Inmate Blog Entry:Friday, February 28 2014
Inmate Blog Category:RELATIONSHIPS
When you always date type, you leave little flexibility for meeting people outside of it, which can leave you making the same mistakes but expecting a different result. Ask yourself, "Does my type conflict with my relationship goals?" Be open-minded. If you set a mark for qualities, characteristics, morals, and values you want in a mate, and then leave out the rest, you'll put yourself in a better position to meet and receive someone who is compatible. Focus on one thing: How does this person make me feel about myself? When you do this, you start to look at people differently and are willing to really "see" those you might have overlooked. Communication, loyalty, and trust play a big role in gaining sincere friendship to me. If I can find that in any woman I meet, our relationship will have no limits. Truly Yours, Kevin
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Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, March 1 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Jobs/Interests
PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER
My whole life changed, the moment I started to learn how to train a Service/Assistance dog. I always loved dogs when I was a child, but never would I have thought training dogs would be a passion for me! Don’t get me wrong, I achieved all of my goals when I completed other trade and vocational skills.
Yet when it dealt with dog training, my abilities excelled and my devotion to that cause surpassed. People were calling me titles like: Dog Whisperer, Dog Expert, and The Dog Trainer! The name I found intriguing was the “Dog Trainer”, and it pushed me to another level of commitment.
Every time I graduate a Service/Assistance dog and that dog was matched with a disabled child or adult, it gives me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that I assisted someone with a disability that needed this dog to function in their everyday life tasks.
Now that I have the possibility to go home soon, one of my goals when I get out is to own a dog daycare and training business.
I hope these words inspired you in some type of positive way, or even just put a smile on your face. If so, then write and share your thoughts with me, because it’s great to meet a new friend.
The dog trainer,
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Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, March 4 2014
Inmate Blog Category:THANK YOU
KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
Thank you everyone for your support. You may not know how much your correspondence means to me but every letter and email I receive brightens my day. Check out my most recent photo posted to my profile. I took it this summer and I think it shows my true nature as a soft, beautiful, strong woman. I'm coming up on a year into my cosmetology courses, which will mark half completion. It has proven to be more challenging than I expected. It's such a fantastic opportunity that the prison offers and only a small group of people attend, so I am very grateful. I look forward to having a career in the beauty industry when I leave here. It's exciting to think about. In my free time, I've been studying the book for school, reading, working out like a mad woman, and meditating. I've also incorporated more yoga into my routine because it makes me feel so good that I wonder why I ever quit. Oh, I must say that I adore all of the foreign mail. It's been such an enriching experience to learn about other cultures. Please continue to write, all of my worldly friends!!! Namaste.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 10 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Life
There is light at the end of the tunnel, or as my father used to tell me “The sun will shine again after the storm.” What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. How many times have we all heard these words of strength and resilience.
The light at the end of my tunnel is my scheduled release date, back into the beautiful and sometimes crazy world of freedom. There is no doubt in my mind, no question in my heart that I am certainly ready and well prepared. I just need the world not to be so quick to place judgment on me and my turbulent past, and allow me a second chance. A second chance at life beyond these bars, gun towers, and 30ft walls.
Your past is not the sole factor in defining who you are. Simply stated, it’s not all about where you’ve been, but more importantly where you’re headed.
As you are reading this right now, ask yourself… “Would you be willing to give me a second chance?” Not a very easy question to ask without knowing very much about the man asking it.
If you were the owner of a company, would you hire me? Would you date me? Would you even write me?
According to the federal government, my debt to society is almost paid. If you ask me, I am so ready for that second chance, or at this point in my life, last chance….
“No one can outwork determination”
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Inmate Blog Entry:Thursday, March 13 2014
Inmate Blog Category:THOUGHTS
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Something to think about…If you don't catch the reader's attention before they get to the end of the sentence or if what you had to say wasn't important to them, would that make you fade away from speaking what you had to say? If they would have taken that split-second to find out what was hidden in that message, maybe they could relate. See if this is too hard for you to swallow… what if you couldn't recognize fake people that surrounded you and the ones you love turned out to be lame? Yeah, we know you keep it real when you playing in the game, you said you keep it to hundred. What level or scale should you be judged on? On one hand you're a fraud of the worst kind that people don't like, the highest rank of a lame. And on the other hand you judge people because of your dislike and the people that you dissed you get dissed by. What side you want the level to tip to? Jadakiss and OJ da Juice Man said "You phony, you fake, that's the type of people, I hate." A lot of people distance themselves from each other no longer wanting to interact or connect as humans. What is wrong with wanting to be human? They said some feel more alive. They can be themselves when surfing online, so easy to manipulate into iniquity. I was that type that treated life like a subscription, until my eyes opened up to see through all of the BS life was feeding us. To understand what was shared with you today is to see that this world unravels the people that takes life for granted. But we don't play any games over here so stop playing and get me. You think just cause I'm here in doing something like this isn't crazy?!?!
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 17 2014
Inmate Blog Category:LIFE
HELP INMATES TRANSITION!
