Monthly Archive: December 2012

Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: Homeless in America?

Continuing our recent, wide-ranging interview, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross and I traded stories about folks from other societies who are shocked to learn that some Americans live on the streets:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, …

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Sac-Habit CEO Ken Cross: “Three Keys to Success”

Continuing our recent, wide-ranging interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross to identify the three major keys to their success:       As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real hopes, dreams, and challenges. As a former …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “What It Takes”

Continuing our recent, wide-ranging interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross what it takes, start to finish, to put an approved family into a safe, permanent home. Here’s how he responded:       As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: …

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We Have a Winner!

With the help of “Santa’s Elves” at Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, I drew the winner of our “Win a FREE Kindle HD in time for Christmas!”     Congratulations–and thanks–to Tammy Lundgren. (Don’t be blue–be “Green.” Register anytime between now and then, here or on my Facebook page, for another chance to win on St. …

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Meet the Caus Family

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Largely forgotten in media coverage of global turmoil is continued discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, including Christian sects, in post-Soviet independent states.  With Sac-Habitat’s help, the Caus family escaped that destiny to enjoy the freedom to believe and worship openly in a safe, permanent home.  They moved in last Saturday.  Here are some video …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “What We Do”

If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve partnered with Sacramento Habitat for Humanity to promote my first short-story collection, “Matters Familiar,” for the holidays.  My goal: to generate enough sales to put a deserving family in a safe, affordable home in 2013. (Details below.) Why Sac-Habitat? Simply put, nobody does it like they …

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Meet the Limerick Family

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We see young couples struggling and say, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”  Sacramento Habitat for Humanity takes it from there–as it has with Brian and Ashly Limerick and their two children, Faith and Christopher. As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be …

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Meet the Alaya-Hajiehweigh Family

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Our headlines are dominated by the cauldron of death and misery that is Syria.  With Sac-Habitat’s help, the Alaya-Hajiehweigh family escaped that fate, to be reunited here for a new beginning. As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real hopes, dreams, …

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Black Patriots Live!

I have some wonderful news to share. In a previous post, amid several I did on the early history of our federal Constitution, I reproduced a draft op-ed piece my former colleague and old friend, Maurice Barboza, wrote on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of its approval in Philadelphia in 1787.  If you haven’t …

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Meet the Fabio-Jackson Family

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As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real hopes, dreams, and challenges. As a former member of the Board of Directors and volunteer for Sacramento’s chapter, I believe in Habitat for Humanity. Simply stated, Sac-Habitat improves our community, one family at …

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