Hurrah! I’m beeping my car horn, banging the pots and pans, popping corks of bubbly beverages—in my heart, anyway. And I also want to throw up, which is also a normal reaction. Adrenalin is not a tummy-comfort chemical. For many of us, the sheer relief of having lived under fight, freeze or …

In one of the richest countries in the world, Americans seem to be one of the poorest in our disregard for human life. Every day someone’s daughter is going without a meal and someone’s brother is begging for change. We all see it, but it is easier to look away. 

Reality is chronic diseases, illnesses and conditions impact each and every one of us. The harsh but unfortunate truth is not if but when you or someone you love will be impacted by that fate. For my family, that day became a reality when our newborn daughter was diagnosed with a fatal immun…

This has been a difficult summer for Angelenos. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten public health, unemployment in Los Angeles county has topped 20% multiple times, and now oppressive heat is shattering records in Southern California. Through all of this, however, many of the…

One Saturday morning 50 years ago, I finished my household chores early and slipped out of the house to meet some friends. We were going to the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War. I was 16 years old, and this would be my first protest march. As it turned out, those were my first step…

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