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Todd LeClaire- More About Me

Hello, thank you for viewing my blog page! ;-)

I'm really excited for the opportunity to meeting new friends.

This is a different adventure for me, so I'm not exactly sure how to proceed but I’ll give it a go.  Cheers, OK.  I was thinking it may seem a bit conceited of me, so I asked people who are around me daily, “In one sentence or word, how would you describe me?”

Here are some of the results:

Dooie (my nickname- long story) unique, tall, outgoing, weird, alright at basketball (I’m really good), funny, goofy, a mystery, odd, selfless (ah thanks), a gather of information (I like this one; it’s so true), sucker for love (hopeless romantic), movie mogul.  And I will add one of my own, kind.

These results turned out more positive than I thought they would be.  Cool.  Thanks to all who participated. I feel good about this. Oh, look another trait, optimistic.

In the future I will post some of my drawings, poems, and more blogs.  I still have a few more words to use, so I’ll end this first entry with a question…Why?

Also, I'm a big fan of animals.  Are there any animal lovers out there? 

Tadd LeClaire #359022
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Norvell Moore

I was always told by my Grandfather, “The only man who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything, and you never lived until you’ve experienced love”.  His message to me was never give up and chase your dreams, no matter how many mistakes you make along the way.  But money and success alone won’t bring you happiness.  Love is what makes you happy.  Family is the bricks, and love is the mortar that holds the bricks together. We all know there’s sides of love, because what makes you smile could also make you cry.  So ladies, please understand this- God made Eve for Adam’s rib to signify that a woman’s place is at a man’s side.  She was not made from his spine, so it was not intended for her to be behind him when they walk through life.  Nor was she made from his feet, so it’s not his place to walk over her.  So please know your place in life because only together can you achieve anything in life, because a woman will always make her man better.  If there on the same page and working as partners in life with her standing strong by his side and he’s man enough to listen when she informs him on her intuition. So know your place and power is the first step to finding love and respect and I wish you the best in your pursuit of happiness. 

Norvell Moore #42749-424
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I've learned that I have the power to cause a certain situation.  I also have the power to change it for the better.  That’s why the more things I'm willing to see myself as being responsible for, the more positive power I’ll have…

Though responsibility is a serious commitment, it is by no means a burden because the more responsibility we assume, is it true, the more control have over our own lives?

Is it fair to have to take responsibility for things that aren’t our fault?

No, yet when we do, we put in place the best strategy for moving forward.

The alternative to taking responsivity is to allow ourselves to be a victim.  Though we may take comfort in blaming our troubles on others, by doing so we lose the power to put those troubles behind us.

The choice of taking responsibility always comes down to this…Do we want to be a victim, or do we want to be in control?

Beloved, step forward and take responsibility…That’s the way to take positive, powerful control…That’s also how we preserve over integrity.

So are school shootings a certain price we pay for a certain level of liberty?

Is the right to bear arms unalienable as some believe the declaration of independence subject?

Is this right endowed by God?

Or Bestowed by the government?

Should we allow the criminal conduct of a few to be the catalyst for the infringement of any right protected by the construction? 

Darell Wilkins #28936-001
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MItchell Mavoides #01212684

“The Lizard and the Eagle”

Part of us wants to fly, another part is terrified of that and wants to be comfortably on the ground, preferably under a cozy rock!

Let’s call this fear-driven part “The Lizard” and the growth driven part, “The Eagle”.

The Lizard is all about here and now – change is scary! The Lizard isn’t creative, so it can’t see how better can come and resists growth. It wants to freeze up, posture, fight, run away and be distracted. Anything but personal freedom as your source of meaning. Hedonism, fantasy, drama, tribalism, fundamentalism – these belong to the Lizard.

The Eagle is self-mastery. Owning yourself, so you stop slaving to everyone and everything else. It’s facing risk. It is about making dreams into realities, moved by the vision your highest self. Gratitude, joy and courage belong to the Eagle.

So which rules you?

These terms illustrate the differences between those who choose to live more each day and those who choose to die more each day.

We’re driven from within by our chosen focus – do we believe in our abilities and potential? Have we accepted the false gospel of self-doubt? It’s true that “What you see is what you get”…but where you look is what you’ll see! You can look wherever, so you can get whatever.

