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At long last, this month we’re launching a weekly online discussion that we’re calling “Coffee with Dick & Sharon.”

We surely love our coffee and we’re always talking back and forth about the issues of the day, especially around thought-provoking articles we’re publishing on LA Progressive. So it’s a natural, we hope, to share some of our thoughts with our readers.

We’d love to get your feedback on our efforts as we go along.

To kick off this inaugural installment, Sharon asked how my view of the world has changed in the 20 years we’ve been married and the 15 years we’ve published LA Progressive.

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As you’ll see, that led to a discussion about the different ways the two of see the world. If you know us, you know that we actually don’t disagree on very many issues—but we clearly get to our similar conclusions from very different routes.

To start, I spent much of my youth living in the furthest out suburb of Minneapolis—two blocks away, the cornfields started—in a vast sea of my fellow white people, leavened only by a very few Black or Mexican-American families, including my best buddy and first girlfriend.

By contrast, Sharon grew up in the projects in the Bronx, New York and Queens, surrounded by a much richer intermingling of races, ethnicities, and cultures.

But then, when we each turned 17—she 10 years after me—our lives were turned on their heads, with me moving to Manhattan’s Upper Westside and Sharon moving to Long Beach, California, where she attended an overwhelmingly white high school, extraordinarily jarring experiences for both of us.

In this first installment, we give some perspective on what we think we’re doing with LA Progressive. In time, we’ll interview some of the fascinating writers we publish as well.

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