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Ernest Gwinn #R-26930
Primary Picture By Ernest Gwinn January 28 2019

Ernest Gwinn #R-26930

I’m a good man in quest of a friendship with a woman who understands that none of us are perfect. With time, hopefully, we can become more in depth with the afflictions of each other’s lives within the realms of our individualities.

I have the character of integrity, maturity and genuine courtesy. I have an appreciative gratitude for life itself. I’m a real man who is principle-centered, value-based and independent: (I devour books, am an avid jogger and aspiring author of several non-published books.)

Seeking an optimistic, platonic friendship with a kind-hearted, honest, spontaneous woman who has a spirit of adventure, discovery and creativity. Who is also empathetic, thoughtful, courageous, ambitious and resilient. Nevertheless, it would be greatly appreciated if we could look past the stereotypical opinions, thoughts and beliefs of one in my situation and actually get to know each other for who we are and are not. Maybe through this introduction of you and I we can learn more about each other and draw our own conclusions of one another and that will revolve around the anticipation of what you and I can see as we consider the possibilities.

In our haste to judge others, we oftentimes forget we are all in need of grace and mercy. Don’t let silence be your response; hopefully, your response will be the beginning of a journey we can share as we create wonderful memories of places and spaces you and I can trek together. Remember, a stranger could be a good friend we just haven’t met yet. “Don’t we all deserve to smile?”

Thank you for listening,

Ernest

 

Jonathan Newell #0788137
Primary Picture By Jonathan Newell January 26 2019

Jonathan Newell

This Californian – Southern gentleman transplant seeking to evince patterns of chivalrous southern hospitality, regardless of all negative examples of people behaving badly – an evolution in repugnance. Chivalry is not dead, only in a coma from attempting to balance morbid obesity with multiple challenges to sensibilities becoming a foregone conclusion.

The reality is when an ordinary man takes on an evil mastermind with his minions, the ordinary man loses, has his costume taken and sold on the internet…superhero’s do exist.

Seeking persons of a similar mind; equally desirous of judgment-free villainy where hero’s communicate without being one-sided. Take chance and time, an opportunity with a man who lost a decade in the prison system – to my past deeds, you never know what you have until it’s gone.

Eleven years drug-free – detoxed and sober-minded, having grown by learning the laws applicable to contribute in my community and society seeking mercy and compassion as the evil mastermind drug lord and his minions forgot me in the aftermath – apparently clients are expendable too… certainly, an egg frying in a pan is not an effective anti-drug advertisement. The life sentence in the aftermath of my friend's death is a serious anti-drug wake-up call.

In my rebirth, I’m no longer a bad guy, rather a problem solver with many thoughts; relevant ideas about how to make the world a better place – plenty of love, ingenuity, creative screenwriting format, and structure skills. Together we save another person from societies collapse by the drug war.

Anyone seeking a unique experience with other cultures. My goal would be to share love and compassion to a world gone darker. I seek opportunities to speak with citizens regardless of age, race, superheroine status, and power.

Luis Maldonado #R-47678
Primary Picture By Luis Maldonado January 22 2019

Luis Maldonado

This is my first Blog ever!  I would really like to meet people from around the world.  I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me.   I still have yet to meet anyone.  Are people passing judgment on me?.   Don’t judge a book by its cover cause you may like the book if you open it, but you’ll never know until you do.

I’m Puerto Rican, but I don’t speak Spanish, I speak English.  I was born and raised on Chicago north side.  What do you want to know about me?  Ask!

I pray every day for mail, that doesn’t come, that’s why I put myself on here, and still nothing!

I want to get to know you that’s reading this.  When you write, please no stickers.  The prison won’t let it in so write your information on the envelope and on your letter clearly so I can write back.  The prison I’m in tears off stickers.  Don’t glue anything onto letters or envelopes.

I like fantasy books.  I’m used to having female friends.  I won’t hit a woman.

I love my family even the ones who seem to forget about me, I won’t forget them ever.  I think of them every day.

This is my first time in prison doing time, it’s been hard.  If I have people to write to I can stay busy so my time would fly by.  I only want friendship!  I’ll be at my door during mail call in hopes that I hear from you.

 

Quincy Smith #02043958Primary Picture By Quincy Smith January 19 2019

Friendship

Friendship in my eyes is the foundation to every relationship. A lot of people get into relationships while skipping over the foundations of friendship and wonder why things did not work out. 

Without friendship, what type of position would the world be in?

Before I knew any better, I would consider anybody I had a good conversation with my friend. Due to my current situation, my eyes were opened to what friendship really is. Friendship is the act of righteousness and loyalty to each other. Friendship is being there for each other through the good days and the bad. Friendship is leading the other in a prosperous direction. Friendship is wanting the best for your friend like you want the best for yourself. 

These are the laws of friendship that I live by and due to my personal experience in life, I haven't come across many people who understand the way I am thinking when it comes to friendship. 

If you can relate to how I see friendship, don't hesitate to write me so we can build a friendship.

Anthony Campbell #01239261Primary Picture By Anthony Campbell January 15 2019

Anthony Campbell

Greetings to the person whose currently focused on my profile…..It’s a vibe!!

I realize that in the midst of a sea of individuals that’s very diverse though we’re all seeking some of the same objectives (to be known and relieved of loneliness) you chose to conquer your curiosity beyond the boldness of my unclothed truth, to understand the uniqueness of my character through my written expression to determine if you’ll indeed oblige my acquaintance.

Unlike many others, I’m where meaningful begins and meaningless ends….

