Day 1008 2013: the last family Christmas

Today is Saturday. Today, I went for a walk in the woods with my dog on a path that runs along the river. I described to Matt when he called what it looked and felt like.
It’s a double edged sword. He loves to hear about these kind of things; but, it also makes him sad and frustrated that he is not home.
I love my son. He thinks people are honest, decent and reasonable like him. Sadly, those who hold power are mostly self-serving cowards.
The last time we spent Christmas as a family was 2013 in Canada. I hope all who were involved in this injustice have a memorable Christmas.
The stars are out tonight and they are still incredibly beautiful regardless of life’s pain.

Tis the season. Pay forward with some kindness to a stranger.



Day 1007 deep breath

Today is Friday. Today, I had a free day. Today, I encouraged Matt who is struggling with not being able to come home. He talks about justice and the judge making a decision. I remind him sadly that it’s all corrupt.
I take a deep breath and remind him about Jeremy Hammond, Marty Gottesfeld, and Reality Winner just to name a few who are unjustly imprisoned like him. He knows. It’s just so difficult.
Today, I was able to buy stamps and cards for some of my caged peeps thanks to a Christmas gift from one of my clients.
My sincere thanks to John Kiriakou, ex CIA and whistleblower for explaining the gov’t’s narrative of child porn to disparage whistleblowers. That’s their playbook: Destroy people’s lives to cover their own criminal activities.

A special thanks to David Crabtree for encouraging me to keep fighting. Hugs and much love, Dave.

Peace my friends. Pay forward with an act of kindness. Tis the season.πŸ’ž

Day 1006 some are generous and some ain’t

Today is Thursday. Today, I received a copy of a letter from Matt that he had sent to Sen. Paul.
It was worded so sincerely and it was wonderfully written. I don’t know how anyone could ignore his request to look into things.
Today, I got a very generous Christmas gift from one of my clients. He owns his own business and dresses in jeans. I have to laugh because I also clean for 3 lawyers who live in very nice homes and all I got from them is “see you next year.”
For those who are party to a private joke, I’ll drive the bus..πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
Today, I want to thank Leah Kershaw nd her radio show, journalist Doug Lucas for trying to simplify Matt’s complex and tragic case for listeners and Azzurra Liberatori who heads up a prison abolition org. Your kindness, your integrity, and your support are invaluable to my son and Paul and me.

Peace and much love people.πŸ’ž

Day 1005 WHY

Today is Wednesday. Today, I am wondering if politicians can do anything straight forward and with integrity? I suspect this is rhetorical.
Let’s just use the First Step Act as an example. Why does other “stuff” have to be snuck in?
WHY can’t they just do something that is good for most people instead of mucking it up with their own selfish agendas?
And while asking questions:
WHY does Flynn get a pass for being a traitor and Reality Winner gets 5 years in prison?
WHY does my son have to spend another 14 stinking months in prison because liars hold the power and they give a pass to DOJ corruption?
WHY were Yemeni families not allowed to testify before Congress who has the power to stop arming monsters?
WHY does evil seem to win the day?
These and other questions keep me up at night.

If you have answers….

Peace; I hold on to it as fleeting as it appears.

Day 1004 bloodthirsty

Today is Tuesday. Today, I read about a jury giving someone life plus 419 years.
The mob mentality of obscene punishment, vengeance, and using the law to destroy just confirms how vicious we are as a people in this country.
This screams utter brokenness that a court would even go along with this.
You can crucify 100 people and burn their bodies into powder and that will not bring back one slain person or provide healing to anyone.

Matt spent months talking and questioning a hardcore rascist. The guy eventually discovered his heart problem.

We take people’s opportunities away to redeem themselves. Those people on the jury share the same thing with the defendant: they are all bloodthirsty. So, what makes them different?


Day 1003 Good night

Today is Monday. Today was a long hard day. Matt got his minutes, so it was great to talk with him. I don’t ever write long posts and this one will be even shorter than usual. I’m getting old. I lose steam and I am ready to go to bed by 8. It is now 9:30 and I am having trouble staying focused.
With that being said, here is a positive thought to camp on before you turn in yourself.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

We know some of those people, don’t we?Β  Of course we do.

Much love.Β  Peace and good night.

Day 1002 Change

Today is Sunday. Today, I went with Paul to see a Christmas show with an Irish band. The best part of the entire show, the audience singing Christmas songs. It felt like a community that has been missing for a very long time.
Today, I was inspired to get working on Christmas cards for my caged peeps and those who just need a bit of love and encouragement.
I always say no one gets enough encouragement and I find that to be the case with most people I meet. Very few have charmed lives.
Today, I read in the local newspaper that my city is working very diligently to eradicate homelessness. The facts are that free housing is much cheaper than services to take care of homelessness. Once people are housed, the stats show that everything seems to move toward the positive. I am very proud of the Coalition to End Homelessness and the people who are working hard to accomplish this.

To answer the question of a friend, “No, I am not putting up a Christmas tree or decorating.”

Don’t be weary of doing good or supporting those who are doing good things. It’s slow going; but, some things are changing.

β€œHere’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen

peace my friends.