FatherJohn

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  • Chuck, I'm so sorry to read your pain at having a child terminated without your opportunity to parent that child, or offer that child a life. Your pain is palpable and my heart is moved by your words. I know a woman from my childhood who as a 10th grade ...
    on In Memory of It All by Chuck Thompson June 12, 2018
  • Dear Michael, Although I find your idea ambitious, stoic, aesthetic, and esoteric, it also renders and disarms me as so much "dust in the wind." What can one man say sitting in his easy chair in a climate-controlled living room that would convey how humbled one feels looking out on ...
    on Life Saving Consequences by Michael Flinner June 13, 2018
  • Dymtri, I found this blog entry to be very entertaining. Well-thought out idea, logical organization, and very funny. Very effective use of humor to drive home a good point: the subtle nuance of knowledge versus wisdom. Keep up the good work. Who said, "the pen is mightier than the sword"? ...
    on Hey, Smart Guy by Dymitri Haraszewski June 27, 2018
  • Dear Kelly, Friends are hard to come by in any environment, so I understand your sense of loss. A wise man once told me to choose your friends and avoid letting them choose you. But when respect grows from mutual admiration the result is loyalty. Institution rules seldom make sense ...
    on Dear Readers 6/18/18 by Kelly Jones June 28, 2018
  • Dear Michael, I will have a snail mail out to you soon. I spent many days considering what I would write to you. I myself have an extremely active pen pal ministry, writing by hand up to a thousand pages a year, in my own time, with my own dime. ...
    on Life Saving Consequences by Michael Flinner July 23, 2018
  • Chuck, The comment that the Catholic Church has "largely been a tremendous coverup for child predators" is a gross overstatement. Being a Catholic has been a thing for almost 2000 years and being made of broken humans has suffered various scandals across the ages when bad men (or women) do ...
    on In Memory of It All by Chuck Thompson Aug. 19, 2018
  • Dear Nathaniel, Having looked up the story of Polish writer Jerzy Kosniskit. I scratched by head and tried to make that a positive message instead of a negative one. But not a positive note could be made from comedy and tragedy. Very strange that comment. How many people knew the ...
    on The Prison System Wants You! by Nathaniel Lindell Aug. 27, 2018
  • In the seminal book "Courting Death," research has shown the Death Penalty is being judicially and systematically being made both impractical and legally tenuous in most situations. It's continuation may not be possible at all without those who 'volunteer,' that is formally and explicitly give up all available appeals. This ...
    on In Memory of It All by Chuck Thompson Sept. 2, 2018
  • Chuck is Texas, of course, where everything is larger than life...so to speak. His zeal for life is an inspiration. There are many social activists on DR across America. I, like Chuck, have a pen pal ministry (although mine is focused on spirituality) Chuck tends to focus on the mechanics ...
    on In Memory of It All by Chuck Thompson Sept. 2, 2018
  • Dear Robert, I like you are outraged over the new mail policy. I have already received return mail three weeks old marked cannot forward. Why could this company not receive the forward mail? Because not one bureaucrat who give a mouse's eyelash worth of care to see that a personal ...
    on Pa Prisons On Lockdown, Day #10 by Robert Pezzeca Sept. 20, 2018
  • May God guide your ministry and may many men gain wisdom thru you. The importance of what you do can never be measured. Little seeds planted might bloom outside your sight into a mustard tree, big enough for the birds of the sky to rest in. I agree with many ...
    on Baptism by William D. Linley (David) Oct. 9, 2018
  • Dear Kelly, Just a few comments. First, happy belated birthday. Your frank and candid account of the events surrounding "your" day are saddening, yet indicative of situational warehousing. The narrative was intimate and the affect immediate. Why humans torment other humans is perplexing. We used to have this saying when ...
