I feel so tired. Disappointment is draining my energy. Last week I turned in my white laundry to get cleaned and all my clothes came up missing. Today I went to Clothing Distribution to get my clothing and the laundry lady gave me the runaround. She told me to file a grievance against my building officer. At the end of the day, I still have no socks or towels. My grievance will take from two weeks to twelve months to be heard.
Discovered two guys in my dorm will be acting in a production of Macbeth. One of them told me that there are a few very small roles left. He noticed my interest and went on to say that if I were to take one of the roles I'd only have to memorize five lines. Then he went on to describe their practices as fun and invited me to come with him next week. I've never acted in a play before, so I'm excited at the prospect of doing something new.
A guest speaker came in to speak to us today, Jagada Chambers. His book is entitled Based on a True Story. It is about the period of his life from his arrest till the end of his trial. Upon examining everything that went wrong and the lessons he learned, he decided to share it with the world. His book is opening up doors for him to speak before crowds of at-risk youth. Someday I see myself doing exactly what he is doing.
Paul Pommells has been an inmate of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for more than twenty years, and has learned much about himself, his fellow inmates, and where one can find the hope and power to change.
Paul and other inmates & friends bare their souls in words here.