The Last Thousand Miles

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The good news is I have finished the first draft of “The Last Thousand Miles“.

The bad news is … it needs a lot more editing. As it always is, writing is not just writing some words down to tell a story, it is really writing and re-writing and re-writing some more. Its sort of like having to do the same job over and over. Theoretically it gets better the more you work at it. That’s my theory anyway. So the plan is to have the book done and published before the end of the year. That will allow me to enter it into some contests for books published this year.

To all of you out there who are almost finished with your next book, you know the anxiety I am feeling.  Will it be good? Will anyone be interested in it? Will it sell ?

This book is a fictional story about the dangers and problems two children from Honduras encounter when they try to get to America to reunite with their mother. Traveling across Mexico on the death train, La Bestia, it is a story of courage and faith. It’s based on the stories of all the migrant children who have left their homes to follow their dreams in America in the past few years. It doesn’t matter what your political stance on migrants is, you will still be touched by this story.

I will be keeping you updated on the final progress. By the way, the cover is being designed by my wonderful graphic artist, Morpheus Blak.

 

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Treasure Hunting and other Summer Stuff

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We started off in the RV the beginning of June with plans to treasure hunt for Forrest Fenn’s treasure, visit our new great-grandson, attend a Tiffin rally and spend time on a dude ranch with the…

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Don’t Follow Your Heart

Don’t follow your heart it will be broken by the power of your master in pieces it will shatter your dreams of forever. Don’t follow your heart endings will be the start of unending beg…

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We are Treating the Symptoms NOT the Disease

Taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth. We are incarcerating people and getting a 60% failure rate nationwide.

Information for Friends and Family of Inmates

Part of my volunteer work is answering inmate letters. Some are funny, some are depressing, some are almost illegible and some are very professional. All say the same thing, with variations of the same theme. That theme is they want to get out, take care of their families and live an honest, responsible life.

It isn’t like someone wants to spend time in a cell. They have made mistakes and most regret them. Almost all the mistakes were made under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in pursuit of same. We are treating people for criminality when we should be treating them for addictions. They may be addicted to meth, heroin, alcohol, porn, or a myriad of other things, but they are addicted. Why are we treating them for criminality?

The crimes committed are a direct result of the addictions. If you look at questionnaires turned to apply for…

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PRISON FAMILY BILL OF RIGHTS

If you have a loved one in prison, You need to know these are rights you should have as their family member.

Information for Friends and Family of Inmates

This Prison Family Bill of Rights is something every family of an incarcerated person needs to know about. You deserve these basic rights when your loved one is incarcerated. This year’s International Prisoners Family Conference was held in Dallas Texas May 4-6th 2016. You can find more information about this conference and their goals at: info@prisonersfamilyconference.org. Working together through organizations like this one … we CAN change the opportunities and the results for our loved ones when they are released and during their incarceration. This is a copy from their website. Photo courtesy of Fotolia.

A Coalition of prison family members and representatives of secular and faith based organizations serving prison families from across the United States in attendance at the 2012 National Prisoner’s Family Conference drafted the Prison Family Bill of Rights and the Bill was affirmed and adopted by attendees at the 2013 conference, as follows:

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The Prison Family* has the right to…

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The Writing Habits of Bestselling Authors

Re-blogged from LIONAROUNDWRITING:

I’M NOT USUALLY one to eulogize commercial success, but when it comes to books I can’t help but be astounded by the sheer volume of books the authors below have produced. Between them t…

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ZION

So friends, here are the photos from Zion at last. We had such a great time on the trip to Zion with the Sun City Anthem RV club. Lots of outdoor activities, lots of happy hours and lots of shared …

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Five Books You’ll Remember Forever

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WHEN WE PICK up a book the one thing we want is to reach the last page and be left with thoughts and feelings beyond those in the text, and yet of the text, to feel…

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WHY WOULD PRIVATE PRISONS WANT TO REHABILITATE INMATES? by Prison Family Blog Contributor: Sharron Grodzinsky

Thanks to Jennifer and Inmates Matter Too for having me as a guest blogger!

Prisons For Profit

Something most people aren’t aware of is that for-profit private corporations now have contracts to manage over 120 prison facilities in the United States. They are paid by person per bed day. Most of them even have contracts with the government to pay for any bed days that are not used. For instance, the state of Virginia had a contract that guaranteed payment for a 95% occupancy rate.

These are private corporations that have boards of directors and stock holders. The higher the profit margin is, the more attractive the stock is. (Think Apple or Microsoft) A profit margin is generated simply by income minus expenses. Hello? What would that tell you about a company that makes it’s living from the incarceration of inmates? They will provide services in the least expense way possible, in order to increase their profit margin and raise the stock price.

Two of the largest…

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How To Engage Those Who Continue With Misconduct

Re-blogged from Stevendjennings.com Blog on April 22, 2016. (These are some of the principals currently being used at Hope For Prisoners in Las Vegas, NV, with great success. For those who complete…

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