An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 2, Final: Who Turns These Wheels

I’d considered calling this section ‘Bobby and Harold’ because the voice on the tape is Bobby’s.

Bobby always has a Southern accent.

After closing the earlier discussion of identity, Bobby asks Harold about his habit of falling in love with hustlers.

Harold is reluctant to discuss this at first but Bobby presses him so he begins by saying that he feels compassion for hustlers because so many of them are

He says he weeps when he hears reports of child abuse on the news and wonders if he’s become a ‘weepy old man.’

He describes the violent night he threatened to kill his abusive stepfather.

He was 13.

Later in the interview, Bobby reminds Harold of his first words when Bobby first entered the Cottage on Albion Drive: ‘Who turns these wheels.’

Photograph of Rob Goldstein taken by Nina Glaser in 1986
Rob Goldstein by Nina Glaser in 1986-I wore black all the time as a symbol of my grief over the AIDS Epidemic.

Working on these tapes was painful because this is audio evidence of my DID.

At one point in the interview Norse suggests that he was aware of the DID:

Bobby: You used to accuse me of having no memory and I used to say I remember things verbatim; you never believed me.

Norse: It was not for that that I used to accuse you of having no memory. It was for something else…

Bobby: Oh, I remember, it was for my kleptomania. Go ahead.

Norse: No. That’s denial. That’s part of your character.

Bobby didn’t know what Norse meant and didn’t pursue it.

I don’t remember writing an interview with Harold Norse for the Bay Area Reporter and my memories of Harold Norse feel second-hand.

I don’t know what Bobby means when he says he was a hustler and a kleptomaniac.

This numbing and amnesia is the pain of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Sadly, I don’t remember how it felt to have the friendship and respect of
someone as brilliant as Harold Norse was.

It sounds like we enjoyed each other immensely.

Please note:

When I turned the tape over I unknowingly enabled a ridiculous option
that stops the machine when it senses silence. The result is a little choppy.
I did my best to smooth it out.

To hear the beginning go to An interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 1

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Music – My Interview with Ewian Christensen

Interview with Ewian Christensen


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My interview with Musician, Composer, AudioVideo and independent Artist EWIAN CHRISTENSEN.

Today I am very happy to introduce you with my dear friend musician and composer EWIAN from Germany. Some of you that follow my Blog remember last year when I have Featured Ewian. I love his music and often I shared his  videos and the release of his latest Album “We Need Monsters”. I also used Ewian’s photos last year to create a first Digital Art Portrait part of my Art concept “When Nature Meet Humans ” Ewian was the portrait #6. A couple of months ago I asked Ewian if he would’ve have been open to do an interview with me. And he kindly accepted! I am thrilled about this and I am very happy to be able to let you know him better through  this interesting interview and if you…

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Interview with Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Welcome to my first of a (hopefully) monthly, interview series, with inspirational and talented writers in the blogging community.

I’m pleased to share with you this week an interview withJacqueline Oby – Ikocha of A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales.Please visit this link to read her fantastic blog:

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“Personality wise, I would describe myself as a simple, deep-thinking, friendly, inquisitive, and vivacious human with multiple layers which baffle me at certain times” – Jacqueline Oby- Ikocha

1. Please Tell Us About Yourself.

My name is Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha. I’m a Nigerian born, Dubai (UAE) resident, of Igbo heritage. The Igbo’s are a hardworking, industrious, nomadic and proud tribe of Nigeria whom can be found in almost every nook and cranny of the world, even in places that you would least expect to find them. We strive to thrive wherever we are found.


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Featured Blogger: Ned Hickson

I’m happy to say that my first featured blogger for the month of September 2016 is author, humorist, blogger, and volunteer firefighter, Ned Hickson:

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Ned Hickson

Before we get started, I just want to say how much I appreciate the invitation to be here, and for not having any questions about what kind of salad dressing I’d be. Although, if I’m being honest, it would be bacon-flavored Ranch because I love bacon. Plus, you wouldn’t have to shake me every time you put me on your salad. I get dizzy easily.

A little about my personal history: I need to preface this by saying my beginnings don’t appear to lend themselves to life as a humorist. At least, not on the surface. I spent my early childhood in one of the many small communities that skirt Los Angeles. Most of my friends were Hispanic, several of who got into gangs — and a few who never made it out. My father’s alcoholism and mental abuse eventually lead to my parents divorcing when I was 11. I lived with my father for two more years until, one night, the abuse turned physical. I fought back. And even though I “won” the fight, I knew I needed to leave before I lost myself and became something I didn’t want to be. I eventually moved in with my mom and her new husband, a man whose love for us continues to be my example as a husband and father. A year later, we moved to a 44-acre plot of land on the Oregon coast. I immediately went from an inner city youth spending the day at the beach or movie theater, to becoming a mud boot-wearing farm boy chopping firewood and swinging a hammer as we built our own home. Though I wondered at first if I’d made a mistake, I began realize the important lessons I was learning through my stepfather’s example. Each day was a new challenge, from building a pole barn to herding cows away from flooding pastures by canoe. He taught me that there are no true obstacles in life, only reasons to explore new routes. His lesson is what I credit for having been able to make my dream of becoming a full-time writer come true despite the lack a of college education. Plus, if you ever have cows stuck in a flood, I’m your man.

