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Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, April 25 2016

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Age: 42
Location: Abilene, TX
Total Blog Entries: 2
SHADES OF FREEDOM BY E. L. TEDANA

Are you free? On the surface this should be a simple question, straightforward, black and white. Yes or no? However, not every prison has razor wire fences or iron bars. Some prisons are mental, others are emotional and some are spiritual. There are economical, intellectual and social prisons; prisons of every shape, size and color. Yet all these prisons have something in common. In fact you could say they share a key, a key to release, a key to relief, a key to freedom. What is that key? It’s a word that has gotten a bad rap. At first glance this key seems to lead deeper into the dungeons. I understand, I have walked this path of darkness a long time. Yet sometimes darkness can show you the light. At times I wanted to quit. However, I reminded myself, “I already know what lies behind”. So I pressed on, using this key to open doors that stood in the way and kept me caged. The key? Submission. By owning my flaws, accepting responsibility for my actions and working within my limitations – I’m learning to deal with reality on reality’s terms. Submission is not surrender. It’s a shade of freedom. Yet some locks require more than one key, others require a combination. Yes, there are all kinds of locks and all kinds of prisons. So let me rephrase my initial question and instead let me ask, “What shade is your freedom?” Let’s create concurrently.
Inmate Blog Entry: Wednesday, November 8 2017

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Eric Lee Tedana's Profile
Age: 42
Location: Abilene, TX
Total Blog Entries: 2
DEFINING YOUR PASSION

How do you define “Your Passion”? I’ve been thinking a lot about this question. Yet I’m not quite sure how to arrive at the answer. Your thoughts and feedback on this subject would be greatly appreciated. As an artist, one of my goals is to express myself hoping it resonates with someone. Is that passion? Or is passion merely the things we enjoy in life? My go-to answer used to be, “I have a passion for fashion”. It rhymes, it’s cute, and yes- I really enjoy fashion. However, when I think of the movie- The Passion of Christ, I see the word used differently. Passion connects with pain. The question hangs in the air. What are you willing to suffer for? How bad do you really want this? Take my passion for fashion…Am I willing to suffer the hours it takes to make my design a reality? Or the songs that I write…What if the producer wants me to sing it again and again… and again? Sure, I’d like to write books, but the editors critiques can cut deep-pouring out red ink. Is this worth it? Maybe passion is that one thing you won’t give up on despite rejection, despite haters, despite the odds. It’s this fire that won’t go out even in the rain. Maybe passion is just something that can’t be explained. What do you think? I’m really interested in hearing your response. How do you define your passion?




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