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A small hand holds a small plant that has just began to grow
July 8, 2021

It began early, this urge to witness and spur on what buds and grows. My older brother, Jim, led the way when a high school teacher encouraged him to sign up for a horticulture class and learn

April 27, 2021

We have seen a lot of people waiting in lines lately, most abundantly to acquire a vaccine to quash a global pandemic. Despite the intentions of a democratic process,

February 9, 2021

People who revel in hurting others, we label as sadistic. Quick, give me an equivalent expression we can apply to those who seek to injure, destabilize and even destroy not just others, but entire

December 7, 2020

What a damn near unendurable year this has been, yet all of us hunker down, persist, even thrive in the conditions we've been handed. We endure. There's something fine and

October 5, 2020

The esteemed thinker Michael J. Sandel wrote recently in an op-ed piece for the New York Times about the

August 28, 2020

A recent, socially distanced dinner gathering with a few friends around a backyard fire pit helped shed light for me on that strong impulse driving folks we write off as witless covidiots partying

June 25, 2020

Last fall, after a lengthy period of gathering input from a wide range of Community Partners stakeholders, the Board of Directors and senior staff initiated a series of in-house workshops to chart

March 10, 2020

Awaiting the human effects from the novel coronavirus feels like waiting for the arrival of that so-called “atmospheric river” that inundates Southern California occasionally: dark clouds pile up

February 20, 2020

I keep a small scrap of paper at home on my bedroom dresser with a scribbled quote from a conference speaker whose thoughts impressed me several years ago. Drawing upon her commitment to helping

January 16, 2020

Doesn’t it just feel fabulous living in a time when we can finally knock down and have it out with all the folks who make us angry, crazy and annoyed? It’s the Era of the Reverse Catharsis and all

December 17, 2019

I shared some big news at our recent annual gathering that I’d like also to share with those of you not with us last week.

For almost 30 years now, Community Partners has been like a part