Who I am

Standing on a balcony at a mountaintop retreat in Vermont, loving the wind and the surrounding mountains.

Standing on a balcony at a mountaintop retreat in Vermont, loving the wind and mountains.


I’m just a dreamer.

Someone who loves people, this earth and the potential we have to become more than who we are.

I walk a healing journey, the path my abusive childhood placed me on years ago. The wounding, surviving and overcoming have endowed me with a wealth of personal experience and knowledge of the healing journey. It is my honor and joy to translate and convey this knowledge into writing that speaks to the heart and song that moves the soul.

You have your own dream that calls to you, no matter how distant it may seem to be. It’s closer than you think and it’s time. I understand there may be extenuating circumstances and personal obstacles, but they can be addressed. One by one, you can peel off the layers that hide what lies beneath — and it’s beautiful. I know that. What we don’t yet, is how that beauty will express itself, because you are unique.

It is not the time for any of us to be silent.

This is an important time to use our voices, to speak our truth. Sometimes we need to find our voice and then listen to the truth of who we are, before we can speak out. So easy to listen to all the lies — the lies that say we’re not good enough or worthy enough to express our thoughts or take a stand… or powerful enough.

But we are.

But more than ever, we need to know this — our world really needs us to know this — so we can add our presence to turning the tide.

I love the creative process… I feel it when I write, when I sing, when I bring a song or story to whomever it was intended for. And it feels like love.

I use various mediums — written and spoken word, song and images to tell a story, to convey ideas of hope and healing, to connect with others.

This blog is a creative space for me to add a more empowering voice and healing resonance and to invite others as a response to the answer to shrieking voices of hate and greed fueled by fear.

It is not the time for any of us to be silent.

To that end, I’m working on several projects — telling my mother’s story, one that began in China where she was born around 1926, sold at the age of two to a Japanese couple and raised in Japan. You can read more about it in River of Heaven and listen to the songs I’ve written for that particular project. It’s a synopsis of the larger book I want to write. I’ve committed myself to starting the project next month, November 2018.

I’m working on a  series, Where There’s Smoke Series: Covert AbuseI recorded a handful of episodes in a book podcast specifically for the first book, but I realized having individual podcasts for each book out of the series would be too costly for me. So I’m including audio recordings from that series in the new Keeping the Dream Podcast I’m just launching now!

I, also, just finished a book called Eyes Wide Open that will be available the first week of November for my patrons at patreon.com/keepingthedream. I’ll be recording an audio version of it in the Keeping the Dream Podcast, as well, which is available for everyone.

And of course, there are other projects — always!

Artists and dreamers often feel like they’re alone. You’re not. And if you’re hurting, you don’t have to go through that alone. I can sit with you. We can walk together. I’m inviting you to join me on this healing journey.

Keeping the Dream and Believing in You

~ demian

View from my writing table on a rainy day.

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