Human Me

Computer Programming Course Through Unloop-Talk About Nervous by Jeff Utnage

Now that I have graduated with Honors with my Associates Degree, I have applied to the next portion of my educational goal, Computer Programming. This program is offered in partnership with Edmonds Community College and the nonprofit Unloop. This program teaches us Java Script with some CSS, REACT, and HTML. Now, why write about it?Because …

Of Queens, Like Kings by Jeff Utnage

What if I fought like a KingRaise an army, just for youConquer the worldTake on galactic star fighters and Western gunslingers,Dethrone our heroes.What next my love? I thought I would never love againNever utter the words I Love You and mean themYet here you areThe conquistador of my heart…chain around my neck.It is not another …

The Changing Tides Of Prison by Jeff Utnage

What comes to mind when you think about prison? If you were to go to prison tomorrow, what kinds of things would you be afraid of based on what you perceive? Is it rape? How about gangs? Violence? What about finding your identity? When prison first became storage units for souls it was because southern …

How Can Anyone Understand… by Rory Andes

I just watched a segment I was wanting to watch months ago on 60 Minutes. It was about the Syrian chemical attacks earlier this year on their own people, the one Americans fired over fifty cruise missiles at the offending airbase for. Dealing with and disposing of that kind of atrocity was a job I …

Those Who Succeed From Prison and Those Who Do Not by Jeff Utnage

Since coming to prison (yes, I am currently in prison, as I write this very email…shocker) I have seen the difference between a successful re-entry into society and unsuccessful. This difference is self-discipline and drive. Let me explain.As an inmate I get to see the real people. Because we are living with each other 24 …

The Great Beetle Battle by Jeff Utnage

I woke up this morning and there it was, the great beetle. He stood poised and ready to attack with his long antennae and six nimble legs. I narrowly escaped his grip of death by jumping off my bunk and arming myself with a toothbrush and toothpaste…and an impudent eye, of course. The great beetle …

The Detention of Migrant Children, From a Prisoners Perspective by Jeff Utnage

Detaining children is inhumane, in any capacity. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, there are no excuses where it is okay to cage a child for any purpose for any length of time under any circumstance.I am in prison, at least I understand the psychological trauma I am incurring and even justify because I …

Just For Today, a Poem by Jeff Utnage

How ’bout we’re perfectJust for the nightWe’ll intertwine our ego’s with the divineDrink from golden chalice’s…Tonight our baggage doesn’t existTonight I love my body and you,You love yours tooMy teeth are pearly white and neatly rowedJust for todayLet me pretend I am in loveGo walk the pier with some handsome Mr. Gray of my ownIt’ll …

Terrible Boyfriend Material, Maybe by Jeff Utnage

I have come to a realization, I am terrible boyfriend material. Not because I’m in prison or have a past, I would argue that my past has created a driven individual who understands empathy, nonjudgmentalism, compassion, encouragement, and love and loyalty and friendship. Prison has instilled discipline, not the punishment kind of discipline but the …

Do You Have Enough Self-Love For Self-Discipline?

I was recently inspired regarding self-discipline. Self-discipline has usually been a topic in which I talk about what I am going to do, instead of what it is I actually do. I am going to control my eating, however I currently struggle.What’s really got me inspired is a video equating self-discipline to self-love. (beinspiredchannel.com “The …