Last Post and Testament

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THIS MAY BE MY LAST POST (for a while anyways) I know, I know, here we go again but, that’s not necessarily true. A few years ago, my Doctor told me (as for my health) I was in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter of my life. I think he was trying to motivate me to taking my life’s health a lot more seriously.

As time moved on, I ballooned to 262 lbs. Which is a lot for me. We had been in Springfield, MO. at the time and I vowed when I got back, I was going on a NO SUGAR/NO BREAD covenant. I threw in a personalized version of an attempt at ‘intermittent fasting’ routine. These efforts along with visiting an acupuncturist resulted in not only losing 30 lbs. in a short amount of time but it cured me of my psoriasis 100%. All that to…

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Last Post and Testament

THIS MAY BE MY LAST POST (for a while anyways) I know, I know, here we go again but, that’s not necessarily true. A few years ago, my Doctor told me (as for my health) I was in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter of my life. I think he was trying to motivate me to taking my life’s health a lot more seriously.

As time moved on, I ballooned to 262 lbs. Which is a lot for me. We had been in Springfield, MO. at the time and I vowed when I got back, I was going on a NO SUGAR/NO BREAD covenant. I threw in a personalized version of an attempt at ‘intermittent fasting’ routine. These efforts along with visiting an acupuncturist resulted in not only losing 30 lbs. in a short amount of time but it cured me of my psoriasis 100%. All that to say this, I am returning to these efforts beginning tomorrow, Sept. 1st.

I love nay-sayers and doubters who even with my record of overcoming a multitude of obstacles in the last 50 years don’t believe I can accomplish this endeavor. The truth is, I have already done it. It’s not me doing the doing, it’s Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who are behind and responsible for everything thus far. Was it not so I would still be in prison, not married and doing life without parole? So, doubter’s, it’s not me you’re contending with now, is it?

My weight and health are not all that is needing to be addressed at this time. I do recognize that I am in the 4th quarter of my life and what with the temerity of this man-made plague one never knows when the end will come. As Queen Ester said in scripture when faced with a tumultuous decision in her life, “If I die, I die.” This isn’t a “the sky is falling” credo but, recognizing that any manner of realities of living in a fallen world can result in you making the 10:00 News reporting your demise. So I will be addressing other areas of my life that have consequences for Mary and I as we live out the next years of our lives. I will be selfish here. She is all that matters to me. So yes, this may be my last post. You may or may not read even this post. I have me and mine to care for. Thank you for the time you have given to reading and responding to what I have written heretofore. The End.

What’s Going On

If you skim through any digital news site, msnbc, msn, cnn. there are multiple subjects the news media have deemed ‘newsworthy’. The key to perusing all of these subjects is the ability to learn to ‘pick the meat’ and leave the bones. More often then not, I do not read the article itself but merely the headlines. Time is of an essence when you research as much as I do. I stay away from ‘slide-news’ which has you looking at several things before mentioning the article that enticed you to look in the first place. They have a term for it, click-bait.

Recently, I have experimented with avoiding the news entirely. Some is going to seep through anyway but for the most part while I didn’t miss anything, I wasn’t enlightened by it either.

FLY ME TO THE MOON

While unrealistic when Tony and Frank, and now a whole assortment of singers, sang it. Now, it’s almost in reach. Predictions are there will be private citizens flying to the moon before the year is out. Preposterous, I know, but the amount of chatter that comes out of people’s mouths these days looms large for our newest Olympic sport, World’s Fastest Motormouth.

In the year 1985, engineers at the University of Wisconsin had a Eureka moment.

They discovered that an element in a sample brought down from the moon in Apollo 17… is packed with tremendous “wealth-creating potential.”

Just one of the elements could fetch up to an estimated $3 million.

Just so you get an idea, one space shuttle payload of the element can power the entire US for a whole year.

The best part is, according to my calculations, there is enough of the element in the lunar topsoil to power the entire world for over 1000 years.

No wonder this element is being called as the holy-grail of energy.

