Out of Place

I feel out of place today, even though I’m at home.

That’s because for most of the last ten years –mostly during this same weekend– I would not be at home.

I would be at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

During most of these years, I would have made that long, relaxing drive to Kerrville yesterday morning, pitched a tent in the early afternoon, and be trading songs with friends by sundown. Often, I’d get to stay for the first ten days….as many folks do. I’ve blogged extensively about this before, and this entry is still one of my most read entries each month.

But, a variety of very real reasons are keeping me away from the festival this year. A lot of them are financial and have to do with the fact that our renters moved out of our house at a very inopportune time. So, we’re a little tight on cash at the moment. Even the enticement of free tickets (thanks for the offer, Walter) wouldn’t really overcome the issue.

This will all pass, of course. The tightness will likely be over by this time next month. But so will the festival. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles some times.

So, for the next ten days, I vow to play my guitar a lot, stay up way too late, and think of that one-of-a-kind place.

And in honor of everyone there now, I’ve changed-out my Myspace songs and put up a song that was partially inspired by Kerrville campfires. Enjoy.

And if any of yall down there have any updates you want posted, I do have a computer, a blog, and a desire to stay connected to what’s happening.

Keep in touch.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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