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Jesse Cantu's Profile
Age: 40
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 4 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Prison Life
LONLINESS

~~Message in a Bottle~~ “Someone can hurt you more than you deserve because you loved them more then they deserved.” I do not know who you are, but I know nobody in the world should feel they are not worth the love and companionship every mortal yearns for. We each have a desire to love and to be loved. Whether you are as free and beautiful as a bird or caged and scarred as a beast…Love is the one thing that makes us feel alive again and gives us hope for tomorrow. You may not be trapped behind iron bars, your walls may not be made of concrete and your bed may not be as cold and heartless as steel but deep down we both “know” the prison I live in can be called a fairy tale, compared to the one you’re in. If anyone knows the pain and anger that comes with betrayal, it is the man writing these words on paper. If anyone knows the sadness and emptiness that comes with having their heart ripped out and stomped on it, is the man behind this ink. If anyone is out there who can relate…I want you to know, even though it feels like it…You’re not alone. Everyone say love hurts, that’s not true. Loneliness hurts, rejection hurts, losing someone hurts, betrayal hurts. Everyone confuses these with love, but in reality, love is the one thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes us feel wonderful again. To some reading these words, I might just be down the road. To others, it could be 100’s of miles. There may even be a few who can only be reached by sea. But to all, this is my “message in a bottle”. I’m only a letter away. ~~~ Because of Love, Jesse Cantu

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Derrick Loving's Profile
Age: 37
Location: KY
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 9 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
SECOND CHANCES

“Second Chances” Have you ever passed up on a book because you didn’t like the cover or title, then read it later, and enjoyed it? See you judged a book by its cover. Well that’s how I feel. Being judged by my crime, but once you get to know me, you don’t see a criminal or prisoner, you see a person who made a mistake, you see bad things on paper, about us, not how we have changed, like our college degrees, bible study, book clubs, self- help classes, trades talk to kids on bad paths, bullying program. How clubs in here raise money for cancer and kids who can’t afford school supplies. I lost myself and ended p in here, but I’ve grown a lot in here. I feel if you don’t try, then you fail, I want people to see the pages of me, not the cover. You can email me at www.Jpay.com to share your thoughts. “True Friend” A person can hear, But a friend listens for the meaning A person can look, but a friend sees the heart A person can know But a friend understands your dreams Thank s for “Listening”, “seeing”, and “Understanding” Thanks for being a “friend”.

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Michael Frimmel's Profile
Age: 49
Location: NV
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, May 17 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
SEEKING A MENTOR

I’m looking to network with people from all walks of life. I’m looking for mentorship and guidance in wealth building through publishing and marketing ventures like a print magazine, newsletters or e-zines and how to use print on demand technology. I am also looking for mentorship in direct marketing of information and analysis through mail order and national to global classified advertisement…drop me a note so we can connect. Politics – I believe in lower taxes and less government intrusion into our daily lives. I know from an insider’s view that America as a nation incarcerates way too many people and for the health and future of our country, that needs to stop! I also don’t believe that prisoners should be cut off from communicating with the free world. But really, I love life right now and can’t wait to get up in the morning to see what I can learn or accomplish, sieze the moment! I know that prison can be a stepping stone to success and we should always look for the opportunities in life and not the obstacles. Future goals – My future goals are to own a business and to be successful at whatever I do. To make up for all the lost time that hasn’t been spent with family and friends. I want to be able to prove myself and to show others that no matter what crime you commit and with the odds stacked against you, you can still be a pillar of society. My goal is to make certain I never return to prison. To have the things important in my life close by my side, own my own residential real estate, my own home and boat capable of deep ocean travel. These are goals I’ve set to make a better future for myself and the people around me. A favorite quote – “The shortest route to success in any field of endeavor and life in general is to seek the company of those who have a great deal of wisdom”.

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Ivan P. Wynn's Profile
Age: 52
Location: NJ
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, May 17 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
LET’S STOP THE SCHISM AND HATE!