It is no wonder to me why the recidivism rate in the Department of Corrections is so high. In my opinion there is more emphasis on fiscal gain than the rehabilitation of inmates. It is almost as though the "powers that be" want to keep the jails overfilled. In the business world, about 70% of profits come from repeat business, the same holds true here almost. Of course there are many factors that cause one to re-offend, and the main one, of course, is ourselves. Certain things that occur in here give me ample reason to draw the conclusion that more time is spent on "the bottom line" than sending a person out of prison equipped with the tools to be self-sufficient and able to adhere to the norms of the society to which they are returning. What I am referring to is the lack of vocational training, no collegiate financial aid, and poor discharge planning. About a month ago, I requested to be put on the waiting list for the CNA program, but found out that those positions are filled by the lifers. CNA stands for certified nursing assistant program. They work in the prison infirmary where they get certified by the state. I am twenty one credits shy of my BA degree in Sociology and I attempted to finish those in here. After contacting several accredited colleges, the cheapest one was around $300 per credit hour. Six months before discharge from an institution, we are given a list of halfway houses and shelters. There is no type of discharge counseling or some type of bridge program to help with the extreme transition that occurs. If these issues were aggressively addressed, I believe that there would be a few less repeat customers… which would probably not be good for this business.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, March 18 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Friendship
HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY SPRING!
As spring approaches I am looking forward for new friends to blossom in my life. I am thankful to have those who gave me strength and inspiration throughout the winter months. However, I am always looking for new friends as my time here is boring. I am still awaiting the opening of cosmetology class. I am anticipating that it will give my career a new direction. If you would like to get to know me I will be awaiting your letters. Happy Easter!!
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Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, March 22 2014
Inmate Blog Category:My First Novel
My first novel….Blog 1… A new age prison genre novel; to the quality of "Shawshank Redemption', not those violent and sex filled urban novels. My novel touches on man's past and overcoming it. I will speak on specific events in U.S. and World History, topics such as the Turkish genocide of Armenia in 1915, an Army Chaplain POW in WWII, the Korean War, Middle Eastern conflicts, 9/11 and its impact on Islam for the devout believers, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine and the Newtown school massacres, the Underground Railroad, slavery, racism, suffragettes, ageism, and how North Carolina dominates in NCAA basketball and American Idol… no egotism here. I will speak on film, television, books, and music; to even include religion all nicely wrapped in man's daily life in prison while pursuing hobbies such as writing songs, novels, and reading. It's not your typical macho man weightlifting all day long type characters. I will remind you the story takes place in such locales as Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kosovo, Germany, Armenia, Romania, and more. Now think it's also significant to the style of ‘Highway to Heaven’ meets ‘Don Quixote’ meets ‘Garp’: dad, Garp, arp, rp. So if you love humor and want a good laugh, please wait to you see what I have to offer. The protagonist is an Army Chaplain Assistant. So I ask you this, if Iraq invades Turkey from the rear would Greece help? Geography joke! Ciao, John
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 24 2014
Inmate Blog Category:LIFE
BRAVE ENOUGH TO REACH OUT
Are the people who will be most important in our life those whom we have already met? Or are they still out there somewhere?… Somehow preparing for our paths to cross?… or cross once again? For a long time, I had neither the will, the heart, nor the courage to reach out to anyone. Surprise! Nothing ever happened. It was as if I needed permission. Over time, however, I have learned to love and respect myself in healthy ways. I found I only needed my own permission. So this is now my portal to you and the world. This is the only way I can reach out and be available to you. I used to worry about writing to someone I didn't know. I would ask myself, "Why would I?" "Why would you?" With no answers, I decided I could trust in the unknown and put myself out there by means of this. I figured I don't need to know "why". I can always ask later. I answered every letter. Guess what? There are some incredible people in this world! A couple of faraway strangers have become best friends. A voice from the past reconnected. My life is enriched… my perspectives and understandings broadened. If you have read this far, you and I have already met and formed a connection through time and space. Can we afford to let this opportunity pass? For me, I am always ready to fail once again. But this time, I am more than ever prepared to succeed. Doing nothing is not an option for me. Won't you join me? Even if you decide not to write, please go up to a stranger every now and then; smile; and tell them a man in Boise, Idaho, USA, says "hello" and that he hopes that the two of you can pause a moment finds beauty in the day together… a passing stream, a sunny sky, or a gentle breeze…You will have the right words to pass on for me.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 24 2014
Inmate Blog Category:CONNECTIONS
The author Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, helped me learned that what I get in this world is not important… It is what the world expects from me….and only me… The real purpose for which I was created. This was how he lived and how he survived. For me, it is an inspiration. Frankl’s message gave me new hope. He helped me focus the lessons of my past into new directions. His story gave me confidence and resolve. Everything is survivable. All experiences, even the Holocaust, can contribute to a greater good. My own prison has brought me many blessings. It's time to pay them forward. I want to extend to you my most heart-felt humble invitation to join me. Together we can make a positive difference in the life of each other and perhaps the life of another. Time was, I was afraid to make contacts with others. I'm not now. I gave myself permission and I give you permission. Making a difference requires that we make the connection: So I wrote this. You're reading it. That's a start, isn't it?
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