My blog’s purpose: I’m a firm believer in the value and importance of humor, especially now. So, deciding on the focus of my blog was pretty easy. I just want it to be a place where people know they can always get a laugh. That was my initial goal and it remains the most important to me.

What other blogs I write for: I’ve had the good fortune of being a guest at several different blog’s over the last few years, including Hasty Dawn’s amazing #BeReal, The kick-ass Sisterwives, Gliterary Girl media, and Marcia Meara’s blog Write On for writers. Recently, I became a weekly featured columnist at The Good Men Project, which focuses on issues and insights into being the best man (husband, father) you can be in today’s society.

And yeah, I was surprised, too.

Thankfully, each of these blogs and publications came to me because, to be honest, I’m really bad at getting out there and promoting myself. In fact, I’m really lucky I’m actually married, which was probably my biggest self-promotion effort ever.

How long have I been blogging: I’ve been blogging since counts on fingers four years. I started it because I wanted it to be an extension of my column, but with a chance to explore some topics I know my editor would never go for — such as writing about my vasectomy. Or my “review” of a Twilight book that doesn’t actually exist. Over time it has evolved to include a few regular features each week, along with spontaneous posts as things happen. There’s a real sense of immediacy in blogging that you can’t get with newspaper writing. I love getting an idea, writing it up, posting it and seeing the “comment” icon light up. I have some hilarious followers on my blog who make me laugh every day.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

How often do I post: I rarely post more than three times a week. I don’t want to become that guy has everyone say to themselves, “Oh jeez, not HIM again…”

Unless I’ve already become “that” guy.
Great. Now I’m worried…

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Humor at the Speed of Life

About my books: I had my first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, published in 2013 by Port Hole Publishing. It is essentially a collection of my most popular humor columns over the last 16 years — as opposed to most of my other columns. It’s divided into chapters — Marriage, Fatherhood, Journalism, Parenting, etc. — so that you can immediately turn to a chapter that applies to your current situation and immediately feel better about yourself. It was a lot fun to put together and, perhaps more importantly, serves as an embarrassment to my teenagers at this point. My second book is coming out Sept. 24, and was written as a writer’s survival guide of sorts. My objective with “Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist” (Port Hole Publishing) is to offer insights, tips and encouragement shucked from my 16 years as a newspaper columnist and writer. Many are things I wish someone had told me sooner; some are the result of trial and error; and a few are simple truths that helped me keep perspective through all these shucking years as a writer.

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Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist, due out Sept. 24 from Port Hole Publishing

As I mention in the book’s introduction, I think of it as the conversation we’d have about writing if we were sharing a cold beer. We’d talk about technique, style, personal experience and hopes. We’d encourage each other and share a few laughs. We might even get a little rowdy and start using air quotation marks. In the end, we’d feel inspired about our love of writing.

Except at the end of this conversation, neither of us needs to call a cab.

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“Sienfeld” director Tom Cherones on ‘Pearls of Writing Wisdom’

Top 3 Blogging tips:

  • Write with regularity. Whether its once a week or once a day, be consistent. Not just for the sake of your readers, but to establish a writing routine physically as well as mentally. To me, writing is like a form of meditationnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Oops, sorry! My point is, the more you practice it the more focused and instinctive it becomes. Eventually, your creativity will begin to anticipate that routine and be waiting for you when you sit down at the keyboard.
  • Respond to as many comments on your blog as possible. People are inundated with social network posts. If someone has chosen to read what you have to say and take the time to comment — thank them.
  • Live outside your blog or social media pages. It’s important to remember that your blog revolves around your world and not the other way around. If something happens tomorrow and the Internet disappears, possibly because Kim Kardashian and Ellen DeGeneres Tweet something simultaneously, you will continue to write in some form or another. Your blog is just another venue, not the only one.

Thanks so much for having me, Robert, and thanks to everyone for reading.

And thank you Ned!

More Ned is now available at the following locations:



Twitter: @nedhickson


Port Hole Publishing link for “Humor at the Speed of Life”

Amazon link:

Barnes and Noble link: