Condolences to Mayor Garcia

It’s been a sad time here in Long Beach. Like many communities across California, the city where our office is located has been battling COVID-19, and late last month our mayor, Robert Garcia, announced that his mother had died of the virus at the age of 61. Gabriella O’Donnell was a...

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A Big Milestone

If you’ve been to our office over the past couple of months, you’ve heard the racket. We’re in a modest two-story building with a courtyard in the middle, which is now a construction zone. It’s a bit of a pain, but the reason for the mess is a good one: an elevator is being...

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Cabin Fever!

t’s turning into a long, strange summer, isn’t it? Like a lot of you (I suspect), I’m feeling just a bit restless. Sure, I like working from home, and I love my family. But still, this new normal takes some getting used to. There is one silver lining, though. I’m spending a...

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Sensory Loss and Dementia

Every now and then, I get a sharp reminder of just how important our mission is. That happened this week when I came across a report from the Alzheimer’s Association. We’ve known for some time that hearing loss increases the risk of dementia in older adults. But that’s not the...

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Happy 4th!

I have mixed feelings about the coming weekend. Yes, of course it’s wonderful to celebrate our national holiday — but I worry. This year the most obvious source of anxiety is that we all want to get together with family and friends, and right now it’s not exactly a safe time for...

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Please Wear Your Face Masks!

Did you miss it? Today Governor Newsom ordered everyone in California to wear face masks in public — again. I know, I know, it’s getting tiresome. But as the governor pointed out, Covid-19 is not waning — just the opposite. Cases are increasing, especially in the southern part of...

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A Little Bit of Inspiration

It’s a tough time. Sometimes it’s good to see some inspiration from other lands. This week we came across this song that embodies the history of Australian, told in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). So take a break from all the stressful news and enjoy! Sincerely,

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A Little Bit of Good News

We all need a bit of good news, right? You may remember that in recent years a new tradition has taken root around the post-Thanksgiving craziness: after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a day was set aside to encourage us to think about sharing with our less fortunate neighbors: Giving Tuesday....

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