Human Me

The Comeback Kid by Marshall Byers 4 of 11

Not even 24 hours in prison, and I had made the biggest mistake. Extremely terrified, overwhelming anxiety, so alone and helpless. I had never experienced feelings like this. Segregation “The Hole “. The worst of the worst living in a lifeless place seeking any form of distraction, which happened to be me. 24/7 no sleeping, …

Writing That Paints An Image by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I am a numbers and data woman. I find statistics to be more stimulating than a chiseled, slightly sweaty, neatly trimmed man. If given the choice between watching movies and reading novels or non-fiction and writing essays, I will always choose the latter.I’m not a savant who sees numbers and equations floating in front of …

The Comeback Kid 3 of 11 by Marshall Byers

Didn’t sleep a wink that night, to much commotion, no escape from the chatter in the open bar cells, and plugging my ears left me alone with someone I no longer knew. I skipped breakfast and waited in that lifeless cell for big yard to be called, going over all the violent possiblities that will …

The Comeback Kid by Marshall Byers 2 of 11

Processed off the chain bus into a strange looking castle, lead into a prison movie setting like Shaw Shank. Walking into the unit block I felt three tiers of eyes looking down at me. It’s difficult to describe the smell, sounds and visuals, what I can tell you is this……….Standing there, hands clamped around cold …

The Power of Print… by Rory Andes

According to the Associated Press in a recent report, more than 1,400 counties and towns across the US have lost their local newspaper outlet over the last 15 years. This outcome is tragic to those who read them… it brings the end of local journalists serving as watchdogs to public officials, no more profiling of …

The Come Back Kid by Marshall Byers 1 of 11

I asked myself out loud, “How the hell did I, out of all places in the world, end up in The Hole?!”… I was in solitary confinement inside of Washington State’s notorious “Concrete Mama”, Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla. And I was a mess. November 30th 2006 I shuffled into Snohomish Co. Court handcuffed …

What If We Stopped Voting? by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

Imagine this, it’s the 2020 elections and there are 20 presidential candidates to choose from. They’ve been bashing each other in the media digging up bogus, or not-so-bogus, dirt on one another for months and proudly touting the information like a graduation tassel. What if nobody voted?I am so tired of listening to one “side” …

Reclaiming My Imagination: Daring To Wonder Once More by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I was on my bed this afternoon and found my mind drifting to the day I release from prison. Walking out the front doors of this place to a nondescript car my mother owns, my oldest son in the backseat and as I approach I realize I am unsure of how to proceed.Do I open …

Paper Airplanes Help You to Imagine by Marshall Byers

Good morning planet earth, I very much enjoy sending you all a message of creativity. Ok, so, I was in my creative writing class this morning going over my lines for our up and coming play, when I noticed a quote on our director/volunteers T-shirt. “Paper Airplanes Help you to imagine”. I was sooooooooo inspired …

Influencing Change: What If… by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I think about ways I could influence change. I believe wholeheartedly in the ability of mankind to self-correct. Nothing is “too far gone”. Crime in America seems to be an impossible topic to address so our community has simply stopped talking about it. Let’s change that.Correction departments all over the country are afraid to invest …