Please Wash The Towels

Back in the day, as we old schoolers like to say, you could have food packages sent to you directly from home. We could receive anything friends or family purchased at the local supermarket, from canned goods to freshly baked donuts and cake. This last item often elicited good humor from the guys, such as “That cake doesn’t have a hacksaw middle does it?” *wink-wink* I always found this to be humorous because it’s a stereo type pulled from Hollywood movies or prison lore. Nowadays, every package entering a facility is x-rayed, opened, thoroughly searched and scrutinized, and then handed to you one item at a time. Good luck on that ‘special’ cake.

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Video Fridays Temporarily Ends


I’ve  had a lot of fun recording videos every week and letting you all know what’s going on behind these razor wire fences. Unfortunately, I I have to take a break from Friday videos due to unforeseen circumstances.

I will return to weekly videos at the first opportunity. In the meantiime take a look at some of the previous postings. You can find them easily using the search bar above. All of them are chronologically numbered. Thank you for following, It means a lot to me.



“Feed me Seymour. Feed me!”

A very hungry Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors

Sometime during Operation Desert Storm, when one of my brothers was home on leave from Iraq, he’d said to me that the soldiers were always looking for ways to stay alert and to stay awake on long shifts. I asked him, “What do you guys do to stay awake?” To which he replied, “Energy drinks and coffee.” Wow. You’d think that the military would have a better solution to something like that, kinda like MREs in a pinch. I guess there’s no substitute for good old fashioned caffeine.

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#40: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — ‘Coffee Bombs,’ PTSD & Justice

Every Video Fridays in 60 Seconds post features an art or craft piece created by an inmate. Today’s image is by inmate Armando Hernandez. You can find more of his artwork, and other inmate artwork, at You can also find a collection of all the art and crafts featured in Video Fridays and throughout this blog by visiting the gallery listed in the menu up top.

This week new guest writer L.R. posted an essay titled PTSD & Justice. L.R. served a long military career and now helps other vets as he pulls his sentence in an Ohio prison. Throughout my lifetime behind bars, I’ve witnessed first hand the struggles of veterans with PTSD. His essay highlights an issue few people know about, but is important to every incarcerated vet. If you’re a vet or know someone who is you’ll want to read PTSD & Justice. L.R. is currently writing part 2 to PTSD & Justice, and as soon as he’s ready I’ll share his thoughts with you.

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PTSD and Justice

Photo by Samuel Branch

At my institution there is an entire dorm dedicated to housing veterans. While every bed in the unit isn’t filled only with veterans, every bed is made available should they be needed. It’s an excellent idea. The men in the vet program are deserving of our respect, help, consideration, and should be afforded special priviledges when possible while incarcerated here. They’re heroes.

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