We Said Goodbye to Mary Rose Cortese of Florence-Firestone

2015 launch of the “Everyday Heroes” LA County Library project, Florence-Firestone Constituent Service Center, 7807 Compton Avenue, LA 90001. Featured: Mary Rose Cortese, Joseph Titus, and Jonathan Pacheco Bell [Photo by author]

Thank you to AARP Livable Communities Workshop organizers and my fellow panelists for this week’s conversation on engaging older adults.

On September 13th, we lost Ms. Mary Rose Cortese, one of our community elders in South Central LA’s Florence-Firestone community. Mary has joined her brother Joe Titus in the next chapter. I know they’re up there still advocating for Florence-Firestone.

Mary and Joe welcomed me into the community on Day 1 in 2009. They were honorary abuelitos to me and many others. Hug your elders. Ask them to tell you stories. Document their lives. Cherish them every day.

At the end of this #AARP session, I dedicated my presentation to Mary Rose Cortese 🙏🏽💛

Mike the PoeT on the life and legacy of Edward Soja

Obituary for Edward Soja (1940-2015), by Mike the PoeT Sonksen

http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=8459#.VqxKWTMq3CR

Epitaph for Professor Edward W. Soja 


My epitaph for Professor Edward W. Soja has been published at UrbDeZine:

http://losangeles.urbdezine.com/2015/12/17/epitaph-for-edward-w-soja/

I will miss Ed dearly. His legacy lives on in us.