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Anthony Bell #02062222
March 17 2020
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” – Albert Einstein
Gentle Reader, hear me tell of my dreams, dreams sent by the highest heavens, in this you will not waste your labor. Nor will listening irk you. For this wonderful work abounds in so many things. If grave and dour you despise love stories, know, I pray that things are well ordered herein. You refuse? But at least the style with its novel language, grave discourse and wisdom commands your attention? If you refuse this also, note the passion! Here you will see the perfect palaces of Kings. The worship of Nymphs, fountains and rich banquets. The guards dance, dressed in motley and the whole human life is expressed in the dark labyrinth of my soul.
In 2020 I came to the realization that these four walls do not define who I am as a man. My physical freedom has been taken to pay a debt society believes I owe but my mind I feel will never be bound to this place. You watch prison TV shows, in humor and in fun. I live that life day by day. Right now I feel that I have taken the first steps toward a greater and more vibrant life not limited by boundaries of a past that held me in its bitter grasp. I started this profile as a hypothetical hand held out in hopes of someone to share this journey with. I know in my heart that someone out there is holding out their hand hopefully also. I am so curious to know what brought you here today. This world is so rich with hidden jewels, roses growing from unlikely places. The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of this life. You only live once. #I’mWaiting…
Monte Straite #26793-058
March 17 2020
Quotes that I love or live by:
- Change your thoughts and change your world.
- Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
- Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.
- Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strength.
- Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
- If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.
- Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.
- Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.
- Good, better, best. Never let it rest; Till your good is better and your better is best.
- Your limitation is only your imagination.
Marcus Swanigan #412548
March 17 2020
"Emotions and Feelings"
Welcome, we are going to cover things from my perspective like words coming to LIFE and UPLIFTING CONTENT for modern everyday things.
Emotions and Feelings, things I once played with as a child. Why did I do such things, believe me, I have no idea. No excuse can be made for the choices I made, would you dare to accept my apology or my attempts to make amends.
How are you feeling?
Woman are the beginning of all things.
A nation of people was created from woman (thanks mom) so I would like to congratulate every woman for being perfect, it doesn't matter what shape or size, you are formed, I love you all.
Denis Baldwin #1198380
March 16 2020
Update: I’ve been fortunate enough to correspond with some amazing people through this site. It’s been great getting different perspectives and learning about new people. I still have enough time left that I’m always looking for more people to write. After two seasons of wildland firefighting, I’ve been afforded the opportunity of working at the Governor’s Mansion full time. I’m thankful to be where I’m at, all things considered and am spending my time positively through writing, reading and continuing to work out.
In about 5 months I’ll be able to transfer down to Vegas in order to be at a halfway house, although I’ll still be incarcerated, and after a year there, able to transfer home. It’s still a ways away, but it will come sooner than I expect. Thank you for taking the time to read and I look forward to hearing from you!
March 16 2020
So, I went through a few transfers. I ended up here at Illinois River CC in Canton, Il, 61520.
I was lucky enough to get back into Lakeland college classes. I was accepted and landed a spot in the Modern Automotive Technology class. That's a vocational program with Lakeland college. I love it! I didn't like the Math class, but I got through that with a C-average. Now I'm in the real automotive book. It reads like a Chilton’s manual. I'm interested and follow it, already having a mechanical background, this is a good fit for me.
The law has changed as 2020 and everybody is intending to get the program sentence credit. (Good Time Credit) Good time for educational and work programs. Everybody, us inmates are waiting for the new calculation time sheets to start coming in.
I know most inmates have to wait to get a position in classes. Guess I'm just lucky. They must've seen my transcripts. I also finished a Psychology class before I transferred from Lawrenceville. So, I'm stacking up the credits now working toward certifications in the automotive class and hopefully eventually an Associate’s degree. That degree is still my goal.
I'm in the garage, the shop again and I like that. I'll be working toward A.S.E. certifications. I like my instructor, professor. I believe there’s still a life out there in the world for me.
Write me. OK. I get lonely trying to keep busy, you know.
So I have to maintain a C-average to get the Good Time Sentence credit. That's incentive for more inmates to get into educational programs. Right now in my first syllabus, I have the first 8 chapters of my Modern Automotive Technology book. I have a B average.
