Human Me

Knowing When To Drop ‘Em by Ruth Utnage

Sometimes in long battles it becomes necessary to take a few strategic shots so you can setup to overtake the opponent. A good fictional example of this is in the movie 300 when the Spartan king, as a child, backs into a narrow crevice to lure his opponent into a more disadvantaged position. The whole …

Media and the Transgender Community by Ruth Utnage

I opened a newsletter I’ve been getting for years that hosts the writings of LGBTQIA+ individuals from American and Canadian prison systems (UltraViolet – LAGAI). Inside was a cry for help from a tranz woman in South Carolina. She is young (low 20’s) and like so many incarcerated trans folx she came out in prison. …

But, I’ve Read A Bunch Of Books!? by Ruth Utnage

Reading a million books in prison doesn’t mean an inmate is rehabilitating or intelligent, it just means they’ve read a million books. I know people who read around 4 novels a week. That’s over 200 books a year. While they read a lot, they have absolutely no idea what led them to prison. Others read …

An Open Letter To Washington’s Government by Ruth Utnage

To Whom It May Concern, My name is Ruth Utnage, I am the creator of HumanMe.org, a writing platform that showcases the voices of some of Washington’s most reformed formerly and currently incarcerated with the vision of becoming the premiere organization for mentorship and leadership development within some of Washington’s most marginalized communities. In addition, …

What Career Involves Creating and Implementating Strategy, Team and Business Leadership, and Goal Setting? by r

I’m reading a book by Lee Hartley Carter titled “Persuasion”. I originally picked it up to try and grab a few pointers on how to discuss my criminal history with a potential employer or investor but I realized immediately I was in for something far better. The author challenges the reader almost immediately to be …

29,200 by Ruth Utnage

If someone spends 10 years behind bars they have available 87,600 hours. Assuming that person sleeps, eats, works and socializes frequently- now we’re left with about 8 hours a day. That’s 29,200 hours. What could you do with that many hours? I know one person that spends that time (and then some) studying mathematics. I …

You’re Invited: Dormant Voices Virtual Speech Event on September 26th, 2021 by Ruth Utnage

On September 26th, 2021 a bunch of us were going to meet on our prisons yard as friends and give speeches like we were at our Toastmasters meetings. So many of us love public speaking and the one platform we had is gone because of COVID. But the urge and drive to do what we …

A Decade Without Stars by Ruth Utnage

When’s the last time you were able to look up and see the stars without the lights of a metropolis dulling away the beauty? As a kid in Nebraska and Iowa I remember going outside in the dark and being able to see the cloudy wisp in the universe known as the Milky Way…haven’t seen …

The One Who Makes Your Mistakes Okay, Yeah That One by Ruth Utnage

I am going through a rough patch. You know when you get to know someone and you just know that this is the one, this is the person that God created just for you and you for them and you wake up in the middle of the night with a song playing in your head …