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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

December 18, 2018

As teenagers growing up in Los Angeles County’s northern reach of the Antelope Valley, my older brother, Jim, and I kludged together scrap two-by-four boards and a few rolls of six-ply heavy

November 14, 2018

I like to believe I was of some help to my mother, 91 years old and worn down by age, as she left this world October 2. I worked nowhere near as hard, of course, as she did to bring me into it.

October 26, 2018

A lot of companies doing business out there insist on promoting their brands with a lot of blather about giving back to communities, preserving the environment, or acting humanely toward their

September 18, 2018

A few days ago, I read yet another in what seems a persistent churn of messages characterizing nonprofits as enslaved to operating in a state of continual scarcity and deficiency. I wonder when I

August 23, 2018

I never played organized sports when I was young, just the usual pick-up games of baseball on our street and kick-the-can with other neighborhood kids. We generally had a shared understanding of

July 17, 2018

I’ve been on an involuntary break from my duties at Community Partners for the last several weeks. Another driver ran a stop sign at high speed on May 30, totaling my car and breaking three bones

May 23, 2018

Khoa Le tucks with gusto into a steaming bowl of soup. Now 88, recently out of a too-long stay in the hospital, Khoa’s appetite is as strong as his mind is sharp. We’re seated with Khoa’s

April 19, 2018

When was the last time you left a panel discussion – that most ubiquitous of nonprofit and civic sector experiences – feeling like, yes, that was really worth my time? My guess is that it’s

March 15, 2018

At Community Partners, our present strength and future value pivot on whom we know and the depth of our rootedness in the communities of the Southern California region. Improving the quality of

February 15, 2018

New York Times reporters Tim Arango and Adam Nagourney recently kludged together a mish-mash of old tropes about Los Angeles, tossed in a bit of stew about the long-standing troubles at the Los

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