Stephanie

I’ve blogged about the weird experience of finding journals
written by different alternates in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Journals I have no memory of writing.

I’ve recently found a box of audio taped spoken word
performances by Rob Goldstein from the 1980’s.

I know intellectually that I am Rob Goldstein but it’s
the estrangement from that part of myself that makes
listening to these tapes so weird.

I stared at them for six weeks before I ordered
a cassette to mp3 converter.

It took another two weeks for me to use the damned thing.

I listened to a few of the tapes today and I’m shocked.

I have no memory of these readings.

In fact, I have no hard copies of some of the writing I
performed as Rob Goldstein.

Here’s a a short piece named ‘Stephanie’ from a public reading in 1984.

I was in my late 20’s.

This story about Stephanie may be true.

Stephanie
Written and performed by Rob Goldstein
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 all rights reserved

 

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Peace is Civilization: A Day of Peace

This post was a response to an August 14th Day of peace in The Neighborhood. Today, November 28th is another day of peace.

My views about the virtue of doing the work it takes to live in peace haven’t changed. The only thing I would add to this post today is Freedom from dogma.

We ALL have a contribution to make.

None of us is entirely right and none of us is entirely wrong.

If we can get past the quick fix of emotional appeals we might have a chance to fulfill our destiny as a species.

I believe we have one.

I am not a cynic.

I never will be.

Art by Rob Goldstein

Civilization is:

The Freedom to Self Expression

The Freedom to Self Expression

The Freedom to Find and Fulfill Your Destiny


The Freedom to Find and Fulfill Your Destiny
The Freedom to Read What You Please

The Freedom to Read What You Please
The Freedom to Learn


The Freedom to Learn.The Freedom to Play


The Freedom to Play with Identity
The Freedom To Seek Justice

The Freedom To Seek Justice
The Freedom to Seek and Find Help in Times of Need

The Freedom to Seek and Find Help in Times of NeedThe Freedom to Enjoy the Gift of Life

The Freedom to Enjoy the Gift of Life
The Freedom to Love

The Freedom to Love
The Freedom to Raise Your Child in Peace


The Freedom to Raise Your Child in Peace


This post is in honor of A Spontaneous Day of Peace, August 15th.

To join The Neighborhood and throw up your own sign for peace click here: Peace


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Our Day of Peace

The Neighborhood

Welcome to Our Day of Peace


from San Francisco California, Eskaya by CEE3

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On that 11th day of February, the eyes of humanity were focused on Africa; and not with sadness or pity of which we had become accustomed to at that time. No angry crowds gathered in the streets. No police brutality or vicious mobs trying to disturb the peace. When the gates to Robben Island – the prison that held him for more than a quarter century – opened and Nelson Mandela walked through, the serenity that surrounded him, captivated the world and drifted down upon us too.

There walked a man, the same as you and me, born into this world without sin, but into a nation that developed hatred from within. Stripped of all dignity, given no clout, he was less than a second class citizen, but refused to give in to doubt.  Where…

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Strange Dream #10

Surrealism
In a frenzy, I calmed

when I found a tree.

I peeled back the bark

And found hot blood.

The tree was wet and

stank.

When I saw the

tree was dead

I returned to my

frenzy.

 


 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017 All Rights reserved

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