Demian Yumei

I'm Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist.

Keeping the Dream is a journey made up of three interconnecting paths: Finding Your Voice, which is the healing process and self-knowledge; Speaking Your Truth, which is telling your story instead of letting others tell it for you; and Speaking Out, which is taking a stand for what you believe in and rejecting the lies.

These three paths lead to empowerment and freedom, and they are a threat to abusers, despots and corrupt governments, alike.

My commitment is to continue on this journey for myself and for others until it everyone comes to know and honor their human dignity and the dignity of others. Through poetry, song and the written/spoken word, this is the Dream I’m keeping.

In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

Written by on July 16, 2017 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

  Liu Xiaobo 12/28/55 – 07/13/17 They took your body ravaged by sickness given time to grow unimpeded — “Death of a thousand cancer cells” — and burned it tossing ashes out to sea not in honor but in haste to get rid of all evidence of your voice and their crime But they do […]

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Podcasts for Keeping the Dream

Podcasts for Keeping the Dream

Written by on May 28, 2017 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

I wrote the previous post the day after my last day at work. I worked a paying job in the mental health field for 20 years, on top of my role since childhood as mediator and advocate for family members with mental illness. After years of care-giving and the eventual loss of two loved ones […]

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I fall now…

I fall now…

Written by on December 17, 2016 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

Well, Mama, I did it. I took that step off my balcony. The same balcony you affixed yourself to throughout your life, waiting for your boat to come up the river to take you away. Like you, I’ve spent a lifetime looking out over the moving water, life appearing to pass me by… but not […]

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A Turn on a Path

A Turn on a Path

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

Last Tuesday my baby granddaughter came into the world. Today my youngest daughter turned 19. One is beginning her life. The other is continuing hers by taking a turn on a path that honors who she is as a person and artist. I hold my grandbaby in my arms and I think of new beginnings. […]

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A Piece of Sky

A Piece of Sky

Written by on September 24, 2016 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

It’s been three years since I made the announcement I was archiving this blog. I closed it to launch my namesake blog as part of a marketing plan. But shifting from focusing on an action — keeping the dream, to focusing on a person — Demian Yumei, didn’t work for me. I thought, at first, […]

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This is Not an Archive Blog

This is Not an Archive Blog

Written by on September 11, 2016 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

*Updated Revision* Not anymore! On June 16, 2013 I archived this blog, Keeping the Dream, to launch my namesake blog, DemianYumei.com. For reasons I will go into later, it didn’t work for me. I’m currently updating this site. I have already imported the articles from my namesake blog here. Posts dated after June 2013 in […]

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When It’s Darkest

When It’s Darkest

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Tea and Conversation with 2 Comments

When it’s the darkest is when we need to shine the brightest, each in our own way. Don’t underestimate the importance of each sun ray, of every moonbeam. We have no idea just who we will touch, what it will mean to them… or to us. Whether falling full faced onto a well tended garden […]

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A Fluttering of Wings…

A Fluttering of Wings…

Written by on January 11, 2015 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

I hear a fluttering of wings coming from the two pine trees next to the bird feeder. Several birds, sparrows, perhaps a mourning dove fly out. “Good morning!” I sing cheerfully stepping from the porch onto the snow. I have come to feed them. Just at that moment a red tailed hawk flies out of […]

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