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January 7, 2016 For all our country's accomplishments in science and technology, I can think of only three real contributions that America has made to organized spirituality, as almost all were reconditioned imports from the Old World. The first contributor was Mary...

Inmate Subcultures: Entrepreneurs

January 3, 2016 The second inmate subculture at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp is the Entrepreneur. It may be a surprise, but it takes money to live in prison, and the free market is alive here. The Bureau of Prisons provides limited clothes and toiletries, but...

Inmate Subcultures: Biblicists

My bunk spot is a melting pot of what clearly appears to be several distinct subcultures of inmates here at Bastrop FSC. It would take too long for my short attention span to describe all, so let's start with the surprising large segment that I'll refer to as The...

Baby Jesus Comes to Bastrop

December 24, 2015 I think it's good for the soul to attend at least one Christmas program annually just because you want to and not from any sense of obligation. My first choice would be the Chamber Singers Christmas Concert in Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor...

Sounds in the Night

December 21, 2105 I recently awoke at 3:00 am. Being a typical aging male baby boomer, I decided it would be a very good idea to make a trip to the bathroom. Climbing down from my bunk as quietly as possible, I made the 30 foot trek to the urinals, some of which were...

The Force Awakens

December 17, 2015 Were I not an inmate at Bastrop FSC, I can say with absolute certainty that I would be in a movie theater the weekend of December 18-20 watching the latest Stars Wars movie, which supposedly takes place 30 years after the death of Darth Vader in...

The Morning Kitchen Crew

December 14, 2015 The doors to the Chow Hall kitchen at Bastrop FSC open at 5:00 am Monday through Friday and 6:00 on weekends. First to arrive are the two cooks and the CO [correctional officer] in charge of the kitchen for the morning. I roll in at 5:30 on weekdays...

Meditation

My favorite quote from the movie A River Run's Through It is, "A Methodist is just a Baptist who can read and write." However, if you if you have a question about the Bible, seek out a Baptist. A Methodist though might be good at discipleship training. For social...

Routine

I'm convinced that having a certain rhythm and balance to life is vital to my physical, mental and spiritual health. But the reality is that being an inmate at Bastrop FSC represents a significant lifestyle change for me. My rhythm has been disrupted. Some inmates...

Inmates Can’t Vote

WARNING: POLITICAL CONTENT Remember Sidney Catts? Probably not. He was a Baptist minister who in 1917 became governor of Florida. He claimed Catholics were storing arms in a Tampa Cathedral. He was worried about a papal invasion and a new Vatican in Palm Beach....

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