Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Book Review: "Powerful" by Patty McCord     by    Ruth Utnage

First and foremost, I want to meet the author of this book, Patty McCord. Her insight into forward leaning business is eye opening and even counter to what I've been taught. Obviously there is a wellspring of knowledge and intelligence that an entrepreneurial hopeful, like myself, could learn from.

The book was easy to understand and despite my very busy life I read it in a few nights. Frankly, I couldn't wait to get home and pick it back up. I'd be at work thinking about how I wished I worked in an environment where direct communication and open debates were fostered and taught, both cultural points she speaks about extensively.

This book has a message that extends beyond fast-paced tech companies though, if you spend the time to think about it. The one thing I keep mulling over in my head, begging to talk to someone about even, is the idea of flexibility in our network. Although she doesn't speak about the concepts outside of a professional scope, I certainly see wisdom that breaches professionalism and has a courtship with my social life. Specifically, knowing when to say goodbye.

I recommend this book for anyone who is a people pleaser and has problems telling people no, even when its not in their own best interest. Also, anyone interested in career advancement.

Obviously, I loved it, thanks to whoever sent it to me. (Unless I'm told by the person who sends it, I have no idea who sends me a book(s)...)

With Love
Ruth Utnage

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"A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, then by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust." ("Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire )


Monday, June 29, 2020

Releasing From Prison To A New Normal     by   Ruth Utnage

I'm going to release from prison in November of 2021. Trump is the likely POTUS and 6 months ago that meant getting a job in Seattle was not going to be hard, in fact, my assumption was that I was going to be able to easily secure funding for a start-up. The stock market was still a solid option to grow a little wealth and my major worry was what I was going to have to cut out goal-wise in order to make a decent second half of my life.

But now...I'm not so sure.

My previous plans are all but laid to waste now. I had a few years of a solid economy to rely on in order to secure at least an undergrad degree, if not a graduate degree, in order to ensure career stability. After over a decade in prison I needed all the advantages I could get just to compete in a flourishing economy. I don't know hat I'll have to do now.

The current pivot in my release planning is to continue with my collegiate pursuits, a grad degree in Health Services and then find a way to with Washingtons' DOC to shape prison culture and influence an all out paradigm shift into a more effective corrective state. How I'm going to make money and survive in Washington's most expensive county, well, I don't know yet.

The new normal is yet to be entirely determined, the fallout from COVID-19 has not been assessed because, as a country, we're still hunkered down waiting this thing out. The hope is that our economy returns into a strong institution and that our countries leadership is capable of rebuilding our stability. I hear every single day of a new institution changing to adapt, like remote learning, patronless sports, limited contact dining which begs the question- where are all the current unemployed going to go?

What are the effects of this on social classes? Is it going to be possible for me to advance in economic class as fluidly as I could have had I released say, a year ago? Are we going to simply return to business as usual?

I am not sure, but I do know that I am resilient and intelligent. I am going to accomplish my goals and reach the end of my pursuits. I may be many things to many people (hated by some, loved by many more) but what I am not is lazy, stagnant, or afraid.

With Love
Ruth Utnage

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To contact me you must be a humanist...

"A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, then by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust." ("Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire )


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Is Trans Hostility Real?       by    Ruth Utnage

Depending on which news channel I watch depends on whether or not I'm "disgusting" as a trans woman. On Fox News an anchor, who I shall refuse to name because I despise them, just conducted an interview with a woman and they agreed that trans people are "disgusting". Then went so far as to say they were brave for saying so. Proud Republicans? I don't know.

Then if I go to CNN I seem to be accepted so long as I have a healthy hatred of Republicans. Hate them because they hate me? I don't know about that either.

I am witnessing, no feeling, the spark of divide heat this country like a forest fire and if I listen to television the world I'm getting out too might just hate me and not just secretly, but openly and directly. Then it seems that I might be hated because I refuse to hate those that hate me because they are practicing hate. Sheesh!

It's been a decade since I've been out and I do not know what awaits me out there. Is it hostile? Will I go to buy shoes and get stoned to death like some Salem-ish witch hunt, find the tranny's and burn 'em on stakes?

What, when you can't hate a race, when that's unacceptable, switch to trans genders? Just have to have an enemy huh?

So sad.

Is this a real thing or is the media just overplaying things?

With Love
Ruth Utnage

Feel free to contact me, a little human contact is always welcome

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Companies are Giant Mirrors of Societies Beliefs, Let Me Explain...   by    Ruth Utnage

Years ago Walmart banned the selling of Confederate paraphernalia in their stores. This month Walmart also banned the Mississippi state flag because of its Confederate symbology. Strange move? I think not.

Companies as big as Walmart who have extravagant amounts of cash to spend don't take risks by 'chance', they follow the culture. They are reflections of our values, don't forget that the owners and investors of Walmart are also people, with values. Companies are providers of services and goods that people want. If a company decides it's going to provide a service that people don't want, well, you do the math. The same is true for their spaces, their storefronts and employee's.

