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story creator • word dancer • imagination singer • mind teaser • life designer • soul enhancer • wisdom seeker • knowledge sharer • spirit teaser • love giver

i write, therefore, i create worlds.

my words are everything. my words are nothing. therefore, my words can be anything.

i may be zaji, but my words are the essence of me. my words tell you who i am, where i've been, how i think, why i think. my words create new ways to imagine. my words say, know thyself. they say, write me before i die. they say, speak me before i fade. they say, i'm this moment. they say, i will be the memory of you...

A review of my book, When We Were One, was posted on author John F. Allen's blog. Give it a read at your leisure.

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“i am everything • i am nothing • therefore • i can be anything”
zaji, When We Were One

“what we do in life, echoes in eternity.”

“I have not come for what you hoped to do, I've come for what you've done.”
V for Vendetta

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
Nelson Mandela

“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."

I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
Audre Lorde

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