Human Me

Dating Outside One’s Own Race. Why Is This A Taboo Subject Still? by Ruth Utnage

Recently I was told I was “tainted meat”. Being called “meat” didn’t feel very nice and neither was the implications of being “tainted”. In fact, it infuriates me and makes me feel judged, unfairly, and brings me back to childhood when even “good Christians” would tell you to date within your own race.I was told …

Brother James G. by Marshall Byers

I was up dancing on my bunk to Cindy Laupers “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” recently, yeah just loving life as usual. My buddy, brother, WU book club pal James G. was up on his bunk setting cross legged making magic cards. We are both on the top tier, only on different wings. I could …

Political Discourse… by Rory Andes

Yesterday I was witness to two separate people absolutely driving themselves mad to pound their political views on others. One even worked himself into a physical posture as though to disagree would be the same as striking him in the face. My two examples sat on both sides of America’s current divide. One wasn’t better …

Do I Set Goals That Are Too Lofty? (LOL! Sure, whatever you say…) by Ruth Utnage

When I think to myself about my goals, I understand they’re lofty. Being an HR consultant, working for DOC to help institute serious changes in culture, get my grad degree…and probably my PhD, eventually live in downtown Seattle, in a condo, financially set, have a prominent role in my community, and oh yeah, be a …

http://gf.me/u/yqqt4c by Marshall Byers

I am currently floating with fuzzy happiness, deep gratitude and absolute appreciation for all the love and support with the GoFundMe.com campaign. Wow, what an honor to be involved in such a beautiful experience. I admire each an everyone of you for your involvement in this celebration of my up an coming release from prison. …

The Value of Cognitive Change… by Rory Andes

Do you know what the value of cognitive change is? Do you have any idea how it may impact you, your community, your true sense of safety? Yet the public wants to ensure that inmates achieve a level of this through prison. Then I challenge you to look deeply at your prisons (and because you …

Help Figuring Out My Attachment Schema? Anyone? Anyone? by Ruth Utnage

It’s a long shot, but I need help understanding and subsequently reconfiguring my attachment schema. I am fully aware that this is an implicit social memory function formed in early childhood. I assume that there is some ‘system’ used to understand a patients attachment schema, else it wouldn’t be a “schema” unless someone spent the …

Renegotiating the Social Contract… by Rory Andes

It could be argued that “Joe Citizen’s” obligation to society is to abide by the peoples’ laws and pay taxes. And if he doesn’t detract in any way, like crime, this obligation is just fine. He’s doing his part. But occasionally there comes a point when he defaults on his obligations to society… he commits …