    on Dear Readers by Kelly Jones Oct. 31, 2018
  • Dear Johnny, Very few people have identical personal belief systems. Personal belief systems drive where a person practices religion, but it is not their spirituality. Spirituality, in my personal belief system, is a constant seeking towards that which cannot be understood, that which cannot be seen, the mystery, that which ...
    on Happy Halloween Fellow Mortals by Johnny E. Mahaffey Nov. 9, 2018
  • Dear Rob and to any and all concerned… According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,220,300 adults were incarcerated in US federal and state prisons, and county jails in 2013 – about 1 in 110 in the U.S. resident population. The 5-25 rules says U.S. has 5% of the ...
    on Pa Prisons On Lockdown, Day #10 by Robert Pezzeca Nov. 19, 2018
  • The company processing the mail assures no information will be shared with anyone, but we all know of multiple instances when digital information is hacked; hence, it is not secure despite precautions to the contrary. Systems lack perfection. One of my pen pals, like you, were raised Catholic. In his ...
    on Pa Prisons On Lockdown, Day #10 by Robert Pezzeca Nov. 19, 2018
  • For all these reasons Rob, I believe Pennsylvania D.O.C. made a fast decision, perhaps simply based on economics to cheapen and speed up mail processing and prevent loved ones and criminals from spraying poison on the paper for inmates to ingest to escape reality. Additionally, I have also personally known ...
    on Pa Prisons On Lockdown, Day #10 by Robert Pezzeca Nov. 19, 2018
  • Congratulations on your accomplishment. Spirituality is the respite...the sanctuary....the freedom...in a world full of incarceration...physical (jail, prison, parole, home detention, work release, transitional, supervised elder care, memory care units, state psych hospital, private rehab, crisis care), mental (mental illness or addiction) and emotional (verbal, physical, sexual abuse, bullying). Only in ...
    on Untitled by William Goehler Dec. 19, 2018
  • Much scientific studies of the social sciences have focused on the lifelong debilitation of ad seg and solitary and its affect on Human and nonhuman species. The studies are from the greatest think tanks in America. Just you tube it. How a Correctional system manages to ignore these multitude of ...
    on Your Imagination, But Still My Reality by Troy Hendrix Dec. 23, 2018
  • Johnny, I am a regular reader and sometimes commenter on this blog site. I myself have a pen pal ministry that I would describe as a cross between companionship for long term, segregated, and death row convicts and movement towards spirituality. Many faiths, but one God, although through referrals my ...
    on Holiday Blues 2018 by Johnny E. Mahaffey Dec. 28, 2018
  • James...there are some photographs of old ships available free on my search engine. If you post a current snail mail address....I could send you a few. I remain, John Pfister
    on Comment Response by James Riva Jan. 1, 2019
  • Christopher, I am deeply concerned with a switch to GTL. Not in regards to electronic communications, but in regards to movement within the industry to halt snail mail by turning to electronic solutions (already implemented in Pennsylvania) and GTL's so-called "visitation solutions" implemented in private institutions contracted by states through ...
    on Dear Outside World by Christopher Trotter Jan. 7, 2019
  • Dymitri, I do write many snail mails...well, very many. I do hear what you're saying and I feel ya. Consider the converse... Just because one is on the out...does not mean...each in turn may experience, tragedy, pain, suffering, loneliness and loss. I find myself not wanting to say the whole ...
    on The Shortest Blog Post by Dymitri Haraszewski Jan. 8, 2019
  • To blog or not to blog seems to be the question at hand. I myself, as part of my self-education, read all the blogs here. I do not speak unless spoken to, directly or by open-ended question from the reader. I never look up writers...preferring instead to see the writer ...
    on To Blog Or Not To Blog? by Johnny E. Mahaffey Jan. 17, 2019
  • Mr. C.D. Owens, I have been in ministry behind the bars for six years. Never have a run across an educational background such as yours. If it is not to nosey, might you explain the faith tradition of your spirituality in relation to your religious training? Off the cuff, it ...
