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Some of the things we do in life lead us astray. Sometimes we become down. But by hearing your words we become closer, more near, to what we long for. We find people who may not know us but care and that to me means more than you know. By reading this you’ve shown more than you know.
We constantly search for someone to connect with on another level beyond mere social normitys. The essence of it all is at a fundamental basic, pen and paper. But I find beauty in words, beauty in the fact people care. Though I may be lost, there’s hope. No matter how slim, there is a piece. You are my hope, something that releases me from these walls, someone to grow close to.
To me, you are my hope!
And that can either make someone grand or sheltered in abysmal darkness, a darkness we’ve all come to know. Would you be my light against what shines? I suppose we shall see.
Thaddeus Causey #A566-279
It would all be too simple. If we could solve everything. Just by saying, love is the answer to everything. That’s just “talk”. Eventually, I’m looking for more than casual conversation from you. More than just company…Someone to build with, who understands growth. I’ve been in the jungle my whole life. I don’t need someone who’s afraid of obstacles.
Henry Wainwright #91151-004
What A Name
I believe everybody has a nickname or pet name. A name that may mean something special to them. My birth name is Henry; family calls me Lenny. The name Lenny also has something to do with my great grandmother – who has since died – and the stock market crash in 1929…Something like that. Anyway, Lenny, is an attractive name to women, it even came up during my trial while I was on the stand being questioned by the prosecutor.
In here, they call me Elvis. Don’t want to attract any girls in here. Know what I mean? I used to spell my name H-E-N-R-Y-9. The number 9 was silent, I was named after my grandfather Heinrich Luft (Henry) the son of my great grandmother and he was called “Henny” by my grandmother. My grandmother loved John Steinbeck and for some reason started calling me Lenny after, I believe, Steinbeck’s fictional character, “Of Mice and Men”. I never had a mouse in my pocket or pet mice, so I can only imagine why “Nannie” would call me Lenny. She had a Henny and a Lenny.
I always wanted a tough name. Machinegun Kelly, Scarface, Two Fingers Tony. What I learned is, the name doesn’t make you tough. I once saw a guy named Cindy smash a guy named Rock.
As far as being attractive, well, let’s just say my brother did the best he could. Not to mention a cool moniker like Lenny will always help…Oh, Henry is cool too.
Jonas McDougal #570574
Dear Future Pen Pals,
First and foremost, if you’re taking your time to check out my profile I want to thank you sincerely. This blog is to help anyone out there who is trying to connect with me ensure they get a response…These are just a few keys that will help you out, because if you’re willing to give me a chance, I definitely wanna give a chance too.
The easiest and fastest way to get in contact with me is e-mail through jpay.com…but something I’ve experienced is people reaching out through jpay.com and then removing themselves from my mailing list because of a small delay in my response time. I need you to understand that your e-mails take time to get to me…Sometimes days at a time. It is not instant…If you remove yourself, how will you know if I tried to respond to you? Sometimes things happen in here where I may not be able to reach right back, things like the facility going on lockdown or the system going down…If you contact me PLEASE be patient…My whole purpose for creating this profile is to connect with you. So please don’t get discouraged if I don’t immediately write back. Something could be going on.
If you email me please include your address in your email…This makes it easy for me to respond if say the system is down or we’re in lockdown.
Thank you, I appreciate it.
