Showing posts from September 11, 2011

Strength Behind Bars

This past weekend I visited a dear friend who is currently incarcerated in Texas. I have never visited someone in this environment and it gave me pause beyond belief. My good friend, who will remain anonymous for this posting was beyond excited to see me and she certainly made it known. I wanted to know so much and get the inside story on all of the goings on and I am so glad that I did.

  We spoke about what she eats and when she eats it. We spoke about the other inmates and how they all deal with the day to day in such a raw environment. You should also know that this is a minimum security prison. They are all allowed to walk around the compound without cuffs or any kind of restraints. During visits, if they have to use the bathroom, they must be strip searched before as well as when they leave the visiting room. Contact is allowed, however, it it limited to a hug or kiss in the beginning and one at the end as well. I brought $25 in quarters so that I could get her anything that …

The Shiniest Shoe Shine Man

Firstly, Let me apologize for allowing life to control my time over the past week or so. I have been doing so much that now I am caught up in blog overload. So many things have entered my brain that I want to write about that it is just overwhelming. When I started this blog, my intention was to write everyday. The truth though, is that I assumed that it would be too much for the average person's email to handle. However, I have received some requests to post more, so that is what I will do.

   This man in the video above is named Don. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with him in so many ways. I can honestly say that I have never seen a man do this seemingly menial job with such passion! He smiles and jokes and laughs and informs as easy as water running down the side of a mountain. Quite honestly, I wanted to have three more pairs of shoes shined just to continue speaking with him.This man is truly connected to a force that is greater than can be seen with the naked eye.