    on Untitled by Charles Douglas Owens, II Jan. 25, 2019
  • Dear James, I am snail mailing you some photos and some art with battles and pirate ships. I hope it helps with your art. Here are the lyrics you mentioned, it is a very old sea shanty and not under any copyright or protection (just so you know). I also ...
    on Comment Response by James Riva Jan. 30, 2019
  • Dear James, Here are older lyrics dated to around 1700 to 1800 from the English Merchant Marine. I remain, John Pfister When first I landed in Liverpool I went upon the spree While money lasts, I spent it fast Got drunk as drunk could be And when me money was ...
    on Comment Response by James Riva Jan. 30, 2019
  • Dear Dymitri, I have one winging your way with my address. I read something so maddening it makes me want to dash my foot against a stone. The aforementioned comment was that 34 days was not a sufficient amount of time to be inconvenienced or to induce suffering. Whoever said ...
    on The Shortest Blog Post by Dymitri Haraszewski Feb. 18, 2019
  • Johnny, The importance of actually writing...to honing the artistic craft...cannot be underestimated. Whatever manner of art humans choose to express themselves...practice so to speak (avoiding many a cliche) is a path to improvement and/or excellence. Your prolific nature has seen a corresponding growth in hard to explain high-level writing. By ...
    on Holiday Blues 2018 by Johnny E. Mahaffey Feb. 23, 2019
  • Charles, your ACTION is admirable. I think that I may be able to learn from you. I also feel that perhaps our ministries share some basic understanding concerning the growth of others in spirituality and understanding. I sent you a snail mail introducing myself. I remain, John Pfister
    on Untitled by Charles Douglas Owens, II March 1, 2019
  • Dear Reader, Guy is in need of empathy...and consideration. Guy's been 30 years in prison, the biggest part of which (22) was in the security and the benefits of death row (private cell, doctor's calls, attention and sometimes support from the world especially outside the U.S., and the freedom of ...
    on Address change by Guy S. Alexander March 9, 2019
  • Mr. Hill, What does a conversation about racism look like? Polarizing question to be sure. First, every dialogue is guided by the participants: color matters, ethnicity matters, ‘associations’ matter, geography matters, religion matters…and importantly diversity in the conversational group…matters. Tone is set by the participants. The absence or presence of ...
    on Untitled by Hill Johnathan March 9, 2019
  • I saw me in my friend. The Catholic, The Buddhist, Protestant, Muslin, Judaic, and the Independent. There is no US in THEM. You beyond the perimeter (construct of my conscious selfless charity]. The prisoner, me. You, daily taxpayer Beach comber: you jiggle your handcuffs (nervous like) bent on reminding the ...
    on And WE Would Consider the YOU? by Johnny E. Mahaffey March 17, 2019
  • Antoine, If you are speaking of the sneaker manufacturer and learning development assessories...that has retail locations in Chicago. They are: Super Heroic Incorporated 380 Portage Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 I remain, John Pfister
    on ptdt by Antoine Murphy March 23, 2019
  • Steve, Your desire to hear your name at mail call resulted in this entry on your blog. Melancholy is something I completely understand...ditto nostalgia...and age...yes, I understand that too. But I can never understand what it is like to endure what you have experienced...you can't understand another man unless you ...
    on Diary by Steve J. Burkett April 3, 2019
  • Hi Sherry! I am Father John and I agree...good article. Charles told me about you as an awesome and dynamic mother. I myself am blessed with a loving mother like you. I sent Charles my comments from personal experience...snail mail...which I hope he finds thoughtful. To any mothers, fathers, brothers, ...
    on Behind Bars, Co-Pays Are A Barrier To Basic Health Care by Charles Douglas Owens, II April 18, 2019
  • Robert, This is a beautiful thought. I can tell you I read it many times before typing this reply. Some people think that being human is a "right," while others believe it is an "obligation." In either case, to be human is to be born in creation from our higher ...
    on Untitled by Robert Thrower April 25, 2019

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