Some Information About
Michael P. Garofalo
Our summer garden harvest in
Red Bluff, California.
Bandon, Oregon, at
the Pacific seashore.
McMinnville, Oregon, Willamette
Somewhere in Oregon at the
My daily walking path in Red Bluff,
California, from 1998-2017.
Corning Elementary School ID Photo
I worked part-time as the
Technology and Media Services Supervisor or District Librarian, from
1999-2016, for this
K-8 elementary school district serving 2,200 students.
My wife, Karen, and I lived and worked from June of 1998 until April of 2017 in
a rural area near Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, California. We
now live in the City of Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, Columbia River Valley,
retired in July of 2016, and Karen retired in July of 2014.
Karen and I have
been married since 1967. Karen retired in July, 2014, after working 16
years as a Special Education
Instructional Assistant for the Tehama County Department of Education. She
enjoys gardening, reading,
cooking, computer software, genealogy, and family activities. We have
two children: Alicia June and
Michael Delmer. Alicia and Sean Flinn live in the City of Vancouver, Salmon Creek
Area, of Washington State. Both
Alicia and Sean graduated from
California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Alicia is a homemaker, active in community support groups,
and a part-time instructional assistant at a public Middle School; and, Sean is in the construction financing, bonding, and
insurance business. They have two daughters: Katelyn and Makenna.
Michael and April also live in Vancouver, Hazel Dell area. Michael graduated from the Western Culinary Institute
in Portland; and, has worked
as a restaurant owner, chef, caterer, restaurant manager, bartender, cook and waiter.
He is now the restaurant manager, executive chef, at the Ferral Heathen in Vancouver. Michael
April Scott in 2005, who is a shift manager at a busy Starbucks coffee house in
Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, WA.
Alicia, Karen, April
Sean, Michael, Mick
past three decades, I have worked as a librarian, supervisor, grant writer,
webmaster, yoga and taijiquan
blogger, teacher, public library administrator, workshop leader and lecturer,
and fitness trainer.
July 1, 2016, I retired from my employment as the Technology, Libraries, and
Media Services Supervisor for the
Union Elementary School District (K-8). I had worked part-time for this school district
for the previous 16 years. I also retired on July 1st, 2016, from my employment with
Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff where I had worked since 2002 as a fitness
spin cycling, weight lifting, and mat pilates. Both my wife and I are now retired.
interests, spiritual path, and hobbies include: gardening and landscaping at our home, blogging,
internal martial arts, fitness
and sports activities, developing Internet web sites,
walking adventures, poetry,
Taoism, research and writing, computer
software, qigong, natural
history, piano playing and listening to music,
camping and outings in the
Northwest, and enjoying activities with family and friends.
I was born in
in Los Angeles, California. My mother, Bertha June, was born in Akron, Ohio, and her ancestors came from Germany to the
U.S.A., to Ohio, in 1854. My father was Michael James Garofalo. He was born in Los Angeles,
California, and his parents came from Sicily to the U.S.A., to Los Angeles, in 1905. My mother was a
homemaker, and my father worked as a mechanical engineer and manager for the Fluor Corporation. Our
parents, Karen's (Alice
and Delmer) and mine (June and Mike), have all passed away
and joined the Ancestors; and, we have two sisters and two brothers.
My genetic and racial
heritage, Germanic and Greco-Roman-North African-Norman (i.e., Sicilian), and a good healthy upbringing,
gave me a strong and healthy body. I am now 6'6" tall and weight 245
pounds. Up until I retired in July of 2016, I still exercised daily and had the energy for working three
part-time jobs, walking, weightlifting, teaching yoga, and lots of gardening.
Karen and I are fortunate to have
had very good health care options in Los Angeles, Red Bluff, and
Vancouver, and use them regularly. In June of 2017, I had a
Pacemaker implanted at Peace Health in Vancouver to help correct my severe Barycardia.
My brothers, Paul
and Philip, and I grew up in East Los Angeles - in the Bandini barrio. Karen and I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, from 1969-1973; Bell Gardens,
California, from 1973-1983; in Hacienda Heights, California, from 1983-1998; in
Red Bluff, California,
from 1998-2017; and in Vancouver, Washington, since April of 2017.
