Author: Pamela Collett
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I have a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.Sc. from Cornell University. I have lived and worked in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, California as well as in Washington, DC. Outside the United States, I lived and worked in Venezuela, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya. I currently live in Canberra, Australia.
I edited three books: Bold Plum: with the Guerillas in China's War against Japan by Hsiao Li Lindsay; Peace and Milk: Scenes of Northern Somalia by James Lindsay and Fatima Jibrell; and Solo vale si piensas rápido by Mehedy Lopez, a book of poetry in Spanish. In 2016, I published a book of my poetry and drawings, Silence Spoken.
I have taught communication skills, English as a second language, and English for journalists (in Beijing, China) at university and secondary school levels. I was a features writer for the Daily Journal, (Caracas, Venezuela), and The Chronicle of Higher Education. I am a member of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Writers Centre, active in a writers’ group and a contributor to poetry readings, That Poetry Thing, in Canberra, Australia.
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6 thoughts on “Walk through it”
My home is the same.memories.and comforting in these times. Margot Smith510-486-8010Margots999@aol.com
Such a lovely recognition, acknowledgment and speaking aloud of the ‘furniture of life’.
We are so shaped, we are so made.
To pause and feel, to pause and speak of it – this is Grace.
Keep them coming, Pamela.
I always look forward.
I love it! One of the questions I’m asking in 2020 is how this hallway translates to a digital world. I’m 48, and so much of my life is transitioning from the material world to the digital world. I personally like this because it makes me more mobile, and it feels like it preserves more memories. I suspect my 14yr old son will never establish a material world like we did.
Yes… what will happen in the future with everything digital? I have photos on the walls, in albums… but nowadays everything is digital. What does that mean for memories?
I started down the path of turning family pics into movies, but life got in the way. That was over a decade ago, and software wasn’t really set up for this. I suspect software continues to evolve to make digital memories for the next generation. The “story format” has become the norm for Facebook, Instagram, etc. Perhaps there will be formats like this that emerge and form a digital library for memories.
Facebook has a popular feature that reminds people what happened “x years ago on this day”. It brings some surprise and fun to the memories. Maybe software is built that can be loaded with memories and share those with family who subscribe to them. Now wouldn’t that be fun to get at least one family memory every week delivered to my phone?
And what if software is designed to create “family museums” where families can build exhibits? We could tour the family for generations to come. So much potential for digital memories!!!
Hey I like these ideas. Let’s consider trying to do something like you’ve suggested.