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FatherJohn Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago.   Favorite
Beautiful. Very powerful witness to the Truth. Imagery: A+ analogy and metaphor: A+ Flow of opening, closing, and body:A+ Grammar: A+ Quality of prose and poetry rhetoric: A+ If only I might have seen the presentation. I can hear and see it in my mind's eye, another A+

I Remain,
John Pfister

May 31, 2019

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Cavak Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago.   Favorite
Hey there! I've sent some emails to some organizations that may or may not help you. I'm hoping they'll contact you soon.

One of them already got back to me. Here's what they said:

"Donny Welch can find assistance in Beeville by contacting Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend.

They have a career center in Beeville located at 3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102. You may contact them at 361-358-8941 or 800-666-0479. The center offers support services for job seekers, including those with criminal backgrounds."


I don't know if you have contacted them or not, but there is a nonprofit Texas organization that claims to help people in your situation. Maybe give them a shot.

I'll copy and paste their information here for you. Good luck! Don't give up on yourself!


Texas Inmate Families Association
TIFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. TIFA also provides parole workshops as well as online resources for our members.

What we do
TIFA provides support, education, and advocacy for our members through monthly chapter meetings, this website, a quarterly newsletter, and access to the executive director of TIFA. Some of our accomplishments and services:

* Provide several different types of workshops that orient new families to TDCJ and that answer questions about parole and how to assemble a parole packet
* Provide webinars to our members who cannot attend chapter meetings because of distance or their schedule
* Launched new chapters and increased new memberships and renewals
* Send holiday cards with inmate-specific greetings from local chapter members to their loved ones and others without outside support so they know they are not forgotten during the holidays
* Send weekly Constant Contact email messages to keep members informed about important issues, conditions and changes
* Distribute, free TDCJ approved clear coin purses for member use when visiting loved ones
* Locate inmates who have been transferred from county jails to TDCJ for anxious families
* Represent members in discussions with TDCJ and legislative officials
* Provided ongoing updates about the Texas Legislature
* All of the above items were provided to members as a part of their memberships in TIFA.

Texas Inmate Families Association
P.O. Box 300220
Austin, TX 78703-0004

Phone: (512) 371-0900

FatherJohn Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago.   Favorite

We can wish (or hope and pray) for more than mere humanness. For there are human qualities of our heart (or soul) that we need to overcome to me more than human. Examples are: bitterness, hate, selfishness, bias, power-hungry, jealousy, envy,. encouraging evil, etc.

To become more than human, a person uses God's gifts to overcome our very own human nature. Examples include: Mercy, love, forgiveness, making peace, charity, and so forth.

The frustration of suffering because of another human's embracement of their human characteristics (being prone to sin) is difficult and heart-braking. Grace might open a human to seeing the error of their ways...but one must be open to that.

Indeed, for the suffering, prayer is the only possible answer. Wishing will not get you there. But begging God to bless and change that person's heart, even if that human stubbornly refuses, will still bring some meaning to your suffering.

My Christian tradition tells me to join my suffering to the suffering that God did on the Cross for all humanity. I find meaning there...but other traditions have equally valuable ways of seeing meaning in what humans do to each other.

Take peace for yourself brother,

May 31, 2019

John Pfister

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enerbonne Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago.   Favorite
Hello Harlan,

I talked with my State Senator Patty Schnachtner (she was the surprise Democratic winner last year who got Sheila Harsdorf's seat when she left to be Secretary of Agriculture)last week about what I thought she might champion as prison reform issues. Even tho she's a Democrat with a Democratic Governor who talks a good talk....she's consistently disappointed me with her "politically correct" answers. She's not interested in championing anything when it comes to prison reform...and totally refuses to talk about the mandatory 3-year minimum sentence for possession of child porn. I suggested that a practicing pedophile is a different situation than a no-contact-with- the-outside world porn addict (technology addiction in John's case)...but she won't talk about the subject at all. Says the topic is just too "sensitive".

I'm meeting with my Republican Assemblyman Shannon Zimmerman on Wednesday in person...I've known him for several years through his business connections prior to his election. He's made some prison reform comments to me in I'm anxious to hear his thoughts on what John and others at Stanley see as topics worth consideration in prison reform. He's on the Joint Finance Committee so has risen through the ranks quickly to a position of power so could affect change should he so choose. He was in lock step with Walker on most things in the past so will see how he walks his bi-partisan talk now that he has a chance.

I'll keep you posted on what Zimmerman has to say. Ironic that the Democrat wouldn't meet me in person and isn't interested in what I had to say...and at this point the Republican is willing to meet me in person. Hopefully he will listen to what's come forward as topics from the guys John knows at Stanley. I'd be thrilled (if I were him) to have access to the truth from the real world inside the system...not just what others think the legislature wants to hear.

I'm also meeting with a former judge to talk about the porn addiction education program I'd like to bring to our area next fall. He's been identified as an advocate for education, prevention and rehabilitation rather than incarceration....I'll see what he has to say.

Keep up the blogs...glad the tablet is making your work easier, quicker and cheaper. John says you'll be seeing changes with canteen and phone system vendor switches....hopefully they get the bugs worked out quickly as I'm sure there will be some.


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Erne2017SPO-T Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago.   Favorite
27 May 2019

Congratulations. I ' d love to hear about what this visual arts course was about. Can you share with us. ML, Erne

I have reaches from 5 new prisons. we are expanded... love you keep postulating. xoxox

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Cavak Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago.   Favorite
Hey there, stranger! Everyone struggles to get their book to sell. Angela Hoy at BookLocker might be able to help you with more knowledge that I have. You might want to check up with her. If you get your book published though, I will buy a copy of it when I see it! :D

I'm not sure if you are still looking for a publisher or if you're still going to be in prison later this year, but I wanted to send you another publisher who promises to help you for free. I'll copy and paste their information for you.

Best wishes!

Prisons Foundation

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books or manuscripts published on their website in the exact manner submitted, with no censorship and no charge to publish a book online.

The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. Placing a book on their website will help bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers.

The Foundation exhibits art by imprisoned artists at art galleries and special events, publishes books by prisoners without cost, and presents prisoner-written shows annually at the Kennedy Center.

Prisons Foundation
2512 Virginia Ave NW, #58043
Washington, DC 20037
United States

Phone Number: 202-393-1511
Email Address:

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FatherJohn Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago.   Favorite
Dear James,

It hurt my heart you were not allowed to keep the book. It also stung the cost to mail it to me was so high (which they probably charged you), when it would have been FREE to return to Amazon.

I will order it again from Amazon if you tell me it is approved. Until then I will send you a few sample pages.

It is a whole book of line drawings of old ships called...

"The Book of Old Ships: From Egyptian galleys tp Clipper Ships," by Henry B. Culver, dated November 1992.

This was a thank you for your thank you drawing of the lighthouse. My dad built a real pretty blond oak frame so I can use it at work.

If you just want certain ships...let me know snail mail or by reply. I'm sorry it costs you to reply. Stamps are a precious commodity. DO NOT REPLY if it is a hardship or you don't want anything to draw from.

May 27, 2019
I remain,
John Pfister

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