Engaging In Meaningful Activities Is Crucial To A Healthy Lifestyle

    Now that I'm learning a little about Occupational Therapy, I feel like it's giving me a deeper, richer, more thorough understanding of life in general. I reflect back to my days of crime and misconduct, and I see direct parallels to the fact that I had zero to very little meaningful activities in my … Continue reading Engaging In Meaningful Activities Is Crucial To A Healthy Lifestyle

My 16th NA Meeting

        "We become able to make wise and loving decisions, based on principals and ideals that have real value in our lives. By shaping our thoughts with spiritual ideals, we are free to become who we want to be." (page 105)   I never would've thought I would find this type of wisdom … Continue reading My 16th NA Meeting

My 15th NA Meeting

    "Complete surrender is the key to recovery, and total abstinence is the only thing that has ever worked for us." (page 90)   As we read from the 6th edition NA book, the above words really stood out to me. This is significant to me because not too long ago, some guy came in my cell … Continue reading My 15th NA Meeting

Real Love Letters

    Real Love Letters: Falling in love through writing. The connection. The journey. The romance. How could a vibrant, intelligent woman fall in love with a man in prison? To most people, it makes no sense. I don't even fully understand it. Yet, I'm referring to my situation. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? That is the … Continue reading Real Love Letters

Consequences of My Crime Inspire Great Change

    Back in 1994, I was in a drunken rage and shot 4 innocent young men. It is only because of their strong will that no one died. I got what I deserved: 43 years in prison. I've never appealed it. I've never seeked clemency. And I have no desire to be paroled. I … Continue reading Consequences of My Crime Inspire Great Change

How I Was Affected By Occupational Deprivation

    "I think it would be helpful for the audience to understand how you personally were affected by Occupational Deprivation." ~Sandra Rogers That single sentence stood out to me and is where the title of this post came from. First, I had to understand the meaning of Occupational Deprivation (OD). As far as I … Continue reading How I Was Affected By Occupational Deprivation

Prison & Occupational Therapy

    I recently received an email from Sandra Rogers. She is a faculty member in the School of Occupational Therapy (OT) at Pacific University. In part, this is how the email read:   Dear Steven, My name is Sandra Rogers, I am a faculty member in the School of OT at Pacific University. I … Continue reading Prison & Occupational Therapy