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November 11 2020
I suppose that everybody is interested in being happy. Many people have searched the world for happiness. They look in all sorts of places. Some dig the earth thinking happiness resides in hidden treasures. Some sail the seas, climb mountains, or jump out of planes thinking to find happiness in travel and excitement. Some believe happiness can be attained through power and self-gratification.
Those who find happiness do more, they work for it. It can't be raffled off or inherited. We build it out of the experiences of life. Day by day it is built, not just handed to us at once.
Happiness that is not shared, dies. The more you give, the more you will receive. It's the opposite of selfishness. Only being happy together, reflecting each other’s joy, can we keep the fire of happiness bright in each of our hearts. Happiness radiates happiness. The heart that is full of love cannot be unhappy.
This is the lesson that I have learned. If we love and smile and hold out a helping hand to each other, we can be happy. We are each given to some degree the power to create and distribute happiness. If we fail to use this power, we won't be happy. Life will be out of balance. Remember, life is not what you or I make it , but what we together make it for each other.
Invisible: The Role of Ethics in a Man-less Family
November 11 2020
(An excerpt from my first college research paper)
Whether a father, brother, son or husband, men who wholly contribute to their family’s growth tend to have a profound impact on it altogether. Men who are absent in homes change the family’s overall development for the worse. This can beget a dangerous cycle.
Half of all American children will go through, at least some part of their lives, without having a father at home. 70% of long term inmates grew up in broken homes. People who come from broken homes are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide than those raised in complete homes. From 1970-1996, studies show that the number of children living in single-parent families more than doubled, from 12% ( roughly 1 in 8 children) to 28% (more than 1 in 4).
The presence of men in families can have a solid financial impact, implement spiritual growth, boost morale, and help children remain disciplined. Through community development programs, marital counseling, and criminal justice reform, men will have the opportunity to help families restore balance in society. Undergoing these activities within families, which are Earthly and have limited relationships, eventually lead to an active spiritual relationship with God. The overall goal of unlimited heavenly love and peace is attained.
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November 11 2020
Our wounds are the place where the light enters us. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found a way out of the depths. Us human beings have an appreciation, an insensitivity and an understanding of life that fills us with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Us beautiful people do not just happen!
Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves in order to discover two truths. That we are not who we thought we were, and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars. Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teachings and has taught me to understand what your part used to be. I have been bent and broken, but I hope into a better person out of my vulnerabilities will come my strength! The only way out of the labyrinth suffering is to forgive. There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard of in India and it says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way. Sometimes it takes great suffering to pierce the soul and open it up to greatness follow me.
Roderick Garnett #1468923
November 8 2020
Just Another Love Story
Some of my many most lonely nights come from when I’m just layin’ in my bed thinkin’ about what life could have been like if I had just chosen a different path…I get to thinkin’ about all the many layers to my strength that got me to where I am and made me who I am…then I silently drop a tear because I stayed loyal to something that was never loyal back…I gave the streets all there was to give and never once thought about a fine print! SMH! Unconditional right?
But then I smile when I think about that perfect vision of my dream woman…the woman I can hold hands with and walk the boardwalk with while reading one another’s love language the right way…my breath of fresh air!! When I feel lonely I just motivate myself to become the perfect man for the perfect woman…the one I can look in her eyes and just forget that anything else existed…When I think about her I think about being weak and vulnerable for her while remaining strong and manly at the same time…that’s how I make it through my darkest prison days…thinking about the one special person…so then I start askin’ myself where do I look? Do I just wait? And most importantly, how do I build that relationship that’s built to last and remain stronger than these prison walls…A prince is never complete without his princess.
Free Nevada: Make A.B. 236 Retroactive!
November 8 2020
Vernon Warfield #01844096
November 7 2020
"A Coverless Book"
How do you write an intro without coming off as needy?
How do you appear intriguing without coming right out and saying what it is you are searching for?
How do you say you are looking for loyal, trusting friends?
Yet, still get your point across, that as a straight male, I do seek a female to call my queen.
Not saying I am opposed to getting to know those of you who are just looking for a friend. I am more than happy to be your friend.
I just think it is good to set boundaries. I believe you must be friends in order for a relationship to work.
But how do I get your attention?
