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)

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

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

In Praise of Vaccines

My Traumatic Childhood Experience As a boy I stood in long lines at our elementary school waiting to get our compulsory smallpox and polio shots. My first vaccination was traumatic.  With dozens of classmates watching, on reflex I jerked away from the nurse, and she accidently shot the vaccine into my eye. That caused a … Continue reading In Praise of Vaccines