December 17, 2003
The sacredness of words is something very few understand about me. I do not say things for the sake of saying them. This is why the family tradition of nicknames, of finding the "true" name is so important to me. For both the native Americans and the ancient Egyptians, the spoken word was something sacred; incantations were magic and transformative. You can say something without words, but once you have expressed it into the air, it cannot be ignored, nor is it to be taken lightly. If I say something, I mean it, however difficult it may be to accept.