Today is Thursday. Today is my birthday. I worked 10 hours. I am grateful that I can work. One of the questions I get most from my caged peeps is will there be someone who would give them a job when they are released.
Add the registry and now a pariah is made of some of my peeps and depending to what State they are released could mean life or death.
Giant kudos to those who make it a point to hire ex prisoners. Second chances. We all need grace.
Today is Wednesday. Today, I made a friend; a dog named Jolene. She followed me around as I cleaned the offices of a waste water treatment plant.
She liked the smell of my cleaner. I use a combination of herb oils that naturally disinfect and have a very pleasing odor. Jolene grabbed one of my cleaning cloths and lay her head on it.
She investigated the vacuum and sniffed the lavender infused floor cleaner on my mop.
Most of my clients’ pets could care less; but, Jolene was very curious about my supplies.
Dogs are such cool creatures. My dog loves yogurt. Before I am even finished with my cup, she grabs it, jumps off the couch and takes it to the carpet to keep the cup from sliding on the floor. Then she licks the remaining yogurt. She’s not fussy about the flavor. She seems to enjoy them all.
A very kind and clever woman here has inmates train her dogs for service to the disabled. I saw pics of prisoners with puppies; how beautiful.
Peace and warm hugs from cold surroundings.💞💞
Today is Tuesday. Today, I received a letter from one of my guys in Federal prison.
He is gay. He was severely beaten and thrown in solitary for his “safety.” Of course the nasty homophobic dudes who beat him didn’t get punished.
He told me he was being moved to another prison. These crazies even contacted his parents and threatened them trying to extort money from them.
I cried after he told me I’m the only one outside his parents who cares about him.
His parents are in their 80’s. I suspect they are his grandparents who have raised him.
I am hoping this new prison will be safer for him.
To my friend, KC: hugs, love and prayers for safety. My heart hurts.
Today is Monday. Today, I heard from Matt. The prison provided buffalo wings, green bean casserole and strawberry cream pie for dessert. It’s things like this that give me encouragement. There are real humans out there who want to be humane to prisoners even if it is something as simple as a special meal.
Today, I was treated like crap. But, I do not know the dispicable behaviour suffered by prisoners. I will take my discomfort and use it as a reminder of those who suffer daily in prisons.
To those whose attitude sucks and disrespected me today: bring it on. I am way better than your nastiness.
Love to my guys in prison and especially to my sweet son.
Today is Sunday. Today, I’m riding the bus back home from NYC. I had the most awesome time. I am so thankful for those who love my son, Paul and me.
The weather was perfect. The bagels, cheesecake and Chinese food were stellar..lol.
I had the incredible pleasure of seeing Bailey from Canada, who livestreamed Paul and my exit and kept us safe from hostile border agents.
I met Pirates from the Czech Republic, Israel and my favorite Pirate from Norway.
I stayed with a dear dear friend who has supported my family for several years.
I look forward to the day when my son can meet these people, too.
Out of terrible injustice, we have met some of the most amazing people on the planet.
Peace and hugs my dear friends..;)❤
Today is Saturday. Today, as I walked around NYC, I thought about the times Matt would go in. We seem to get energized by the diversity and the constant movement.
Today, I found a few art supplies and of course a good piece of cheesecake.
I like to ride the subway because you just never know who you will sit next to. On my way back to Brooklyn, I heard Tagalog on my left, a Jamaican accent on my right and Russian across the aisle.
We are different but we are the same.
Peace my friends.💞
Today is Friday. Today, my son told me I was cool.
Share how you were encouraged today or if you encouraged someone.