I graduated from
St. Alphonsus Catholic Grammar School, Cantwell Catholic High School,
California State University at Los Angeles (B.A. Philosophy), and the
University of Southern California (M.S. in Library Science). I have also studied for a
Master's Degree in Philosophy; and, have participated in many classes, workshops and training sessions
supervision and management, education, computer software applications,
Zen, yoga, qigong,
fitness, and T'ai Chi Ch'uan. I studied business management at Gulf
Coast Community College in Gulfport, Mississippi.
I first read
classical and modern Western and Eastern philosophers when I was fifteen, and
since considered myself a "Philosopher." I am a person with a humanistic, pragmatic, secular and
philosophical outlook on most matters. I have been content
to use reasoning, reading, science, technology, practical skills, effort,
advice from experts, groups, common sense and luck to understand my world, survive for 72 years, and help me
solve most of my problems. Like most people, I make room for
mystical, mythical, poetic, and symbolic viewpoints when dealing with many
artistic, psychological, humorous, symbolic, fictional, and spiritual issues.
My "spiritual" interests are biological, scientific, mystical, and
Arts; and being an independent and solitary seeker. I have little
interest in and
negative views about the value of institutionalized religions.
Mike Garofalo in 1993
Hacienda Heights, California
In 1998, I retired
as a Library Administrator for the
County of Los Angeles Public
Library, after thirty two years of public library service in Los Angeles
was a leader in the introduction of new audio-visual media, library automation, and management information systems for one of the
public library systems in the United States.
I wrote many grants during my long career, e.g., the Chicano Resource Center and the
La Verne Library Building. I was the Regional Administrator for 17
very busy libraries in the East San Gabriel Valley
of Los Angeles County.
I worked as a Library Services Supervisor and then Technical Services Librarian
for the City of Commerce Public Library.
From 1999 - 2003, I worked three days each week as the
Librarian, Library Media Teacher, for the Corning Union Elementary School District (K-8). I have also taught other classes in Tehama County (e.g.,
string figures, webpage design, Internet for writers, GATE classes, and
substitute teaching work).
During this time I completed all coursework at California
State University at Chico for a multiple subject teaching credential.
In September, 2003, I began part-time work
(24 hours each week) as the Technology and Media Services Supervisor for the
Corning Union Elementary School District. I
managed five school libraries;
coordinated textbooks, workbooks, and consumables; acted as the first webmaster for the District;
provided educational software media support; and wrote and managed many grants.
I was the project manager for four Enhancing Education Through Technology
grants at the Corning Union Elementary School District. I have
successfully written many grants that have brought in $4.3 million in grants to
our school district from 2003 to 2012.
July, 2016, I had worked in
public (city and county) or school libraries for 49 years.
Since moving to northern
California in 1998, my community service efforts have been concentrated in the
educational field. I have taught adults to read in adult
literacy programs at the Tehama County Library; and, have taught in public schools in grades K-12 as a
teacher. I was
elected by the voters to serve as a Trustee on
the Gerber Union Elementary School District Board in Red Bluff, California; and, served from
January, 2000 until November, 2004. From
2005 until 2009, I served on the Tehama
County Commission on Aging,
as a TCCA representative at large, the webmaster, secretary, and for two years
as the TCCA chairperson; and also served on the general board and executive
board of the Area 3 Agency on Aging (PASSAGES)
In the past, my community
service efforts have included working in public libraries, volunteering to serve in the United States Air Force (1969-1973,
Staff Sergeant), Friends of the Library fundraising and volunteer efforts, AYSO soccer refereeing, and providing
free information to millions on the Internet.
I have been
1954 after my parents purchased "the ranch" - two acres in Hacienda Heights, California, nestled in avocado and orange
groves. I raised bonsai in the 1960's. Karen and I have cultivated vegetable gardens since
the early 1970's. I have enjoyed landscaping and gardening around all of the five houses I have called
home. We gardened extensively in the North Sacramento Valley, and owned 5 acres
of land. We cultivated both winter and summer vegetable gardens, had a 100
tree orchard and specialty gardens, relaxed in a sacred circle garden, and
enjoyed two small ponds fed by a solar powered pump in a 125 foot deep well.
On April 10, 2017, Karen
and I moved to the City of Vancouver, Washington, Northwest USA. We now
live in a respectable looking forty year old suburban neighborhood, in a very
nice one level 1700 square foot home. We are now 600 miles north of where
we lived in Red Bluff; and across the Columbia River from Portland.
1992, I have
greatly enjoyed sharing my interests with others and meeting others with
similar interests via the Internet.
My Internet activities have
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
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