Storefronts provide an atmosphere that nurture comfort, which in turn enriches the shopping experience because at some level that storefront is a reflection of what people want. If you went to IKEA and they had only water ways as isles where you had to get in a paddle boat to browse the products, while it might be a fun novelty for a tourist and make for pretty photos, it sure won't make for a shopping experience that screams money maker. No, they find out what a particular area values and then reflect those values in the environment. Employees are no different. That's why Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE) is so important.

If a company opens a location in a city that is 15% Black, 30% Latino/Hispanic, 10% White, 15% Native, and 30% Asian and all of its employees are one race, whether they like it or not that company is making a statement about what it values, not the clientele. That's a dangerous game and not a very intelligent business strategy.

Companies rarely lead trends but are frequently reflections of trends. Apple Inc. is a great example with the iPhone, which was a response to a market need. People were craving sleek designs with tech in one device that reflected how they felt or wanted to feel. Nike, Lululemon, Google, Tik Tok are all the same thing, cultural reflections.

Food for thought!

With Love
Ruth Utnage

Feel free to contact me, a little human contact is always welcome

Ruth Utnage fka jeff 823469 C-601-2
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Monroe, WA. 98272

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Friday, June 26, 2020

We're Equal, As Long As You stay In Your Lane...Right?      by    Ruth Utnage

As long as trans people are still trans and not "real women" or "real men" they should be protected right, so long as they stay in their lane and don't disrupt the status quo. Right?

As long as Mexicans stay in the Barrio or show citizenship, they're equal, but separate. Right?

As long as blacks stay in the ghetto or in their neighborhood, their equal, their equality coming through separation from others, right?

As long as nobody has to change anything about how things are done and disrupt my comfortable little perch high above everyone else, I'm with the equal rights mumbo jumbo, right?

Equality isn't separately unique.

Somewhere some little trans girl is wanting to play volleyball and she can't because she can't compete on the level of boys and the girls team says she's not really a girl. So, screw her, right? Just f**k her? That human being isn't worth anything because it means someone else having to accept change? God forbid the worst case scenerio happens and that trans girl gets put on the team andp, GASP!!, she's good! The horror of it all, what's the world coming to?

White men armed with semiautomatic weapons and bullet proof vests lining the streets is protecting American civility and national interests but black men doing it is a gang, right?

Right?
Right...

Just wanted to make sure I was reading the situation correctly. Make sure I understood what I'm getting out to.

America, congrats, I'm afraid of you...now what?

With Love
Ruth Utnage

Feel free to contact me, a little human contact is always welcome

Ruth Utnage fka jeff 823469 C-601-2
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Monroe, WA. 98272

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Prison Cookie Recipe     by    Ruth Utnage

I am making cookies for this years 4th of July and Juneteenth celebrations. Since we don't have ovens in prison and no baking ingredients I have to get creative, if you wanted cook along, here is what I am using:

Microwave
1-lb package of Peanut Butter Creme cookies (cheap ones)
1 Hershey's chocolate bar
Frosting- Whatever flavor they give me (Chocolate ??)
2 packs of plain M and M's
1 microwaveable bowl
3 packs of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls

Okay, here's what to do:

1. Scrape the creme filling from both sides of each peanut butter cookie and save in a separate container and put cookies in your bowl, creme free (as best you can)

2. Using hands, crush the dry cookies into smaller pieces and then crush them into a fine powder using something like a mortar and pestle (I use a pill bottle)

3. Remove all three Swiss Rolls so there are 6 Rolls, eat 2 of them, right now- because we do what we want to around here- take the other 4 and mash them into the powdered cookies.

4. Add a few tablespoons of warm water, mix with hands adding 1 additional tablespoon of water until no more cookie powder is left and you have a dough ball that isn't sticky.

5. Take a chuck of dough and press it into your bowls bottom in a thickness of about 1/4" or slightly less.

6. Microwave for 40 sec. and remove, use the back of a spoon to press flat once again (it bubbles) and cook again for an additional 30 seconds, repeat several times until disc is solid enough to hold its shape without bowl.

7. Do this for all the dough until gone

8. When each cookie comes out and its hot, break a few pieces of chocolate bar up and sprinkle on hot cookie to allow for melting.

9. Let cool for 15 min.

10. Ice each cookie and place a few m and M's on each, I'm going to take the red and blue ones out and make little American cookies decor, but you can do what you want.

11. Eat...for God's sake eat them things!

Enjoy

With Love
Ruth Utnage

Feel free to contact me, a little human contact is always welcome

Ruth Utnage fka jeff 823469 C-601-2
MCC-TRU
PO Box 888
Monroe, WA. 98272

or via Jpay email service (you have to use my birth name, but, please do not call me by it, my new legal name is Ruth)

Jeff Utnage
823469