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Oct 12

Family Road Trips

Trips

Family Road Trips My father was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. We lived there from 1973 to 1981. During this time we lived in a trailer for a few years which was quite an adventure to say the least. (Read about trailer life here.) It was nice to eventually upgrade …

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Sep 28

The Hole

Hole

The Hole Behind one of the houses we lived in was a dark and formidable forest. The trees were enormous and it seemed as if the limbs and branches intertwined, creating a canopy that blocked out every drop of sunlight. The darkness ran deep and long, probably forever. There was no telling how many children …

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Sep 14

Swimming Lessons

Swimming

Swimming Lessons Swimming has always been a major challenge for me. If there ever was an aquatic emergency, you wouldn’t want me jumping in to help. That would require the next rescuer to have to save two people. For several summers in a row, my parents dropped me and my siblings off at the pool for lessons. …

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Sep 07

One Technique To Get Their Attention

Attention

The Family Squeak, One Technique To Get Their Attention We have a traditional technique to get everyone’s attention in our house. This method has been passed down by my father, through me and on to my children. As small children, we used to grab my dad’s nose all the time. We couldn’t help ourselves because, …

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Aug 31

Epilogue: New Identity

Forgiveness

Epilogue: New Identity As time passed, I tried to get on with my life. Doing the best work I could at the hair school and staying out of trouble. Life was not perfect or easy and I still suffered from my human identity. This meant that I made mistakes from time to time. No one …

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Aug 24

Second Chance

Second Chance

Second Chance In September 1994, I received another official document from the Department of the Army. This time it was the best news I could possibly expect. The letter I found inside the envelope was my Certificate of Release from Parole. It seemed as if my parole officer and the Army thought that I had done …

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Aug 17

Dream Job Probation

Job

Dream Job Probation In June of 1993, I showed up for my first day of school at Capitol School of Hairstyling. Since high school I had been cutting my own hair and practicing on my friends. It was something I really enjoyed and had a passion for. After multiple failed attempts to try and get …

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Aug 10

Almost Done

Done

Almost Done There is some more work that needs to be done on the next post and so I was not ready to publish. So, I decided to take a moment to let you know where I am at with the process. There are about 3 more posts left to complete the Ft. Leavenworth Story. …

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Aug 03

Trying To Get A Job With A Felony Conviction

Job

Trying To Get A Job With A Felony Conviction When I handed my job application to the manager of the Old Country Buffet, he wanted to sit down with me immediately. He was excited to see the two years of mess hall experience and thought that it would be a great fit for his establishment. He …

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Jul 27

Life On Parole

Parole

Life On Parole   Many aspects of returning to the civilian world were easy compared to military prison. Not having to worry about making a mistake that would send me to solitary confinement was nice. Even though a mistake could violate my parole, it was still different. The food was much better. Being able to come …

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