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Josh Beckmann Posted 10 years, 2 months ago.   Favorite
I like today's meditation. Staying awake to all that is happening seems like really important work to me- even when things are boring. Thanks for the reminder!

Do you have other recommendations for meditations? What kinds of small wonders have you appreciated lately?

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Josh Beckmann Posted 10 years, 2 months ago.   Favorite
Hi David,
I'm curious about the mountains you've climbed. Are there some good places down in Texas?


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amobam Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
The same can be said about outside of prison as well. Fighting over the silliest things, and how easy it is to be awful. But the feeling on the inside is true magic when you know you are making the decision to stay golden.

The yellow of this paper is like the gold of your heart :)

I hope your dreams were good ones (or exciting ones- like when you're flying and you get the butterflies in your stomach).

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mckinnd Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
Well sweetie this is your mom your blog made my day... it was the best Christmas card ever written and yes ur still my little boy lol!!! and will be when your 95.
When you come home we will make some new memories of Christmas and every Holiday from here on out, plus we will make some great memories of just plain ole ordinary days.
I miss you so much and your always in my heart.
I love you with all my heart, body, mind and soul.


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plainsperson Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
i hope you keep all of these memories in your heart forever and that they help you continue on the right path in your life when you get out of prison. if not for yourself, then for your mother and father who love you so.

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bridget2881 Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
love it!!!

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Saylors150 Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
hey bubbba i love you and can't wait for u to get out!!

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Alamo Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
This is a very eloquent and intelligently written story here. Unfortunately it is a story that is repeated over and over again all over the world. I think eventually people will come to their senses, society can't afford to keep cannibalizing it's own youth and box them away forever. Until then stay strong and smart Opollo and take care of yourself.

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Alamo Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
Hey Doug, it's too bad you ended up getting railroaded like you did, I know a lot of people that have actually done way worse stuff than what you got accused of doing and got off cause they were rich or knew the right people. But it sounds like you are staying positive and making the best of your situation. It's a sick broken system though, so I don't blame you for breaking out, I would have done the same thing in your place.

It sounds like you've led a crazy life I wouldn't mind hearing more about it or prison life or anything else you wanna talk about. Also, there's a lot of people reading these blogs but only a few leave comments so don't feel bad if you don't get a lot of feedback at first.

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Alexander Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite

You seem like a thoroughly interesting person, or at least, a person with a good taste in music. Red Hot Chili Peppers kick ass, and the Fray ... brilliant. Saw em live in Sydney last year, and they definitely don't dissapoint.

I'm not much of a chess player, though not for the lack of trying. I think the problem with my game is that I seldom play aggressively. I guess it's a case of "You'll lose every fight you run away from" ... not bold enough to make the moves that count when they count. I've had a fair bit of fun just screwing around with different ways to play though. A friend and I got an idea off the internet to superglue down the pieces onto a cheap chessboard and smuggle it onto a roller coaster. The on-ride photo missed the board and it turned out as a colossal waste of time and money, but there you have it.

I'm also fairly keen on maths and science, and I hope that even though you've been in prison since 16/17 that you've managed to keep your interest alive. I've always thought about how prison would actually be like. Does being incarcerated give you the time, resources and drive to actually do something? Or does it just grind away at you over time? Can you get a high school equivalent or some something along those lines while you're in there? Must be hard to maintain any motivation to work hard at something if you're stuck somewhere 24/7, and if you have, congratulations. If not, ah well, you're probably better off than half the people our age anyway. I keep seeing news reports of all the unemployment in America at the moment ... it's pretty f***ed up to think that regardless of how hard you try, there just aren't any jobs out there.

Anyways, enough rambling. Enjoy life;


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