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Several people have asked me what the name “Goldman Café” means. This is the name I typically use for my online presence.

In a nutshell: one of my all-time heroes is Emma Goldman. My original Masters Thesis (in English) subject was going to be Emma Goldman and her analysis of the social significance of dramas during her active time in the anarchist movement of the 20th century. Thus, the “Goldman” part.

Goldman first learned of the anarchist movement in the United States shortly after arriving in New York from her native Russia. She moved from Rochester to New York City where she quickly became involved in, and a leader for, the labor movement, women’s rights, birth control support, gay rights and other socially- and politically-oriented groups. She first encountered her future comrades in these movements at a small restaurant in New York City called Sach’s Café. Thus, the “Café” half.

And from this work on my thesis, I started to use the name Goldman Café.

There you have it.


I found this passage in Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. It speaks of love in a seemingly opposite view that we typically have. When we fall in love, we so often want to give ourselves over COMPLETELY to the other right away. Rilke expresses a different perspective.

“Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate–?), it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.”

Ahhhh. Happily in my life right now, I do feel “called to vast things.”

Finally finishing this Challenge! I lost a bit of momentum over the past few weeks, but I am officially done. I have released a MINIMUM of 100 things in ten weeks. Some big (Chevy S10 pickup truck) and some small (stickers). I will continue to release stuff from my life from here forward. I still have several boxes left to unpack. I simply don’t have room for everything. So I am methodically going through boxes…which is a slow process.

This was a great experiment for me. I just may do it again!

1. Purse

2. Bathroom rug

3. Beaded meditation bracelet (2)

4. Pocket guide to wine & cheese

5. Set of 8 pens

6. Water bottle

7. Mug/cup hook for shelf

8. Lace curtains

9. Window panel

10. Bowl

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