There is no such thing as a publishable first draft.
-William Targ

Holiday Letters Bring Ho Ho Ho’s

by lesliedinaberg on December 15, 2006

I love getting mail during the holiday season. It’s great. Instead of people asking me for money, I get chocolate catalogs, cards that wish me Season’s Greetings, and the reassurance that my college friends are still alive. While I appreciate the heartfelt sentiments, and the updated pictures of the kids/pets/intestines/etc., there’s nothing more satisfying than […]

An Interview with Scott and Sheri Martin

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

When Scott and Sheri Martin looked to buy their first home, using Coastal Housing Partnership (CHP) made the difference between being able to buy “something” and buying a house they really wanted, without compromising. Both Scott and Sheri grew up in Santa Barbara — attending San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara City College, and UCSB […]

An Interview with Jonathan and Kathy Abad

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

The third time may be the charm for most people, but Jonathan and Kathy Abad had to go through eight unclosed escrows on different houses in order to finally buy their home in Goleta last year with the help of Coastal Housing Partnership (CHP). Unlike many first-time homebuyers, the Abads had some real estate experience […]

The thrill is (not quite) gone

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

I thought my daredevil days were over last week when I looked up at the beautiful snow-covered mountain and didn’t think about skiing or snowboarding down it, but rather looked longingly at the bar and thought, “What a gorgeous spot for me to hang out and have a hot toddy.” Not that I’ve ever been […]