Treasures in Heaven

In December of last year President Trump signed into law the ‘First Step Act’ (FSA). The new law is the first sentencing reform law in many, many years and became effective January 1, 2019. Among the provisions in the FSA is one that, for select crimes, will give inmates eligible an opportunity to ear additional…

Winds of Change

When I concluded my previous two posts (Living Conflicted and Living Conflicted, Part 2) I hadn’t planned on writing again about cell mates unless I encountered someone unique in some way. Plans change sometimes, right? As you may recall, the cell mate I wrote of was sent to the SHU (Special Housing Unit) because hooch…

Living Conflicted, Part 2

I closed my previous post, Living Conflicted, with a list of three conflicts I was feeling and dealing with: My preconceptions and prejudices concerning drug users and the reality of my new cell mate. What to do, if anything, about living with a drug user and the negatives that come with that? What is required…

Living Conflicted

Get along with others. We’re taught that from the time we’re able to interact with others beyond needing to be fed and have our diaper changed. We’re taught to share, say nice things, smile a lot and dozens of other rules about coexisting in a peaceful, productive, cooperative way. One of the greatest challenges I’ve…

John 2:1-12

We’re not holding mass right now because our Priest had a stroke back in October 2018. In lieu of mass we’re holding prayer and communion services. Volunteers from outside come in to lead these services. Since we don’t have a Priest to give a homily an inmate will present a reflection on the gospel reading…

Reconnecting

Several weeks ago I read an article in a magazine describing and discussing the state of mental health in the United States. In the article experts estimated that about 80% of all Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. Eighty percent. The article then went on to detail the different types of mental illnesses…

A New Chapter

The new year is upon us! Twenty Nineteen will be here in just a couple of days. Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Will you keep them? I don’t know if I believe in resolutions around the new year. Maybe because I’ve never kept any I’ve made, and when I think about it,…

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. It’s that time of year again isn’t it? Gifts and wrapping paper and bows. Parties and family get togethers and intimate lunches.Traveling and shopping and UPS. Maybe snow or rain or sunshine and 70 degrees.What a time to be alive and to celebrate. As I…

Make A Joyful Noise

When I was a boy my hero was my father, but my idol was Elvis Presley.  I’d often fantasize about being a singer and if anyone were to ask me today, even at age 55, I’d tell them being a singer is still my fantasy profession. Recently, both my sister and wife sent me information…

he Is A Liar

Every day I walk in fear. Fear of violence, fear of tomorrow and what it might bring, but mostly fear that I am now less than I used to be.  In the words of this song I find strength to believe that I am still valued and worth more than what my crime suggests.  I…