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Michael P. Garofalo

 

 

Michael P. Garofalo, Red Bluff, California

September 2004

Michael P. Garofalo, Red Bluff, California

April 2007

February 2010

       
       
                

                                                              February 2012                                                                                 November 2013

 

 

 

  
    My wife, Karen, and I live in the North Sacramento Valley, near Red Bluff, California.  

    Karen and I have been married since 1967.  Karen now works 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 Portland, Oregon.  Both Alicia and Sean graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.  Alicia is a homemaker and active in community support groups; and, Sean is in the construction financing, bonding, and insurance business.  They have two daughters: Katelyn and Makenna.  Michael and April also live in Portland.  Michael graduated from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland; and, has worked as a restaurant owner, chef, caterer, bartender, cook and waiter.  Michael married April Scott in 2005, who is a shift manager at a busy Starbucks coffee house in Portland.   
 


                              
Alicia, Karen, April
Sean, Michael, Mick
2006


 

    In the past two decades, I have worked as a librarian, grant writer, webmaster, yoga and taijiquan instructor, teacher, public library administrator, workshop leader and lecturer, and fitness trainer.  I now work part-time for the Corning Union Elementary School District.  I also teach yoga, qigong, cane, taijiquan and other fitness classes at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff, and privately at the Valley Spirit Center.  

    My personal interests, spiritual path, and hobbies include: gardening and landscaping at our home, blogging, internal martial artsfitness and sports activities, developing Internet web sites, walking adventures, poetry, Druidry, Taoism, research and writing, computer software, qigong, natural history, music, taijiquan, string figures, and enjoying activities with family and friends. 

    I was born in 1945 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 three sisters and two brothers.    

    My genetic and racial heritage, Germanic and Greco-Roman (Sicilian), and a good healthy upbringing, gave me a strong and healthy body.  I am now 6'6" tall and weight 255 pounds.  I still exercise daily and have the energy for working three part-time jobs, walking, weightlifting, teaching yoga, and lots of gardening.  Karen and I are fortunate to have good health care options and use them regularly. 

    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; and in Red Bluff, California, since 1998. 

    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 about business administration, supervision and management, education, computer software applications, Zen, yoga, qigong, fitness, and T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  I studied business administration at Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, MS. 

    I first read classical and modern Western and Eastern philosophers when I was fifteen, and have 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, science and common sense to understand my world 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, and spiritual issues.  Currently, my primary mystical and 'spiritual' preferences are for Buddhism, Neo-Pagan Druidry, Taoism, and Mind-Body Movement Arts as an independent and solitary seeker.  I have little interest in and negative views about the value of institutionalized religions.


 

Michael P. Garofalo 1993

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 County.   I was a leader in the introduction of new audio-visual media, library automation, and management information systems for one of the five largest public library systems in the United States.   I was the Regional Administrator for 17 busy libraries in the East San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County

    From 1999 - 2003, I worked three days each week as the District 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 as the Technology and Media Services Supervisor for the Corning Union Elementary School District.  I manage five school libraries, one media center, six computer labs, act as the webmaster for the District, and write and manage 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 district in the last eight years. 

    As of 2013, I have worked in public or school libraries for 45 years.  A more complete resume is available online.  

 

    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; and, have taught in public schools in grades K-12 as a substitute 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 Chico.   

    In the past,  my community service efforts have included working in public libraries, volunteering to serve in the United States Air Force (1969-1973), Friends of the Library fundraising and volunteer efforts, AYSO soccer refereeing, and providing free information to millions on the Internet.  

 

    I have been interested in gardening since 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 currently garden in the North Sacramento Valley, and own 5 acres of land. 

   

 

Michael P. Garofalo 1999

Mike Garofalo
October 1999

 

 

    Since 1992, I have greatly enjoyed sharing my interests with others and meeting others with
similar interests via the Internet.   My Internet activities have been diversified:   


 

The Cloud Hands Blog


The Spirit of Gardening

An Old Druid's Final Journey: Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove

Cloud Hands:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Valley Spirit Qigong, Chi Kung, Daoyin, Chinese Yoga

Green Way Research

Poetry by Michael P. Garofalo

Pulling Onions

Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practices

Zen and Taoist Poetry

Walking

Way of the Short Staff

Resume of Michael P. Garofalo

Gardening at Our Home in Red Bluff, California

 

 

 

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