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Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, April 11 2017

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Age: 58
Location: Ontario, OR
Total Blog Entries: 4
NORTH SHORE

One day I hopped on a plane to Oahu to see my brother. Big party on the beach, lots of fun. I met a beautiful lady with jet black hair and piercing blue eyes. As the party wound down we spent the early hours talking on the beach. I told her I had to make a trip to the other side of the island. She said let’s go. Reluctantly I agreed. I had always dreamed of making this trip alone. We drove past the pineapple fields to the North Shore. When we arrived waiting for the sun to come up, my board close, I could hear the roar of the surf. It was awesome, pounding the coral reef like Thor’s hammer. There seemed to be a monster out tonight. The sand vibrated under our feet. The sun began to rise between the palms and over the volcanic mountains. I had found my paradise. 15-20 foot surf, one of the most spectacular sites I have ever seen. The mist made the waves look majestic. After a great time surfing, I came back to the beach beaming. My new friend understood exactly why I came to this place. After a couple of days together we both returned to our lives, we spoke on the phone at times. The surf, her beauty and the tropical paradise will always be with me. Life is about adventures. It was August when I arrived home. A friend called and just said “Octoberfest in Germany”. I said, “Can’t wait”. I have always believed a life without adventure, isn’t a life.
Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, August 29 2017

Inmate Blog Category: Prison Life


Paul Guenthner's Profile
Age: 58
Location: Ontario, OR
Total Blog Entries: 4
WHAT'S GOOD

Prison Life ~~~ What’s good about prison life? Some positive. I work in a plant nursery and garden. I love music, so I have countless songs downloaded. I have a flat screen in my house, movies, stereo, video chat, email, video games, phone internet tables. Any kind of food you want -we can order KFP, Pizza Hunt and others. Our doors are unlocked most of the time. I have family and friend and pen-pals that I correspond with. ~~What’s good about Prison Life? ~~~ I’ve made mistakes that impacted my family and friends. They have to answer the questions, where’s your father? What happened to Paul? I did this. I have a nightmare about one of my daughters; she’s crying out for me during a big thunderstorm, help me Daddy. I go to her room and there is a giant wall. No matter what I do or how hard I try the wall won’t come down. I found a hammer and now I tear down the wall one brick at a time. After many years I was working late one night and I fell asleep on the floor. When I woke, I count hear crying. The thunder was distant. I heard a grown woman on the other side of the wall say, “It’s OK Dad, the storm and the wall are almost gone.” ~~~What’s good about prison Life?~~~ Nothing.~~~ I’ll be on Facebook soon. Look me up as I start the last leg of this journey. I intend to spend more time learning and paying extra attention to my family, friends and my special lady. I’ve had so many pen pals on this site. Thank you all. Thoughts don’t look back. What I do next is what matters as a man. Reach out to someone in need. Rest Easy, Paul
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, December 11 2017

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Age: 58
Location: Ontario, OR
Total Blog Entries: 4
ORCA

I spent a good amount of time living close to the ocean in California. One of my favorite activities was going out in my boat that I kept in the harbor. We loved to go to the Channel Islands, Pendleton Island and Avalon. One day fishing for tuna off Pendleton we all decided to go for a swim. I dove in first and swam 30’ or so from the boat. My girlfriend yelled and pointed to my right; coming straight at me, less than 40’ away was a pod of Killer Whales, 10 to 12 of them. I had no time to move so I stayed put as the elders dove straight under me. Some had dorsal fins that were 6 to 7 feet tall. One smaller whale veered right around the boat to come back for another look. The orca was curious, slowly going past at 5’ or so from me. Then off it went. The turbulence caused by its tail was incredible. I swam back and sat on the swim step, amazed at what just happened. I could only smile and then we all laughed. Wow, that was cool! Glad I’m not a seal. On the way back to the harbor we stopped off the coast overlooking Sea World. I thought about the Orca living in a small pool, performing for their food. Very Sad! That prison is worse than mine. I get to go home…they don’t. Music: John Lennon, Instant Karma. Willie Nelson, Always On My Mind. FFDP Cold
Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, April 17 2018

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Age: 58
Location: Ontario, OR
Total Blog Entries: 4
DO WHAT YOU CAN

Two of my girls came to visit me this month. That makes a Dad happy. One subject that came up was that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. My oldest said, “You taught us to be strong, independent and to work hard for what we want”. Coming from a Doctor maybe I should listen to her. My middle daughter is working in Commercial Real Estate and I’m not sure what my youngest has chosen as a profession. I choose to help others while I’m still here. My garden has been very successful feeding hundreds of people in the local community who are having a hard time. I trained one man the first year to be a Master Gardener. The second year I trained 3. This year I’ve been given an opportunity to expand to 4 to 5 acres producing 400 thousand pounds of produce. We can train 20 men to provide fresh veggies and fruit for this facility and more important to me, feeding hungry children, men and women for a 50 mile radius. This I’m proud of! My goal has always been to help others with this program. By doing this I help myself. I consider everything I’ve done a great success if I only helped one child from going to bed hungry. Four years ago I started the gardening program with a 5 gallon bucket of flower. Staff is now talking about over 100 acres in the next 5 years. I’ll be gone in 3. Leaving a program growing millions of pounds of produce is a goal I achieved by working hard and thinking of others. My next goal will be much harder and I’ll do it when I go home. Music: 3 Doors Down Hear Without you UB40 Red Red Wine Thirty Seconds To Mars Walk on Water. To all my children, the words to Willie Nelson always on my mind says everything I could ever say.




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