John – Prison is a blessing

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February 22, 2017 I bet when you read this you thought the writer must have lost his senses. Besides other expletive words that crossed your mind or voiced orally to yourself or those around you. On the contrary though, do I say this. First, I must state that, I don’t mean this for everyone in the world. Two, I do …

John – This too will pass

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July 7, 2017 I want to tell you of a true story. It comes from AJAHN BRAHM. The new prisoner was afraid and very depressed. The stone walls of his cell soaked up all the warmth; the hard iron bars sneered at all compassion; the jarring collision of steel, as his cell door closed, locked hope beyond reach. His heart …

John – Loneliness

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Older letter from John: Well Doug, Linda – prayer does work. Friday the 4th, I got a card in the mail with No return address. But, it was from my Mom. She said that she loves me. Always have and God loves me more. You know what my reaction was? None. I felt nothing. I thought to myself, why? After …

John – This moment of life

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Older letter from John: Looking forward towards something used to be a, no, was the anticipation of something wonderful happening. Now over time I have realized that being alive here and now, is the greatest of all feelings. Because now in this moment I am alive and able to enjoy all feelings. All emotions. I do not know when I …

John – Anger is in their nature

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Older letter from John: When I was imprisoned in the world, to the world. Sex, drugs, alcohol, hatred, crime – these were the chains that held me. My self-made prison was built by these blocks and mortared in my beliefs, that these are what made me. Nothing else could satisfy me. And yet, these never satisfied me. It was a …

John – 7×10 space for living and dying

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June 2017 Doug I want you to order the movie – (LIFE) –. It is part comedy, but understand the significance of life in prison on those living here. This movie is about (2) guys that are innocent of the crime of murder, and sentenced to life. You need to watch it. Eddie Murphy plays – Ray Gibbson and Martin …

John – Our True Purpose

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June 2017 When a person[s] choose to help others in life, what is their true purpose behind it? When I first started in this life I thought, “Don’t nobody really care about me, so why should I care about them. They all play their little games, acting like they are my friends or they “love” me. B/S. So I played …

John – Darker than dark

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May 15, 2017 As for me…well how to begin. Change of life? Tired of life? Tired of being so lonely? Tired of the world and/or all the hate I feel emanating from it? Maybe a mixture of it all and more. If not for C.Q. (Chris Davis), I believe I would of gone mad already. I express loneliness such as, …

John in Solitary

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Older letters from John Just got off behavior control. What they do is put in solitary confinement with your boxer shorts and one blanket with the blowers on full. That all you get. Nothing else. No Beanie. No shirt. No socks. No shoes. Nothing. No soap. No toothpaste. No cups. Nothing for (72) hours. I bundled up in a ball …

John’s thoughts on changing and going forward.

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June 2015 I got a letter just Saturday from a young man in here who I mentioned to you in 2009. He was the one I spent 60 days in the Hole with who was always getting whooped by the police because he refused to bow down to them.  He is the one who said he’d rather spend the rest …

John’s thoughts on Arkansas executions.

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It is sad that from 1930 to 2006 ADC [AR Dept. of Corrections] executed 170 people, now in 10 days they will execute 8 people. The worst part is, ADC celebrates those executions by serving fried chicken at every unit when these executions occur.   Follow this link to sign up for updates from John and other prisoner friends: http://eepurl.com/cS0m11