The Wonder of You

Blog party: The Wonder of You


Sometimes, trying to write, or trying to blog, I think, it’s all been done? Is there anything new under this sun or any other? This world is old, ancient, instead of getting discouraged that it’s all been done, why not be inspired? What piece can we add to the puzzle of flesh and blood? Why not add to the delicious soup of humanity?

1. Imagine the caveman/cavewoman who invented the wheel, thinking, “Aggh, me done, no more wheel”. Our ancestors roasting a woolly mammoth s’more over the first fire, “Fire good. No more. Been done”.

2. Remember the first song you heard? Did you think, no need to hear any more music.

3. First joke? You laughed and thought, did that, no need to laugh anymore.

4. Can there ever be enough smiles? Enough laughter? Enough joy?

5. First kiss? Wow. Checked that off your list.

6. Watched the…

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An Interview With Harold Norse, Part One, Section One: The Art of Teaching

In 1992, I interviewed my friend and literary mentor, Harold Norse.

I moved in with Norse in July of 1984 and moved out in August of 1989 .

Scan of the Harold Norses Signature in my copy of Carnivous Saint
Norse signed my copy of Carnivorous Saint a few months after I moved in with him.

I spent two years in Los Angeles where I did some free-lance writing
for the gay press.

I moved back to San Francisco in the spring of 1992 and invited Norse
over to see my new digs in the Tenderloin.

Norse and I spontaneously decided to do an interview that turned into a
frank discussion of the work we did together as student and teacher.

Most people in San Francisco’s gay lit scene thought my relationship
with Harold Norse was sexual; it wasn’t.

We had a passion for each other, but it was not sexual.

In retrospect, we had an affair of the intellect.

There is a rhythm to the interview as Norse and I adjust to our relationship
as equals.

In this first section, we discuss who I was when we met and how Norse approached the task of being a teacher.

There is a moment of silence as Norse reads a short poem by someone
I was teaching.

I open this section of the interview by mentioning the power of his poems
Karma Circuit and Addio.

Scan of Addio from Karma Circuit, 1965, by Harold Norse
Addio by Harold Norse

When Norse and I mention ‘The Cottage’, we are discussing a two-bedroom cottage on Albion Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Photograph of Fall leaves on Albion Street
“Get the unconscious going without fear of criticism.” Harold Norse, 1992, on writing.

An interview with Harold Norse Part 1, Section 1, The Art of Teaching

To hear part two click here.

Interview and photograph of Albion Street (c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved










5 Day Music Challenge, Day 3: A Gorgeous Surprise

Thanks to Danica from Living the Beautiful Life for nominating me for the Five-day Music challenge.

The Rules are:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
Post the name of the song and video
Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

I love unexpected discoveries and one of my favorite sites for treasure hunts is the Internet Archives.

I found this yesterday and decided to make it my post for today.

Wendy Sayvetz is a street musician who performs in New York’s Grand Central Station.

Here is a brief bio:

For the past 6 years, this folk/pop urban troubadour has been heard in regular performance on the Tennessee marble stage of Grand Central Station’s magnificent main concourse, stranding encircling throngs of commuters with her crystal melodic command of eleven million cubic feet of beaux-arts space. Through her “steady gig” in New York City’s Arts for Transit/Music Under New York program, Wendy has recorded four albums in response to audience demand, selling 11,000 copies to date without any commercial distribution. In addition, her public performances have expanded to an ever-widening circle of clubs, coffeehouses, and concert series. Wendy has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Sunday”, CNN affiliate Nippon TV’s “New York Forefront”, CBS television special “Grand Central Nonstop”, many local and regional radio shows, and in a nationally syndicated feature article originally published in New York Newsday.

Artist Bio: Internet Archives

Go And Catch a Falling Star


My nominees are:


Sheldon Kleeman