Secret Societies: Freemasons

Secret Societies: Freemasons

Just what makes a community? There must be people, structures, various elements of governance and–unfortunately–the less virtuous of humans. Whatever the mix, a community is greater than the sum of its parts and its various factions amplify its definition. One telling...
SLO Secret Societies

SLO Secret Societies

Human beings are a gregarious lot. To survive there needs to be at least two of them to continue and when successful—have more of their kind around. It’s called a family. Somewhere in time, families joined together and were now a tribe eventually evolving into a...
Why San Luis Obispo? Part III

Why San Luis Obispo? Part III

The major civic ancestor for San Luis Obispo—both county and city—was born on September 1, 1772. In a hastily conducted ceremony, Fra Junipero Serra intonated the ritual es- tablishing the fifth outpost in the spiritual “conquest” of Alta California. Understandably...