Poetry: The Writer

I whip my words into shape but they do as they please:

a lake by a swamp on a sunlit Garden Parkway–

How quickly a mood can change.

Coffee!     More Coffee!

‘The Writer’ (c) Rob Goldstein 1985

 Header image, “The Accordion”
 (c) Rob Goldstein 2019

Building a Dream: The 2019 San Francisco Women’s March

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable….
Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice,
suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate
concern of dedicated individuals.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Some shots of San Francisco’s 2019 Women’s March:  the tone
was hopeful, angry, and determined.

This year we remember that most of the civilized world said yes
to Dr. Kings Dream.

The NATO Alliance promotes global human rights.

Dr. King’s Dream is a global movement.

Democracies will continue to build a more just, integrated and
inclusive global civilization.

We will continue to fight poverty, abuse, and discrimination.

We will not go back.


A Cild holds a sign at the 2019 Women's March in San Francisco that reads Build a Wall and My Generation Will Tear it Down
Build a Wall and My Generation Will Tear it Down
photograph of attendees at the 2019 Women's
Working Together
A protest sign at the 2019 Women's March that reads our rights are not up for grabs
Our rights are not up for grabs and neither are we
A phooto of the Rally before the 2019 Women's March
The Rally at City Hall Before the March
Photo of a Marcher holding a sign that reads resisting bitch face
Resisting Bitch Face
Shut Him Up!
Photo of a sign at the 2019 Women's March in San Francisco, the sign reads Fags against Fascism
Fags against Fascism
a sign at the 2019 Women's March asking women to run for president
We Want You to Run for President
2019 San Francisco Women’s March
Photograph of a sign that reads Silence - Death
Silence = Death
2019 Women’s March
A sign at the San Francisco Women's March of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):


Photograph of a button on a hat worn by one of the men at the 2019 Women's March in San Francisco
Keep Democracy Alive
A sign at the SFO women's march that reads #ImepachThe MF

Photographs (c) Rob Goldstein 2019

New Year’s Resolutions, 2019: With An Attitude of Gratitude

Last year was a good year; I accomplished most of my goals.

I gave my first podcast interviews, one on Beyond Your Past and another on
The Magic Happens.

Two of my articles about life with Dissociative Identity Disorder are published on Surviving my Past.

I had an amazing collaboration with Teagan Guinevere that stretched my imagination and broadened my skills in graphic design and video.

Teagan wrote a story each week based on the three ‘things’ I gave her the week before.

I used VR to make the illustrations and a weekly video.

This is Gramps and Lulu from Hullaba Lulu on Teagan’s Books.

Illustration for Hulllaba Lulu
Still Life with Giorgio de Chirico

Through my collaboration with Teagan, I met interesting new bloggers and discovered a  thriving community of supportive and gifted writers and

Offline, I reconnected with an old friend who now lives in Vancouver.

We visited in July; he returned some old books and writings I thought
I’d lost when we moved from Hawaii to San Francisco in the 1980.

I felt like I was greeting long-lost family when I held a few of those old books.

The Cover of St. Genet by Jean Paul Sarte
Saint Genet by Jean Paul Sartre


The book cover of the White Paper by Jean Cocteau
The White Paper by Jean Cocteau

In private life, I’m in better mental health despite the triggers and stress of
living under a political regime that feels like an abusive family.

Yet, life must go on.

Here is a short list of goals to achieve within the next 12 Months:

  1. Select and edit the work for a book of poetry.
  2.  Learn about self-publishing.

  3. Publish the book of poems.

  4. Broaden my knowledge of video.

  5. Explore the idea a part-time job with my shrink.

  6. Make my daily walk a daily walk.

  7. Retain an attitude of gratitude.

My partner and I took pictures of each other on our anniversary this year.

This year marked our 29th.

He’s asked me not to post his photo, so here’s mine:

Rob Goldstein in Golden Gate Park, 2018
Golden Gate Park, November 5, 2018

Happy New Year to my WordPress peeps! Hey Laurel! 🙂

Let’s close with something fun! 🙂

I’ll be mostly off until the end of the holidays.

What are your resolutions?

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018