California’s Official State Stuff: Amphibians, Insects, Lichen, Dirt, etc.  (Gov. Code 420-429)

California Government Code sections 420-429 list California’s official stuff, in other words, “California State Symbols and Emblems.” Here is the list. [Plus, my expert comments] How many did you know? What others would you recommend? Red-legged Frog Motto: Eureka  [This should be my wife’s motto when I misplace something]Nickname: The Golden StateSong: “I Love You, … Continue reading California’s Official State Stuff: Amphibians, Insects, Lichen, Dirt, etc.  (Gov. Code 420-429)

Judging Jefferson

(Thanksgiving week 2021, the New York City Council removed the 187 year old statute of Thomas Jefferson because it "made" some people feel uncomfortable. After all, Jefferson was a slave owner.) Thomas Jefferson is an enigma. Judging him fairly is a formidable, if not impossible, task.  I have added and removed him several times from … Continue reading Judging Jefferson

Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

HappyThanksgiving Flour Sack Dresses Decorative Cotton Flour Sacks In the heart of the 1930’s Great Depression people were desperate.  Millions were out of work.  Thousands were on the verge of starvation. Nothing was allowed to go to waste. Everything was repurposed and recycled. The national slogan became: “Make Do or Do Without.” Parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

Important Warning! Fentanyl Is a Killer!

I have witnessed a recent spike in the number of fentanyl cases. This is a deadly trend. Opioid Addiction Crisis America is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. Each year, over 90,000 people die from drug overdoses. That is 9 times the number killed by drunk drivers. And fentanyl is the driving force. … Continue reading Important Warning! Fentanyl Is a Killer!

My First/Oldest Memory – The Honey Bee Funeral

My first memory comes from when I was 3-4 years old. I spotted a dead honey bee on the lawn in our back yard.  I was suddenly overcome with sadness. So, I picked up the honey bee and walked over to the dirt garden. I knelt down and dug a grave with my hands.   I … Continue reading My First/Oldest Memory – The Honey Bee Funeral

Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

"Historical Saturday" Slavery Throughout History Egyptian Slavery All ancient civilizations engaged in the horrific practice of slavery. The primary source of slaves was war captives. Chattel slavery was accepted throughout the world for over 10,000 years. It was not until the abolitionist movement in America and Europe in the 18th Century that slavery became broadly … Continue reading Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

The word “addiction” comes from the Latin “addictus” meaning “slave.”  In ancient Rome, an “addictus” was a “debt slave.”  He or she was a person who was enslaved by a creditor because of a debt. Once the debt was paid, the slave was freed.  (This is the same philosophy underlying “debtor’s prison.”) The Roman Myth … Continue reading Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice, not a condition This is generally true. I say “generally” because there are exceptional circumstances where one’s condition can interfere with the ability to choose happiness. These conditions include: severe depression, extreme pain, major illness, heavy addiction, extreme hunger, starvation. But for most people, happiness is a choice. While I was … Continue reading Happiness is a Choice

How Russia Uses Social Media to Divide and Destabilize America (Race, Covid 19)

The USA is more divided and polarized today than at any other time in the last five decades. A plethora of articles discloses how Russia is using social media to polarize and destabilize America. This is an attack on our national unity using misinformation, disinformation, fake news, “information laundering,” and “cyber propaganda.” Typically, the Kremlin … Continue reading How Russia Uses Social Media to Divide and Destabilize America (Race, Covid 19)

My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)

I am an animal lover – always have been. As I have grown older, however, my love of animals has become more selective.  I primarily love mammals, especially fat or furry ones, and birds. I no longer adore insects and reptiles. Here are my favorite wild animals. Do you agree with my selections? 1. Koalas … Continue reading My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)