“Words Are Things”…by Maya Angelou


I tried to add this piece about “Words” by Maya Angelou as a youtube video, but I was unable to do so (scratch that – NOW it works).

So instead, I’ve provided a picture of her (above) and the content of what she said below…

It’s not a new piece, but I loved it so much I wanted to provide it here for everyone to read. It’s small and brief, but goes right to the heart. Enjoy.

Maya Angelou:

“Words are things, I am convinced

You must be careful, careful about the words you use

Or the words you allow to be used in your house

In the Old Testament we are told in Genesis (actually it’s John 1:1)

That in the beginning was the Word

And the Word was God and the Word was with God

That’s in Genesis (John 1:1)

Words are things

You must be careful

Careful about calling people out of their names

Using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives

And all that ignorance

Don’t do that

Someday we’ll be able to measure the power of words

I think they are things

I think they get on the walls, they get in your wallpaper, they get in your rugs

In your upholstery, in your clothes and finally…

Into you”


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A. Yamina Collins is the author of the fantasy/romance novel The Last King, A modern-day love story about a young woman innocently caught in a war between two age-old nemesis: God, and immortal beings whose ancestors ate from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

The Last King has already been in Amazon’s Top 100 Bestseller’s list in Fantasy, Sciencefiction, Women’s Fiction Literature and Christian Women’s Literature.

Twenty-eight year Emmy Hughes has never quite fit in—she’s six feet tall, dark-skinned, and daydreams of being Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. But when she is badly injured in a car accident that kills her mother, Emmy does not dream of fantastical worlds anymore—she just wants her shattered life to be normal again.

Unfortunately, normalcy is the last thing in store for her once she meets Lake George’s newest arrival, Dr. Gilead Knightly. Granted immortality from a line of people whose Great Ancestor marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of Life, Gilead has been alive for centuries and has met everyone from Nubian kings to Napoleon.

But Gilead and his eccentric family are also hunted beings because God considers the Edenites’ possession of immortality to be theft. And for thousands of years He has dealt with their transgression by sending each of them a “Glitch” —an unsuspecting human meant to retrieve this stolen “property” of immortality and kill them off.

When Emmy discovers that she is Gilead’s Glitch, she is not only thrown into a world of immortals who eat bone marrow, panthers who read minds, and a family whose blood is made of pulsing gold, but she finds herself the target of Gilead’s vengeance: he must get rid of her before she gets rid of him.

Easier said than done. Because Glitches are not only an Edenite’s greatest threat—they’re also their greatest love.




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