’s been two months since the Mavs playoffs. That means we now have a full month of blog entries not affected by either my inability to post, or the hits from Gordon Keith’s site.

So, it’s back to a relatively calm month for the blog. Lots of you are obviously still stopping by to read.
That’s gratifying.

Thanks.

And now, for the August Blogs of the Month:

Numero-Uno:
We Were Robbed
Although the furor over the “phantom foul” post has died down, this entry still comes in at number one, by a factor of three, over its closest competition. (That’s down from it being most popular by a factor of TEN last month…) My hunch is that it will continue to move down through the ranks, and drift off into obscurity. Which is as it should be for all blog entries.

Numero-Two-o:
Prairie Chapel Road
What a pleasant surprise! I can only surmise that, since Camp Casey is taking place down in Crawford, Texas once again, that many people out on the internet are searching the name of the road, and coming up with this blog on the song. I’m pleased that this one’s come back around. Sadly, my life did not allow me to get back down there this year. And camp breaks at the end of this weekend. It’s a real shame to be as close as I am and not to go, but it’s just where life is right now. Still, I’m pleased folks are finding the song. It was downloaded another 156 times this month…making it my most downloaded song for a full calendar year.

Numero-Three-o:
Dan Fogelberg
Again, I can only surmise there’s lots of folks surfing for the name, and finding the entry. Recently, several of you who have stumbled on my site have also written to say that you were sorry you missed the Tribute Show. And at least two of you have asked me if I know any updates on Dan’s condition.

The show was great, and I don’t know how he’s doing.

My only observation is that there’s not much new news coming out about Dan and his fight with prostate cancer. I hope that “no news is good news.” But I’ll observe that with celebrities, it often isn’t.

I really want to be wrong on this, and I really hope he’s doing better.

Numero-Four-o:
If Everybody Claims Victory, Does Everybody Win? (Israel and Hezbollah)
Pleased that folks read about this situation. Concerned that nothing really has happened since to resolve it. So I’ll observe that this probably means there’ll be more fighting soon.

Numero-Five-o
Buck O’Neil
What a pleasant surprise! I have absolutely
no idea why this one got read so much this month. Is something up with Buck that I don’t know about? Anyway, he’s a wonderful human being, and the story of his omission from the Baseball Hall of Fame still chaps my hide. So, I’m glad others are reading about it too.

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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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