Don’t get frustrated – be patient. Stay motivated because Your Best Is Still Ahead! Let the Lizard hide under rocks – and You choose to fly, fearless Eagle.

 

 

Mitchell Mavoides #01212684
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MItchell Mavoides #01212684

“The Lizard and the Eagle”

Part of us wants to fly, another part is terrified of that and wants to be comfortably on the ground, preferably under a cozy rock!

Let’s call this fear-driven part “The Lizard” and the growth driven part, “The Eagle”.

The Lizard is all about here and now – change is scary! The Lizard isn’t creative, so it can’t see how better can come and resists growth. It wants to freeze up, posture, fight, run away and be distracted. Anything but personal freedom as your source of meaning. Hedonism, fantasy, drama, tribalism, fundamentalism – these belong to the Lizard.

The Eagle is self-mastery. Owning yourself, so you stop slaving to everyone and everything else. It’s facing risk. It is about making dreams into realities, moved by the vision your highest self. Gratitude, joy and courage belong to the Eagle.

So which rules you?

These terms illustrate the differences between those who choose to live more each day and those who choose to die more each day.

We’re driven from within by our chosen focus – do we believe in our abilities and potential? Have we accepted the false gospel of self-doubt? It’s true that “What you see is what you get”…but where you look is what you’ll see! You can look wherever, so you can get whatever.

Don’t get frustrated – be patient. Stay motivated because Your Best Is Still Ahead! Let the Lizard hide under rocks – and You choose to fly, fearless Eagle.

Mitchell Mavoides**

 

Mitchell Mavoides #01212684
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Legal Help

I would like for someone to express there legal advice as i was set up on this case, and when ask for my statements i had said all wrong. i dont know if that one special legal advizer is out there, that would like to pick cases apart for practice, but i feel my case would be good for a person that know the inside the laws and way to set them write.

Samuel Wright #AI1920
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Prison Ways

The first 14 years down here were by far the darkest of my life.  Not being able to see parole until 2031, being surrounded by others with considerable large amounts of time like my own and never hearing of anyone making parole, knowing that my parole could be denied for the nature of the crime or because the victim’s family protested, I slipped into the mainframe that “This is it, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel", and so I gave up on a world I was no longer a part of and focused my energy on the environment I’m in.  The administration did allow those of us with large time to participate in education or vocation so that energy was focused on negative behavior that was already established in prison.  I had allowed myself to be involved with occurrences that now haunt me, that is on my file, following me throughout my sentence and keeping me from being able to place myself in better situations to prosper and do my time easier.

Although I never supported the idea of the negativity that was established, participating gave me a sense of belonging, the sense of putting forth effort towards a community.  It wasn’t the lifestyle I have ever experienced before and looking back it certainly wasn’t very creative.  I’ve looked back and asked myself, “Why couldn’t we make our life easy, without the constant friction in the air that we fed off of, becoming tougher off of?  Why couldn’t we help each other up, to learn or team up and overcome the adversity we brought on ourselves to cause our time here more uncomfortable than it already is?"

All of my time has been done on 3 different maximum security units and they’re all the same.  Every time I’ve been to “the hole”, to seg, dropped custody levels and been on lockdowns - it was always for something stupid.  Mostly because of guys not knowing how to conduct themselves around other people.  Poor conduct from others….and it sets everyone off.  Everybody wants to participate negatively, they want to do some punching or worse, making a name for themselves, to be heard, to be respected because that route for attention....is easy.

I’ve come across some guys who feel the same way I do about what’s going on and a lot of these guys are influential in this prison society and what we’ve done is created a program through the chapel here to work on reaching out to stop their behavior that brings us down by setting up events to get everyone and anyone involved.  We’re holding basketball, handball and volleyball tournaments and just being there to watch they have to participate by signing up first.  Through trial and error word will get out by how much fun we’re having doing this and others will eventually get involved.  We want everyone to get familiar with the good in everybody else.  Everyone has good in them and we’re trying to get them to share it.  That way we can cut down on the hostility.  No one wants hostility and those who act like they do need to be kept from being influential to others.

