Monthly Archives: March 2016

Counterfeit things

There is a two to four week lag between the time a write an entry and the time it is posted.  At present, we are in the midst of the holiday season.  With this in mind, there are people to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude.  I am fortunate to have friends that help me in different facets of my life. Without them, life would be far more difficult.  Those of you know who you are. Thank you.

As to happenings this week:

  •  Received some records I had been seeking for quite some time. It goes to show that some of my efforts are beginning to pay dividends.
  • Addressed some of the items on my ever present and dreaded “To Do List”
  • Kept up with my exercise
  • Completed two drawings
  • Set some realistic goals for 2016

It feels good to look back on the week and say I accomplished something. A toast to continuing this trend.

Next week, I will pull up my sleeves and cover my post-conviction affairs.

To close, I want to share a quote I encountered doing my research,

Truth and falsehood, it has been well said, are not always opposed to each other like black and white, but oftentimes, and by design are made to resemble each other so as to be hardly distinguishable; just as the counterfeit thing is counterfeit because it resembles the genuine thing.” – Sir Anthony Cleasby  (English jurist, 1871)




Last week marked the conclusion of Project Builds, Exodus Re-Entry Class of 2015. I was one of forty-plus men who attended weekly classes on Monday evenings for nine months. The curriculum spanned a broad range of topics aimed at equipping us with the knowledge and resources to successfully re-integrate into society and bring value to our communities.

This week I found myself wondering what I should do with this chunk of time I had previously dedicated to Exodus. I decided it was best to apply some of what I learned to I stayed in my cell and did homework.  By this I mean focus  on getting my life back on track.

I want to share one of the lessons that stood out and how I’m using it today.  The topic was self-discipline and it probably made the biggest impression on me for two reasons.  One, I know this is an area where I struggle. The second reason had a lot to do with the presenter.  He didn’t merely speak on some methodology copped from a psyche construct. He used events in his own life to demonstrate how applying a sound system of self-discipline step by step can and will yield results. Over the course of eleven years, he and the network of people he built up overturned an eighty years – life Federal conviction. That got my attention! I will post the “model” we discussed in class so you can check it out yourselves. There exist many different methods but it mostly boils down to following through.



I look back in areas of my life and there is ample proof that when I apply myself I tend to meet some measure of success. So why have my legal affairs not followed? That is a story for another day!  In the meantime, I’ll be in the law library this evening, finalizing a list of questions for an avenue of investigation then a refresher on FOIL requests and Article 78’s.

I’d like to be out in the yard working out, talking on the phone with my girl or just getting some fresh air among my own thoughts. However, the yard will be there tomorrow.  I am confident my girl knows I love her.  I need to get my life back on track.