Posts made in October, 2012

Obviously, I’m Addicted

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

Obviously, I’m Addicted

Last Wednesday I made a vow not to turn on email until after lunch each day. Here’s my report:  Thursday:  How embarrassing. The buzz behind my shut-down email feels, honestly, like a newscaster announcing who’ll be president, but I can’t hear. I realize that I typically head to my desk leaning forward, a curiosity and a bit of dread. I have (happily and willingly) several irons in the fire that I usually at least check on first thing, before I begin writing. This morning I felt edgy and relieved. Okay, so I have the whole morning. But by 11:45 I’ve come close to the end of what...

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Continuous Partial Attention

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Archive | 8 comments

Continuous Partial Attention

More on the issue of doing one thing at a time: My friend Anne-Marie Oomen sent me this from Linda Stone (born 1955),  the writer and consultant who coined the phrase “continuous partial attention.” Stone also coined “email apnea” in 2008 which means “a temporary absence or suspension of breathing, or shallow breathing, while doing email.”Have you ever noticed that? I have. From Linda Stone: “To pay continuous partial attention is to pay partial attention — CONTINUOUSLY. It is motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network. Another way of...

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Putting Together a Book

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Archive | 1 comment

Putting Together a Book

A collection of poems, stories, or essays has to be arranged, of course.  There’s always the default:  chronological, either by content or by date written. There’s something to that, since that gives a history of your mind on its travels. But perchance–likely, in fact–there’s a different kind of history—more of a dance—only discernible when the whole is in front of you. I don’t know any other way to do this arranging, myself, but to print out the whole manuscript and lay pages out on the floor—I’m talking about poems, now. With essays, it’s easier to keep the...

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Living in a Permanent Axial Age

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Archive | 2 comments

Living in a Permanent Axial Age

I’m interested in what’s going on with religion right now. The Pew Forum survey found that among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they aren’t currently affiliated with any particular religion. The number of protestant Americans is in steep decline. The group of “unaffiliated” is growing the fastest. . Karen Armstrong’s book, Buddha—which I read years ago and am re-reading—is pretty interesting in its perspective. The book was a New York Times bestseller in 2001. Armstrong is an ex-Catholic nun who’s written A Battle for God and A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest...

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My Favorite Quote #5

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

My Favorite Quote #5

Favorite Quote #5 is from Sherry Simpson :  “My new motto: Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” Now this is a bit tricky, as I sit here typing while lining up in my head the next four things I need to do, and my email is dinging and I have four tabs open (only four!), and my husband is in the next room putting away clothes and I’m feeling guilty for not helping. I have not closed my study door, which is a sure sign I am going to stay scattered, that I’m willing myself to stay spread out into the world. Then there’s the whole issue of “marketing” if you’re a...

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