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January 30 2017
2016 - 1. My daughter found me this year after 12 years. I hope to build a relationship and make up for lost time. I really missed her. 2. Great year for our Paws-for-Life Program. We have trained 78 dogs that were slated for death and most have been adopted to forever homes. Two of the dogs I was responsible to train went to children with autism. 3. We (Paws-for-Life) cared for 50 deaf dogs that were evacuated from Deaf Dogs Rescue of America, in Acton, due to the Los Angeles County “Sand Fire”. We took care of them like they were our own. The owners were proud and grateful to us. We even made the news (July 2016). 4. Cal State University – Los Angeles came this year giving 23 students with AA degrees a chance to earn a Bachelor’s degree; unheard of before in here. I took four classes this year and received three A’s and one B. It was a lot of work. 2017 – 1. Good start for the Paws for Life Program. We start training service dogs this year. I am one of the ten trainers that was picked for this special training program. 2. the Family Visiting Program is being reinstated for Life sentenced prisoners as a positive programming incentive.
January 23 2017
Yes, on my profile it says that I am a Wiccan. In which I am! No, I do not worship Satan nor any of his evil minions. This of course is today’s and yesterday’s common misconceptions, “that all pagans worship Satan” or “Unknowingly worship Satan in disguise”. I beg to differ. For some time now I’ve known that the common conventional religions (Christianity, Islam, Catholic or Judaism) were not for me. I’ve partaken in the conventional religions over my years but none were fitting for me! None held my attention for long or my heart, until Wicca. I’m from an urban town in the Bronx (High Bridge) and culturize on urban belief systems. My mother is a steadfast Christian and my father has been a part of Islam since his birth. My mother somehow believes that by me joining Wicca is just “another one of my rebellious acts against the church” LOL. This couldn’t be any farther away from the truth. Most of my closest friends are a part of different denominations of different religions, it’s more that I really believe in what my religion preaches and live by. Most importantly I’ve reached my destination not by any other hand or influence but by me. My own knowledge, wisdom, intuition and hunger for my religion, led me to my religion. My religion led me to believe in that my will (the stronger it is) could create, could make anything possible for me and would make me a better person in life.
December 31 2016
Hello World, well first of, all I hope everyone can bear with me on this because I wasn’t a social media person out there and I don’t have a clue as to how to begin a blog, but I’m willing to try; sorry (smile). Just thought I can share some of my thoughts with you all. You know, there comes a time when a person’s back is against the wall and they can’t seem to find a way out, or they feel as if the world is coming down on them. Now I’m not trying to preach, but I’m just here to encourage people that feel that way or similar. I’ve felt this way at a point of time when everything was basically taken from me. Life is full of ups and downs but it’s what you make out of every situation that counts. You live and learn through experiences and the decisions you make in life. People may judge or think what they want to think but you have to be strong mentally, physically, and emotionally within yourself so you move forward and come out strong. You never know how strong you can be until being strong is the only choice you have. Stand tall against the rain. I’m just glad that tis rodeo is almost past me because through all the “blood, sweat, and tears”, I’m finally able to say that “I’m ready”.
December 27 2016
Happiness~~ We live our lives in the hopes that just one more thing will complete our happiness. The ego’s conditioned thought is that something is missing and so we look for the missing piece to bring us salvation. And yet, no matter how many things we purchase, gather, and collect, we still feel as if something’s missing. Indeed, there is the unconditional awareness that nothing is missing. We are, in truth, complete and whole already. “Nothing can make you happy if you won’t accept for yourself that happiness rests within you.”
December 12 2016
Since I am confined I know and I face everyday politics and the (of course) ones who are our “jailhouse politicians lol. There’s so much controversy, envy, jealousy, slander and of course our dealings with the people who get paid just to watch and manage us (SMH) (that’s another story). Point being Hillary Clinton has been through it all and still she stands tall. Yes the private email server and the Benghazi attack now rival the Watergate scandal as one of the most reported stories in political history but she’s (I feel) is more (extensively) qualified than Donald Trump! I wasn’t able to see or hear the “debate” between the two candidates (because I’m in a little situation right now) (another long story) but from what I hear she was magnificent. I may be a little biased because I’m a democrat but either we can vote for a man who is widely considered one of the most unqualified persons to ever run for president or cast a ballot for a woman whose qualifications for the job exceed those of just about any other candidate in the modern era. Electing the first woman president would be a revolutionary act as terrifying to some as it is thrilling to others. And I quote Hillary Clinton’s long time aid Jennifer Klein, “She is somebody who wants to be president for all the right reasons”. Politics!!
December 6 2016
I promised to begin a blog about legal issues- but since no one has yet responded to my ad, I do not know if anyone out there is even interested in discussing legal questions. So, for this segment I’ll simply ask a constitutional question to see if anyone is listening. In California, you can file a 995(b) motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause after your preliminary hearing. If denied, you can then appeal your denial pre-trial in accordance with Penal Code 999(a). These are facts. The question is: does a timely filed motion pursuant to 999(a) to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause remove subject matter jurisdiction from the trial court pending completion of the pre-trial appeal- and can you continue the pre-trial appeal through federal levels of appellate review?
