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  • This is image from my ‘journal’: a big rambling Inspiration document.

    Central to the image is a screenshot of a facebook page from Alia Majida Al-Mahdi - a brave woman who sought to change the world through self-disclosure.

    She is a hero of mine.

    I’ve been reading bits of Cowbird for a few weeks now. I note repeated expression of the fear of putting very personal stories in public.

    I share that fear.

    I write mostly for my own benefit and that primarily to clarify my thinking. It is unlikely that much of what I write will be read, despite my placing it on-line. Even that drops little ice shards of paralyzing dread into my day. Worse, I end up in imaginary useless rebuttals to non-existent critics as the fear spins out into fantasy.

    Alia Majida Al-Mahdi took on grave risk challenging a rigid, repressive, violent patriarchy with her public disclosure of sexuality and innocence.

    I risk only looking mildy ridiculous.

    I guess I can stand that risk. I offer up a bit of my personal journal as a token.

    I nominate Alia Majida Al-Mahdi as a Patron Saint.
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