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The Last Number by Ruth Utnage

Mathematical precision. That statement means something in all fields of science and when it’s said outside of academia it rings in the ears of fact-based thinkers. However, what is the last number? I dislike that the last number I can personally think of is infinity. I cannot conceptualize infinity, I am unable to compare it …

Mathematical Breakthrough: Age Problems by Ruth Utnage

Here’s one for you courtesy of Coxford and Payne, HBJ Algebra, 1983, pg.137, Review Question No. 15: Maria is now 3 years younger than her sister, Ann. Four years ago Maria’s age was one-half Ann’s age. How old is each girl now? These types of problems have been the cause of me quitting mathematics in …

Gold Hides In The Dirt by Ruth Utnage

Gold may be hard to get but that’s not why it’s valuable. Gold is valuable because it is rare. I can think of memories in much the same way. in order to get to gold you often have to sift through dirt or rock because it’s buried, hidden. I feel like my best memories are …

HumanMe.org Is Looking To Expand! by Ruth U

HumanMe needs your help, we are committed to raising the voices of those who have chosen to rehabilitate while in any form of incarceration and right now we are looking for writers and readers! What does it take to be a writer for HumanMe? First and foremost we seek out passion, not perfection. Second, we …

Choosing To See Good People by Ruth

Could it be that we are currently allowing ourselves to see the good that someone else may not see? Good people aren’t hard to find, they’re accepted. To many, many people I am a good, loving, loyal, and talented person. But if you ask some, I’m no good at all. I know and love many …

How Mathematics Is Changing My Life, Or Perhaps…Saving My Life by Ruth Utnage

It’s been over 10 years -or- 3779 days -or- 5,441,760 minutes -or- 326,505,600 seconds- since I’ve seen freedom. 28.205128 percent of my life thus far has been locked up. By the time anyone reads this, all these numbers will have risen and in 69 days I get out. 3 chunks of 23 days, 2 prime …

Hiring The Formerly Incarcerated: Never Underestimate The Loyalty Factor by Ruth Utnage

Are you a company who doesn’t hire the formerly incarcerated? You might want to rethink that choice. Hiring the *right* formerly incarcerated individuals can make all the difference in the world for a company’s bottom line, especially for start-up. The formerly incarcerated stay with a company 5X longer (on average) than Master’s degree holders, that’s …

A Transgender Woman’s Praise For Naomi Wolf’s Book, ‘Vagina’ by Ruth Utnage

I was trepidatious to have a book titled “Vagina” sent to me here in prison. A book cover with that word on it would surely raise some eyebrows in the prisons mailroom, which enforces a strict no pornographic material policy (a policy I am generally in favor of). But when the book arrived to me …

Learning To Handle Stress “Like a Woman” by Ruth Utnage

As a transgender woman transitioning from male to female, I have to learn how to deal with my brain structure handling situations like a woman. I have found there are very real differences after experiencing both sides of the fence. Men and women handle stress and intense emotions differently. Men tend to isolate when they’re …

Boiled, Salted Peas- Little Spoonfuls of Heaven by Ruth Utnage

It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten peas but today I was served a helping of boiled peas and I was famished. I put a little salt on them and practically moaned with each bite. Heavenly bites of salted deliciousness, peas. Yum! I’m sure it’s the hunger talking or maybe it’s my upcoming release that has …