Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Helping others

Tuesday (12:09 p.m)
July 18th, 2006

I just came from lunch (fish, pasta, green beans, tangerines). I'm listening to the jazz station, but it's barely coming in. I really wish it'd come in clear...their kind of music relaxes me and helps me to concentrate.
Debbie was here to see me Sunday. I really needed the time with her. I can be who I really am with her, instead of "being an inmate". I think that's what I fear most about being alone in prison; losing the part of myself what loves, and needs to be loved.

Society has thrown me away, and has decided that I'm unfit for life. Then, I find someone who says "I think you're great, and the world is wrong about you", and find it redeemingly powerful. It moves my spirit, and testifies to how beautiful love is.

She renews my spirit, and gives me the hope and courage I need to face another day. She doesn't even know how much I need her.

Anyway, I had a nice time with her. Wish I could crawl through the 6" x 18" opening to be with her! (smile!)
I sent 3 more paintings home with her. Hoping another one sells soon.

Speaking of being alone in prison, and painting, etc., there are two guys in the pod who don't have anone to care for them. One guy lost his girl back around February (I think), and is living on $16.00 a month. I see the haunted look and hurt in his face, and I know what he feels; laone, tired, hopelessness and thinking about ending his appeals. He needs to find someone to show him that he matters. It'd be great to see him find someone to send him $10.00-$20.00 a month, maybe visit him once in awhile. If you've interested in making a difference in his life, please write to him at;



Lawrence Reynolds #A296-121
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.
Youngstown, Ohio 44505
USA

He goes by "Larry".

The second guy hasn't had anyone since he's been in prison. He has a few penpals, but he never asks for money, or lets them know he needs any! He's lost penpals simply because he couldn't afford to write to them. These 2 guys never get mail! The second guy's name is Steve Smith, but we call him "Smitty". He comes to my cell door when I'm painting and reminds me of a kid looking in the window of a toy store. He draws, and wishes he had paints, or better supplies to draw with. Anyone can order his supplies by doing so on-line, but only from a list of pre-approved items,. and only form www.dickblick.com. Anyone interested in ordering Steve some are supplies may do so by asking Debbie to email you the list of supplies and your order them online with a credit card and have it shipped directly to;




Steve Smith #A369-054
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.
Youngstown, Ohio 44505
USA

The order will be approximately $50.00.
Steve could also use a friend to write, visit and/or send him $10.00 or $20.00 a month.
Anyone who pays for Steve's art order may have their pick from my paintings (that Debbie is selling) as my gift for their kindness.

Please make a difference in the lives of these two men. Show them that they matter.
On that note; "Thank you, Debbie... for making a difference in my life".

Duke

3 Comments:

Blogger jack mehoffer said...

Larry Reynolds was a piece of shit

10:02 AM  
Blogger jack mehoffer said...

That bitch got what he had coming...hope you get yours too you murdering fuck

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jillymo said...

Do you know what Steven Smith is convicted of? On September 29, 1998, Smith murdered his girlfriend's six-month-old daughter, Autumn Frye, in his girlfriend's home. Smith brutally raped and beat Autumn, which inflicted extensive trauma to her head and body and caused her to suffocate. Smith's girlfriend woke up and saw Smith, standing naked beside her bed, trying to lay Autumn's nude body next to her. And you want someone to do anything for him? You both are where you belong and neither deserve anything... Least of all Smith!

5:27 PM  

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