California Story


California Story by Mark Stradley

A Native Son Recounts His Tale …

To begin my story I record that I was born in Southern California in the late 1950’s. But this California Story isn’t just about me. It’s about friends, family and those Californians who came before us and those who will follow.

“The flashing and golden pageant of California,
The sudden and gorgeous drama, the sunny and ample lands,
The long and varied stretch from Puget sound to Colorado south,
Lands bathed in sweeter, rarer, healthier air…” ~ Walt Whitman

My Brother and I amongst the California wild flowers….(Early 1960’s.)

Over time, here in this blog, in bits and pieces, one post at a time, I shall tell the California Story.

To give you some idea of the California I experienced as a young child, I present the following videos:





Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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