Happy Mother’s Day

7.7 Billion. This is the 2019 estimate for the number of people in the world. 3.8 Billion. This is the 2019 estimate for the number of females in the world. (49.6%, just slightly less than half). 2.0+ Billion. This is the estimate for the number of mothers in the world (52.4% of all females are…

Building Bridges

Depending on how much half way house time I am given I am between ten (eight months half way house) and eighteen months (zero half way house) from leaving here and arriving somewhere where I will begin my reintegration into society. With this come many emotions: joy, curiosity, hope, depression, and a dozen more. The…

The Human Side of Easter

It’s Easter; the center of the Christian faith. We are all to be thankful and worshipful for “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16] What more can be said? I know I have nothing more…

Through Time

March 28, 1981. March 28, 2019. Thirty eight years. Imagine 38 years. I’m sure some of you reading this aren’t even 38 years old. Why is March 28, 1981 significant? For most people it’s not but for my wife and me it’s the beginning. On that day in 1981 we went out on our first…

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…