Robert Starkey's Blog (80)

SMOKE (Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)

Smoke From The Camp Fire Hangs Over Santa Rosa Forest 

Last night I dreamt I was sitting in a room with a few friends when a man appeared in the doorway smoking a cigar. I screamed at him, trying to get…

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Added by Robert Starkey on November 10, 2018 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

The Shaman and The Yoga Teacher

Our life in Berlin in 1991 was lived in an alternate plane where truth had become so transparent it was accepted without challenge. The impulse to deny truth did not exist there, because everyone shared the excitement…

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Added by Robert Starkey on November 4, 2018 at 9:33am — 3 Comments

Surviving The American Wealth Gap

The Dreher Women, 1910, Danville, Illinois

I was interviewed for hours for a Wall Street Journal article on Oakmont, California. Since the title of the article was, A Retirement Wealth Gap Adds a New…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

My Memory Of The Great Santa Rosa Fire

The evening of October 8, 2017, was no different than any other evening. I had already drifted into the twilight level of sleep when the sound of three large clay pots crashing onto the front porch jolted me back into full…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 7, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A Home Is Not Just A House

Gemütlichkeit is the best word I can find to describe my home. I have to go to a foreign language to properly describe what contemporary American culture is in the process of decimating in the same manner in which it has relegated many species to the…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 5, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Soulmates Forever (Rob and Bob)

I was eight years old when my mother gave birth to her seventh child. This ended my position as the baby of the family. I can remember very well the day my mother was due home from the hospital. I walked back and forth in front of the house…

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Added by Robert Starkey on May 26, 2018 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

The Santa Rosa Wildfire & Zoe's Magic Table

THE PATH TO ZOE'S TABLE

My first recollection that Sonoma Valley Regional Park even existed, was from passing the sign at the…

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Added by Robert Starkey on May 13, 2018 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Dear Russell

It has been almost five years now since the day I sat holding your hand in the Intensive Care Unit at San Francisco General Hospital. As you know, I talk to you often. Your death a few days later was a turning point in my life. My life today…

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Added by Robert Starkey on April 23, 2018 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Annemarie Madison (November 20, 1920 - January 30, 2010)

Written January 22, 2011

Most people can remember at least one outstanding human being during their lifetime, who represented the best…

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Added by Robert Starkey on April 20, 2018 at 9:55am — 4 Comments

Voices from Germans in Hitler's Germany

Taken from interviews in the early 1990s…

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Added by Robert Starkey on January 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Coffey Park video (Eleven Heartbreaking Minutes)

This is the first thing I've done that feels like it even comes close to conveying the magnitude of what we have experienced in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa.  …

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Added by Robert Starkey on November 9, 2017 at 3:54pm — 3 Comments

After The Wine Country Fires

This is not a reality TV show! This really happened to hundreds of thousands of people and animals. While the rest of the world gets to change the channel, or “go on with their lives,” most of us in the middle of this…

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Added by Robert Starkey on November 7, 2017 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

I Can’t Imagine What You’re Going Through!

Two weeks ago almost to this moment, the lives of me and many of my friends changed forever. Today, I kept recalling a statement that I’ve heard in almost every situation like the one me and my friends just…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 22, 2017 at 10:30pm — 14 Comments

Yes, My House Is Still Standing, But...

This morning I am forced to come to terms with the reality of how media affects our concept of disasters. As the fires approached my community of Oakmont, California in the early hours of Monday morning,…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 19, 2017 at 6:01am — 3 Comments

Wine Country Wildfires (Retrospective of a Community In Crisis)

For the rest of the world to truly understand what we are going through, I offer this photographic retrospective. It’s impossible to find adequate words to express the loss and anguish I am experiencing during the Wine…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 13, 2017 at 12:26pm — 5 Comments

In The Center Of A Firestorm

Sunday morning was as normal as any day in my life. My friend Nikki dropped me off in my driveway after our daily 2 1/2 hour walk around Spring Lake with her dog Beso. I closed the car…

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Added by Robert Starkey on October 11, 2017 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Dreams Can Come True

When I was 17 years old, living in Central Illinois, I felt completely separated from my peers in high school. While others my age were dating and dancing, I was reading copies of the Sunday New York Times and dreaming of traveling to exotic destinations around the…

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Added by Robert Starkey on September 26, 2017 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

August 12, 1972, My Last Day Of Innocence

In the summer of 1972 I was still pretty naive about the real world. I still lived in my midwestern hometown with my husband Larry. We were still essentially in the closet, although we had been together 6…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 11, 2017 at 9:29pm — 5 Comments

Conspiracy of Words, Decline of an Empire

When my partner Rob and I first arrived on the south coast of the island of Crete, in 1991, it was a Swiss tourist who first realized that we were a gay couple. Barbara was the kind of person who would innocently blurt out what was on her mind. After we confirmed her suspicions, it was less than 24…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 7, 2017 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

Abandoned

Posted by Doc Vega on November 17, 2018 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

To Sink Into

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The Age of

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Deep Thoughts For the Uninformed

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A Presidential Question

Posted by Ron Powell on November 17, 2018 at 6:30am 6 Comments

Happy Turkey Day

Posted by Dicky Neely on November 16, 2018 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Not Newport

Posted by Robert B. James on November 15, 2018 at 8:23am 0 Comments

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