Life In Prison

Just some ideas, thoughts and various ramblings for your enjoyment.

In the Trenches

I quit my photography job last week and struggled with the decision.  It's one of my goals to live a balanced and orderly life, and I needed to change things to make that happen.  Each weekend women race to rec, and wait for hours to…

Battle Cry

While waiting for lunch yesterday, a sweet black woman came up to me with a big smile on her face. She said: "I'm leaving here soon Portia, I'm going to a different prison to do a program that will get me some time off my…

Mothers Day

When I came to prison I was overwhelmed by the circumstances I was in. The food was unhealthy; I could only talk on the phone to my family for 300 minutes a month, and the lack of privacy, along with strip searches, were degrading to…

Finding Myself In Federal Prison

This week has been filled with memories, and emotions for me. I've been in prison for 2 years now, and Tuesday was my 20th wedding anniversary. It was a special week! Religious volunteers come to see me each week, and I greatly appreciate the time…

A Comeback Story

The way we deal with our struggles might be the most important thing we ever do. If we stand with courage in the face of our challenges we can change our future, and make a powerful impact on the record of the past. Making the…

Not Shrinking!

This morning I walked around the track and felt quite emotional as I thought back to all the things I've been through over the last 3 years. I said a simple prayer: "Father in Heaven, will you please walk with me, I feel alone today.…

The Power to Decide

I was sentenced to 7 years in Federal prison 2 years ago, and was given 8 weeks to self surrender in Dublin, California. It was devastating! In fact, devastating doesn't begin to describe the way I felt sitting in a prison cell the day after…

The Future is Ours

My older kids came to see me last weekend, and we had such a good visit! After the visit, while I was in the dressing room getting ready to go back to the unit, the officer that escorted Jace and Shelby out of the prison…

My Life in 6 Words

Last week a woman in our support group brought an exercise to our meeting called: "Writing a memoir in 6 words." We decided that it would be fun to define ourselves, then re-read what we wrote in 6 months to see how we've grown. These…
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