The Introspection of a letter
I don’t think many of us who are incarcerated understand our obligation to friends and loved ones. Oftentimes we wallow in resentment and pity because we feel forgotten or left out as it pertains to the lives of our loved ones. But, I challenge you to take a different approach. If the world stopped turning because we are incarcerated, then what would there be in the lives of our loved ones to want to be a part of? A good friend of mine wrote an article detailing the many letters written by political prisoner Nelson Mandela to his family while imprisoned during the Apartheid Regime. Her article gave insight on how Mr. Mandela was Vulnerable and stripped of family and friends, as most of the incarcerated are. But, despite it all the restrictions and limitations on Mandela and his family, he fought to remain connected. So, ask yourself, as a prisoner how restricted are we really? Are our conditions as dark and grim as Mr. Mandela’s or have we just given up? Have we developed the “poor little me syndrome that has deprived our families of the strength that has deprived our families of the strength we bare? Now don’t get me wrong, our friends and family are not completely absolved of all responsibility. In the article that inspired me to write this, she shared what a fellow writer advised: “Whenever you receive a letter from a prisoner make sure you write him back.” There is no obligation on both ends. I’m sure that whatever your spiritual/religious guidance is (in most that I’ve studied” it tells you in one way or another to “never forget the prisoner”. However, in most families of the incarcerated, with the stress of finances and daily struggles, they simply don’t have the tools or basic understanding of what this kind of support entails. So, as the prisoner, it is my job to set the example. Through letters, you can be the reassurance to a mother that’s worried. You can be the bond that a daughter needs with a father or the discipline of a man to a son. Through letters, your wife can still be what we commonly refer to as “your rib”. Letters have allowed me to be vulnerable in my darkest times and the strength in my families. No matter what our reasons, we have to stay connected to those we love, even if they never respond! The tragedy that is prison is meant to derail us. But, sometimes our circumstances are meant to define us. We think tragedy derails us when it actually puts us on track. So, lets challenge ourselves to make whatever obstacles we face into character building opportunities and share your journey with the family you love. Become through provoking and understanding and know that you have to work just as hard to include your family in your life as they do for you in theirs. So, while my friend so eloquently stated: “Someone, somewhere in a prison across town, in a border detention facility in a country you’ve never known is waiting on a letter.” I say some daughter, some wife, some mother in a place you know very well is also.
By Judah Watkins
A free thinker
It’s time for you to get a point of view from a real man, the one and only Bacon.
C’mon people, it isn’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know fa’sho that just aint so.
I’m going to explain, the only time I tried Methamphetamine I was awake for six days. Found out there was a pervert in the neighborhood.
Right across the street, my neighbors were having a party. After two hours I realized, I was staring at a bunch of furniture.
That’s American politics.
Welcome to our Sketchy Kvetchy Platform.
Bacon: Donald J. Trump is a victim of the media. Trump’s a humble person. He’s actually much greater than he thinks he is.
FTJ: Trump is the worst schlemiel on the planet, who I’d never want to meet. He’s the biggest crotch grabbing creep in the country who will never see the inside of a prison. I pray he chokes on Hasenpfeffer.
Bacon: You see, those Liberals complain when it doesn’t work out for them. They want everything and nothing at the same time. Sort of like breaking up with your baby’s mother cause you don’t date chicks with kids.
FTJ: The conservatives believe in our laws like condoms are only for people who don’t have a disease.
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Thank you for tuning into my thoughts. I have so much to share. Truth. I’ve come a long way in this deep and emotional search for the knowledge of myself and life, and the search continues. Up until my redirection I’ve been counterproductive to my life and most around me. Through-out the five years I’ve been away I’ve slowly grown and improved. Training myself to be the complete man I was born to be. We live in a day and age where a sad but very high percentage of men are not fulfilling the purpose that’s in our nature. Which is guiding and protecting our women and children. Mistreating our women from all types of angles. Subconsciously tricking them into thinking that this is just how men are. Unknowingly taking advantage of the vulnerability that’s also in their nature. I own up to the fact that I was one of the worst of them inside that high percentage of disappointing men. But, I’ve redirected my focus on embracing the unselfish righteous part of my creation. Wanting for everyone as I do for myself and that’s the true knowledge and understanding of ourselves. Our body and minds are a gift and this gift was given to us to cherish and strengthen, not poison. I’ve been a poison to myself and others long enough. I WILL be a helping hand in this much needed change within my people. My guidance starts now and this is not just me declaring my leadership. I’m also a follower. I follow knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. If you possess those jewels, I follow you. Going back to teaching our children that they’re the most important keys to our future, doing and showing the knowledge as we teach it. Going back to remembering how important women are to us. They are the yin to our yang. Without women there are no children to groom and teach. Without women there is no life. We need to remember that they represent strength, support, and beauty in our lives. There’s a reason why children automatically love their mother when they’re born. Everyone else is a stranger to that same child including the father and that love has to be earned. Every day I study and exercise, sharpening my mind and body. Preparing myself for this lifelong journey/mission of uplifting lives around me. I hope my insight of truth in this blog and many more to come helps and pushes you to embrace the power you possess to shape your reality to healthy true happiness.
