Human Me

What if I told you I had no culture? by Ruth Utnage

I reach into my past like I’m reaching for a treasured toy in a bag. Excited to answer the question “from where do you hail, what made you…you?”, only when I search for the piece that so many others hold so near to their heart I find nothing. Culture? The set of societal morals and …

Birthdays Behind Bars by Marshall Byers

Early morning knock at my door. I call out, “state your business”. Many voices reply, “Happy b/day Marshall, we made you your favorite cake!” I jumped out of bed, opened my door, and shazzzam, strawberry cheese cake! Ummmm. All day in passing people yelling out happy birthday followed up with expletives with much enthusiasm. For …

True Freedom by Marshall Byers

Feelings of empowerment and deep joy, equal tears. As the sun sets past my cell, I’ve have yet another incredible day. I’m watching two graceful Bald Eagles soar way-way up in the sky while Bob Marley “waiting in vain” plays in the background. Blissfully content. Thank you life for a new and beautiful perspective behind …

Pink Wiping My Little Blue Life by Ruth Utnage

I woke up thinking about transitioning for some reason. Maybe it was because I went to bed last night reading “The Laws Of Plato” and had just begun Book 1. In fact here is a quote:“…the first and best of all victories, the victory of oneself over oneself and being defeated by oneself is the …

Craving Intimacy (the deeper meaning kind) by Ruth Utnage

I spend a lot of time reading. I research topics, gain knowledge because I feel intellectually inadequate. So I do something about it. I still crave human connection though.Not many people in prison want to have intellectually stimulating conversations with me, they usually just want to talk long enough to see if I will bone …

Flashback by Marshall Byers

Once upon a time there was a young boy who lived on a street near a forest. There, deep In the forest lived three supernatural families. Yes, that’s right, supernatural. As long as this young boy could remember, there has been a trail leading to their warm and welcoming front door’s.Okay, okay, this young boy …

Hyper Vigilance by Christopher Havens

Are you the type that goes to work and becomes miserable? If you didn’t particularly care for your job, would it not be more sensible to make the best of it so that you, and everyone else around you weren’t paying the price because of it? Living in a prison, I’ve seen countless officers come …

August Horoscope Says To Reconnect With An Acquaintance by Ruth Utnage

My Horoscope (Pisces) says that in August I am supposed to rekindle a friendship I have allowed to slip. I wonder…is that you?Have I let you slip? I want to reconnect with all of you.With LoveRuth Subscribe, Follow, Interact, Comment and change YOUR community Mail To: Jeff aka Ruth Utnage 823469 D-610-2 MCC-TRU P.O. Box …

Goggle Search Marshall Byers Texas Standard by Marshall Byers

Yes, I may be in prison, but I possess a limitless freedom to choose what I think about. I am continuously creating healthy and positive conditions for my everyday life here in prison. Waking up at 4:30am, I start my day with a giant smile and a cold glass of water. I look for every …

Sabrina by Christopher Havens

Have any of you seen the “Wonder Years”? This show locks in a mood of our youth, I think, that everyone has. My wonder years took place in San Francisco, unfortunately on the streets. Still, this is the time period that certain smells are attributed deep memories and the force of the events from this …