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There is a danger in writing. 

This is not just a risk for authors; it is truly a danger of sharing, not just writing.  I have to watch for this pitfall on facebook, in my writing, and now, here.

Emotions are powerful, and often make it difficult to think clearly.  The problem with the written word is permanence.  Yes, it can be deleted, thrown out, burned.  But it has a solidity that is missing from spoken missteps.

I write to channel my emotions, to clarify them for myself, and to share them with others.  The first two are useful, helpful; the last is the trap.  I must find solace in the spoken, sharing my emotions violently and vividly with my close friends.  I need to keep my dangerous writing to myself.

Too bad it is often some of my best.