Anne-Marie Oomen | On Life
ANNE-MARIE OOMEN, Award-winning Michigan author, writer, poet, Interlochen Arts Academy, Writing Workshops, Poet in Residence, Writer in Residence, Writing Residence
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Staring at Trees: Best Rest Practice

My writer friend Katey Schultz, sent me a postcard. Snail mail post card. Nice.  On it, a question: “What if our culture valued rest and relaxation?”   Thanks Katey, what if?  IF: the operative word. Ahem. I was busy. I was tired. I didn’t have time. To paraphrase, the world was too much with me…. But you know how it is when favorite people ask a real...

A Flag and a Drum: Free Press, Free People Rally

Saturday, March 7 The first person I see as I walk down Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan to stand in front of our regional newspaper office, Record-Eagle, is old friend and organizer Ashlea Walters with her two children.  How lovely, the children here in the bright March sun, demonstrating with us. They jump up and down (hop really—like small rabbit people) with child-sized signs in...

Across the Street: Planned Parenthood rally

I have been a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood, giving regularly and willingly because Planned Parenthood is the single reason I didn’t get pregnant in college.  Because here’s the truth; in the post free-love seventies, I was sexually active. I should say it louder.  I was sexually active.  (Does bolding the letters do it?) Not just active but maybe frenetic. Gosh, I loved sex. To...

What I Learned Marching in DC

Forty-Four hours and twenty-two minutes from the time Bus 1 TC (organized by Becky Beauchamp) pulled away from Leelanau Studios to the time we arrived back at the parking lot. About nine of those hours were actually spent at the march in Washington D.C. I offer here what I saw, what I felt, the “understandings” that are now seared in memory, even some thoughts I...

Why I’m Going to march in Washington DC

On January 21, the day after the inauguration, I will attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C.  to spend the day walking Independence Avenue with people from all over the country. Simultaneously, marches will occur in major cities all over the country.  Why am I going?  I’m compelled for a myriad of reasons I have been asked to voice here. I will march first because of...

A Couple Walk into a Bar…

A man and woman walk into a bar.  Pretend the couple is me and my husband, David.  We sit at the bar and order two beers. Overhead, three TV’s hang in their vivid color, ALL of them tuned to FOX news.  When we ask for one to be switched to CNN, no one can find the remote. No one can find the remote?!? In this time...

Vote Your Conscience: December 19, 2016

  After days of trying to find someone to carpool with (many interested, but few able to take time), I decided to attend alone the Vote Your Conscience rally in Lansing on December 19, 2016.  At 2:00 the afternoon of that Monday morning, sixteen Michigan electors from the electoral college would gather from all parts of Michigan in the senate chambers of our stately capitol and...

If the Prez Can….

We have a responsibility to negate the language that is feeding the behavior of hate. The man who is our president elect has legitimized this language by using it freely and without impunity....

My New Tattoo

My new tattoo. My first tattoo. I admit, I’ve talked it up since my 60 th birthday when I made a commitment to a tattoo because I thought sixty was a good marker, but I’d been thinking about it for a good decade previous to that. I’ve been talking about it for so long that friends roll their eyes. Yeah, sure. I’ve been asking for...

Go With Me

Their stories begin. Stories of how they will feel now when they walk out into the city, of what will go wrong if the rights for LGBTQ people go away. ...