Demian Yumei

Demian Yumei believes in humanity, loves to write and adores her family. She is the author of "Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes" an award winning children's book on interconnectedness based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, and singer/songwriter of the DreamSinger CD, "For the Sake of Love". She is currently working on a book series, "Where There's Smoke" about covert abuse. She's constantly learning and engaged in more creative projects than she can realistically accomplish. Her favorite drink is tea, preferably sweetened with a side of chocolate and her favorite season is snow -- any time of the year.

You will not speak to our children in Japanese

Written by on September 6, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 0 Comments

“We’re American,” he said to her. “We live in America and we will speak American.” So even though my older brother and I both spoke Japanese while growing up in Japan, my mother was forbidden to speak her cultural language to us when the Navy transferred my father back to the states. We had lived […]

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Each Decision We Make

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 0 Comments

  When we make a decision we don’t make just one. Like ripples from a tossed stone, the impact spreads beyond the first one or two we anticipated and moves across the pond of our reality. Depending on the size of stone and force of throw, the consequences of our actions may spread beyond what […]

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How Do You Walk?

Written by on August 10, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 0 Comments

Quiet morning, distant call of a lone bird, a pause…and then an answer. Low, almost imperceptible trill of insects hidden somewhere within the green, the staccato of a dog bark punctuating the silence. I sit in the breezeway soaking up solitude like the cats soak up the sun. It’s been a whirlwind. First dealing with […]

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25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial

Written by on June 1, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 0 Comments

Today I leave for Washington, D.C. for the 25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial. I am still massively fatigued, as I have been for a number of weeks now. I hate it when I’m like this. Seems to happen in cycles, always tired, but certain triggers — either getting physically sick or psychologically triggered — will […]

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What if…?

Written by on April 29, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 1 Comment

  What if being free to dance isn’t about dancing? What if it’s not just an invitation for legs and arms and body to move with the music, heard and unheard? What if it involves a larger dance floor and the partners that swirl around and leap across are my imagination and spirit…the creative inquiry […]

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Today I’m Free

Written by on April 20, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 0 Comments

…well, at least from Facebook for a while. Yesterday morning, it hit me how much Facebook affects, not only my life, but the lives of those closest to me. I was filled with a sense of rage that the online world would take so much precedence that it would usurp the real world, real lives, […]

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Break free, I whisper into her ear…

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 2 Comments

What would I do if my father died? Perhaps he already has. I do not know. But if I found out he had, what would I do? The time to confront him, the opportunity to tell him how I felt, to let him know what I knew of him, would be gone.  And yet, I […]

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Writing Like I Breathe

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Tea & Conversation with 1 Comment

Last night on my personal Facebook profile I wrote: “I’m writing now like I breathe…” It occurred to me as I was looking out at the night sky before retiring to bed, that in a way, when you tell yourself you are something, you really do become that. Oh, you can blow sunshine up your […]

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