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…

Do Unto Others…

Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. Did you honor your mother? I made sure to send cards to the three mothers in my life – my mother, my wife and my sister and I also called.  I did this because I love them and it’s that feeling of love that brought me to contemplate…

Life On The Inside – Part 5

By law all federal inmates must have a job within the institution in which they are incarcerated. I’m sure there are exceptions to this like death row inmates and those deemed too dangerous to be among the general population but for those who are able they must have a job of some sort. My first…

Done. And Done.

Two posts ago, in Decisions, Decisions (Life On The Inside – Part 4), I shared that I had a decision to make concerning a program offered at another institution.  When I wrote that posting I said I’d have made my decision by the time you read the post.  That turned out to be wrong.  Today, April…

Decisions, Decisions (Life On The Inside – Part 4)

I have a decision to make; by the time this posting hits the blog I will have made my decision but I think posting it will help others to see at least one program in the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) that is helpful. As you all know, I’m on a spiritual journey as I serve…

Life On The Inside – Part 3

Education The last question posed by my friends about life on the inside regarded educational opportunities.  Again, as with my other entries in this series I can only relay what is true of this institution. The only real educational opportunity is to support those pursuing their GED.  There is a set of classes, taught by…

I’m A Winner

Have you ever called yourself a loser? I have and sometimes still do. It’s a harsh label and one I wish I didn’t use. How many times have you looked at another person and said to yourself, “At least I’m not as bad as that person.”?  Isn’t that really the same thing as calling another…