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October 29, 2007

Mortgage Nightmare

Mortgage Nightmare

Margie Renteria is on the verge of losing her house. There are two causes - she signed a questionable mortgage (her payments have gone from $1400 to $2900 a month) and her oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. In order to shuttle her daughter to doctor visits, she had to give up her steady job at Lowes.

Margie has 4 children. She says that her first husband didn't pay child support for many years, though he now does. Her second husband is currently delivering pizzas at night to make ends meet. His income is now supporting this family of 6.

Margie's daughter Ashley's classmates collected "Pennies for Ashley" which paid some bills in September. In October, Margie borrowed $2000 from her mom to pay her mortgage.  Now November 1 is looming and Margie knows she won't be able to pay.

This story idea came from Ashley's grandmother who contacted us about what the family was going through.

Finding Haiku

Lenard Moore grew up hearing poetry in the stories of his grandfather. But it wasn't until he was grown up, serving in the Army and sick in bed with the flu, that he first discovered haiku - the form of poetry that would take over his creative life.

Dick talks with Lenard about what haiku means to him, and how writing has helped him through the highs and lows of his life.

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