Archive for August, 2010

Save the Date: Housing is More Affordable than it has been in the past 30 years!

August 27th, 2010
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Bi-Annual Affordable Homes Congress 2010

October 14-15, 2010

Radisson Hotel
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441

Homebuyer incentives, energy saving initiatives and a rebounding housing market offer incredible opportunities to achieve and succeed in affordable housing. These opportunities are knocking on your door. But when the door opens, will you be prepared to answer? Read the rest of this entry »

The Time to Act is Now

August 13th, 2010
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Just after midnight last night, I was startled out of my sleep by the sounds of chairs flying across my deck and tree branches cracking.  Our windows were rattling and creaking under the strain of howling winds and pelting rain. At any moment, I expected the house to implode with the strain. The lights stuttered for a minute and then everything went black.   With each flash of lightning, I could see trees bending to the ground and debris flying in all directions.  Coward that I am, I made a beeline for the basement and camped out until the wind died down.  With the dawn’s light, I threw on my flip flops and went out to survey the damage.  One of my hanging baskets Read the rest of this entry »

“If I had my life to live over again…”

August 6th, 2010
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On Tuesday of this week, my mother called. It was 6:35AM. In a voice as soft as a whisper, she told me she wanted me to call Hospice.  She was prepared, she said, to bring the final chapter of her life to a conclusion.  I was talking to a friend of mine about her and he told me that when we are very little we count our birthdays in half years. A four year old will tell you, for instance, that they are 4 and a half wanting you to understand how important it is that they have moved past being just 4. Once we hit 60, we start to do it again. My mother is 85 and almost a half.  She caught pneumonia after suffering a compression fracture in her L2 vertebrae. The rest of her life is being measured in hours and minutes.

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