Author Archives: Larry Stiner Jr.

Sunday’s Best and a Special Vest

By Larry Stiner Jr. Contributing Writer Do you recall the last time you ventured into a house of worship? Remember how that strong feeling of comfort embraced you as you walked through those church doors, briefly leaving the chaos and danger of everyday life behind you? At ease, you exhaled and allowed your spirit to […]

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A Familiar Face and a Complex Relationship

By Larry Stiner Jr. The face on that man looks very familiar. And so does his uniform: perfectly matching navy-blue shirt and pants accessorized with a black duty belt upon which a nine millimeter handgun is holstered. The shiny oval-shaped badge on his chest identifies him as an officer working for the Los Angeles Police […]

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Undisputed True Champions

By Larry Stiner, Jr. Contributing Columnist The man who fathered me said I was his champ. He told me I deserved that title because I had stood strong in the boxing ring of life. I had gone toe-to-toe with a challenge that not many others would have willingly accepted. He praised me for becoming the […]

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View Life Through the Windshield

By Larry Stiner Jr. Driving north on Interstate 5 heading from Los Angeles to San Quentin State Prison, the anticipation of visiting my father pushed my thoughts to a quote I had recently heard: Live life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror. I found momentary comfort in those words as I focused on the […]

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A Story I Knew All Too Well

By Larry Stiner Jr. Recently, I ran into a childhood friend and asked what he’d been up to. “Just came back from another funeral,” he answered. I shook my head, wondering what violent act had cursed our community this time. You see, for many in South Los Angeles, it is more common to hear about […]

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The Real Strength Behind Absentee Fathers

Much attention is paid to absentee fathers without affording due consideration and respect for the sacrifices and strong impact of mothers. My eldest son, in this article, pays homage to his mother, the true spirit behind the OG. – Watani Stiner. By Larry Stiner Jr. January of 1948 brought the birth of my parents. In […]

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