Human Me

Prime Minister Trudeau by Marshall Byers

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Please halt the deadly Kinder Morgan Pipeline to protect the Salish Sea from the annihilation of an oil spill and Please evict open pen virulent fish farms from the Salish Sea that kill wild salmon, Orcas and entangle Humpback whales. Subscribe, Follow, Interact, Comment and change Your community Respectfully, Marshall …

She’s A Year Older and She’s Amazing…. by Rory Andes

Happy Birthday to an amazing little girl. She’s smart, funny and quick with her comebacks. She loves to sing (and who wouldn’t, right?). She doesn’t know me very well, but I know we have lots in common. She’s a part of me and she’s a part of her mom and made of all of the …

Technology: Catching Up On Modern Times (from prison!) by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I came to prison in 2011. Apple products were beginning to take flight, but were expensive. iPhones were for rich people still, tablets were a budding luxury, touch screens were emerging as the newest must have. Facebook was still the place to be, Wii Golf was the latest game craze.Now, cars are driving themselves, security …

SHIP Sandwich by Christopher Havens

Let’s begin with a stupid joke. What’s purple and commutes? hmmmm??? AN ABELIAN GRAPE! 🙂 ..y’know… because an abelian group… is commutative.. no? Nobody? Sorry, I can’t help it.. I’m a math addict. But all this math has lead to public speaking, which caused me to partake in creative writing which, in turn has led …

She Carried Combat Boots by Marshall Byers

Years ago I was sent out of town for work. Portland Oregon was booming with construction. The company put me up in a hotel for a short stay. Walking through the lobby after checking in, I turned the corner and made my way to the elevators, and this is where it happened. Subscribe, Follow, Interact, …

The Thrum Of Life by Marshall Byers

Holding pure love, sustenance fade, so strange. Watching her weep, arms out stretched, old wooden vessel carries me away, safe voyage uncertain. Letters pinned, again and again. Precarious reflections, arising waves, disappointment. Standing barefooted, cold waters edge. Ship wrecked, ill-lit flickers of recollection. Self-suffering, sinking sadness, how long has it been? Letters pinned, again and …

How Do I Deal With People Who Refuse To Stop Calling Me A Man by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I knew transitioning inside prison was not going to be all roses. But remaining the lie I was living as a man was brutal. I am a respectful, open woman and try to keep my life in balance. I don’t push my views on other people and those that have a problem acknowledging my transition, …

Words Immortal… by Rory Andes

“Want to live forever? Write! Write, with all you have and feel! Compose the words that will travel the ages and then live forever!”I heard a brilliant speech by my friend and colleague, a man named Yusef, at our local Toastmasters club. The premise was “how to live forever”. He used the written language as …

Silent Thought’s… by Marshall Byers

As the sun sets, I peer at the lengthening shadows while peacefully sowing a new quilt here in the Community Aide Collation room. At times I feel like my chair might collapse from this emotional weight, and other times I could float away. The window points towards the perimeter fence of which I’m not looking …