Human Me

Is The World A Better Place? by Marshall Byers

Heck yeeeeeeaaaah it is! Only because Jennifer-Sun-Shine-Byers is with us. Yep, that’s right people of this round thing we all live on. Before my big sis was born, this earth was dry as a biscuit, like saltine crackers with the worst dry mouth. When J.B. was born, she burst forth from a galactic nebula. She …

Experiments In Teaching and Learning by Christopher Havens

The meetings with Edmonds are becoming something truly special. I refer to these meetings as the Edmonds collaboration. Here, we strive to change from within through our exploration of math. It’s beautiful because of our dynamic with each other. Each other in this context is community. Here I refer to both the staff and the …

When We Change… by Rory Andes

“I’d rather sit in prison than release to a broken world…” – Lance After several years of viewing the world through a very shattered lens, I came to prison and learned the art of healing and the science of change. Truth be told, I know a lot of people who fundamentally changed for the better. …

Anxiety of Getting Out of Prison on a Second Chance: Just One Girl’s Insecurities by Ruth Utnage

I have a plan. It’s unique to me and of my own design. Actually, I have a system of plans. I made a Pre-Release Plan, Release Plan, and a 5 Year Goal Plan just so I understand what I’m going to do with myself in and, ultimately, out of prison. My plans assuage my anxiety …

A more Human Me. by James Goodwin

I have discovered something about myself. When I feel betrayed, powerless or harmed I take pieces of myself, who I am, and discard them. I think it makes me feel new. As if the person who was hurting is no longer me. No longer vulnerable. I am a creative. That is my core identity. I …

Math Lecture on 10/23/20… by Rory Andes

Here’s the setup…. “Given two positive numbers a and b, with b being greater than a, find a formula for how many numbers are between a and b inclusive.”I gave a seven minute micro-lecture on this formula. I emphasized the terms “positive” and “inclusive” not only as a matter of the problem, but as an …

Math Anxiety To Math Excitement by Marshall Byers

Last Friday I started a new class. Yeah, I actually signed up on purpose for a math lecture series. My life has dramatically improved because of math. I find it very peculiar that I study math to relive stress today, and just a short time ago I would get a nose bleed from counting my …

Back In Class – Math With Professor Havens

Stepping back into a formal learning environment after being away for 14 months feels like eating chocolate cake for the first time. Delectable. Our very own Christopher is teaching a small select group of students the finer points of mathematics. Actually, the class should be called Mathematical Joy 101 because it is less about “doing” …

The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, And Body In The Healing Of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. by Ruth Utnage

I’ve heard about this book my entire prison sentence. I don’t know why I have avoided it, well, I guess I have an idea. I never really thought it applied to me. As I’m going through two different treatments right now I see it not only can apply to me, it does so directly. Funny …