Posts Tagged "Anne-Marie Oomen"

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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The Case of the “Dead” Brother, Part 2

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

The Case of the “Dead” Brother, Part 2

Here is the Chinese symbol for truth. Here’s more about “truth” in nonfiction and poetry: as I think about it now, it’s really poetry I’m concerned with. When nonfiction posits an “I,” we read with a measure of suspended disbelief. We believe the writer’s trying for the truth of the situation, but that there may be some invented dialogue, some stretched and conflated scenes. In memoir—in my own memoir—I’ve done that: combined elements to make a single moment that was probably several different ones. Who knows for sure? My memory isn’t that accurate. If I ask my...

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My Versatile Stand-Up Paddleboard

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

My Versatile Stand-Up Paddleboard

I love my stand-up paddleboard. I learned from my friend Anne-Marie to wrap a sarong-like scarf around my bathing suit so that I look like a native woman, off to spear a few fish for breakfast. Well, something like that. Our lake is quiet enough in the mornings and evening after sunset so that I don’t have to buck waves or motorboat wakes. I’m not terribly secure when things begin rocking, but I’ve managed to stay on so far. The view from up there, standing, is different. I can’t explain how. You’re walking on water, sort of. You’re sliding over the surface, upright, with your...

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Writers and Wide Open Spaces

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Archive | 6 comments

Writers and Wide Open Spaces

This is a photo of a stream in a natural area not far from our cottage. The stream goes on among the untrodden ways  year after year, sparkling and blushing, mostly unseen. Secret, exciting. Jerry Dennis, who’s written about Michigan in language that makes your mouth water and your eyes cry—he and I were driving up to Petoskey last week to be on a panel of Michigan writers at the International Hemingway Society Conference to talk about the influence of northern Michigan on writers. As we drove, we were talking about how important open space is to our work. I suppose I haven’t fully...

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