Until next time, P.E.A.C.E.
Jason Miears #01729946
Halloween and Fall are back and just enjoying the lovely weather. Has anyone ever experienced any paranormal or mysterious activities this time of year? I would love to hear anyone’s stories.
About five years ago in 2013 I had an unusual experience from the other side. It was late at night and I was in F Wing Cell 65 and I think I had an encounter with a ghost. At 3AM when officers were opening up the doors for early morning chow, some force threw open my door with a mighty push. I got up as the door slamming open was so loud. But after looking out, no one was ever even near it. After telling different people about it, I learned I was not the first to experience weird things in that cell. Other people who once lived there swear up and down that cell 65 is haunted and thought a ghost was playing tricks in there. Books falling off the table for no apparent reason, lights coming on when they shouldn’t, and its doors opening like the experience I had. The only thing I can come up with is that some poor prisoner’s soul is stuck in the between realms and can’t find its way to the light.
I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this subject or any other paranormal stories you would be willing to share.
Happy Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
To all you painters out there. If you do portraits at all, you’ll understand and maybe be able to answer some questions for me.
I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. Only it’s all been pencil and pen, which is cool. I'm really comfortable with pen and can do pretty much anything I put my mind to. Being so comfortable in my abilities I decided to try painting at the beginning of 2017. And to be honest, my first portrait was a mess. But it taught me wonders. So my second attempt was WAY better, and they have gotten better with each painting. See for yourself. Look me up on Facebook under Michael Luciano.
But back to my question. Even though I like how my paintings have progress, I can still see the need for improvement. I need to figure out how to get better depth and the 3 dimensional look to get away from the flat look and bring more life to my portraits.
So if anyone out there has nay tips or suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Cuz from here my options are really limited, yet I refuse to give up. Let me know if you think you can help.
In this realm of déjà vu my name is Frank the Jew. Along for this intellectual shtick is my pal Bacon.
According to my psychotherapist, Bacon is six foot tall, two hundred pounds, four legged imaginary friend who resembles a piece of hickory smoked bacon.
Oy friggin, very, that’s the craziest thing I've ever heard. Yeah right, IMAGINARY!
Bacon and I met running numbers on the hard streets of West Chicago. Bacon, my savory button man, helped elevate my rank among the Turn Junction Outfit.
If the Main Street store owners found the chutzpah to kvetch, bacon broke their shanks. If the Grand lake neighbor’s got loud, Bacon shot on their porch.
If the Reedkepler degenerates didn’t have our shekels, Bacon threw them in a pen.
We finally got stopped between lettuce and a tomato in Oregon doing forever and a day.
Lately, Bacon’s been acting so salty cause of his conservative views, he has my cholesterol up. This greasy idiot is such a staunch Trump supporter, he has the same haircut.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Again…when we raped and murdered helpless Native Americans?
When women were just play things?
America will be great, but only through progress.
Bacon and I have dedicated our blog, IDEOLOGUE, to help rezone our arguments by providing the sketchy kvetchy platform to discuss political and social issues.
OY friggin’ Vey, GET OFF OF ME! Sorry, Bacon just ran in.
FTJ: The conservative views on gun control are going to kill our children.
Bacon: Wassamatter wit ya Liberals, anything seems possible when ya dunno ya butt from ya brains.
FTJ: I realize using guns to kill in war in necessary, but we don’t need guns on our streets.
Bacon: Puleaze…Y’see our country is gonna burn in hell from deez liberals. Americans need guns.
FTJ: Gun Nut Conservatives will ruin our soon to be great country.
Bacon: Hand’em spineless Liberals out GREAT country, we’ll be gay and gunless.
Send us your opinions on our Sketchy Kvetchy discussion to our favorite schmuck Brian.
OY friggin, very, GET OUT OF MY FRIGGIN’ LEG! Sorry, Bacon’s acting like Trump again.
Settle down, it’s me Brian. Come join our discussion platform. No hurry, it’s just two people and a piece of bacon waiting on you.