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Thinking Global, Teaching Local

Lisa Wright still remembers the words written by a teacher on her second-grade report card: Lisa has an unusually high social conscience for someone so young. Prophetic words indeed! That report card was an early predictor of what she would ultimately choose to do with her life—and she was lucky enough to find it in Read More

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Bump-Set-Smiley!

When I first moved to Long Beach, I made the mistake of volunteering to plan my block party—those who have done it will know what I mean—and of all the available dates, I picked the first Saturday in September. When I went door to door collecting signatures, I learned my second mistake. Never schedule anything Read More

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Coastal Companions

When West End resident Dawn Cozine’s dog passed away several years ago, she was reluctant to adopt another one right away. Rather, she said to her daughter, “We’re going to go work at the animal shelter instead.” She knew that eventually the right dog would come walking through the door. And by Labor Day weekend it Read More

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