Here’s the latest thank you video to Caltech alumni for their annual support. I’ve done these for four years now, and it’s my favorite project of the year. Many thanks to the amazing alumna Leslie Maxfield for her technical expertise and aesthetic. Yes, a few of my photos are in here.

Remember, support your alma mater! As the bumper sticker says, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”


The first event of its kind in Altadena, the Relay for Life should be a powerfully emotional experience for all. Here’s some information from a friend of mine on the luminarias that can be lit in honor of a friend or loved one.

I a luminaria lit in honor

Hello friends – I’ve been invited to be the evening speaker at Altadena’s FIRST Relay for Life, Saturday to Sunday, June 6 – 7. If you would like to join us in celebrating, remembering and fighting back – please come to Farnsworth Park in Altadena this weekend!

Relay for Life is a project of the American Cancer Society and is all about “celebrating, remembering, and fighting back against cancer.” It’s a 24-hour sponsored walk done by teams. Each team commits to having one of it’s members walking on the “track” for the entire 24 hours. There will be entertainment, information booths, and food the entire time. There are beautiful ceremonies at 9:00am, 9:00pm on Saturday and again at 9:00am on Sunday. And, I’m humbled, grateful, and honored to be able to be a part of it! I know it’s short notice, but if you want to form a team for walking, that’s an option too. I’ve attached the website link and a flier so you can learn more.

Let me share a bit about the Saturday evening ceremony in particular. Words will be short and sweet, bagpipes will play, and luminarias will light the track. A friend of mine, artist Karen Bagnard, has worked with others to create the luminarias. The luminarias can be in honor of anyone who has cancer or who has survived cancer or to memorialize someone who has died. She says: “If you would like to have a luminaria lit for someone in your life, please email me (Karen Bagnard – ) the particulars and indicate if you prefer a white luminaria or a colored one. We suggest a donation of $10 but any donation is welcome. If a donation is not possible at this time, please send me the information anyway. Your luminaria will still be lit.” Karen will be walking with her team, the Soroptimist Strutters, and hopes to raise $2,400 for the American Cancer Society. Please consider making a donation to American Cancer Society and mailing to her: Karen Bagnard, 517 Wapello Street, Altadena, CA 91001. Every donation, no matter how modest, will help fight this disease that has touched each of our lives.

Peace, love, and sweet life to you all – M.

Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Psychologist (PSY13102)
Institute for Girls’ Development
A Psychological Corporation