This, right here, is officially the 800th entry for “When EF Talks.”

It’s a little hard to fathom, really.
That’s a heck-of-a-lot ‘o writing over a heck-of-a-lot ‘o years.

800 seguidoras


By the numbers, we’ve had almost half a million reads (460,190, to be exact…) during that time.

Eight hundred entries. 460,000 reads.(1)


So, let me just say: THANK YOU.

Thanks for reading.
Thanks for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for the comments, both here at the blog and on Facebook.

If you haven’t surfed around When EF Talks in a while, grab a cup of coffee and spend some time here. There’s a lot of interesting things to discover in those 800 entries. Scroll down the screen to your right and you’ll see the different categories. My current favorites are…

“The Trail’s Always a Metaphor”
This are entries that come to me, are are sometimes written during, my bike rides, and often posted to Facebook in the moment…and later reposted here for posterity. Metaphors are everywhere, especially on the trail.

“Favorite Entries”
As it implies, these are either entries I really enjoy, or entries others have told me they enjoy.

“Poetry in Motion”
These entries are little snippets of the writings/poetry of others, that have inspired me over the years, and I like to share just so others can enjoy them too.

Every few weeks, I meet a stranger in the real world who introduces themselves, tells me they read what I write, and that they appreciate it. It always catches me off guard and makes my day.

I throw out these little bits and bytes, and never know what will become of them. It’s nice to meet folks in the flesh who read and seem to like them. That, more than anything, makes it worthwhile to me.

Because our lives in the real world are the real thing, right? I mean, blogs are nice. Writing is nice. Hopefully, now and then, the writing here is inspiring and informative. But the real thing is the real, flesh-and-blood beauty of this vast world that you and me are privileged to live in.

So, thanks for letting me write small “bits” about small bits of that world for you here, and thanks for all your gratitude back to me.
I appreciate you all.


(1) These numbers include our time on both “Blogger” and “WordPress.” I actually started the blog back on another platform, which I have no way of getting stats for…but the bulk of our stats were from those two platforms anyway…

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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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