Hawks, A Not-Too-Swift Bet, and the Fleeting Nature of Celebrity

Yesterday morning, I was getting out of the car after taking Maria to school. I looked up, and there in the top of our front yard tree was a hawk. Just sitting there. I noted that he was surrounded by smaller birds, sort of pelting him. I’d seen that before, back when I’d written about hawks. Might be a nice time to re-read this. The night before, I also saw an owl in a tree down at the creek.

Neither of them need the money, but I’m pretty sure that T. Boone Pickens owes John Kerry a million bucks.


If you have a girl Maria’s age, there is no way you do not know the name “Hannah Montana.” Think of her as The Beatles for girls, age 8-14. I am not talking about talent of the star. I am talking about the adoration of the fans. Hannah Montana is as hot a celebrity as there is, or ever has been, for girls this age.

Hannah Montana was in concert in Fort Worth Wednesday night. We were not fortunate enough to remember to buy tickets in the first fifteen minutes, so we had no chance of going. Apparently, we could have bought a scalped ticket for a thousand bucks each.

Celebrity is a funny thing. Who you are really shapes who you see as a celebrity, and who you don’t. For example, I was reading the paper this morning, and found this small item about how Troy Aikman had taken his daughters to the Hannah Montana show.

So, while we were at dinner tonight, I mentioned to Dennise, “Hey…did you hear that Troy Aikman took his kids to see Hannah Montana?”

To which Maria broke in and asked, “Who’s Troy Aikman?”

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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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