Nov. 18, 2012

Comment Response

by Daniel L. Van deBogart (author's profile)
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Dear Blog
(June 21, 2012)


Reply to: rhc8

Good morning all, :D

Thank you, Nicki and Spryte, for your feedback. It is always nice to hear from the other side of the fence (and even the other side of the world :) )

It means a lot to me that you take time from your lives to share your thoughts and brighten my day.

The blogging process is a little slower for me since I must mail my letters to a third party, it adds a step to the "snail mail" process but I hope to keep hearing from the outside world whenever you have the time, mail call is the pipeline to sunshine. :P

We had a mild earthquake here last night (4.0), coincidentally just hours before the presidential debate. Hmm... could that have been egos moving around...? :)

We don't get many quakes here in New England because it's mostly bedrock, so when they do occur it's fairly big news.

Thankfully no injuries were reported, but they are warning of aftershocks.

Mother Nature has her own way of reminding us just how insignificant we are in the struggle to manipulate the planet to our needs.

Every now and again she flexes just enough to teach us a little humility. It seems the older I get the more respect I have for life in all its forms and aspects.

Even in here I am able to see amazing beauty and diversity. We have a resident red tail hawk who hunts on the grounds and has no fear of the human population, swooping closely over our heads as he attacks the pigeon population. He is so regal looking.

We are in the middle of marshland and have an amazing array of water birds flying by all day. Great blue herons, Canadian geese (who walk the yards with us), ducks, plovers. There's the occasional eagle and osprey and squirrels who climb over the wall for all the free food.

If you look you can see the razor wire, fences, bars, walls, uniforms, etc...

Or you can see the flowerbeds, the incredible diversity of bird life, the trees changing colors for autumn, the young dogs from the training program (aid dogs) playing in the yard. The tough hardened convicts who bring extra bread & nuts to the yard to feed the birds, or do marathons to raise money for children's programs.

I am an artist, I choose to see the color and beauty that are all around me. I would much rather be fishing, but adaptability is an essential survival tool for prison life.

I am thankful for this outlet to share my thoughts - and I look forward to hearing from you, thank you for being there, for sharing and caring. Peace and love to you all.


Daniel L. Van de Bogart
T-81483 MCI Norfolk
Box 43, Norfolk, MA 02056


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Spryte Posted 11 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
*spryte lifts an eyebrow*

Really? I waited TWO MONTHS for a new blog (not all your fault since your last blog was dated 10/17 but was not posted until 11/18...which doesn't even qualify for snail mail...but according to google, that's the slowest animal on the planet...although I beg to differ given the fact that your post is ONE MONTH OLD already)...

But I digress...

You are going to have to do better than geese, squirrels and puppy dogs if I have to wait so long in between blogs (because SOMEBODY didn't take my advice and write more frequently...but I won't name names).

I don't expect you to come up with stories like "yesterday my cat gushed out blood on the kitchen countertop while eating cheese" because to be quite frank, that's on a professional blogger level and until you...uh...I mean...somebody....has mastered the art of writing more frequently, maybe it is best you keep it at a Snow White level.


You do know I'm just having fun with you right? You better be laughing as you read this...or smiling. If not, just count to ten...think of fluffy little squirrels being hand-fed...and shoot for that zen moment or something.

Today, I managed to get most of the office staff drawing hand turkeys for the holidays. I even bought them crayons and colored pencils...and it was rather adorable to see them put so much effort into such a silly project. I wonder what I can get them to do for Christmas? *evil grin* Paper snowflakes you think?

I can't believe Rob Gronkowski has a broken arm!!!!! *sob* Well, he'll be back for the Super Bowl. If Edelmann can play for a few more weeks like he played yesterday, we should be okay.

On that note...and because I have a word limit here, I will wrap this post up.


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