The more we interact with each other, the more we become outgoing and play positive roles in our environment.  That’s how the human brain works.  We’re social creatures, and to be imprisoned, mad all the time and being a sour grape is no form of rehabilitation.  We have to decide to do it on our own, and once we experience that breakthrough we can begin to grow.

 

Joe Mason III #01133393
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MORNINGS WITH MICHAEL

It is Thursday morning.  I was watching outside my prison cell window as morning fog was coming through the trees over the top of the mountain.  My cell window is about 18 inches tall and six feet wide running parallel to the ceiling.  It has a four inch wide bar spanning the center of the thick Plexiglas. It seemed to be so mysterious and foreboding.  It kept my attention for quite a while. Then in about an hour, the sun’s rays peaked over the mountain top.  Within minutes the sun’s heat burned up the fog…it was gone.  The shadowy figures that resembled gun “tot’in” prison guards standing around the fences were now obviously fence posts.  I laughed.  The blowing tree tops pushed around by the wind now were peacefully green and lush; no longer mysterious.

Wow!  It reminded me of my days here in this maximum security prison. When my vision is blurred by things going on in my life and I can’t see any good things in my day.  My brain gets all foggy at even the thought of leaving my cell and going out in this world of hardened men.  You know what I mean, those names that just came to your mind, the images that flashed before your eyes and the workplace drama you just thought of.  Like the whispers echoing in my ears that I am alone.  My life is over. It so hard sometimes to block the whispers…but then, the sun comes up over the mountain.  The warmth of the Holy Spirit can be seen and felt and it silences the whispers and I can see that God has good things planned for my day.  Go ahead my friend…open the door and go to your world.  You will see things a lot clearer today…the Sun is Up!

James Michael Flippo #3571022
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Power of Positivity

My good vibes to you.  I just want to say hi to everyone and send some positivity your way.  I've been reading a lot about the power of positive thinking, like the law of attraction.  More accurately, though, it seems like it has found me.  The same message keep coming at me from different angels, so I can’t just ignore it.  There comes a time when you gotta start listening and for me it’s now.  You might think “Well, it’s kind of late now, you’re already in jail”, but that’s not true.  It’s never too late to learn and better yourself.  I've been doing that for years.  But now I know where the message behind it all is coming from.  From everywhere and everything, within myself and from without.  We’re all connected, we’re all One.  Its and amazing thing and I for one couldn’t be happier.  And I just want to share my happiness with you.

 Hopefully you can pick up on it, whoever you are and wherever, and share and spread it to those in your lives.  Just don’t forget that sometimes we can use some too in here, so don’t be shy or afraid to reach out and send some good vibes yourself.

Ask and you shall receive.  Seek and you will find.  Visualize it, make it happen.  Do it all with a positive mind and attitude.  Good things will happen.

Luis Alberto Ramirez #2861987
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THE INTRODUCTION TO THE RUBBER BAND BALL CONCEPT

Sitting in a cramped cell staring at the solid

white wall with chipped paint and a cold steel toilet.

I began thinking about the Universe and our tiny existence

as humans on planet Earth, and how small my problems are

when seen from that perspective.

 

That perspective precipitated intense pondering on the struggle

of “ISMS” and what they mean to me.  On that day the concept was conceived.  The

book is now complete and waiting to be edited and published for the people trapped in

their perpetual monotony.

 

The rubber-band ball concept is an abstract view of classism and the

struggle being lived by working class people of the world today.  The concept

is a symbolic metaphor of original design, predicated on logic and facts.  The

concept consists of 12 rubber-bands, 5 jewels, and 65 gems.

 

Symbolism is a representation of power, struggle, courage and fear.  Each are

placed in practical form within the concept.  A typical rubber-band ball is

spherical; the 360 degree diameter represents the continuous cycle of actions

that garner the same results.  The rubber-bands are issues and each rubber-band

is the sum of the whole.  If shape therefore leaving the system still

intact.  When we cut all the rubber-bands the ball no longer exists and

the system is broker.

 

“The struggle is real but it’s also the best part.”

 

Stay tuned

Antonio Jackson #571254
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