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Maya Davis
I write literary wordthings, play with yarn, and continue my quest for gluten-free foods that don't taste or feel like sand.
I write literary wordthings, play with yarn, and continue my quest for gluten-free foods that don't taste or feel like sand.

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If you are looking for a great story, I highly recommend this book:

I didn't know what to expect at first, and I realized I jumped in on book 2 so figured I would be missing part of the story, but the book held beautifully as a stand-alone. The author does a phenomenal job of creating characters to get invested in, and made me both want to go quickly so I could get the story and slowly so I could savor the world that was created and the relationships among the characters (all of the characters).

The ending left me satisfied with the story line, but also wanting more from the author (what has been previously written and what will be coming in the future). This is one to watch (and enjoy!). Get it. You know you want it. 

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I just heard a fascinating interview on NPR by the author of this book, detailing the life of one of Martha Washington's slaves who ran away. There is a reason is was not titled Never Free.

We have a lot to remember. 

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"It specialises in “election management strategies” and “messaging and information operations”, refined over 25 years in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. In military circles this is known as “psyops” – psychological operations. (Mass propaganda that works by acting on people’s emotions.)...

"On its website, Cambridge Analytica makes the astonishing boast that it has psychological profiles based on 5,000 separate pieces of data on 220 million American voters – its USP is to use this data to understand people’s deepest emotions and then target them accordingly. The system, according to Albright, amounted to a “propaganda machine”...

"Cambridge Analytica had worked for them, he said. It had taught them how to build profiles, how to target people and how to scoop up masses of data from people’s Facebook profiles...

“The danger of not having regulation around the sort of data you can get from Facebook and elsewhere is clear. With this, a computer can actually do psychology, it can predict and potentially control human behaviour. It’s what the scientologists try to do but much more powerful. It’s how you brainwash someone. It’s incredibly dangerous...

"Emma Briant, a propaganda specialist at the University of Sheffield, wrote about SCL Group in her 2015 book, Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change. Cambridge Analytica has the technological tools to effect behavioural and psychological change, she said, but it’s SCL that strategises it. It has specialised, at the highest level – for Nato, the MoD, the US state department and others – in changing the behaviour of large groups. It models mass populations and then it changes their beliefs...

"One of the things that concerns Howard most is the hundreds of thousands of “sleeper” bots they’ve found. Twitter accounts that have tweeted only once or twice and are now sitting quietly waiting for a trigger: some sort of crisis where they will rise up and come together to drown out all other sources of information...

"We are the bounty: our social media feeds; our conversations; our hearts and minds. Our votes. Bots influence trending topics and trending topics have a powerful effect on algorithms, Woolley, explains, on Twitter, on Google, on Facebook. Know how to manipulate information structure and you can manipulate reality...."

I am not naive enough to believe that only one side is doing this. Knowledge is power, and there are a lot of people with money who crave power. The responsibility is on us to be awake, to understand what is happening, and ask ourselves if we are as free as we think we are. I have seen so many people recently who have contradicted things they said even just a year ago--who they support and why, what causes are important to them. I was already worried/fascinated about the change, but now I wonder even more: who is driving this narrative. Can you honestly look at who you are right now, hold yourself up the mirror of your core values (whatever they may be), and ask yourself if you are acting or supporting those who act in a way that support those core values? If not, why not? If so, how so? And, in the end it always comes back to this: follow the money. The money trail always stinks.

Today on our trail walk, I started a conversation with crows and had my mom in a giggle fit over another conversation with geese. We watched an eagle lift off, were tracked by an adorable little woodpecker that seemed curious about this strange critter that talks to crows and geese, and we watched the sun play through the trees.

Have you ever listened to a forest? The rustle of dry leaves. The call of hawks catching wing currents. The way pine needles muffle footsteps, until all you can hear is nature around you.

We are all mutual travelers in a forest--whether we have a set destination or are following the sun. We move--some swoop, some flutter, some drift, some reach for the sky inch by inch. But we move. Does it matter that to the outside eye some of us are standing still? Who are they to know our track, the journey we are on? We know. We know, and we also know that the winds will blow, rain will come, the sun--oh that glorious sun--rises.

The journey is ours. Earth below. Sky above. Keep moving. 

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You will be missed. :(

Because we live: #poetytime

Long Silence

Insolence marks them
as does the means used to
smother their insurrections.
No global uprisings.
No greater causes to call them.
And, yet, no lesser cause exists.
Each day is new,
but somehow the needs remain.
Clothe me.
Feed me.
See me.
Some were and are innocent of
stirring rebellion to froth.
Unless speaking can be called guilt.

(Through years and across regimes,
dissent cannot be tolerated.)

But what of faith,
if it is unwilling to be tested?
And what of orders,
when humanity has been lost?
Pointed out. Culled. Removed.
Emptied cities bear witness
by way of crumbling clay
and epitaphs scrawled on walls.
Is this, too, our fate?
To keep watch among the blind,
to hold out empty and bare arms,
to weep blood
and seek shelter among tombstones?
The winds always change direction
as they scour mountains
and stir oceans,
parching the earth into breaking,
and rush over neverendingneverendingneverending
Without words,
we are monuments to the fallen.

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For the perfume oil lovers among us:

(I want this so much. SO. MUCH. Gaaahhhh!)

Tagging a few that I think will also appreciate this. +Amanda Rachelle Warren +Bliss Morgan

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I used to do extensive book lists of free or almost free books. Even though I haven't done them in a while, I still keep my eyes open for things that look interesting, and worth checking out. Here is one of them. Go forth and read! 
Black Market is out now!
Read now:

The 99¢ release sale ends February 12th, so get your copy today.

Black Market - Black Records Book 2
Alex Black is enjoying the slower pace of life as the city’s only consulting mage. But jobs like capturing a mischievous imp hellbent on destroying an innocent couple’s home offers only momentary reprieve from the danger looming on the horizon.

Bodies have been popping up around town, and the police have no idea who’s behind it. Her partner Chase has a theory though — a theory which plunges them into a world where ritual sacrifice and magic-slinging foot soldiers are everyday tools employed by dark and mysterious business rivals. Caught in the middle of a growing war, Alex and Chase must choose who to ally themselves with, if only to prevent the greater of two evils from creating a dangerous device worth billions on the global black market.

Black Market is available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle store, but you can read on any device with the free and easy to use Kindle Reading app.

#poetytime even when it rains


Open mouth.
You once spoke to me of
Stop breath.
Open mouth.
Dissolve. Resolve--
the quickest way into the bloodstream.
Hold vowels against the palate:
language without moving,
pinprick without needles,
scalpel to the bone.
Do we even understand each other
(is it a supplemental form of nourishment,
or only a placebo)?
Open mouth.
The quickest,
the quickest way,
the quickest way into the bloodstream,
is without words.

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Sometimes I just have to stop and take a picture of the pretties. I always think of +Amanda Rachelle Warren​ when I see a car worth taking pics of. Some day, it would be a fun to take a road trip across America and see how many interesting cars I can take a picture of in each state. 
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