Robert Starkey's Blog (75)

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

Father's Day 2017 (Letter From My Dad)

On this Father's Day I want to let my father speak for himself. I'm sure you'll all understand why I think so much of my father after you read this letter to me, written 43 years ago when I came out. …

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Added by Robert Starkey on June 16, 2017 at 8:45pm — 4 Comments

Long Live Rob and Bob

Exactly twenty-two years ago today I mourned the death of Rob and Bob. It has taken twenty-two years for me to finally realize that we were indeed invincible. We created a bond that cannot be broken, even in death.…

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Added by Robert Starkey on June 1, 2017 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

On The Thirty-Seventh Anniversary of Rob and Bob

There are those who believe time is neither an event nor a thing, but an intellectual construct. Others believe it is a structure in which events actually occur in sequence. If asked to choose between the philosophical or the…

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Added by Robert Starkey on April 18, 2017 at 6:19am — 5 Comments

Zoe's Table

My first recollection that Sonoma Valley Regional Park even existed, was from passing the sign at the edge of Highway 12, on my way from George Ranch to Santa Rosa in the summers of 2003 to 2006. There was no way I could have imagined then, that this place I barely acknowledged…

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Added by Robert Starkey on April 15, 2017 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

SUICIDE

I’m going to go out on another limb here and talk about suicide, because I believe it is another taboo that needs to be broken! One of the most frequent observations made about suicide is about how awful it…

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Added by Robert Starkey on April 7, 2017 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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