Greenberg Redux, Iconoclasts, Big O’ Hybrids, and 30 Days every week


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It’s the time of year to start thinking about Greenberg Turkeys, and to re-read this. There is probably still time to get you one before Thanksgiving. Or, failing that, Christmas.

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I am so pleased there was an election where I didn’t personally know a single person running for anything. That used to be common. Not anymore.

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I have noticed that FX is running reruns of 30 Days. I’m excited about this, because if you haven’t seen this show, you should. Here’s what I said about it, back in the day. Hope they put out some more episodes.

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I’m also really getting in to a great show on the Sundance Channel, called “Iconoclasts.” Since this show is in its third season now, it’s a bit of a “Columbus Discovery”* for me; but maybe you haven’t heard of it either.

What the show does is to pair two persons who are famous or successful in two very different fields of endeavor. And yet, what the show uncovers almost every time, are surprising amounts of connection and similarity between values and core beliefs.

For example, Alicia Keys is paired with Ruby Dee. Jon Krakauer is paired with Sean Penn. OK, obvious connections there. So how about Mike Myers and Deepak Chopra?

That episode was really great, in that they both seem to agree that deep-level spirituality is intimately connected with our sense of humor. The ability to understand the deepest truths of human existence, and the ability to laugh at ourselves and our situation, share commonalities. I have intuited this for a long time, but it was nice to hear others express it.

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This is very good news about the GM plant in Arlington. And another good reason to re-read this. This is apparently the first time a full-size SUV will be available as a hybrid.

Excellent.

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Connections Band should be announcing several new shows for 2008 soon…stay tuned.

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*Columbus Discovery defined: When I stumble on some new cultural phenomenon that is new to me, but has been known by others for some time. These can be musicians (often are), artists, TV shows, fads, etc… Something that entered the cultural zietgiest some time ago, only I never knew it. So, like Columbus, I am ignorant enough to say “Hey, I just discovered this!”

But, unlike Columbus, I have an inner voice reminding me that it was around a long time before I finally paid attention.

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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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