I just watched a YouTube video of the Mamas and the Papas' singing "California Dreaming" and that video is what brought me to writing this post. I owe so much of my life to my experiences growing up and living in California. I would like to make it exquisitely clear, now, that I absolutely love the geography of California, and all of my history in that once great state. That magical place lives deeply within my heart! And, to this very day, I very often dream of my time in California! I was raised in San Francisco until I was seven. Then I came of age living in Orinda, but attending eighth and ninth grade at a tiny, fledgling prep school on the shore of Lake Tahoe (Homewood). Then, I finished high school in Pebble Beach - at Stevenson School - a well respected college prep school. Times at Lake Tahoe, Squaw, Alpine, Tahoe City, and in Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur... unforgettable experiences - especially as one who was "coming of age". I was incredibly fortunate to have received a magnificent secondary school education in California. And to have lived in so many wonderful places in that exquisitely beautiful state. (Some might agree that I was beyond incredibly fortunate, for a child who was given up for adoption, at birth, in Memphis, TN in 1950!) I spent my twenties (during the seventies) teaching guitar in the afternoons at Primo Music store in Walnut Creek, CA, while attending university in the mornings. I earned several undergrad and graduate degrees from Cal State University. I was then employed for a decade by one of the largest international corporations in San Francisco and later San Ramon (we called it San Remote, at the time). That decade spent in corporate years was wonderfully rewarding to me - and quite formative. Following that, I spent the remainder of my life as a self-employed commercial photographer. I have been quite blessed in life. And my California upbringing and experience could well be considered "California Dreaming". Let me just say that I will forever be deeply in love with my long California experience. I moved from there to Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1994. Then to Vancouver/Camas Washington in 2000. So yes, Oregon and Washington State also hold dear spots in my heart from those experiences. I have retired to Scottsdale, AZ and absolutely love my life here. Let me end this by stating that I adore so much about California. And Oregon, & Washington State. Times and circumstances have changed those states over the years, but I hold those places incredibly dear nonetheless. Thank you, sincerely, for listening. Let's end with some of the most exquisite four-part harmonies ever recorded... crafted in California.