But wait, there’s more.” (Almost sounds like Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny).

I really didn’t intend to launch (pun) into an expose on the next better mouse trap but there it was in my most recent newsletter about things to come. As if we don’t have enough blather about what’s to come here on earth as it is.

Which brings me to Liam Ridalgo. I have never heard of him and yet he is or was the best reliever in baseball last year. You remember last year, don’t you. A schedule that included, what, 34 games, not counting the playoffs. And now the Chicago White Sox have him for one year at $54 million dollars. Are you kidding me? On the other hand the Cubs are continuing there take out the trash campaign and letting players go as fast as they can get rid of them. Bah Humbug. we’ve got an invasion imminently arriving and it’s none of the candidates that you have readily on the tip of your lips and you may actually know them, on a personal level. They could even be the neighbors boy you saw grow up and is now a member of the National Guard. Scary…

The End

43 Years After

This has been a very hard year. I know some like to soften their words
and call it challenging, and to that I say yeah, that too.

On the left you see Lloyd Colbaugh and his wife Nita, in the middle you see Sara Groves holding her daughter Ruby. And then Mary. Shortly after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour, Mary invited me to come down to the education department to attend a Yokefellow meeting. I was hesitant, but I did walk by. Inside the room I saw Mary and about 20 convicts. The next day I told Mary I walked by but did not come in. She asked me what I thought about what I saw. I told her I saw 1 sheep and about 20 wolves.

Most Yokefellow Meetings headed up by Lloyd and other volunteers were held to facilitate and teach about subjects pertaining to the Bible, Christianity and a myriad of other subjects that might come up. They were held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Mom Carter, Nita Colbaugh’s mother (80’s) held a Bible Study on Monday Night. You can see there was ample opportunity for men to learn what it means to live as Christians.

It was out in population, on the yard where a man learned how to apply what he had learned. And in many cases, how much more he had yet to learn. For those who professed Christianity there was definitely a milieu for which to live in. But the Federal Medical Center For Prisoners had other milieu’s of another nature as well. The Bird Man of Alcatraz, Mickey Cohen and all assortment of prisoners of a lesser celebrity of status lived here as well.

My Faith was nourished and tested in many ways throughout the 6 1/2 years that I served from 1971 until 1978. Nor was all my time spent in Springfield. I spent a year in Terre Haute, Indiana and 6 months in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Throughout my criminal past I would include Ashland, KY., EL Reno, Oklahoma, Marion Prison, Stateville, Menard, Vandalia, Sheridan and St. Charles Boys school. And most notoriously, the Cook County Jail. Each place adding its own embeddedness of institutionalization and what ever other characterization it might hold.

It was from all this that God would change me, I added nothing to the effort other than to obey the lessons He taught. In the Ballad of Jack Thomson there was a slide of several of the volunteers. It was they and many others who filled the prison throughout those nights at Yokefellow meetings and Sunday Night Hymn Sings.’ There presence was invaluable it gave the place some civility it might not otherwise possess.

Mary was a volunteer and sang often in the church services, as an employee she worked in the Education Department’s Learning Center. It was here that I first met her and she told me that God could change my life. Over a few years we became friends and in my heart much more. But anything more was not pursued. It would be foolish on the one hand and frankly at that time a brother/sister in Christ was satisfying in itself.

It is difficult to be that celebrative in these times while our world is torn asunder on many fronts. I can only hope that what Mary said to me, that God could change my life, might also apply to the world with an equal outcome. The End

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John Thomson

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Was today the first shots on Fort Sumter? Are our politicians leading us into a Civil War? Now in words, but we can’t believe that one side is right and the other wrong without calling one or the other the enemy. You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth though politicians, so often try. Those very same politicians both left and right that many of you so often propagate GET OUT AND VOTE. So we all are accessories to a system that is going to destroy us on the battlefield of partisanship. I am in my remaining years (75) I pray I don’t live to see the outcome because all that is good and wholesome about this country is going to go down in flames. There are some I believe that call themselves Americans who only live to see that day. The End….Good night.