With no photo, I feel like a coverless book, continually getting overlooked. Yet feeling as if I hold the secret to building a solid relationship, whether it be friendship or more. Yet never getting my chance.
I'm hopeful this blog will interest many to give a coverless book a chance. And this is no ploy. This is just a man, trying to invite many to stop overlooking coverless books. Who knows? You might just love what you find inside!
About myself: I am a positive (creative, free spirit), person who is open minded, easy to talk to, and laid back. Not always been that way. At one point I was a force of negativity.
Was born in Kansas City, MO, migrated to Texas. Now I reside in Ad Seg.
November 1 2020
This election year is causing the U.S. to divide. Corona virus, violence, police brutality, protests turned to riots. We need to come together as humans. We need to stick together as Americans.
I love every race, color, and creed. We are all beautiful people. Every precious life matters. Now, with all of this love I have for humanity, I don’t trust politicians. There’s an old joke, “How do you know a politician is lying? When their lips are moving!” Just think, when the presidential candidates are running for office, they have exuberant promises for the American people. Better education, more jobs, better healthcare, tax cuts, etc. especially for Black Americans, because in close political race the support of the African American community will tip the scale either way. When whoever is elected, all of the speeches for change are gone. This happens with Democrats and Republicans. By all means, go out and vote. Vote for who you believe will put the country together. Not divide. Vote for who you believe will make the economy better. Economic power will give us the independence we need to provide vital necessities we need in our communities. We can create the same opportunities in the inner city that there are in the suburbs. It’s an arduous endeavor, but not impossible! Without economic power, we, as a people, will be waiting on the broken promises of our government. No funding, less opportunity, and more poverty.
Edmund Davis #A534-440
October 31 2020
My name is Edmund Davis....I'm hoping to form a long friendship with a beautiful soul....that pushes out positive energy and knows who she is....or is searching to find that person...as I'm 41 years of age and I've been blessed with good genes...
October 30 2020
My mind set is on the future, my past is forgotten.
I just want some good, loving, and caring people with good energy that's going fight with me on this path I'm on which is getting home.
Hit me up.
A Letter To The Black Man
October 29 2020
A Letter To The Black man
Dear Black Man,
I empathize and relate to your plight in life because I, too, I am a Black man. I've experienced the struggles of trying to thrive in an unbalanced system, the old struggles of misplaced loyalties, the struggles of growing up in a fatherless generation, and the overall struggle of being a Black man in America. And in trying to escape those struggles, I made choices and decisions that set me on a path that led me to the place I’m at now: the penitentiary.
In 2009 I was arrested and charged in the murder of another Black man. And in 2010 I was convicted and sentenced to 90 years; this is my first time in prison. Now because I'm still fighting this conviction, I'm not at liberty to discuss my guilt or innocence. But I can say this: the whole incident in its entirety could have been avoided long before I made it to that nightclub. I was 23 years old then….
I'm 34 years old now and after eleven years of sober minded reflection and seeing young brothers that look like you and I come in and out of this place. I realize the Black man is in danger of becoming extinct. And as much as I hate to admit it, it is mostly our doing. Somewhere along the span of the last 60 years we've forgotten our self-worth and through negative influences and neglect of our true presence as fathers, mentors, and overall positive role models in our ghettos, we’re ushering our species onto the “endangered species” list. That's on top of the systematic racism and social injustices that kill many of our brothers each year. We’re assisting system in the slaughter of our own. Knowing this, the question becomes: Do you care? Do you care if your sons, your nephews, your little brothers, or your little cousins, and their children are caught in, and fall victim to, the same vicious cycle??? I do and that is why you're reading this!
With that be said…..this is not some senseless Internet challenge! This is one Black man’s plea, challenging the next Black man to the proper raising of a better generation of Black men! Instead of teaching them how to hold a gun, teach them how to hold a conversation; instead of teaching them how to throw gang signs, teach them how to throw a baseball; instead of teaching them how to use a digital scale, teach them how to use a compass. You feel me? And start being mindful of those things you glorify! That, Black man, is my challenge to you. Together, as Kings, we can regain control of our kingdom but it starts with us! I love you Black man and I'm rooting for you!
DeunJerelle L.A. Jackson #1622473