Without doubt here reflects an Alpha male in all sense of its meaning; strong, courageous, dominant…..Loyal!  Emotionally, I’m in tune with the genuinality of my life beater to project sensitivity on many levels and maintain masculinity like “we cried together”.  Intellectually, I’m intelligent enough to be insightful, though, I thrive off of being enlightened……  Sense of humor wise, I’m somewhat infectious and it seems to overshadow other characteristics to render me a lively person with a bubbly spirit to enhance others….  I could go forever about myself, yet that’s not what I’m either into or striving for through this splendid opportunity and exceptional process.

Friendship without prejudice is a treasure I desire to gift with my allegiance.  I believe that through such enchantment of personal sacrifice and endurance the beauty of life shall flourish.  That’s facts!  If you share in such sentiment please feel free to get to know me at your earliest convenience.

May you have to search no longer……

It’s my Vibe!

Anthony Barnes #K92768
Primary Picture By Anthony Barnes January 12 2019

"A Glance At His Journal"

“A Glance At His Journal”

 There’s the story of a guy who lost his father at a very young age. Grew up in a household with an addict for a mother, who was also a lesbian. There were no other children just this child and his imagination. This kid was neglected of such vital elements like attention, direction, motivation, and proper love, this child was exposed to so many traumatic situations, that probably left psychological scarring. As time passed this child gets shuffled from school to school, home to home, group home to group home which then led to the streets and jail to jail. So many missed opportunities on life no real family structure, no real friend connection. A loner and a sense. A flash of his life gone. Now he sits, an adult no life accomplishments, a waste of potential he never knew was there, feeling of hopelessness, and of an abandonment. Sometimes this guy feels like giving up, because it’s such an insufferable feeling of abandonment. But he’s too mentally strong to give up on life. He truly desires, even through his mishaps and misfortunes to be successful and live a joyous life. Why is it that some people have to go through despair, depression, and low self-esteem (life) to realize the good in them, or that they are worthy? Is this guy to broken for someone to grow to love? How do you overcome being socially awkward?

Reynaldo Aguero #01302352
Primary Picture By Reynaldo Aguero January 10 2019

My New Blog

Love is most weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubt. Where is love there is life. Hate is easy. Love takes courage.

LaSean Jackson #M20920
Primary Picture By LaSean Jackson December 27 2018

Lasean Jackson

Hello, world!

Well, I just got back from court and everything is going good, I know when you look and see my out date, it says something outrageous, but the truth is that I’ve been on an appeal for some time now and I won my case on appeal. I am awaiting resentencing on a lesser offense and I am looking at another year and a half at the most. So, I am humbled by my second chance and I’m preparing myself for the world. We need to spread more love and peace in our world and stop all the evil that lurks upon us. Life is too valuable and too full of opportunity. Live life to the fullest and be happy. Learn from mistakes and never make the same one twice.

Well, y’all take care out there and be safe.

James Michael Flippo #3571022Primary Picture By James Michael Flippo December 24 2018

Mornings with Michael

Christmas and New Year celebrations spark memories of our childhood that are forever vaulted in our minds. I was remembering one Christmas in Alabama when I was chosen to be a Shepherd in the church pageant. My mother bought me a brown striped robe and the play director dressed me in a brown beard and wig, then covered my head with a towel to give me that shepherd look. Of course, she has a shepherd’s staff that extend three feet above my head. I was a good shepherd. My friend Gail was the angel with her long light brown hair and wings hanging from her shoulders. She was covered with a white robe and a halo above her head. It seemed to glow.

Angels have remained an important part of my memories, even as I approach the adult plateau. A few years back, a friend in a small West Virginia town told me that she was driving down the main street when suddenly a voice from nowhere screamed in her ear, “Stop!”. She was so startled that she slammed on the brakes. Within seconds, a city garbage truck came barreling from a side street and crossed the main thoroughfare in front of her. The runaways trucks brakes had given way and the driver could not stop it. If she had not stopped, it would have crushed her compact car and her too. Wow! Maybe the voice of an angel?

I met an elderly coal miner in Mingo County, West Virginia who told me about being two miles underground when out of nowhere a loud voice said, “Run away as fast as you can!”. He turned and began to walk briskly toward the mine’s opening. Within minutes, he heard the cracking roof of that mine give away and it shook the ground under his feet. Rock dust quickly covered him as he hurried out…he was safe. The voice of an angel?

Maybe you can remember your guardian angel whispering to you…or you just knew he was watching over you... Do you have an angel story? I would love to hear it.

Daniel Thomas #12242-273
Primary Picture By Daniel Thomas December 20 2018

Struggle for Religious Freedom

For most of U.S. history, natives were not accorded the formal freedom of religious exercise.  A right included in the first Amendment.  The free exercise clause finally came to include natives in 1988 with the Indian Civil Rights Act, even though in 1978 Congress established the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, or AIRFA.  These proposals ultimately failed in Congress.  The amendment known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act managed to succeed.  Then in 2000, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act was established.  Nevertheless, this act has the potential o also be ruled unconstitutional if the issue ever reaches the Supreme Court. 

For centuries Natives experienced internal colonialism, forced assimilation, exploitation, discrimination, and cultural degradation.  One of the steps ultimately required to achieve religious equality, will be the allowance and encouragement of Native religious practice and spiritual observance in prison. 

Know your rights!  Restrictions on a prisoner’s right to religious literature violates the first Amendment.  Prison officials are not required to provide religious objects as long as inmates are free to purchase or obtain objects themselves.  They cannot ban some objects and not others w/o justification.  Prisoners have success with claims protecting religious dietary practices.  Courts have ordered such diets be made available to inmates.  Rejecting efforts by officials to charge inmates for religious diets.  The religious and spiritual requirements of incarcerated natives are clearly not being met to a satisfactory degree.