Posts by Sam

Did My Nation Change Or Did I?

By J. Logan Diez the Pen Dragon ********************* Here is a thoughtful essay by the Pen Dragon about growing up in an extremely patriotic country and how our national pride might be challenged once we grow older and learn more about the political corruption of America. We must consider how much we have changed both…

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Eyes of the Heart & Be Honest With Yourself Today

By Edward Ramos AKA Blue ********************* Here are two brief but insightful essays by Edward Ramos. I think that we can reflect on many of his questions while thinking about our own lives outside of prison. We can think of ways in which we can live more in line with our goals, to be better,…

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Abyss & Abysmal

By Kevin Cockman ********************* In his response to my call for submissions Kevin noted, “I have thought of trying this for a long time and decided I might as well. My life can’t get much more embarrassing than what it is now. So, that said, here goes.” What he calls a story, I call an…

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The Barter

By Jeff West ********************* Jeff wrote this piece in response to a theme writing prompt from a Prisoner Express newsletter but didn’t submit it as he felt it deviated too much from the original theme. He gave me the privilege and honor of titling his powerful short story for him. I am writing to him…

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A Santa Mental Journey

A Santa Mental Journey by William Gaertner Gazing around a room I entered at 9:20 AM on Christmas Day 2009, I gave a “Ho! Ho! Ho!,” a few thumbs up, and walked to a seat in front of a cardboard fireplace by a Christmas tree that I had helped to decorate two weeks earlier. As…

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