"Happy Anniversary, Baby…"

One of the more obvious proofs that Dennise loves me is that she puts up with me going to Kerrville over Memorial Day Weekend. Not only that, but sometimes she even comes too.

The big deal of this is that this weekend almost always coincides with our anniversary. As it does this year. In fact, it’s today.

I’m writing this a week early and assuming that Google’s auto-post feature is going to work. Assuming it did, this should post on the morning of the 29th, as I awake from my Camp Nashbill tent, and as Dennise and Maria will head to Love Field to join me later today.

We’re closing in on twenty years, in just a few more. Often hard to believe the time has flown by like that.

The song below is one I wrote on our ten-year anniversary trip back to Santa Fe and Taos, where we’d spent our honeymoon. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on multi-tracking it, and probably still need to do some work ( the lead vox are a bit, “meh,” to me…). But I really like how it’s coming together.

It was a song I really liked at the time I wrote it and –as each year rolls by– has newer and deeper meaning to me. Life’s been especially good lately, and among all the things I am grateful for, and I am very grateful for that May day “so many years ago.”

Love you, babe. See you later today…..


Better The Higher You Climb (words and music by Eric Folkerth)



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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. 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 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.

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