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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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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ericast 248 - Billy and Hal

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Every so often I come across a podcast where I think, "My 'tribe' needs to hear that!"  And then I realize that I've begun to use social media buzzwords like 'tribe' and then I go repent and then I come back and do what I had originally planned to do.  So, courtesy of Billy Murphy and the Forever Jobless podcast, this week's episode features an introduction to Hal Elrod.

I'm doing much better with his "Can't Change It" philosophy than I am with the "Miracle Morning," which is in a similar vein to Jeff Sanders' "5 a.m. Miracle" -- and both are hard for me to do more than verbally assent to.  But, assent is probably the first step...?

(No, the Ericast isn't going to become something worse than a clip-show where we just take clips from other people's podcasts... but Billy's interview with Hal is worth your time.  If you want to hear the rest of the interview, head to his Forever Jobless site and fill in the gaps for yourself.)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ericast 247 - Churches as Buildings

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This week we take a look at the loss of the historic Peace Lutheran Church building in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  But we look at it in the context of iconoclasm, which is the kind of atypical take that you've come to expect from the Ericast!

There's also a highlight from the Dweeb Thoughts feed ("meeting people where they're at" vs. "build it and they will come"); remember that you can subscribe to those off-the-cuff technological thoughts at

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ericast 246 - A Building Lives

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There's quite a meandering path to this week's final topic, from the now-gone Island Station in St. Paul to Mill Ruins of Southeast Minnesota (that link will take you to the exact trip that I took the girls on last week) to yesterday's visit to Dells Mill in Augusta, Wisconsin (which is famous in the "photos of mills" world).

There's also a random reference to John and Sam Eldredge's new book and the fact that Sam doesn't like the mosquitoes in Minnesota.

And I even throw in the Arcola High Bridge north of Stillwater.  Yeah, this episode is a bit random.  You like it that way, right?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ericast 245 - A September Check-In

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Oh, my goodness, does time fly!  Two tasks for you this week:  Call 206-339-3742 (a.k.a 206-339-ERIC) and let me know that you're still out there listening, and check out the YouTube videos of the PGI 2014 convention (like to get an idea of what was going on during my road-trips to Iowa.

(Favorite "I've never seen fireworks like that before" moment?  Red parachute flares.  There's an older example at  Enjoy!)