Sheryl Recino Recounts Her Journey from Life on the Streets to Successful Physician

Courtesy of Sheryl Recinos, MD Sheryl Recino’s story is one of perseverance in persistence. She tells her inspiring story in a new book entitled Hindsight: Coming of Age on the Streets of Hollywood. In a recent interview, Recino explained how she originally began her journey on the West Coast, “The first time I came to California, I was 13. I was running away from a very dysfunctional home and when I was trying to decide where to go, I happened to open up a map of the U.S. I saw that California was far away, so I chose to go there. When I was 16 and my dad asked me to leave, the most logical destination was California. It was the only place where I’d ever felt like I was ‘home.’ It still i

Passionista Erin Penner — Teacher, Activist and Advocate

Erin Penner grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in Boston. So of course, we immediately clicked. And her warmth and compassion for others are infectious. She founded an outdoor, exploration-based school ILA, which stands for Inspired Little Activists. The 3- and 4-year-olds learn how to be concerned about their surroundings and the people in them. When she’s not teaching, she’s working with the unhoused community in Los Angeles or advocating for LGBT rights. She belongs to the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council and does all she can to make her corner of the world a better place. The world needs more people like Erin Penner. Here are a few excerpts from our interview with her. Lis

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