Enough of that, I have my new dog, Rocky, here with me now until December 13, which is our graduation. He’s a 75 pound Pointer/Dalmatian mix, and so calm and intelligent! He’s going to make someone a great companion and I’m going to miss him a lot!!! I’ve remembered pure love through this program. I can say that it hurts more doing time alone now because I know love again, but I wouldn’t change anything…except this, the only part missing is someone to share this joy and happiness with more intimately than through a blog- so where are you? Till next time……..
November 29 2016
First let me say thank you for taking time to read my blog. I’m excited that 2016 is ending and ready to welcome 2017 and see what the new year has in store for me. Even though I’m incarcerated, 2016 has been a pretty good year for me. I’m one year closer to going home and have been given a new youth offender parole date. I got incarcerated when I was really young and naïve, so I’m really thankful that California and society are giving individuals such as myself the opportunity to show that the boy I was when I got locked up is not the man I’ve become today. Thank you once again for reading my blog. Raul Herrera
November 28 2016
Pen-Pals are you into fitness? I have spent the past 7 years sculpting a lean, hard physique. At 36 years old I am in the best shape of my life. I went from 210 pounds to 175 pounds and maintained the weight loss. I am addicted to “High-Intensity” body weight and cardio exercises.
I am looking for new, challenging routines that will push my endurance threshold to the max. Do you have a challenging routine you think may test my abilities?
Please share any fitness related tips, opinions, personal-testimony or routines. I enjoy all types of training – “MRT”, circuits or intervals. “Beastmode” on the burpees?? Give me your burpee routine and I’ll crush it!
I’ll be waiting to hear from fellow fitness buffs.
November 28 2016
Hey Hey – World
I really hope that you guys paid special attention to that last piece on gang violence and our youth. I can’t stress the issue enough, man, really. However, today?...I want to discuss “Imagination”. Remember the movie “Back to the Future” when that wacky scientist used to say “Aha”! I think I’ve had one of those “Aha” moments. In fact I’m quite sure you all have but to different degrees. For example, when I lay here in this cell and let my mind go on autopilot? I find that I can transcend these bars, barbed wire and guard towers but most importantly I can reach heights so high that I can view how vast our galaxy is and “imagine” realms and dimensions foreign to my own. Wait, wait, now I know some of you are like (this guy just went wacky scientist), but really think about what I just said…Did I? I mean, look around you, trees, animals, bugs, plants even all the way down to shapes and patterns in leaves and snowflakes. Everything has its own intricate design unique in its own way, just like people. I say all this to say that these things all have an origin…the Creator. It’s logic that the creator had a blueprint and vision for the creative force. We were “imagined” first. Root word “image”. I’ll wait while some of you reference dictionaries (hey did any of you guys hear about the death of superstar Prince?) super unfortunate. Purple rainnnn, purple ra…oh wait,..we’re…we’re back on the air? Okay, sorry about that. Ummm, now where was I? Oh yeah, imagination…the power of thought and imagination is said to hold unknown capabilities. You know why? Because it has the ability to alter reality and shape perception. Meaning it creates life on many different levels. In deeper science, the projected thought form causes a chain reaction on a subatomic level, making probability of grasping and obtaining your desired reality by simply reaching for it “possible”. I call it the atom thought A.K.A. Faith…Uh, oh now I know you all are saying how can imagination and thought have anything to do with faith, right? Especially since imagination’s root word is image which is something related to “seeing” while faith on the other hand is belief without “seeing”, right? But that is where you would be wrong and mistaken. Why? Because faith is seeing. Faith is seeing with your heart and the spirit. Even the Bible said that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains…literally. So…what was that? …Who just called me a nerd? Hmph, I’ll have you know (British Accent) if it weren’t twas my passion to hear myself talk, perhaps I would be a human English Oxford dictionary I suppose…I’m sorry everybody, that was my alter ego Mr. President January Odrama LOL. Basically what I’m trying to get across to you horrid people is that, “You can do anything” in this world and even create your own. Don’t be burdened by the roles that society puts on your shoulders…hold on for a second, “(For God’s sakes man can you please turn down that stupid Radio!!) People are so rude in here! Him and that dog gone, “Moves like Jagger” song. SMH…Moral of the story ladies and gentlemen, “You have to own it if you want it.” Never doubt yourself. Never give yourself limits and never stop imagining. That’s what Peter Pan was about (voice breaks) oh man, that movie was so beautiful (sniffle) (that movie was not about men in tights!!!) It was about being young, see how much you know! (That stupid moves like Jagger song) Until next time people. Class dismissed (Get off me)!!!
I Feel You
November 14 2016
See I can tell you have that fear of being yourself around me. Not because you’re scared of me, cause you’re scared of what I might accomplish if you open your emotions and heart to me. I know your past relationships have made your heart fragile, that’s why I just want to take my time and be gentle with you. The most important thing I want to learn first is your mind, cause that would show me how different and unique you are and it will also show me how deep your beauty can be. Then I want to venture off into your soul, which would reveal any secrets, pleasures and desires that would be hidden from the naked eye. Then of course your body would be last, after we went through trials and tribulations and that would be the treasure of it all.