Category Archive: Kultur

Dr. Barry: “The Eyes Have It!”

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The third most common form of male denial—after erectile dysfunction and dying scalp follicles—is failing eyesight.  (“My arms must be shrinking…”)  Where there’s modern medicine, there’s hope.  Here’s Dr. Barry Pascal, with his own personal tale of triumph. (You can find Barry‘s comedy books for sale here.) Enjoy!—EGF   The Eyes Have It! By BARRY …

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Jeanne Robertson: Dee-lightful

As advertised, G. and I took in Jeanne Robertson’s show at Three Stages Folsom Sunday night. The woman did not disappoint. The centerpiece of her current round of appearances is the adventure in which she sent her husband, “Left Brain,” to the grocery store to get the ingredients necessary for her to rebuild her supply …

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Jeanne Robertson & “Left Brain”

Busy Sunday night? No?  If you’re: Above the 18-39 demographic; Married (or in a committed relationship–in the legal, state-of-mind sense of that word); and (Optional) empty-nesters–because it is, after all, a school night, Consider joining us at Three Stages in Folsom to enjoy the incredibly funny and skillful story-telling of Jeanne Robertson for two hours. …

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Support “Your Mother!”

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  If you didn’t “Listen to Your Mother” last night at the Crest Theater, you missed it. Listen to Your Mother is a national effort to “give Mother’s Day a microphone” by staging local, live readings of original essays for, by, and about motherhood that are recorded and shared afterward via social media.  Thanks to …

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The Sun’s Trial Offer–Mental Decongestant

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If you don’t already know how I feel about The Sun magazine, read this. Simply put, The Sun is: Topical; Progressive, in a wholly human, unapologetic, but politically nonpartisan way; Comfortable and superb in its prose, poetry, and images; Non-profit and tax-exempt, is its publication company; and Ad-free, and therefore dependent upon the kindness of …

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“We’re Home!”–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. After investing over 500 hours of “sweat equity,” the Limericks received the keys to their three-bedroom, LEED-certified …

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“Gifting Grandmas”–Great Cause!

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Along with eight of my cohorts, I was privileged to share my work at the Second Annual Gifting Grandmas’ Authors Luncheon at North Ridge Country Club last Wednesday, which benefited Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, an annual project of the Sacramento Children’s Home. It was a blast!  I read a scene from “The Jewel of Genoa“–my personal …

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Meet the Thao-Vang Family

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Nine-year-old Nicha Thao now has a place for her fruit trees, and a back yard—for her unicorn. She; her parents, Chula Yang and Mai Kao Thao; her grandmother, La Vang; and her two younger siblings are the proud and grateful owners of anew LEED-certified house on 36th Street in Sacramento.  Built in partnership with Sacramento …

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Dr. King II (Redux)

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[From last Tuesday: In my young life, it’s September 1963…] Three weeks later, Klan cowards counterpunched by immolating four defenseless girls at worship. Six weeks later, Camelot died in Dallas and white America finally felt it; we sophomores heard the principal’s announcement in English class just before lunch. It was so unbelievable we made jokes …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Meeting the Need”

Continuing our conversation on why Sacramento Habitat for Humanity is unique among charities serving at-risk families, I asked CEO Ken Cross to put some numbers to the unmet need for housing in Sacramento County. Here’s how he responded:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting …

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Sac Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Our Sponsors”

In our recent interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross to profile a typical Habitat sponsor, or sponsors, who front $75,000 for each Sac-Habitat build-out. Here’s his answer:     As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be told: Real people, with real …

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Dr. King I (Redux)

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In honor of– His actual birthday today; The national holiday in his honor next Monday; and The second inauguration of our first African-American President, also on Monday, and his renewed call for a National Day of Service this Saturday– I’m reposting—with editorial updates—a two-part, personal reflection about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s effect on and …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “What Motivates Me”

In our recent interview, I asked Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross what it is that gets him out of bed to tackle each new day, sheltering at-risk families. Here’s his answer:     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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Alaya Family Dedication–Save the Date!

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Sacramento Habitat for Humanity has posted the details for the dedication of the Alaya family’s new home on its Facebook page. You’re invited to share in their joy.  Click here for details.    Abdul Alaya [left], watches another Habitat family’s home being dedicated last September. He came to the United States in 1998 from Maydeen, …

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Sac-Habitat CEO Ken Cross: “Our Record, Here & World-Wide”

Continuing our recent, wide-ranging interview, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross put into numbers for me the impact Habitat for Humanity has had on the affordable housing problem, in Sacramento and globally:     Pretty impressive, huh? As a writer of fiction, I believe that the best stories happen all around us—waiting to be …

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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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