Let’s Stop The Schism and Hate! The schismatic reality that encompasses the world today, is truly repulsive to me. It makes no sense to me! The human anatomy is remarkably the same minus any genetic abnormality. Sometimes we must ask questions to arrive at the precipice of truth and enlightenment. Who benefits from humanity schismatic consciousness? I firmly believe if we eradicate the schism and hate in the world we then can advance our true potential. Humanity’s realized potential far succeed anything today we see in science, technology, medicine, architecture or even space travel. Men and women today we have a responsibility to leave a legacy of cohesiveness and edification and peace to our children. Love can truly be the panacea for all the world’s shortcomings. Why can’t human life matter? Why is race that one thing that divides us? When I look at another individual I see a human being. I’m blinded by love for all humanity, that race is no factor. That’s my main prayer for God, that all humanity will wake up one day blinded by unconditional love. We can come together collectively and eradicate the schism that plagues this world. Wasted potential and no imagination is truly the travesty we plan on leaving our children. We must leave our children the consciousness of unlimited possibilities. We must leave them the love of a unified humanity. Do you think this is possible? I know all things are possible with God. May you be blessed in all your potential!

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DeMarcus Sears's Profile
Age: 46
Location: GA
Total Blog Entries: 5
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 18 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
LIFE AFTER OPPROBRIUM (THE UN-PERSON)

Life After Opprobrium (The Un-Person) Through a system/process called “Dehumanization”, once formally arrested, tried & convicted of what’s legally defined as being a “Serious Violent Felony” – one is stripped of virtually all previous Civil Rights, re-classified as being “civilly-dead” and/or as being an “un-person”, then subsequently legally relegated and corralled into 2 bullied social state of perpetual sub-human, sub-standard existence called “Prison Life”… Officially, persecution IS NOT a part of one’s actual sentence (nor a part of any official terms of confinement). Yet all too often, as a civilly dead living human being you’re perceived and treated as being “prey” by a heartbreaking many (though not all) of Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections, Food Service, and Mental/Medical Health Care Service Provider workforce “professionals”…. Callous indifference, casual larceny, verbal abuse, vandalism, curtness, obvious/open hostility, deceit, peremptoriness, sophomoric, puffery, and malign retaliatory practices are, sadly, fairly common-placed socio interactive norms employed by the bulk of said encountered embittered separatist natured hearts, minds, and should currently composing today’s February 27th 2016 Law Enforcement and Department of Corrections workforce community…..Prison Guards (for example) tend to be nothing more/less than malevolent, mean mouthed high school bullies with police badges….In short, they practice what’s called “schadenfreude (N: 1895: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others)” While, simultaneously claiming, feigning and/or pretending to be governed and guided by a higher purpose; “Courage, Dedication and Professionalism” (according to the Georgia D.O.C.’s mission statement). Hence, the old adage “A tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny” reads fairly true, and is further evidenced on A HYPER DAILY BASIS within the maltreatment constantly experienced while living within the sub-world reality that is in fact “Prison Life”….The bullies/bullying workforce and their obvious hypocrisy(ies), double-talk, new speak, red tape head games, and general retaliatory evil mindedness toward prisoners – is omnipresent. And likely not to end (given the specific fact that most encountered currently in relative job positions of relevant authority throughout “The Prison Reform System” operate as mere tepid, stiff necked, closed minded passe’ reactionaries, pseudo humanitarians, pseudo reformers, and/or po-faced poseurs unwilling and/or unable to be and/or bring about the meaningful “pro-active positive change” they claim they wish to see within the minds and behavior of prisoners, un-persons and/or the civilly dead… That being said…. As a self motivated positive minded Death Row Prisoner seeking genuine reform, it is YOUR responsibility to NOT succumb to the inviting lull of immaturity, mean mindedness, hatred, and self-defeating counter productiveness…., It is your responsibility (to yourself) to learn how and why to healthily love and care about yourself….It is your responsibility to yourself and loved ones to NOT fall prey to the foibles, vulnerabilities, and baseness of your own individual human ego… It is, both your remaining human right and need to accurately understand/master and emancipate your individual human ego from the metaphysical trappings of mental slavery: As a prisoner; as a mature adult; and as a living human being…. It is your surviving Civil Right, responsibility to yourself, and your personal option to take the time and initiative to observe (whilst amid alllll the distracting madness that is “Prison Life”) that there does exist a viable opportunity for “Life After Opprobrium”: The first meaningful steps toward which beginning with is 1. Olde School hard- nosed/unfiltered critical self- analysis, 2) Taking personal accountability, 3) The abandonment of the practice of displacing blame for one’s own poor behavior and/or approbriousness…. The option of a new life begins with the demise of one’s own outre’ and/or socially maladaptive/maladjusted ways (a.k.a., “Life After Death”), you guys….. There is an appropriate time/season for all things (self-reflection, self-assessment, self-improvement included: SEE, Ecclesiastes Chapter 3/vrs’s 1 thru 8….) My purpose for composing and submitting this specific literary piece (after now over 25 years of physical imprisonment) is to simply say: At all times (before, during, and after criminal conviction) you reserve the human right to dream of, to strive for, and to effectuate and/or secure a better version of yourself (as both a prisoner….and living human being)…. As Ever, “Mr. DeMarcus Ali Sears”

