Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp is staffed most weekdays from 7:00am until 4:00pm by a Camp Officer, a Case Manager, a Counselor, and a Secretary. After 29 months here, I'm not exactly sure what any of these people do. I do know that the Counselor retired this month. Until then, all these positions were oddly held by women. The new Counselor is a man who is apparently a huge Virginia Tech fan, as he has the school's logo on his door and his name in matching orange and maroon.
For those burned out on religion, there is a natural tendency to run from tradition and take refuge in a vague and fluid belief system shaped by experience and abstractions. Those who desire a contemplative union with God often begin this search as an escape from the church. As a Recovering Baptist, I understand very well this desire for union and for escape. But the journey can seem like a road full of potholes shrouded in fog. Differentiating between the Holy Spirit's still
As I write this while eating a piece of chocolate pie made in the bathroom by a friend I call Bounce because he walks with a bounce caused by cerebral palsy. I take for granted many weird occurrences here at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp which would seem odd to a normal person unacquainted with prison life.. Many of these are directly or indirectly related to eating.
Our Chow Hall has a capacity of 44, with 11 tables each seating 4. If everyone eats, that means that 175-2
It appears that I have survived another year of friends' 7,000 word Holiday Updates chronicling how perfectly wonderful their lives were over the past 12 months. Call me crazy, but I always read every word. They have inspired me to write my own "2017 Year In Review". Or would that be "2017 Year End Review"? Or "2017 Rear End View"? I wonder about such things. Nevertheless, it's been quite a year at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp. The year started off on a high note when we go
When I lived on the Brazos, technically I was not living on a river but on a narrow lake formed by a low water dam just east of Waco. The dam created a picturesque, constant-level body of water through downtown and Cameron Park, then several miles north of the city. Though the water was typically tranquil, there was a slight, variable current caused by the daily release of water from the Lake Whitney dam 40 miles upstream. Lake Brazos might look serene, but it was always flow
No other country on earth imprisons more of it's population than America, where our incarceration rate is 5 times that of Great Britain, 6 times that of Canada, and 15 times Japan's. We make North Korea look soft of crime. With no reforms on the horizon, I've feared the status quo would be the future until I read in the December 16, 2017, issue of The Economist that private prison companies are diversifying by building treatment centers and electronic monitoring services. The
I think there is a good chance that I should be in the baseball record book for at least two accomplishments. On one occasion, I was pulled (not because of an injury) as the starting pitcher after 5 pitches to the first batter. That has to be record. The second occasion may not be a record, but it has to be close. It occurred when I made 6 errors in one 7 inning game playing shortstop. I was reminded of my baseball career when I recently read a Wall Street Journal column by D