Hope that maybe potential employers will see here my skill and education. I would hope that people would know that I have made changes in my life and rebuilding my life.
Go Kansas City Chiefs! I've been keeping up with football….TV, that's always good conversation.
Hope there's someone out there to write me!
March 12 2020
It's amazing and scary how much the media influences our thoughts, views and understanding of events. It should be criminal the damage done, peoples reputations and lives based on irresponsible reporting looking for attention or splash with the story regardless of the facts and false allegations.
No telling how many times I've been deceived by a news report or article I read because I believed in the accuracy of the story and the investigative work to ensure the facts of the stories. I've learned first-hand the damage a story can cause when the proper due diligence isn't followed. Allowing false allegations without any facts to support them to be reported as news.
Anyone who knows or takes the time to get to truly know me will have difficulties accepting I could commit such a crime. Although for someone to read the articles reported by the media who doesn't know me, it would appear as if I were a monster.
Now I will never claim to be perfect, Lord knows I make my share of mistakes, but that doesn't make me a monster who would take another life. So, before you make a snap judgement based on inaccurate media reports, I ask you to please get to know me for who I am and make your own educated judgment.
Bobby Bowen #1619547
March 9 2020
More Than Enough – By Bobby J. Bowen
Whomever designed the cup created it with everything it needed to fulfill its purpose. Does a cup “need” liquid in order to feel real? If you trimmed it in gold, would it be “more” of a cup? When it gets dirty is it “less” of a cup?
The creator creates nothing incomplete, including us, for he is complete. Marketers, magazines and movies “move us” to feel like completeness comes from an external source. The moment we say “I need that” we create a hole that needs to be filled. We create the “want” thus we create the hole. We get the “thing” we want and we say, “Finally, I got it”. The only “real” change is the fact that you “took your desire back”! The “thing” didn’t add something the creator forgot to include. You just filled a hole you created.
Nothing outside of the self can complete the self, just as water doesn’t complete a cup. We can trim ourselves in gold and diamonds and yet still remain complete. And despite the “dirt” we accumulate throughout our lives, we are sill made in his image. Our value never diminished.
External gratification is fleeting and should be enjoyed as such. The moment our worth is connected and validated through a relationship, job or our social status, we create mental and emotional holes that grow deeper with time. Freedom is the answer to this: What does water do for a cup?
Steven Lee #120464
March 9 2020
~ Spirit Filled Follower Of Christ ~
So this is my 1st blog entry, so bear with me! As you can tell from my ad, Jesus Christ is so much more to me than just someone I follow in English terms. He is my everything :). Thought I was saved for many years (age 9) little did I know I had no clue what being filled with the Holy Spirit was!? Last September I had asked my friend to worship with me, he is a very devout charismatic believer in speaking in tongues, modern day prophets, apostles, seers, intercession, all the gifts of the spirit and the 5 Fold Ministry. For some odd reason, I was drawn to tongues which makes sense now; I’ll explain later.
So my friend said, tomorrow we can, he needed to pray about it. Little did I know he was going to be the vessel that God turned my life upside down with. Next morning he was amazed at the visions God had given him about me. Listen, at this time I believed in none of the supernatural of God in modern times. So he had me read 1 Cor 12 (spiritual gifts) and Eph 4: 9-16 (5 Fold Ministry). Asked me what gifts and ministry stood out to me? I told him tongues and teaching, he then proceeded to tell me God has so much more in store for you.
Listen to me, at this point, I’m extremely doubtful. I grew up in the Baptist church, they speak against this where I went! So we go to his cell (yes, God lives in prison too :) LOL) where we listened to Christian music! He then began to pray and asked the Holy Spirit to dwell with us. Then he asked the Lord to reveal my assignment in the 5 Fold Ministry that he brought in his dreams. Then he said, reveal the Ministry of the Apostleship. Wait a minute, what? Apostleship, what does that even mean? Not me. I’m broken, prisoner, orphan etc. The list is long! You’re probably reading this going, this guy is crazy. I assure you, I am not!!
