600

So, apparently this is my 600th blog entry.

Yikes. That’s a whompin’ load ‘o writing.

My blog’s title, of course, is a riff on the old EF Hutton ads that ran during the 70s and 80s. If you watched TV back then, you couldn’t help but see these ubiquitous commercials. Here’s one version…

They repeated that gag so many times, I’m sure it eventually got stale, even for them.

So, “When EF Talks…” became my blog’s name.

Blog writer will tell you that one of the tricky parts is never really knowing just how many folks are “listening,” if any.

Despite stats that show thousands of reads on certain entries –and hundreds of thousands all time– you never really know just who’s out there on the other side of those internet tubes, and whether or not they are “listening.”

You publish some entries, thinking, “Oh man…THIS one will be great…” 
And when you check back later, almost nobody’s read/commented at all.

Other times, I’ll offhandedly post something, only to find it starts a firestorm of comment and debate.
Go figure.

So, it leaves you to wonder who’s really out there, and what they’re really thinking.

But, more and more each passing year, folks come up to me in public to tell me they do listen.
They tell me the love what I post on Facebook, or what I’m writing here.
Some even tell me that it helps them cope with their life a little better.

Those in-person comments help make all the time time spent in this digital world worthwhile.

So, thanks for them.

The subtitle of the blog is “Spirituality. Music. Politics. Life.”

I intentionally chose to list those four things because I didn’t want anybody to be surprised to see any of that here. Some blogs are “Spiritual.” Some are “Political.” Some are “Musical,” etc.

This one hops around all over the place, depending upon the day. That makes it a lot like my life. So, welcome to my world, I suppose.

There’s a lot of really great entries back in the archives here. If you click my little picture to the right, it will pop up the “Categories” menu, and you can peruse them yourself.

One of the best places to start might be the “Favorite Entries” category. Blogs end up in that category either because a) they’ve gotten a lot of reads, or b) I personally want them to be highlighted.

It’s a good cross-section of the writing in all the areas of this blog. And if you’re looking for a quick-and-dirty retrospective, this would be the place.

Thanks again for all the reads, comments, and support through the years.

Eric

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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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