Surviving La Bestia

Follow the link below to read the first chapter of my new book, Surviving La Bestia, before it is published! Enjoy!

Here is a brief summary of the plot.

With nowhere to run from the Mara Salvatrucha gang in Honduras, Javier Salazar and his little sister, Ana, set out on a perilous journey to join their mother in America. Along their journey, they endure incredible hardships and dangers, and wonder if they will ever make it across the border. They develop close friendships with other migrants, and encounter gang members who care nothing for the lives of those traveling through their country, except to rob, rape, and extort them. Traveling on La Bestia, the train of death, they quickly learn how treacherous riding the train is. It is a hazardous journey, and one that many do not complete. Javier and Ana risk everything, including their lives, to reach the promised land.




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Just published! SOLITARY WORDS: REFLECTIONS FROM INSIDE by Brett McKeehan I’m excited to let you know Brett’s book has finally been published and is available on Amazon. It was a lot of…


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Solitary Words : Reflections from Inside

Solitary Words : Reflections from Inside, a book of poetry and art by Brett McKeehan will be out soon. I am just finishing compiling the art and poetry so that I can send it to Create Space. I will…

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Holidays for Inmates

It’s that time of year again when those of us who are living free celebrate the holidays. We enjoy family, friends, music, food and comradeship. For those who are incarcerated, this time of y…

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This article has been copied from The Daily Item. I’m posting this because my son has been transferred into the SMU there, and I am concerned for his welfare! Marcia Moore Nov 29, 2016 Amanda…


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The Last Thousand Miles


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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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: 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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