Human Me

Money, Well, Spent… by Rory Andes

I had a great talk with my roommate, Ruth, the other day and we kinda chuckled about how busy we are. But it falls in line with our need for pro social, meaningful reformation. And reformation not just for ourselves, but from those around us as well. Those that insist on a life of just …

Do you ever ponder by Marshall Byers

In moments of solitude the strange and utter mystery of crushing pain in the chest area from feelings of deep regret, loss, nostalgia or longing for??? I’ve been hit by a car, fell from a roof top and wrecked dirt bike’s at high speed, but never have I felt pain like I’m experiencing now. Where …

Lighting The Dark: This Little Light Of Mine (I’m gonna let it shine!) by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

Sometimes I feel like a really little light in the dark, like a tiny tea candle being shielded from hurricane winds by God’s hand. It feels like I am not bright enough. But I am not the only light. I look around and see that all my friends are lights too, together we fight the …

I Need Me A Man, Valentine’s Day Is Melting This Icy Queen! by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

In Washington prisons it is illegal to have a romantic relationship with other inmates. I have been a VERY good girl since I have been locked up. I have earned my reputation as an ice queen.In my defense I haven’t been mean to the guys who hit on me, I have been as abrupt as …

Days for Girls .org by Marshall Byers

Everyday I wake up and smile because I get to make such a big difference in many lives around the world by making Days for girls bags/kits. Meeting our volunteer for the first time here in our Community Aide Coalition sewing room was very inspiring and heart warming. She is a true sweetheart and absolute …

Inclusion… by Rory Andes

I finally had a chance this morning to sit down with my cup of coffee and this month’s The Atlantic magazine. Breezing through the highlights, I landed on a brilliant article by Jonathan Rauch titled “Don’t Call Me LGBTQ: Why we need a single overarching designation for sexual minorities”. I am an ally and my …

Wiggle Your Toes by Marshall Byers

Heck yeah! How is everyone doing today? I was thinking about you, being the outside world and all, and how much you contribute in liberating me. Thank you for choosing to read what I write. I’m driven by a deep willingness and tenacity to reach out to the whole wide world.My desire is to not …

Hormone Treatment Comes At A Cost For Inmates by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

Getting hormone treatment or “therapy” for inmates has become a possibility. Just like in the free world you do not have to be diagnosed with some heinous psychological disorder to access them. Instead, hormones must be a logical medication to prescribe because it will effectively treat the conditions of the patient.There are many people in …

Step One of Baby Steps? by Rory Andes

I recently started a 12 Step based cognitive behavioral change program. I got on this train after a recent breakup last year showed me that I don’t deal the best with devastating changes. Mostly, I suck at hurting and I develop some stupid compulsory behaviors to slow the burn (as though I could control what …

UW Book Club by Marshall Byers

  Ecstatic and thrilled are just a few of the feelings I’m experiencing having to wait for this Saturday to arrive. Once a month I’m blessed with the greatest company…….. well, besides my family. Sitting in a warm little room, circular fashion, ready to discuss our current book. Professor Steve sets a carefree, relaxed tone. …