155,125 Days of Pain

For over 425 men and women who have attended one of the three hundred meetings put on by Jeff Grant and his White-Collar support group, this is a meaningful number. For those who have been indicted, convicted, and served some sort of sentence for White Collar Crime, every waking minute of every day is filledContinue reading “155,125 Days of Pain”

A holiday in hell- and I’m thankful for it.

I dont know how I can best communicate this experience. Although my efforts will fall short, I have to try. So, here it goes. As a kid, like others, every Christmas season felt like it was supposed to be a magical time where every dream would come true. I would watch all the holiday shows,Continue reading “A holiday in hell- and I’m thankful for it.”

Why Ted Lasso is the Ultimate, Modern Day Man

Vulnerability For the last few years, Jason Sudeikis has blessed the watchers of the show, Ted Lasso (on AppleTV), with a new kind of leader. Called on to be the coach of a middling football club in the U.K., he is expected to fail and do so in a way that embarrasses himself and theContinue reading “Why Ted Lasso is the Ultimate, Modern Day Man”

You Make Me Afraid of the WORST Part of Me

Forgiveness and where it comes from. Some things are easy to forgive while others seem near impossible. Every sin or wrong doing against us brings pain, loss of trust, loss of faith in others, and can turn our world upside down. So, its no wonder some events eat at us and we hold onto themContinue reading “You Make Me Afraid of the WORST Part of Me”

WILL NO ONE HIRE THIS MAN? (Plus, tips for surviving prison.)

Wonderful story by Jane Wells- Will No One Hire This Man (Plus, tips for surviving prison). on Wells Street Bulletin regarding the challenges myself and others face in our journey to return to productive citizens after a criminal conviction. If you don’t already follow her bulletin, do so soon… you will love her unique slantContinue reading “WILL NO ONE HIRE THIS MAN? (Plus, tips for surviving prison.)”

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron

For the last six years, this saying has made me very angry. I felt I had been taught lessons that were more painful than I could imagine but were occurring repeatedly. I thought, only I can judge `when I was ready to be done with whatever lesson I was supposed to learn, and I wasContinue reading ““Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron”

When Trauma Destroys Confidence- How Do We Rebuild?

After several years of intermittent work and jobs I lost for a multitude of reasons related to my damaged reputation, I have finally re-entered the professional workplace. I always imagined that building the confidence and trust would be most difficult in the eyes of the employer who finally hired me, but I was wrong. Instead,Continue reading “When Trauma Destroys Confidence- How Do We Rebuild?”

I am guilty and so are you. A call to action.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are outraged as those who are”. Benjamin Franklin. Throughout most of my life, this statement applied to me. I had a framework of the criminal justice system, jails, and prisons solely from TV, movies, and a brief mention of a charitable visit to a prisonContinue reading “I am guilty and so are you. A call to action.”

The Hidden Lesson in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Insight from someone with a similar criminal conviction. A week from today, September 8th, opening arguments begin in the Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos) Federal Criminal case. Like me, many of you have watched the multitude of documentaries and movies chronicling her story of deceit that cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars. All the while thinking,Continue reading “The Hidden Lesson in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial”

Be Careful, Someone May Think You Like Me

Professional outcasts and how we respond. Throughout history there have been groups of people that are outcasts. It occurs for many reasons, but what I am most interested in is the emotional and spiritual response of those who encounter them and their ensuing aversion. Human responses to outcasts are brought on by thoughts and feelingsContinue reading “Be Careful, Someone May Think You Like Me”