Human Me

Click-Clack, POW!…

Currently, this prison is experiencing an institution wide Covid lockdown. There’s been confirmed cases in all of the living units, so all of us residents are strictly confined so as to stop the spread. For me, I’m confined to a wing of roughly 75 inmates and 5 service dogs in training. One of the subtle …

84, Charing Cross Road..

After finishing “84, Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the power of correspondence. Hanff, through her own personal accounts, shares the ability to know the people you’ve never met. As an incarcerated person myself, most new friendships I strike up with the world beyond are through the power …

Strange Cravings…

Do you like ice cream? Yes. Do you like chocolate cake? Yep! Who wouldn’t? Do you like swilling pickle juice and spoonfulls of hot sauce? Plain bread covered in just condiments? Maybe not on the last bunch, but I know someone who does. But the strange cravings are real in a place like prison, where …

Farewell, Dear Ruth…

This month saw the departure of another substantial influence in my life. My dear friend Ruth found her way back to the free world to be among the people that love her and, probably just as important, to sink her teeth into the dreams she’s been cooking up. That’s the proper evolution, though… If you …

Nonstop Covid…

The evening before Thanksgiving, our prison was put on a complete lockdown over Covid. It seems that in the last 48hrs, we’ve had roughly 60 cases (out of 800) and climbing. They said another round of testing is to ensue on Monday and there’s no doubt more will be added to the positive list. It’s …

Creating Your Own Winning Strategy Is Not As Hard As You Think

Think creating a winning strategy is hard? Let me help you think of strategy a little different. On the surface strategy, in general, has unlimited options. But when we go just below the surface we see that ‘strategy’ as a subject is built upon some easier to grasp principles. While we won’t go into all …

Still Most Comfortable In A Bathroom

I’m still the most comfortable in a bathroom. After 11 years in prison I have hidden anxiety that I don’t realize I am carrying until I step into my transitional house bathroom and I suddenly relax. I relax in here because it’s a confined space. It’s small than my old cell but it has all …

Learning To Live Post Release

I’ve been out of prison for almost a week now and I am trying to adjust myself into real people stuff. Things like wearing real womenswear’s and applying makeup feel natural to me, like it’s the way it was always supposed to be. Now I have to worry about leaving lipstick stains on my coffee …

Finally Out Of Prison!

Fresh out of prison. This is me at 5:30 am drinking coffee and reading a book while I order a subscription to the Seattle Times, just because I can! Freedom is great!❤️ You can expect to start seeing videos and pics on the regular from me. Until then I’m just enjoying the good life. SO …