Love Is All You Need

Writing for this blog has been both challenging and rewarding.  It started out as a suggestion by my sister and my wife as a therapeutic exercise for me.  I needed a way to work through many things like the impact of coming to prison, working more fully into my faith, and exorcising some demons from…

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…

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…

Better Living Through Chemistry, Phase 2

Early in the life of this blog I wrote about the medications I was taking and that I felt that the Geodon (used to deal with hallucinations) was smothering my creativity and locking down my cognitive abilities.  (Better Living Through Chemistry) Since writing about how Geodon affected me (almost all hallucinations eliminated) I have worked…

Life Connections (Life on the Inside – Part 6)

I have written twice of my desire to attend a program called “Life Connections Program,” [LCP] : Decisions, Decisions (Life On The Inside – Part 4)  and Done. And Done..   This program is faith based and is offered at two institutions, but not in the one I am currently.  One of the locations that offers the…

What Goes Around…

In one of my earliest writings I spoke about my having been placed in a cell with the drug king of my unit. (See Love Thy Enemy and Love Thy Enemy – Concludes)  He was also a hater, hating people with my crime. I told of how, after a month of his verbal abuse I…

Friendships

This past week, a milestone in my incarceration passed … and its passing has left me with many emotions some of which are in conflict. So what happened? Someone I was close with, a friend, left to go to a halfway house. His leaving at this time assures him of six months to find his…