Detail of a Mural once on Duboce at Church Streets in San Francisco that showed people Kayaking in the waters near the Golden Gate Bridge

What I did on my Summer Vacation

  1. I gave myself permission to post only when I wanted to.
  2. I spent time with my partner, loving our love for each
  3. I studied the Constitution and early 20th Century History.
  4. I gave myself a break from the emotionally laden material I
    wrote in the 1980’s and 90’s.
  5. I accepted that my writing is only for me and that when I die my
    work will die with me. Greatness is not required; an idea beautifully
    affirmed on Sue Vincent’s fine blog.
  6. I accepted the challenge of being present for my niece to the best of
    my ability.  I now understand in some small way, the worries of
    parenting adult children.
  7. I bought a powerful new laptop and so far, I’ve learned four new image-processing programs.
  8. I redesigned Art by Rob Goldstein.
  9. I re-thought and rewrote the ‘about me’ section of Art by Rob Goldstein
  10. I learned the terrible and exceedingly dull mysteries of SEO.
  11. I restructured and simplified the Menu options at the top of the page.
  12. I wrote a posting schedule:I will post on Monday’s, Wednesdays, and Saturdays and will use
    the rest of he week to make content and catch up with the blogs
    I follow.The schedule remains subject to whim.
  13. I realized how lucky I am to be alive and creative.
  14. My partner and I celebrated our Silver Anniversary last week.
    Photograph of two men in San Francisco City hall
    25 Years together, October 2017

    25 years and I couldn’t love him more.

Rob Goldstein 2017


54 thoughts on “What I did on my Summer Vacation

  1. I totally love this, Robert. All the different ways you are honoring your time, your art, your journey, your healing, and your heart. I am so happy for you. Now you just need to stretch that summer vacation mindfulness to the rest of the year. ❤

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    1. I’ve got a title in mind for a collection of poems, now the writing is moves in a new direction, especially as I begin to understand what its about. Supportive comments from people whose work I respect mean everything to me. Thank you so much.

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  2. TREMENDOUS! A lot of people failed at what you accomplished, simply because they were busy finding problems while you were busy finding solutions. Well done. I took a lesson. Thanks!

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    1. I agree. I still haven’t finished bringing the entire blog up to SEO standards but I’m glad I took the time. I realize I’m not blogging for the same reasons as when I began and the years of therapy between 2013 and now have worked. I’m healthier in ways I can’t yet articulate. Everything about my life feels better somehow.

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      1. Anne and I celebrated 44 years last June. I appreciate a significant milestone like a 25th Anniversary!!

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      2. Congratulations! We have no real concept of how deep love can go when we’re young. We think love is like a heatwave or an itching in our hearts, or a constant craving and the obsessive hormone driven passion of youth is very much like that.

        But love is also the simple pleasure of learning how to be alone together.

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      1. Right. Sometimes I feel pressured by a limited sense of time for getting my work done. It’s because I lose at least three hours a day. One strategy for coping with the stress is posting less. It creates a larger pool of available time. I think that makes sense.


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