Human Me

Massachusetts Quinn by Marshall Byers

My heart turned to mush early this Sunday morning. Wow. I mean completely heart warming and beautifully moving. Please re-watch “Sunday Morning” CH 7 August 25, 2019. A little boy named Quinn has a rare sickness that restricts him from leaving the house. Yeah, he cannot go out an play with the other kids, run …

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): The Intended Consequences Of Homophobia and Political Bigotry. An essay by Ruth U.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, was enacted on a federal level in an effort to, as the name says, eliminate rape in prison. Sounds like a great idea to me. I am not a fan of being raped. As a trans person, I am at the second highest risk for rape in prison …

Bridges to H.O.P.E. 2019, Week 3… By Rory Andes

This week was a cool mix of Yins and Yangs. An interest in thing happened in class last week that caused a ripple I didn’t fully appreciate until this week. As before, I mentioned that I’m in a class with students from the University of Washington and we are working on a project to introduce …

THE FEAR IS REAL!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! By Renee Permenter

  I was talking to a close friend of mine today about my upcomming release in 8 months and I will admit, I am petrified. I have no clue about what the world is like anymore. It has been 10 years since I have seen freedom and I know how life changes so much and …

Die Freude und Herausforderung auf die Deutsche Sprache By Ryan Erker

I have made the decision to try to learn to speak German. Why am I trying to punish myself and most of those around me who are within hearing distance? Good question. I am attempting this partly because one should always know how to curse in multiple languages.¬†Unfortunately for me, learning to speak German is …

Kettlebells a Communist plot or invention of the Devil? By Ryan Erker

I tore my shoulder ligaments a year and a half ago playing Frisbee which is quite embarrassing. Not only did this injury prevent me from lifting weights which is what one does while in the pokey, but I have my collarbone pressing against my skin, causing it to stick out of my shoulder like a …

theartofliving.org Hot Air Balloon Wave by Marshall Byers

Dear (IAHV) International Association For Human Value Volunteers. Shala, Ben, I waited with great anticipation for the two of you to crest the horizon. I felt very loved, cared for, and included by your kind words yesterday. You gave me a sense of hope, by telling me that one day soon I’ll be able to …

My Mission: Getting The Community Directly Involved In Community Corrections by Ruth Utnage

What if you could see my rehabilitative process? What if it was not limited to just me you could witness, what if it was everyone in state custody? I have dreams of a day when prisons are no longer the solution, but I cannot be so naive to think that pushing an abolitionist ideology is …

Goggle search overtherainbow.com by Marshall Byers

To all my fellow quilters around the world, please stop by this wonderful website. These women emanate vitality, trust, humor, kindness, acceptance, consideration and generosity. WoooooH-HoooooooW ! Hi Mandy, hi Mandy’s Amaaaazzing mother. You two are the best mother daughter entrepreneurs ever. I can’t wait to quilt with the outside world. Mandy, I heard Google …

Meet Ruth, The Trans Lioness by Ruth Utnage

The wild lioness: fierce, skilled huntress, trains her young to be independent and not dependent. She lets her family and sisters collect their scars and battle wounds, just as she has because she knows every matriarch has her scars. Like me…I am a lioness. I am fierce when it comes to my community. The LGBT …