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Prison (Food For Thought)

    • “For those of you who have gone through cancer radiation and chemo (or who have taken care of someone) – what are some nutritious light meals and snacks that you were able to eat?”–Lori Cain.
    • “Thought of the Day” posted on Forbes website: A leader is a dealer in hope—Napoleon Bonaparte. In a nutshell, build hope. This helps. Find the recipe for making Hope pie and then bake the damn thing.
    • Total support is too much responsibility for any one person to provide but do not despair—nobody can do it all. Caregiving fatigues you with its ridiculously high demands. Totally-shared collaborative support…now there’s a concept worth pursuing.
    • Prison is an overwhelming experience, unlike any other (unless of course this is not your first encounter with prisons). Everyone deserves first-hand knowledge of abandonment. And if you’re not chosen to join then you should encourage someone who is already a member.
    • But seriously, have you ever written letters to an inmate on death row? Or even visited a prisoner? Who among you has a son or daughter or sibling or family member in prison? Do we look differently at people bearing prison experiences, as though they were unclean? Ever screwed up, made mistakes or had an accident? Ever failed? Was it intentional? Did you learn from the experience? Do not fear. Get beyond the fact that prisons are profit centers and one person’s losses are other people’s gains.
    • Prisons are cancerous when they enable the important things in life to be eaten away. Sometimes cancer cuts too deeply into a person’s life and they die…along with a little bit of each of us who remained unconnected and uninvolved.
    • Is it easier to be happy in prison than it is to be free? I think so. Happiness is a state of mind. Freedom is just an ability to move about unfettered in accord with restrictions.
    • What does it take to show empathy for the oppressed? How about justice?
    • My destiny is that life should turn into a mental replay of the things that I could regret. But now I actually look forward to relinquishing my privileges. Like an appointment to repair a root canal—it will sure be great when it’s all over. I pray to God that it’s not too late for me to make a difference in the world.
    • What can be done at the 10 year anniversary check-up appointment with an oncologist when you hear the Doctor say, “Statistically you’re not supposed to be here”? Linda replied, “Well, no one told me.” I thought, “Yeah, statistically nobody is expected to care. But I have faith.”
    • If a gun is not under control, it appeals to another layer of ignorance. In other words, all the self-righteous people of this world should look out when that one got loose.
    • What makes a person truly a Parent? When you love unconditionally then the imprisoning facet of responsibility becomes exciting! Loving takes me places where I’d really rather not go but Man, what a ride! And if caring about your own children elicits such growth, think about how learning to care for all of society and future generations will set you free!
    • “Good timing” refers to the success of a venture that will be treasured. Confirmation for the presence of a hard-to-diagnose cancer is good timing because it means that the cancer could be treated and recuperation/recovery can begin. To ignore or deny the presence of a cancer merely results in more difficulties down the road. So when is the best time to go to prison? Hopefully the experience changes lives for the better and we all can be grateful.
    • I half-way expected that transition should be easy. After all: mine is not the first time anyone has reached a dead end or the end of the line. But as much as tradition embarks on familiar grounds, transition entails discovery of new territory.
    • Cope with disappointing loss. Loss still sucks even when we get to specify how the damages will be arrayed (“cut your losses”) but if it is just shoved into your space (“accept it or not”) loss can create a sense of imbalance which implies “life’s not fair and then you die”.
    • Prison is an opportunity to get right with accusers making wrong charging decisions.

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