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Marcus Makulski's Profile
Age: 33
Location: MI
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, May 21 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Life
HELPING PEOPLE

“The Forgotten People of Michigan” ~~~ What is our future? I have a future and I believe I will be great. I believe in love, loyalty, family, friends and trust. My vision is to help people that are lonely, voiceless, and feel that the world has left them behind. Me and Minez are building a movement and a voice that’s getting louder and louder. I’m more than a picture. I’m a man with a Dream. I will love and care for all those that want to be part of my life. I believe everybody is important. Everybody deserves a good friend. I believe in my heart and soul that you must try and push all the potential out of your family and friends. Love is more than a gift, it’s a responsibility to make sure I’m putting my friends in a position to win in life. What’s going on in Flint, Michigan, with the water is horrible. So you see how Governor Snyder treats free poor people. Imagine how his treating prisoners that’s locked down in Michigan. But if you think we are going to let anybody keep us down, you’re sadly mistaken. We are fighters, looking to build with people that believe in us. If you take that chance and write me, I will make you smile. I will bring a beautiful voice to your life and let you know I believe we all can be great. Even if you don’t write me, you will hear about me later because I’m pushing my vision and I will be great. We all need to get behind the people in Flint. With great power comes great responsibility. We have to fight for those people.

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Christian Weaver's Profile
Age: 40
Location: TN
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, May 31 2016
Inmate Blog Category:


As a young teen I discovered the poetry of Frost, Dickinson and Poe in school textbooks. I was mesmerized. Poems like “Fire and Ice”, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” and “A Dream Within A Dream” (as well as “The Conqueror Worm”!) so inspired and thrilled me that I knew at that moment that I had found my true calling. Doctor or lawyer be damned! From then on my every hero was a long-deceased poet, particularly Shelley and Byron. I didn’t dig the modern stuff. What I was best at and preferred was the traditional rhyming poetry that reached it’s zenith in the 1800’s and has steadily declined since, being supplanted by “free verse” in the mid 1900’s. Yes, I had selected the most obscure and unappreciated form of the most obscure and unappreciated type of writing on the planet – or at least in the West. Not surprisingly, I have yet to find commercial success though I am published here and there in diminutive, independent and fairly radical publications like Struggle (“proletarian, revolutionary literature”) and Cruel and Unusual: The Other Death Penalty (an anti-life without parole organization). Much of my writing appears on Minutes Before Six, or MB6, a California based website for imprisoned artists and writers. I have studied the major works from nearly every school of poetry from Homer and the ancient Greeks to the Romantics and the Surrealists (e.g. Rimbaud, Baudelaire) to the entire Harlem Renaissance to the Sixties “Beat” poets (particularly Kerouac and Ginsburg) to the famous confessional poets like Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. Dickinson and Sexton are my favorite female poets. I actually fell in love with Sexton when I lived in New Orleans. She looked a lot like Jackie Kennedy and the tragic combination of her genius and insanity (she won the Pulitzer Prize twice and tried to kill herself repeatedly) broke my heart beyond mending. I would sit in the public library and read Mercy Street and weep, soaking the paper with my tears… Later on, I grew obsessed with the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly the Thomas Common translation of Thus Spake Zarathustra, which I believed to be the finest and most exalted of all poetry. It is literally Dionysian (and Luciferian as well!) in how its wittiness and power command loyalty from the reader. Very dangerous, to say the least, but an example of how style can sway the mind to ideas. It took me years to “deprogram”. The following piece is an example of the poetry I write: Prison Views and Potential. Through the landscape’s obscured by a crosshatch of death. By a razor-laced lynching of dreams of escape. Though the tree and the grass by talons are raped. I see hope in the wandering skies. For I lift up my eyes…and behold, the Great Fence. Has its border and brim, can no longer shout “Stay!” And indeed, is despised by the starlings that play. Flying over and through its confines. I can hear them say, “Look! See how easy this is: Grow you wings of the mind and fly over and through. Grow you wings of the mind and implore the great blue. Unimagined vast powers inside. Grow you wings, grow you wings of the mind.

