Though this blog is was originally intended as a resource for offenders in Massachusetts, much of what I write about is applicable to sex offenders in every other state and many countries around the world, especially in Western Europe. Even other non-sex offenders trying to navigate prison, probation and parole, or employment and education opportunities can glean relevant information from this blog and apply it to help overcome their own struggles.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How the Move Went, Motivation, Send a Prisoner You know a Card or Money For the Holiday

I've been delinquent in my posts but wanted to update on how the move went.

No problems with the police in both the town I moved from and to.  
I've had no problem with anyone in town, whether at my home or doing business in town.
The switchover of home and work addresses with the Sex Offender Resgistry was easy enough, though one has to remember to explicitly remove your previous address(es) as "active" addresses with the SORB.  Otherwise, your old addresses will still be listed and if you're not living or working at those old places, and the police come by to do a check, then...
It is very nice to have the extra $65 in hand, instead of the money going to probation.  Not having to wait for my PO or visit the courthouse is still a very nice thing.

My goal for the winter is to complete most of the book so I can publish next Spring-ish.  Living this "new life" on my own is slightly intoxicating and busy, which I have conveniently allowed to affect my motivation with regard to my writings.  I also have my 12 year old yellow lab who, along with his sister/littermate, have been my companion since I was released from prison in 2001.  Though quite comfortable and happy, his chronic condition - megaesophagus - and old age require a fair amount of care that I gladly give.  Needless to say, my dogs have brought me great joy and comfort, especially in unhappier times.  So I suppose I'm busy restarting my life but at the same time I really have to focus on writing before I start forgetting...

Last month, I attended a dinner party in Boston at the home of William A. Percy where I met Bob Chatelle and Jim D'Entremont of the Bernard Baran Justice Committee.  What can one say about guys who helped set a man free from prison?  I was so glad to have finally met them and enjoyed learning about Bernard's life after prison.

Finally, since it is December, I've been thinking of a client who I did some pre-prison coaching with and how difficult it is for him to experience his first holiday season incarcerated.  Small gestures, a card, note, and even a little cash go a long way to fend off much of the sorrow and loneliness that can be amplified this time of year.  So take a few minutes and send some love!