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Who Am I?

I am Gary Scott Martin. I am the oldest of three children and the only son of Conrad Lee Martin, Jr. and Loretta Ollie Thomson. (May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.) I am a first-generation Californian. I was born in Long Beach, lived briefly in Santa Maria/Orcutt, grew up in Nipomo, went to college in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, and have resided in Tehachapi for my entire adult life (excepting the academic year of August 1985 through August 1986, spent in Palo Alto). I have been married to Kathy Ann Nusbaum since 1978. We have a daughter and a son. We have five grandchildren. We have been parishioners at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church here in Tehachapi since we were newlyweds. I am a 1974 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Santa Maria, California; a 1978 graduate of the University of So

The Unnoticed Change--Living on the Knee of the Curve: Declining Birthrates are Leading to Declining Population

The Unnoticed Change Living on the Knee of the Curve: Declining Birthrates are Leading to Declining Population Figure 1: Recreation of a Neolithic Settlement (Strom, 2018) The Neolithic Revolution Perhaps the most substantial change in human society since the Neolithic Revolution is happening before our very eyes. Few have noticed. It is possible to see this change as being driven chiefly by the return of human society to a social condition thought to exist before the Neolithic revolution: equal social status of women and men. Current evidence suggests that the Neolithic Revolution began about 12,000 years ago. It was the transition over thousands of years of the bulk of humanity from a nomadic, foraging lifestyle to a settled lifestyle dependent upon agriculture. Anthropologists c