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Daniel Bernal's Profile
Age: 32
Location: CA
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Friday, June 3 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Reintegration


Attention! Although I am looking for people to meet and friends to make, as my profile suggests, I’m also hoping to meet people that can help me with my reintegration process in becoming a productive member of society and contributor to my community (view my reintegration profile). My need is assistance in employment, searching/finding and securing employment. Also assistance or advice and guidance through my continuation of higher education following my release. As I anticipate my release, I intent to become a successful person of my environment. In doing so, becoming employed and continuing my educational goals, post-release, in attaining my minor in Business and Masters in Psychology will definitely be a contributing factor to me path of success. Viewers who think they could assist me in any way, I welcome your response. Even if help is in one area and not the other. Be advised, with regards to employment, there are no specifics, I am flexible. However, since my incarceration I have attained experience in areas such as; food service, landscaping, peer educator, office/secretarial and janitorial skills. I’m self-motivated, hard-working and I have the ability to work outside for long periods of time with physical endurance. Including, the ability to interact with others and direct orders as well as be directed. Any opportunities available, know that I am a quick learner and willing to do what it takes to achieve accomplishment in both employment and my education. Thank you.

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Stephen Sallamme's Profile
Age: 37
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 4
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, June 7 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
MENTALLY...PHYSICALLY....SPIRITUALLY...

One of my pen pals said she’d like to see me write more personal blogs. Well, here I am. I’m going to begin my PMS….wait….why are you snickering? I’m talking about my “Prisoner Monthly Synopsis.”. You are so immature. Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:22pm Mentally...I should be starting food service soon, which'll complete my Associate's Degree in Multidimensional Thematic Data Acquisition. "What the heck is that?!" you ask. You've probably never heard of this field unless you're like super intelligent. Average people call it "Liberal Studies." Most prisoners call it "Brain Surgery." For me, it's a stepping stone to my "dream" occupation - Neurology. If that doesn't pan out, I'm thinking chef or video game designer as Plan B If that doesn’t pan out, I’m thinking Chef or Video Game Designer as Plan B. Physically….I’m working on turning myself into a chiseled demi-God. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll at least have a more defined physique. Today, I did incline chest press with the 225 barbell and super setted with 55 pound and 65 pound dumbbells. The 225 was a lil’ heavy, and I could only get through 12 sets with it. I know you’re like “OMG!” but let me finish. I was doing 2 negative reps a set til my body gets used to the new weight, which takes like 3 months. So by July/August, I should be flinging that sucker around… Spiritually….I’m writing in a devotional journal I got from a church for Christmas. It helps keep the frustrations of the slammer to a minimum. Plus, it has different weekly themes that touch upon life values. I think having shot someone qualifies me to reevaluate life values, right? Here’s a snippet from one of my entries: Violence is an answer, but it sucks as a solution. (I purposely drop my pen on the floor with confidence that I just blew your mind with that nugget). Til next month with my next PMS…Stephen out.

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Steven Curry's Profile
Age: 33
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, June 7 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Friendship
TAKING A CHANCE

Personal thoughts to the person that’s able to grasp the message in my words. To love is to risk not to be loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure. But the biggest risk that many of us take in life are none at all. True statement for the person that’s out there in society looking to meet someone who’s not ashamed to display his imperfections. Then I’ll end up becoming someone that you’ll end up valuing and becoming comfortable with within because I don’t judge, criticize, or make anyone out to feel as though they’re an outcast. In this new era that we live in, I believe that your tired of coming across “image chasers”, people who live their life in falsehood and speak in lies with their false advertisement and if that be the case, give me the opportunity to feed you my thoughts, experiences, and a piece of myself on pen and paper because not only am I an authentic person but just like comparing me to fresh fruit. I am capable of bringing health, strength, and taste to your life. Keep in mind that through my short comings and bad decisions that I’ve made in life, I still consider myself to be a man of great value. I know that with so much that’s going on in your life you’re in need of an “out-let”, especially when it comes to opening up to someone about something that’s important to you, rather it be concerning your past, present, or future plans. I want for you to personally know that the trust will never be violated. I will view your thoughts, like I do you, as being someone of great value and thoughts that are precious. Like I mentioned to you in the beginning of my introduction, if you believe in taking chances and have good intentions, willing to communicate on the results, and are honest with yourself, just as displaying the same traits with men, then I believe that within time we’ll become “emotionally attached” to each other because I don’t keep it 100%, instead simple. I look forward to hearing from the person who my thoughts touches within. If you’re ready to be taken seriously and ready to have that void fulfilled in your life, then get at these motions because I have no problem viewing you as the person I seen when I look in the mirror.

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