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 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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