Friday, November 29, 2019

"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 see change in your mind does that mean its not possible? Let's say that you've known someone for a long period, say, 20 years and they've had a habit, like smoking, and they say they are quitting but you cannot see them doing so. Does that mean they can't?

The point here is that just because we cannot see someone else's dream doesn't mean they cannot see it. Let's be honest here, because this is a safe platform to do so, if pessimism got things done CEO's and entrepreneurs would be pessimists, but they're not. More than one brand exists for every type of product, that's what drives market share and company values, at least one element...healthy competition. Competitive markets benefit customers and ultimately a companies bottom line.

So go dream and the go do. Because what's "impossible" for someone else simply means "I'm Possible" for me and you. If you need support for your dream, come get it from the most unlikely place in America, this prisoner.

I believe in you.

With Love
Ruth Utnage

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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As a prisoner I do not have access to studies, the latest science or even outdated science.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 make me uncomfortable. For instance, right now I'm conducting a social experiment to see what happens to me and my environment when I walk with my chin parallel to the ground and my shoulders squared and with purpose. I chose to do this for 30 days to see if people treated me differently and if I felt any different. I am on day 24 as of this morning and the results of such a thing are oddly dramatic thus far.

When I finish my 30 days I am going to write a report on what happened from my point of view. Who will ever read it? I doubt anyone, but that is not the point. The point is to change my circumstances, my future, my behavior and if along the way I help people, wonderful.

Part of my own pre-release goal plan is to conduct 4 experiments and document them while in prison. I am conducting two simultaneously. One is the walking with confidence, 30 days, the other involves changing your environment. I don't like that so many of my friends are in awe of my accomplishments and drive. So the plan is to motivate them to accomplish things of their own, to teach them drive and strategy. So I am coaching them through how to write 5-year goal plans for themselves.

The results of that are astounding. It's like holding a top connected to an alternator and I just hooked it up to a power source. It's like I hit a switch inside of these guys, it turned them on and I am watching live, in real-time these guys find their purpose, joy, drive, and hunger for life again.

I can do the same for you. That is, if you dare. Work with me and I'll change your life. Think about that, I specialize in working with leadership.

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Ruth Utnage

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

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 thought I was supposed to be excited about having company. So I pick my head up and look on in wonder as these crazy little puppies come slowly crawling over to me looking for solice in such a new world. Like any good dog, I stand watch over them, give them a shadow to crawl under, to feel safe.

But now them little bastards are biting my tail, jumping on my belly while I'm trying to nap, tugging on my ears, and chasing the cat. Then when they do something stupid, like corner the cat and get all scratched up or piddle on the rug and get their nose rubbed in pee, they come whimpering back for comfort.

Well, I'm annoyed with their immaturity and am contemplating several options. One, move to higher ground where they can't climb...yet. Or two, bite their little behinds and scare the piss out of 'em.

Mamma bear hasn't decided which one yet...goddamn kids

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Ruth Utnage

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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 me to read a few blog posts they put on the internet a few years ago, with the intention of recruiting me for help so that their blog will attract a larger audience. In my reading of his materials he stated that sex offenders have the highest recidivism rates...this simply isn't true. In fact, it is so far from the truth it infuriated me. The truth is sex offenders, especially when they knew the victim, have some of the lowest recidivism rates, less than 1% reoffend with another sex offense post-treatment and less than 3% reoffend without any treatment at all.

So let's get our facts straight. Yeah, I know that sex offenders are an easy demographic to hate, there is no consequence for hating them, nobody is going to publicly object to anyone saying "I hate rapists and they are no good". I get it, but if that is going to happen, we should at least understand fact from fiction.

I want to spend some time debunking prison myths, like "You have to join a gang when you come to prison, its be a shark or be shark bait." False! What a load of horse s**t! Thousands of people go to prison every year and don't victimize other people under the guise of prison gangs and they exist just fine. Most of the people who join gangs in prison are afraid and need protection or just simply want to be violent and prison gangs give license to be both...cowards and victimizers...and don't let anyone fool you, prison gangs rape others in prison, including their own members as both means of administering punishment and to establish dominance. Often, these rapists are never convicted by the state, only serving a few days in the hole while their victims get beat even more for telling.

There's others...but because long posts don't get read often, I'll keep this one shorter, look for the title "Prison: Facts and Fallacies" for more on this from me.

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Ruth Utnage

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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 longer allow math to dictate my academic success.

Last night a University of Washington H.O.P.E student came in to help us with math. Yes, it was overwhelming, however I'm encouraged to study everyday so that when she comes back I'll be ready.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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. Overall, our in depth conversation between incarcerated individuals and college professors, speechless.

I'm over the top excited! Heck Yeah. I feel even closer to achieving my dream of attending the University of Washington. I love my life. Hard work pays off.

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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. Overall, our in depth conversation between incarcerated individuals and college professors, speechless.

I'm over the top excited! Heck Yeah. I feel even closer to achieving my dream of attending the University of Washington. I love my life. Hard work pays off.

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