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Ivan P. Wynn's Profile
Age: 51
Location: NJ
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, May 17 2016
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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: 45
Location: GA
Total Blog Entries: 4
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 18 2016
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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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Thuron Hammersley's Profile
Age: 48
Location: PA
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 18 2016
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FRIENDSHIP IS THE BEGINNING OF CREATION

Here are a couple of things that have run through my mind, at some time or another: The perfect prayer, is right actions with their roots, being in love. Neither coincidences, nor mistakes exist, only divine interventions. Remain silent and let your actions be the teacher. There are billions upon billions of planets in the universe. Yet, popular belief is earth alone has intelligent life. Is this arrogance? No,……..complete stupidity. Begging is not what God considers prayer. Magic, is not reality conforming to your will out of nothing. Magic, is when you know ou can conform reality from your will, out of nothing. Throughout the universe, friendship is the beginning of all creation. Resistance to change causes much suffering. Never fear change. Though it may be ugly and uncomfortable, it is nonetheless, necessary. Only the weak need to be praised. Everyone’s individual experience is valuable to all. Their advice however, is often not. Doing nothing is the answer to confusion. If you have lived your entire life in the dark, you will not appreciate being brought to the light. That undoubtedly will be blinding to your eyes. Here lies the dilemma. The wise man realizes he knows nothing of the mysteries of life. It is for this reason, that he is so perfectly guided to the promise land. Where these jewels are entrusted, unto him. I don’t fear religion. However, I am scared shitless of its followers. On your deathbed, how much money you have, the car you drive, the label on your clothes, your car, or your job, simply won’t matter. What will be of great importance, is one question. The mortal will wonder, with fear. What’s next? The immortal will wonder, with tranquility, did I do enough? When life knocks us down as it surely will at times. Without looking around to blame something or someone, we should simply get back up, dust ourselves off and say, F…..It!

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Freddie Robertson's Profile
Age: 23
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Thursday, May 19 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Prison Life
LEGACY

I awake everyday on a 3 inch, lumpy, twin size mattress; in a 9 x 12 foot cell, shared with a complete stranger and stare at the concrete ceiling as I ponder on my past, as well as my future, beyond the confinement of these caged wall. I realized, I’ve wasted most of my youth and prime years, living beneath my potential, beneath my calling, beneath a standard that was set before I took my first breath. Blinded by stupidity, blinded by the statistical outcome of my surroundings, blinded by my own fear to be unique. But I have also realized that this isn’t the end for me, it’s merely the beginning. I know that I have a promising future ahead of me, and I won’t let my past or my current situation discourage me or make me feel as if anything isn’t feasible. I was placed upon this earth to achieve the impossible, not be confined to the mediocrity of this world. Being in prison has only opened my eyes and made me challenge myself to change and want more out of life. I just want to know when it’s time for me to leave this earthly body. I’ll leave a true legacy behind. One that generations to come will try to strive for. Family is always a first priority with me. I would do whatever to provide, protect and show the depth of my love for them. So I owe it to them to change my life.

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Marcus Makulski's Profile
Age: 32
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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Joshua Workowski's Profile
Age: 37
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 4
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 23 2016
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To live in the world without knowing about the world is like walking about in a vast library and never even touching a book. I look back on my life now realizing I’ve spent most of it walking blindly from milestone to milestone in search of something not truly understanding what it was that I was missing. I’ve spent my years learning how to weather the storms finding now that the joy of dancing in the rain is so much better than merely hunching my shoulders against it. But dancing is an experience to be shared. What is happiness and joy that’s kept to one’s self? Loneliness, sometimes pride stops us, or maybe it’s embarrassment from holding our hand out for what we want, need or desire. We (men) were created as only half of a much better whole. Well in my case I may be a little less than half, so my question is do you add up to the other three quarters? (smile) It takes an exceptional lady to deal with a fella like me. I can make you smile when you’re mad at me, I will always treat you with loyalty, respect and give you the attention you deserve. All I ask from you is to expect the unexpected and enjoy this opportunity to not only take a walk in my library but to read my books.

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Joshua Workowski's Profile
Age: 37
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 4
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 23 2016
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Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands…It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. What have I learned? I’ve learned that I’m in search of you. Yeah, you, so stop looking around! I am an attentive listener and a wholehearted friend with a passionate desire to share in life’s wonders with someone. Reach out and touch, you will see I am an open book waiting to be read. Sure I could promise to walk you down paths you’ve never traveled before but my true intentions are to seek out the trails of your mind and heart. Explore them with the eye of a philosopher and the tongue of a poet. Life is laughter and it’s one thing I can always promise you…you get my letters, you will smile, you open my letters, you will be curious. You read my letters, you will laugh. How do I “know” this, you ask with a roll of your eyes…let me ask you a question of my own, are you smiling yet? (smile) I’m only a stamp away if you ever need someone to brighten your day.

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Nicholas Bair's Profile
Age: 38
Location: OH
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 25 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Friendship
FRIENDS

In choosing my friends it’s understood that trust must be earned. It’s not something that I randomly distribute, I test, and retest potential friends. Please understand that I am not a solitary being by disposition and necessity. As a result of this fact, I often embrace those who are not worthy of the honor of being considered a friend. Friendship implies that the people involved in the particular relationship will do whatever is necessary to protect the interest and welfare of the other, material possessions the law, and myself are counted second to a friend. Plus a friend can never be wrong in anything they do to someone outside of the friendship. If you believe otherwise, you may want to reevaluate your definition of a friendship. Friendship indicated that you have elevated someone to a position of the highest ranks in your life, which has been one of my greatest flaws because I place myself in a position where I began to make sacrifices that sometimes even threatens my survival. So, I’ve grown accustom at not getting too close with others or allowing them to be so with me. This doesn’t apply to genuine friends that I respect and acknowledge as being equals. But it has been in my best interest to maintain greater value or importance over those with a fictitious nature about them, and if your real identity gets exposed you will lose you overall quality and value of being a friend, and with that your reputation!

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Leversus Mabry's Profile
Age: 41
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 30 2016
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Issue 1: If you had an opportunity to read my initial profile, I shared a small glimpse of my court situation with you, well there’s good news about that: On February 18, 2016, the 3rd district appellate court reversed and remanded this conviction for a new trial for ineffective assistance of trial counsel. On March 3, 2016 the state filed a petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court (if you don’t know what that means, and you’d like to discuss the details of it, just write and I’ll explain everything to you.) If the Illinois Supreme Court upholds the 3rd District Appeals Court’s ruling this will make my “4th trial”. The conviction is predicated on false pretenses (lies); therefore it nor the sentence belongs to me; it’s knowingly and intentionally wrongful. I want to garner some media attention to it, to expose Peoria County’s corrupt and malicious proponents involved in it (directly and indirectly) because “Peorians” don’t have a social or a political defense against those unjust institutions – from the police to the courthouse, it’s citizens are voiceless and prays for sympathy opposed to knowing what justice is and being able to believe in it. Peoria County works off of a buddy system and be bullying people. That’s the type of help I need, to bring some serious media attention to these blatant injustices. To fight to attain judicial justice for myself and the people. Issue 2: Are we mad, emotionally blinded, because America has honored its first black president to a point where we’d really consider electing a Donald Trump? A childish tyrant! I like Bernie!

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Christian Weaver's Profile
Age: 39
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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