On this 90 degree day, that sentence sends chills up my spine.
Through my letters you have witnessed me kicking and screaming "noooooooo" these past 8 months as I struggled from my first day in the King County jail to my present "dormitory" at the Minimum Security Unit at Monroe. I must add that I would not have reached this level without all your cards and visits and prayers! Thank you is not enough but I don't have the words to completely express my appreciation for all your love and support so thank you will have to do for now.
Not long ago I decided that survival of this experience is not enough. The result must be extraordinary. To that end, here's how I use my time:
I have helped three residents write their Business Plans. One of the entepreneurs is already out getting ready to open a combo ice cream parlor and coffee stand on the beach in California. Another is planning to create a salon specializing in hair extensions. And the third is heading to Silicon Valley looking for venture capital. His idea is a 'game-changer."
As a result of those three men and their enthusiasm, I have permission to teach a class on how to start a business. I believe if I can "demystify" the process, we will see miracles. The idea is that they will walk out of prison with a plan in their hands and the belief that they can create profitable sustainable, legal enterprises.
There is something in the Bible about teaching a man to fish and he will never go hungry. That's the idea. Maybe a program like this will help break the history of violance and poverty and welfare dependence and lower the recidivism rate...one nevah' knows, do one? (That one belongs to Fats Waller, not me!)
So my days unfold...
- I am registered in a creative writing class, a sociology 101 class and something called Financial Peace University (FPU). If I have the story right, FPU is a out-of-prison program that normally costs a couple hundred bucks. The owner brings it inside at a cost of $10.00 to each resident.
- I am working thru the 'Siddha Home Study Course' offered to residents through the SYDA Foundation in Emeryville, CA. I receive two lessons every two weeks.
- I'm enrolled in a 90-minute yoga class that meets each Thursday morning at 7:30.
- And, at the campus doctor's suggestion, I walk about 15 miles a week.
- As you can see I keep busy being of service to others and I am no longer held hostage by my past.
Happy hot dogs and fire cracklin...
Be safe ..