Entry 8 — April 16, 2014
If complaining were a marketable job skill, there would be no employment problems for ex-cons. These guys can bitch about any circumstance; the weather, the food (guilty!), the guards, other inmates, what's on TV, commissary shortages and basically every Bureau of Prisons policy and procedure ever thought up.
Christopher Reina is serving a five-year sentence in federal prison. In his writing he shares how he is surviving prison life as a gay inmate. Chris is paying it forward by donating his compensation for this column to a charity close to his heart.
Many, many, moons ago, when I was in my 20s, I was working in a hotel cafe in Washington, DC, when early one evening a woman sat down at the bar. As it wasn't busy we got to talking, and long story short, she offered to read my palm.
Christopher Reina is doing a five-year sentence in federal prison. In his writing he shares how he is surviving prison life as a gay inmate. Chris is paying it forward by donating his compensation for this column to a charity.
Entry 4: December 11, 2013
By far, the hardest part about being locked up is knowing that life for those I love and care about goes on without me. I received an email from Mark telling me that Sheba, our 21-year-old cat, wasn't doing well. Her weight had dropped to four pounds and she had lost her interest in food. We knew the day was coming, and this past Saturday Mark took Sheba to the vet where they assisted her in her transition to her next destination.
Entry 6: January 29, 2014
Wow. Compared to the near continuous inactivity of the past seven months, these last three weeks have been a whirlwind. I’m writing this from a federal correctional institution (FCI) in Louisiana, where I will be residing for at least the next 15 months (no sign of Sukie, Bill or Eric as of yet).