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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ericast 253 - Searching for Bre

What happens when your friends lose, and then find, someone they love? Find out. Here's your show.

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Coming in under the wire for this week, but still on the calendar!

Full disclosure:  I don't like this episode.  It's bumbling.  It's awkward.  But it's a topic that ought to be discussed, and I'm not going to let my lack of eloquence keep us from starting the conversation.

That's what I mean by "Find out." Period.  Find out how these things unfold now, before you need to know.

This week's topic began with a tweet from Kate-Madonna Hines.  While we disagree pretty passionately on abortion and the work of Planned Parenthood, I trust her judgment and ethics. She'd fall into the category of one of my personal "thought leaders" over the years.

In the process, I Twitter-met Alison Feigh.  (Word-of-the-week transforms into Name-of-the-week:  Would it be "FEE," or "f-EYE"?)  Alison Feigh serves as the program coordinator at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center.

When dealing with a missing person, where do you go?  Twitter.  Facebook.  Whisper (where, it turns out, someone said he used to know her).  And then, go back to spread the good news that she's been found.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ericast 252 - Tradition and Tweaks

Whether this is your first episode or you’ve been listening through the ups and downs of the past 10 years, you’ll like this recap on what’s new and what’s changing in the Ericast’s tenth year. Here’s your show.

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Yes, the "Tradition and Tweaks" Ericast really did show up this week!

This week's question:  Does it hurt when your fancy gets struck?  (No, that's not really a question...)

iPodder, Juice, Lemon... I just use (and love!) Downcast these days. is still alive and well and I still love them.  Almost as much as I love my fluffy new Costco body pillow.  Yes, this is random.

What’s changing:  Not much.  The pre-intro summary is new – it’s a common “best practice”.  What do you think?

Three-word titles.  A tradition since my undergraduate paper-writing days; unless there was an external mandate imposed by the faculty, I always used a three-word title.  Celebrating constrains per Joseph Rueter.

Better show notes...  Because I find myself referring back to them when I listen to other people's podcasts.  And structure is good.

More batching, so I can keep a regular schedule.  What’s contemporary and what’s batched?  You might never know.

More Chesterton:  If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.

Reviving the Dweeb Thoughts feed, and I need help for that; Posterous was so awesome that I can’t cope without it. is now gone and has turned into a Thai dating site.  Really.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ericast 251 - My Podcast List

Are you looking for some new podcasts to try in a new year, or you’re just curious about what I’m listening to while you’re listening to me?  Here's your show!

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The "Tradition and Tweaks" Ericast is coming up next week.  And, yes, I’m promising an episode next week.  We’ll talk about that promise… next week.

Favorite pod-catching application in iOS (for the iPhone of iPad): Downcast  (Other apps also mentioned: Cyber Dust and Loot)

Three broad categories: Technology, religion/spirituality/Christianity/etc., and personal-development

Formerly-listened-to podcasts
New for my 2015:


Other - Entertainment or "Guy and a Mic" (like mine):

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ericast 250 - God vs. Doctors

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Wrapping up 2014 with the question of "what is 'faith' and when is it okay for 'people of faith' to act confidently with their fellow humans rather than 'relying on God' for direct intervention with a solution?"

I'm not sure if it's as deep as that makes it sound... but, check it out, then let me know what you think by calling 206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC) and leaving a voice message with your comment.

What triggered this conversation was the heart attack of pastor Rob Ketterling of River Valley Church in the Twin Cities.  If you want to know the back-story ("Why is Eric talking about someone Tweeting a heart attack?") here's a great video where he summarizes his whole experience:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ericast 249 - Start by Sighing

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I spend a lot of time in this episode apologizing for it sounding depressing.  It's really not.  At least, I don't think so.  That said, we'll see if my rant about the fact that the "Rodney King Trial" wasn't a trial of Rodney King (but, instead, was a trial of the police officers who beat him) gets me in any trouble.

I include a brief quote from Randy Cantrell's Leaning Toward Wisdom episode 4043 and I'd recommend adding him to your podcatching software if you like the pontifications of the Ericast.  His is similar, with more/better experience and a bit of a Texas twang.

I also extensively quote Henry Cloud on Hopelessness:

The time when you get to hopelessness can be one of the best moments for your future. To give up hope that something is going to change when it is not going to gets you unstuck immediately and brings energy. It brings life to the sickness of hope deferred.

But how do you know if entering into that process of change with someone is even worth it? How do you know that it is going to help? Haven't you wondered that sometimes? "Are they ever going to change? Are they ever going to get better? Should I really keep working with them, thinking they are going to improve? Are my efforts to get them to change going to help anything at all?"

Or on the personal side of life, how do you know when to invest the effort with someone to work on making things better and when you should tell them that you are done talking about it? With whom do you try, and with whom do you say, "I'm done talking"? That is a question that, if properly answered, can save much time and heartache.

And it is the question: how to diagnose a person to know whether working on the issue is likely to help or not.

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