Currently I’m about as up to my eyeballs as anyone can get with important projects started, and others needing to be started, while taking care of those things in the middle of being started. In other words I bite off more than I can chew! I have wondered why my fingers haven’t fallen off my hands for all the typing I do. I did just find out I have mild carpal tunnel and I do know my tailbone is sore from sitting! I now sit on three pillows and the top one has a hole in the middle like a donut for my tailbone.
I am an A type personality with probably a bit of OCD (only with my projects. My laundry and dishes can we wait) and I have a very addictive nature so I get consumed by my projects. It’s my drug of choice. A healthier drug than I did in my younger years. Probably why I don’t leave my computer until 3-4:30 am when I start to literally fall off my chair!
Spending huge amounts of time at my desk is extremely painful by late afternoon because I have a bulging disk in my mid back from shrinking 2 inches in the last couple years due to osteoporosis that doesn’t even register at the bottom rungs on the scales, so I suck it up to get past the pain. When it gets too bad I lay on my bed and transfer to my Nook which takes me at least 5 times longer to get things done that need to be typed. Oh well. . . .that’s life and the show must go on! Enough on those kinds of issues. ( but let me first get up and warm up the bean bag I sling over my shoulder and goes down my spine. Back in 2 minutes. . .
Okay, I’m back. I transferred to my Nook, typing while balancing my dinner plate against my knees. Nothing like the heat of the bean bag on my back to temporarily ease pain. That along with ten mg of methadone.
Watch and Whirl is my second blog. It’s a place to rant and rave, reblog posts of other people I enjoy reading and want to help pass on and also hope I can give a boost to. It gives me space to talk about other interests, among them Nichiren Buddhism, the life philosophy that makes those most common sense to me and has helped me change many aspects of negativity in my life into positive ones. There many sects of Buddhism just like Christianity. Nichiren is very different from Zen or Tibetan. Many similarities but as different as Pentacostal and Catholics. I don’t expect anyone to agree or disagree with me, and if anyone can learn something that helps them, I am glad. It is a major factor that has largely contributed to who I am today, and I like that person.
There many of the same lessons taught in most faiths. If someone chooses to have faith in something that helps them make sense of their life and it provides the answers they search for and be happy, and they apply the teaching to their daily life, then it is a good thing. I don’t debate religion, saying I’m right and you’re wrong, but it can be such interesting exchange of ideas when each party doesn’t try to convert the other person. Many of my posts have Buddhist philosophy in them.
My main blog is “My Name is Jamie. Life in Prison” http://mynameisjamie.net. This is why I started blogging in the first place. Have you ever had something in your life that was a mission? So very important that it blocks out most everything else? Helping this man with his life, is like that for me. He has something important to do with his life. I don’t know what. I just feel it. This man is the father of one of my grandsons. He is currently housed at Huntsville Prison in Texas. After 7 years of writing letters, I started this blog at the beginning of 2014, posting letters he has written to me. The purpose of the blog was to categorize the issues people in prison have to deal with.
Prison is not what you think it is. It’s purpose is not to just incarcerate bad people – although there are plenty of them there. It is more than that and it is why the US has about 75% of the worlds locked up citizens. Do we have more criminals? No. We imprison more people for things the court says are crimes when other countries don’t, in order to keep the prisons full. Money. If you want to know more about that, go to the blog and start reading about the prison industrial complex. It’s scary.
My purpose for the blog was so that I could write a book, my original intent. The title is “Inside the Forbidden Outside”. I want it done and out by Aug of 2016 in time to get it into the hands of the parole board for Jamie’s next parole hearing. I have much to learn and much to do. I’m finding out there are ten different hats towear when you want to self publish a book!
I am also an accomplished music composer on piano, recording only pieces that are improvised. You will find pieces scattered throughout the blog. Here is the post with the latest piece. I plan on releasing a CD of music to be offered with the book. Early pieces were recorded only using my Nook. Now I have a better recording platform. http://mynameisjamie.net/2015/02/08/in-prison-who-do-you-have-to-care-about-your-day/. It is better, though, if you want to read the blog to go to the opening static page because it tells you how to navigate the blog so you don’t end up opening a book ion the middle and have no idea what the book is about. Clicking on the circle that says ‘menu’ you will see a page that says piano music links. I also teach, and have since I was 18, 2/3of my life ago. Here is an early picture of me taken at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.
On the opening page of Jamie’s blog, near the bottom you will also see two links that go to two chapters of the book. I appreciate any and all feedback and criticism. The only way I know if it is any good is if I hear from you. I need your feedback. If you like it – share it with your own social media or blog as I am attempting to gather a mailing list of those who might be interested in the book when it is done. There is a contact form at the bottom of each chapter page, just make sure that you write that it is for InsideOut. There is also a contact me form here next to this page.
Last but not least – thank you from the bottom of my heart. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