Human Me

Removing Statues and Monuments That Depict White Supremacy, Glorify Racism, and Promote Segregation by Ruth Utnage

I’ve heard a lot about removing statues and monuments and renaming government and civil buildings to no longer monumentalize and glorify figures that represent things like slavery, the confederacy, white supremacy, and other destructive moments of our history. I just wanted to say that I support their removal wholeheartedly and believe it’s a long time …

Creating Fun by Marshall Byers

Lately everything from the pandemic to politics, and now the west coast being on fire has been a total buzz kill. What the heck! Look, I need a reprieve form this negative crud. I took a page out of Rob Derdak’s book.Yeah, Rob Derdak makes his own luck, so I’m making my own fun. I …

Coming Back From Emotional Instability by Ruth Utnage

We go through emotional disruptions/imbalances/instability. It is part of most people’s lives and as we get hit with intense situations that there is no play book for, figuring out how to cope with these new things is difficult at best.One of my best friends getting out of prison recently and her and her husband mer …

Faulty Protections… by Rory Andes

In the last couple of weeks I’ve seen a wide variety of commercials geared at face covering and “protections” aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Some of that impact involves safety, some comfort, some usability. The items range from cotton, to infused fabrics, to ones with filters, ones with layers, one with …

Hot Cocoa Rabbit Holes by Ruth Utnage

Chocolate in liquid form. Hot cocoa. When you’re a little moody and want to watch the world burn like a flame throwing Godzilla, what do you do? Drink a steamy mug of hot cocoa and suddenly the world is just a little sweeter and instead of rampaging through the streets of the city knocking whole …

Buried Alive by Marshall Byers

Today I sat on my little concrete floor reflecting back over the 5,044 days I’ve survived being buried alive in a prison cell. The most beautiful thing, metaphorically speaking, is my super human mutation. It’s a strange reversal. What I mean to say is, I was not living my best life above ground. I was …

Eat, Sleep and Breathe by Ruth Utnage

“I could never be a professional dancer, those people eat, sleep, and breathe dance” she said, her eyes wincing into a slit before looking down at the table between us.“Oh yeah?” I just couldn’t stop the next words from coming out, they were reflexive “What do you eat, sleep and breathe?” I watched in some …

About Race Relations… by Rory Andes

A free world friend let me in on how some tense conversations about America’s race relations turn brutally ugly on social media very quickly. It saddens me, because in the quest for candid discussions, it should stay objective and informative. Not personal to the degree that the discussion turns ugly… I promise you that vile …

Lessons From A Chosen Family by Ruth Utnage

One day, after I leave prison, I might find the words to express a hug filled with tears that derives from a place pure happiness and love. Maybe. Maybe that’s why we have hugs, feel the need to have them in our lives because words simply cannot replace human(e) embrace. Since I’ve been in prison …

Patriot Day… by Rory Andes

September 11, 2001 is a day burned like few others into the minds of Americans, to include me. I started this morning like most others, but was quickly reminded that nineteen years ago today, the world would never be the same again. Remembrance Ceremonies being televised across the country and the reading of the names …