Human Me

“That’s Already Been Done” and Other Pessimistic Views by Ruth Utnage

How many times in your life have you heard someone say “that’s already been done” or “that already exists”? What they’re really saying is “don’t try”. Then if we boil that down further we get someone who’s really saying that they can’t see it working so nobody else can either.What about change? If you cannot …

Experimenting In Prison by Ruth Utnage

As a prisoner I do not have access to studies, the latest science or even outdated science. If I want to find out the effects of smiling everywhere I go I must do that action and then ruminate on the results. I do this often. I do it with all kinds of little things that …

This Old Dog Is Ready To Dispatch The Puppies By Ruth Utnage (old post just getting posted)

You know that old dog that lies on the rug quietly? The one that is good around people, minds its own business, and listens real well? The one you’ve grown real attached to because its “just such a loyal creature”. Well that’s me.I feel like my owner came home with a litter of puppies and …

Prison Facts and Fallacies, Get Your Information Straight by Ruth Utnage

What really grinds my gears is when someone perpetuates information that is false and damaging just so that they feel and potentially look better to others. Like when murderers spend every waking minute bashing on sex offenders so that they look and feel better about themselves.Someone I have to work and exist around frequently asked …

Bridges To H.O.P.E Meeting #2 by Marshall Byers

OK, I have a confession to make. I very much dislike math. My Whole body gets tight just thinking about math. This is one area of my life that frustrates me to the point of tears. So, I am on a quest to overcome math, I don’t care how long it takes, I will no …

Bridges To H.O.P.E (Huskies for Opportunities for Prison Education) by Marshall Byers

  I made the cut for yet another University of Washington class here in prison. My first meeting was invigorating and stimulating. I was introduced to three professors form the UW campus. Our content was based on leadership, how and what we think a leader is/isn’t, active listening discussion, and a stimulating activity in core …

Bridges To H.O.P.E (Huskies for Opportunities for Prison Education) by Marshall Byers

I made the cut for yet another University of Washington class here in prison. My first meeting was invigorating and stimulating. I was introduced to three professors form the UW campus. Our content was based on leadership, how and what we think a leader is/isn’t, active listening discussion, and a stimulating activity in core values. …

I Am Embarrassed By Some Of The Trans Community (and I know that’s highly controversial!) by Ruth Utnage

I know I’m supposed to be all “I love my sisters no matter what” and “they’ve had it super hard”, I get that my empathy is supposed to be pro-trans all the way, pro anything them. But I’m not. First, many trans girls in this prison system, in fact, I won’t even generalize beyond this …

Evolving Purpose Statement – Defy Ventures Washington: Moving Forward by Rory Andes

As a compassionate, empathetic and understanding citizen, I create the awareness of an individual’s strengths and their role in a safe, stable community by developing an equitable, supportive and resourceful network for the justice involved. by Rory Andes Subscribe, Follow, Interact, Comment and Change YOUR Community! Email at Jpay.com using Rory Andes 367649 Or by …

Ways To Minimize Stress In Your Life by Marshall Byers

Spend the entire duration of a sunset trying your best to describe all the colors in the sky. Write thank you letters to everyone you know…and I challenge you to write to that one person you’ve been avoiding. Break that long silence and tell them you love them with all your heart. By the way, …