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
artists.

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

#WordlessWednesday: Detention Center

Come and lay, help us lay, Felipe down

 

 

 

 

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Detention Center (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

A Christmas Homily: Why Did God do That?

According to the New Testament, the God of Israel becomes
mortal: Immanuel, God with us.

God can descend as an adult and live as a God.

God can choose birth to a royal house and live as a man of the educated
upper class.

Instead, God decides to break the Law of Moses by impregnating a young,
unmarried peasant girl who is already betrothed and likely to suffer
execution by stoning  for the crime of adultery.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18-19

Joseph later adopts Jesus as his own.

Everything about the birth of Jesus is unsavory in terms of Mosaic Law and the rigid class system of the ancient world.

“Unlawful intercourse with a woman betrothed to a man was adultery, because the betrothed woman was deemed as inviolable as the married woman. The punishment for this crime was stoning to death at the place of public execution (Deut. xxii. 24). The punishment for Adultery according to the Mishnah (Sanh. xi. 1) was strangulation; the rabbinical theory being that wherever the death penalty was mentioned in the Bible, without any specific statement of the manner of its infliction, strangulation was meant. The Jewish Encyclopedia


The child of an incestuous or adulterous relationship was branded a mamzer.

 

A mamzer was not permitted to become a member of the Jewish body politic (Deut. xxiii. 3 [A. V. 2]), and could not intermarry with a Jew or Jewess (Ḳid. iii. 12), although it did not lose its right to inherit from the husband of its mother, who, while not the legitimate father, was for this purpose the putative father.”’ The Jewish Encyclopedia

There is no room at the inn for Mary’s mamzer, so he is born in a cave where he sleeps in a device for feeding livestock.

(Away in a manger, no crib for his head)

So, why did God do that?

 

Animated GIF of Matt Damon doing math on a mirror
found on GIPHY

Why did God choose to live and die as an outcast?

 

 

Rob Goldstein 2018
Portrait of the Christ with Red Hair (c) Rob Goldstein 2018
Animated gif from GIPHY

A Note Regarding Pro-Putin Comments on my Blog

Bloggers who blog about politics inevitability attract Russian trolls.

Now that Americans knows more about Trump’s involvement in the attack on the United States, it’s safe to say Pro-Trump propaganda is Pro-Putin propaganda.

I won’t allow Putin’s useful idiots to use the comments section of my blog as a platform.

That’s right, I censor bullshit.

I’m willing to have intelligent disagreements.

Cheap backwater racism and divisive pro-Russian bilge are not
intelligent or worthy of discussion.

A collage of Russian Facebook ads found online
A grouping of Russian Facebook ads

I know the history of the United States is littered with crimes, but I have
never seen an American President high-five a monarch who ordered the butchering  of a journalist.

 

Here’s my rule on readers who leave pro-Putin propaganda on my blog as a comments:  I will blacklist your comment and use is as an example of propaganda and ‘ambient gas-lighting’ so other bloggers will know to
remove them too.

Example 1, was left in response to my post, Are you Obsessed
with the News:

Russina propaganda as comments
Because you get your information from credible news sources you are complicit in advancing a globalist agenda.

The comment above does not address the news items in my post.  It deflects and uses ambient gas lighting to suggest that merely watching legitimate news outlets makes me complicit in an evil globalist agenda.

Example 2 was left in response to the same post:

Screenshot of trooll propaganda left as a comment
Everyone is pedophile except the man accused of raping a 13 year old girl.

Why would Putin’s trolls return to pushing a conspiracy theory in which Trump is a noble warrior against pedophilia?

With Trump’s pedophile friend, Jeffery Epstein back in the news, we may start to hear more about Trump’s alleged rape of a 13 year-old.

Screenshot of a July 7, 2016 UK Guardian story about the legal issues around rape allegations against Donald Trump
Article in the July 7, 2016 UK Guardian about rape allegations against Trump
screenshot of the court date set for a woman who claims she was 13 when trump raped her
On October 12 we learned that a court date was set for a woman who claims Trump raped her when she was 13.

I urge all of my readers who also blog politics to check their comments
and feel comfortable removing those that look suspicious.

I also urge you to study the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

Click the link below to download the PDF file.

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare – NATO Defense College

Don’t let the Russian GRU use OUR blogs to subvert American Democracy.

Rob Goldstein 2018

Header Image, Pro fact (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

I do not own the other images in this post, they
are screenshots and presented here for educational
purposes.