Next thing I know, he is praying in tongues and I’m balling like a woman :). Next thing I know, someone is wrapping their arms around me from behind, hugging me, but no one was there! Close my eyes and then I see Jesus is hugging me! No way!! This is impossible!! Opened my eyes he is still there!! I’m crying, my friend is crying. Yeah right, a bunch of hard nose criminals crying over Jesus! God is good!!
Listen, my life hasn’t been the same since. This was my first supernatural experience ever! Over the past 4 months he has given me many more. The Holy Spirit (God) told me to write this blog and dedicate it to the processes of becoming an Apostle of Jesus Christ. I get it, some might call me crazy but pay attention. I’ll post all my experiences each month!
I hope this blog can help you discover the real Jesus! Remember, God is good all the time, all the time God is Good! Recommended meditation of Scripture: Ezekiel 47. Write me, tell me about your thoughts on this scripture!!
Love, Peace and Joy.
March 9 2020
I am in the front seat of a vehicle that goes by a single name. What is that name? You ask. Well, it is one experienced personally or you have had the opportunity to hear it the past few years, Justice Reform. I am thankful for the progress and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into getting us to this point. My appreciation is not given without a sense of apprehension. This apprehension comes from my own personal skepticism, and confusion. What I remain confused, and therefore, hesitant about is the fact that I do not know what kind of vehicle this is that I am in. Is the vehicle of Justice Reform a runaway freight train for a pendulum? Please take a second to let that thought sink in, there is a distinct difference between the two.
A freight train moves in a single direction picking up speed as it travels. The runaway part is symbolic of the fact that it will continue to pick up speed, and ultimately ride past its perceived destination. Can you imagine embarking on an endeavor to reform justice and ending up at a destination way beyond that? Now that is a beautiful thought. I wish we could stop there but there is a more realistic image that we must be aware of. The second vehicle, the pendulum, is an object that swings back and forth, based on gravity and momentum. If we were a pendulum, what would be the gravity and what would be the momentum? Well, the gravity would be the financial crunch that maintaining the prison institution has put on Americans; not just now but for generations to come. With a bill that steep, what is there to show for it accept a recidivism rate in excess of 70 percent.
The momentum is multi-faceted as you have increased social pressure, increased transparency inside a system that operates in the shadows, there are more questions being asked, this all coupled with vocal and successful “ex-cons” pushing for change. The thing with the pendulum that makes it a vehicle that must be met with skepticism is its ability to swing in the opposite direction. So, what happens if someone who is given an opportunity fails, or if the majority is no longer for Justice Reform? Do we swing back into the other direction and begin using terms like tough on crime instead of second chance society? A pendulum ultimately has a single destination and that is to be at a point where it no longer swings, that is the status quo. Well, what is the DOC’s status quo, and how hard are we fighting to make sure we do not lose momentum and return there? I feel like the freight train is the vehicle that I desire to be in and I hope you desire that too. So while we are at this point, only gathering speed, let's push hard at the boundaries that we are being subjected to an fly way beyond our desired destination.
Andrew Dickson (T.R.U.E. Program Elder)
Arturo Orozco Jr
March 5 2020
To My Homeboys
Yo-Yo….word up son! Check this, a while back I posted a blog in here admiring Cardi B. Good qualities and lately I've been feeling a chic who has all the qualities and prettier, sexier than Cardi B. Ya’ll heard?
So I've been checking out this chic for quite a while, she's gangster in the sense that she'll do anything I ask her, she's way too intelligent and not scary at all. So y'all know I'm going to need to test her to see if she passes the test and is gangsta enough to have my last name and kids. I need to check she's not afraid to handle herself under pressure, but at the same time to not be too proud to ask me what I need her to do.
So I've been waiting for her to bust her move and let me know she likes me and is ready for me. I've been praying, asking the gods of the universe and destiny for a gangsta chic like this, and I believe this shorty is that gift, the way she looks at me there's fire inside my soul. Naaaa mean?
I believe she's my soulmate, I won't say her name but y'all know when I bring her home. To email, download apps for connectnetwork.com.
“My Baby Gangsta” – Mr. Capone-E
“Lost in Love” – Mc Magic
“Your My Gangster Girl” – Malow Mac
“Mine” – Bazzi