This is my last Christmas in prison! I want to get it over with as soon as possible so I can focus on 2017 and my return to my family. Clearly, the holiday season is an emotionally difficult time for most prisoners including me. My memories of past Holidays with my wife, my sons and my family and friends are quite vivid. I sit and daydream about them all of the time. It is easy to daydream when you have plenty of time! My memories provide me comfort but also pain as I realize I am missing another family holiday.

I have not been writing as many blogs lately. I feel that my incredibly boring life in prison camp is hardly worth discussing. I have a routine, and I follow it to try and make the time pass as quickly as possible. I have repeatedly discussed my daily prison habits and frustrations that are all part of the prison experience. It is unpleasant experience because prison is punishment for your poor choices. I do not want to bore anyone with the details of my existence here. I could continue to tell you stories about guys being caught with cell phones and other contraband but they seem repetitive to me and the outcome is always the same; packed out to the SHU and off to a higher security prison.

I am working as hard as I can to prepare for my reentry back into the real world. I want it to be as positive and as productive as it can possibly be. I am listing potential employers and job positions. I am lining up references and I have updated my resume. I think I will post my resume on my blog when I am close to exiting this place. Who knows, maybe there is someone out there who might be willing to employ me?

In the future, I want to avoid anything that is negative. The last few years of my life have been filled with negative events.

It is time for positive things to happen. I want to go to work and be of value to some business, whatever that business may be. I want to provide for my family again, not just financially, but emotionally as well. These are common, ordinary things that people do every single day. However, I have not done them for quite awhile and they seem like spectacular things to do to me.

I want to create a positive legacy that will overshadow  the negative legacy I have created by my poor choices.

I have hope and I have faith in my future, and quite frankly, it feels good.

I hope you all have a great Holiday season with your family and friends!

Ken Flaska

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