I can tell I am going to have to reread this book, probably several times, before I fully understand and adapt to his depth.
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Turning the page of a book with my fingers and feeling the texture of the paper under my fingertip is as much reading for me as smelling the aroma of food is for eating. For me. In prison we don't have access to anything we want and a friend of mine, a fellow girl, has a particularly significant like, Marilyn Monroe.She's liked Marilyn Monroe since she was a child and even went so far as to get a portrait of the famed star tattooed on her arm. For her, she represents her ideal femininity, something I strongly identify with as a fellow trans woman.
When I first met her, she struck me as a worthwhile person to get to be friends with. That's not always an easy find in prison. She was fairly new to the unit and immediately on the hunt for something to make her life more full of progress and hope. People like her stand out in amazing ways because of this brand of hunger. As time went on, I invited her into my own personal life, my travels, my deeply emotional struggles. She gave good advice and helped me see beyond the pain I was in, the trauma I had trouble managing.She did such a good job at simply listening, I was able to find empathy for my own situations. Again, that's a hard find in prison. Most will commiserate, but in the process, they feed the negativity. They will encourage you to be angry, anxious, maybe even vengeful for the circumstance. But not her. She became my wholly positive sounding board, a professional life observer. In turn, I saw just how perfectly imperfect she was and why she saw the world through such distinguished eyes. I marveled in her drive to correct her flaws. I found her limitless humanity within the flaws themselves.
Is it possible to lay a new foundation under an old frame? I think not. The frame and structure must be dismantled and set aside whilst a new foundation is set in place of the old one. If the structure can be dismantled in sections, the foundation can also be set in sections. One must be careful of the structure because a structure divided is weak, susceptible to damage and collapse.Our prison system is much like this analogy, which I must thank author Isabel Wilkerson and her book "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" for inspiring such a clear analogy of systemic structuring and how we, as human beings, can conceptualize our complex reality in much simpler and more familiar terms. (I do not know who sent me this book, but THANK YOU!!!!)
We had to witness another Covid casualty... We had our last class for an indefinite period of time because of DOC's absolute iron fisted approach to dealing with the pandemic (and it's only fueling tensions over the usual mismanagement). While we did get to break down some quadratic equations and develop the fundamentals of proofing systems of work, it came with a heaviness because we knew it would be our last time to be together for a long while.So, we took half the class to drill into laughter and talk about release strategies and define the things to know about the world beyond prison. This was an important conversation because folks like Marshall and Ruth may very well be out of prison by the time they consider starting our class back up. So, just like any good family gathering, we enjoyed the time we had, talked about what lies ahead and just existed in the moment. It was a little math, a little social, and a lot of learning about a variety of things. This class will be missed and I hope we can come back together sooner vs. later. So far, the Social Mathematics Experiment has been a huge success that's lived up to its name.
James Cody Goodwin
I'm reading a book right now that my friend Christopher gave me called "Mathematics: through the eyes of faith" by James Bradley and Russell Howell. It's not my usual read but it certainly has my attention because it sparks my imagination. For instance, did the Creator create mathematics or did the Creator use mathematics (as in mathematics existed before the Creator)?While the answer isn't all that important I must say that my brain is still interacting with the subject. I'm interested. That's incredible to me because right now I'm not thinking about how "hard" or scary" math is. Yet, it's still on my mind.