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When “Public Service” Gets Crushed

Everybody is haunted by the images of this week.
The Nazi shirts…the Confederate flag…the man with zip ties in military gear…the wild-eyed looks of these insurrectionists.


But I’ve been deeply stirred by two images.
One, of this Capitol police officer…

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Choose wisely

If you are a Trump supporter who condemns yesterday’s insurrection against the United States, if you believe yourself to be a Christian or a decent person, today is a day to forever take down your Trump flags and put away…

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As We Go On

As We Go On
Words and Music: Eric Folkerth

the turning of the year
the turning of a page
listen and you’ll hear
all this restlessness and rage
sadness in our eyes
hearts still in grief
we say our goodbye…

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Coffee on the Porch: 12/22/20

Conversation:
We talk about “Love” and how our pandemic Christmas will be different. Eric unpacks the classic song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as the perfect song of this season.
Featured Songs:
“Love is There,” by Grace Pettis.”
O…

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See Like a Hawk

We’ve had a small, juvenile hawk hanging around the house the past few weeks. It might explain the sudden disappearance of rats on our late-night security cameras. (That might also be due to the neighborhood cat that apparently likes to…

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Music News: August 2020

Hi Friends,
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a music update. In this time of pandemic, there’s not a lot of live music happening out there. A few reminders of things I’m doing in the online world, to…

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White Privilege Illustrated: The HOLC Maps

Far too  many times, I hear White people say White Privilege is a myth or a creation of the Left. But there are ways to VISUALIZE it…to illustrate it…show show its pernicious effects beyond shadow of dout.
Exhibit A: The…

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Juneteenth and the “Power of Power”

Two thousand Federal troops.
I keep coming back to that number.

That’s the number of Union soldiers that accompanied General Gordon Granger into Galveston on the day Juneteenth was proclaimed in 1865.

We White people barely understand Juneteenth to begin…

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$20 Bill (For George Floyd)

On this day of George Floyd’s memorial service in Houston, a repost of my version of Tom Prasada-Rao’s powerful tribute song.

Tom’s song has now been covered 20-30 times by a beautiful assortment of musicians.

This version was…

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Don’t Look Away

White Siblings,
Don’t look away.
Don’t avert your eyes.

Yes, there is a danger even in reposting these because of the moral license they may give other racists who see them.

But you….dear White sibling…

You who are still more…

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Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not (Part II)

“I don’t know about that…”

Do you even remember when Donald Trump said this?

I know. It’s a big ask to recall one line.
He says so many things, and one day’s horror is “trumped” by the next.

But it’s…

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