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Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, October 27 2015

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Age: 36
Location: Livingston, TX
Total Blog Entries: 6


I can not fight every battle, I have to learn to let go; it doesn’t mean to forget; remember all your lessons, release all their pangs. Today I am thinking of experiences when others have hurt me. In prison culture, I’m encouraged to lash-out as viciously as possible for any transgressions. But, I don’t want to; I don’t want to live my life this way. Sometimes my pain is so much in my focus that I think vindictively but I don’t act. If anything maybe I hurt myself because I at times blame myself for others harming me. But what’s good is that when self-blame is a cancer: your being devouring itself. I do not want to devour my soul to its death. So life demands of me hard choices. First I have to let go of my resentment for others. Next not allow the insecure voice in my head to get too loud with its mantra: “See! I told you you’re worthless!” In a culture addicted to punishment (giving and receiving) and cultivating insecurity, this becomes no easy feat! But I manage, I hope you will also. Note to readers: this text accompanies a multimedia art piece picture I posted along with this text titled: Anger Management.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, November 23 2015

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Age: 36
Location: Livingston, TX
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I grew up beneath the pecan tress in our backyard of lush St. Augustine. My bare feet often stepped in dog poo – we loved our cocker spaniels, Benjamin and Sam – one jet – the other blond. I’d romp through the yard with my brother in tow, five years my junior, discovering what lived beneath rocks and baiting birds – grackles and sparrows – with stale bead to watch in summer school breaks. There were many flowers cultivated with the love of my mother’s Green Thumb and a vegetable garden reared with my father’s stern guidance, straight like the rows he’d instruct me to make with the hoe before he’d drop in the seeds. At some point we planted a couple peach trees and to this day they’re my favorite fruit. Often in summer when I’m served a few slices of canned peaches swimming in corn syrup on the blue prison tray I’m reminded of the days gone by. In the backyard my mom staged Easter Egg Hunts and birthday parties for me and invited my friends from around the neighborhood and cousins, too. There were piñatas and German chocolate cakes with candles to blow out for wishes I believed would come true…and still, somehow and someway – though I don’t know quite how – I still believe will one day be true.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, November 23 2015

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24 Books For 8 Months In The Hole Late February this year I consciously decided to refuse to allow the guards to close the food slot of my cell – forcing them to utilize an extraction team to remove me – this so that I could go to The Hole for a pilgrimage out of my usual environment for some time for meditation and study – without the usual distractions. Here’s a list of the books I read during this time: 1) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Marquez 2) The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts 3) An Introduction to Existentialism, Robert Olson 4) Shantaram, David Roberts 5) The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, Kino MacGregor 6) Yoga: Critical Alignment, Gert Van Leeuwen 7) Decoded, Jay Z 8) Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright 9) The Fault in Our Stars, John Green 10) The Prince and the Zombie: Tibetan Tales of Karma, Tenzin Wangmo 11) Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh 12) Yoga: The Spirit of Union, Lar Caughlan 13) The Stranger, Albert Camus 14) Red: A Crayon’s Story, Michael Hall (Yes! A children’s book!) 15) Commentaries on the Shiva Sutras and other Sacred Texts (The Guru Gita), Swami Muktananda 16) Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coats 17) The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd 18) Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now, Maya Angelou (Rest in beautiful peace!) 19) Yoga: The Art of Transformation, edited by Debra Diamond 20) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie 21) The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck 22) Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson PLEASE! Read!) 23) Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee 24) The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Inmate Blog Entry: Saturday, January 23 2016

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Age: 36
Location: Livingston, TX
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HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS

Namaste. I'd like everyone reading this to know that I am someone with a lot of happiness in my heart with still room for more. I hope this is worth something to someone because it is virtually all I have in this lifetime--aside from my very own body. I'd sincerely love to become friends with someone who feels just like I do. I do not have access to a phone nor internet for email: I live a simple life in analog. A letter using the written word by a student of self-expression and human interconnectedness is a powerful potential in this life of limitation I live and that you as one wishing (hopefully!!) to connect with me would need to surrender to; a potential you and I together could tap to achieve one of the greatest (and arguable THE single most greatest!) achievement of mankind: friendship. At some point it would be great if we could meet face-to-face at a visit, but that's getting ahead. The first step, I think, is that you search for your heart (as I do every day) and determine if you are truly ready for friendship. As you think of this, I'll be here in this solitary cell of Death Row polishing my soul, cleaning stains from my heart, opening windows of my mind, and breathing the fresh air of the universe as I wait for you to write. Thank you.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, April 11 2016

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BOOKSHELF: RISE AND SHINE! (SMILE)

Bookshelf: Rise and Shine! (smile) Happy Spring Time, Everyone! Time to wake up, all you sleepy bears! Find a jar of honey; sit beneath a tree and watch the flowers make colorful perfume and incense burning with bees and butterflies. May a dome of trees guard your sleep and a crisp river provide your bath when the sparrows wake you for your meditations. May everything be found in your breath! Here is a look at my winter bookshelf, the books I have kept warm with: 1) No Exit and three other plays (Flies, Respectful Prostitute, Dirty Hands), Jean-Paul Sartre 2) The Secret History, Donna Tartt 3) Guantanamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi 4) Lolito, Ben Brooks 5) Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse (third reading) 6) Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (second reading) 7) Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg 8) Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki 9) The Martian, Andy Weir 10) The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (very disturbing) 11) We Are All Apocalyptic Now, Professor Robert Jenson 12) Hell Is A Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, edited by: Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd 13) The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt 14) Django Unchained, graphic novel adaptation, Reginald Hudlin 15) The Wisdom We’re Born With, Daniel Gottlied 16) The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud 17) Buck, MK Asante And, ASANTE for reading my blog! (smile)
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, April 25 2016

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STRICKLY FOR MY YOGIZ

STRICKLY FOR MY YOGIZ NAMASTE. It’s 8A.M., Democracy Now! has ended today’s edition. Today began with the Ashtanga Primary series followed with Zazen. Two thoughts arose while practicing asana:1, the practice of asana in a Texas’ Death Row cell is a unique practice within itself. One must maneuver in concert with the space – which creates harmony and thus liberation from the limitations of the space. Secondly, I thought of how grateful I am for the yogis reaching out to me from all over the world sharing good energy with me. Further opening me up to more possibilities within life and friendship. I am deeply grateful to you all. While in Warrior Pose this morning I had the sense that this morning’s practice was a tribute to you all and so I wanted to share this glorious gratitude! Winter was difficult for me and feeling the spring’s sun feels like I have emerged victorious from a dark period of my life: my long-time Life partner who vanished in May of last year and whom I hoped would appear for Christmas didn’t and when I learned weeks before Christmas that I might have only a year before the state executes me – I was confronted with so many existential realities that for not the grace of friendship many writing me from this site – I’m not sure I would have made it. So, again: I thank you all, deeply and sincerely. I do not know the future so we will still have to see what can be done to save my life, but in the meantime, what is important is what is always important: I BOW TO YOU.




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