Kentucky, USA
July 28
I divide my time between recycle and writing. Currently writing Frog Gravy, a nonfiction jail and prison account in Kentucky. My web site is: CraneStation on Twitter


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Taking a few rare moments to comment on the election, God Almighty quipped, "At first I thought it was just a rare election-cycle occurrence when asinine misogynist Todd Akin, who lost the Missouri Senate race to Clair McCaskill," said," 

“It seems to me, from what I understand from
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 10:14AM

A Basic Update on Hollingsworth v Perry

Yesterday in the news is this article, titled Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Supreme Court To Address DOMA This Session. The subject of this post is an update of a pertinent case currently on the SCOTUS docket.

Hollingsworth (petitioner) v Perry (respondent) is a pending Petition for WritRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 2:14PM

The Shivaree

This is a true account of wedding customs in a rural Missouri farming community prior to WWII, as told by Letty Owings, age 87. The account is limited to the small geographical area. Customs may have been different, twenty miles down the road.

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AUGUST 21, 2012 11:05AM

Todd Akin Apologizes

US Senate hopeful from Missouri Todd Akin has walked back his comment and apologized for not being more clear. What he actually meant to say is explained in this article titled, I Misspoke—What I Meant To Say Is 'I Am Dumb As Dog Shit And I Am A TerriRead full post »
AUGUST 19, 2012 8:10AM

The Blue Taffeta Dress

This is a story from the Great Depression as told by Letty Owings, age 87. It is a true account of three organized community activities in a small rural farming community in Missouri during the 1930s.

The Blue Taffeta Dress

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old horse drawn corn planter by Colbyt69, creative commons, flickr.

This is a true story from the Great Depression as told by Letty Owings, age 87. It is a true account of various farming tasks during the historic drought years of the miRead full post »
JULY 22, 2012 4:05PM

Days on the Farm in 1934
photo by Robb North on creative commons, flickr

This is a true story from the Great Depression, as told by Letty Owings, age 87. It is a true account of  days on a small Western Missouri farm during the drought of the 1930s.

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Proverbs 6:6 HNV
Hebrew Names Version
Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise; Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

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The White House Boys were abused juvenile inmates at the now-closed North Florida Youth Development Center, that was run by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The 'school' closed last year, after running for 111 years, and the surviving White House Boys are now calling for a stop to child ab… Read full post »
[caption id="attachment_1844" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Photo: Tim NH / Flickr"]A photo of Richard Carmona, wearing his uniform and medals.[/caption]

On Monday, Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on SB 1070:
For decades, politicians in Wash
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JUNE 25, 2012 9:49PM

America's Crime of Punishment

On June 18, 2012, ADX-Florence supermax inmate plaintiffs Michael Bacote, Harold Cunningham, John W. Narducci, Jr., Jeremy Pinson, and Ernest Norman Shaifer, filed a lawsuit against six prison officials and the Bureau of Prisons, "seeking declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the Federal Bureau… Read full post »
JUNE 24, 2012 9:41AM

The Lavender Ribbon
image by James Davidson on flickr.

This is a story from the Great Depression, as told by Letty Owings, age 87. It is a true account of country school and community.

In rural Missouri during the Great Depression of the 1930s, each elem… Read full post »
JUNE 23, 2012 1:09PM

The Jailhouse Bullying Of Harry

note: This is a re-post for open call.
In the hallway, the homeless man in isolation screams, between obscenities, to the pepper spray SWAT team, “You’re racist!”

“I’m not precious,” says the guard, and I assume he meant to say, ‘I’m not preju
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In a country where nearly forty million daily struggle to get enough food, millions of meals are literally being wasted.

Lost Calories: US trashes $ 1 Bln worth of food (per year, which constitutes 30-50% of produced food)

Please watch this 2 1/2-minute Russia Today clip, which discuses America's… Read full post »
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MARCH 14, 2012 8:49PM

Embracing Bohemianism

There was a time, early in my dumpster diving and scavenging career when I clung to the notion that somehow, some way, I would have a lot of money, and things would be wonderful. By scavenging, I mean this in the truest sense. There was a Labor Ready close… Read full post »
Camera's back!!
jail art by CraneStation on flickr
jail art by CraneStation on flickr

For inform… Read full post »

Spartanburg County Jail Portrait Series by David Blackwell under creative commons on flickr.

Nokes: What do you want? 
John: What I've always wanted. To watch you die. 


Father Bobby: [about sermons, before the boys a… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 2, 2012 10:46PM

Let Them Eat Cake: Frog Gravy 12

Author’s note: Frog Gravy is a depiction of daily life during incarceration, first in jails and then in prison, in Kentucky, during 2008 and 2009, and is reconstructed from my notes.
Frog Gravy contains graphic language.

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JANUARY 31, 2012 7:48PM

Christie: Frog Gravy 85

Frog Gravy is a nonfiction incarceration account.

Inmate names are changed.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
-Mother Teresa

McCracken County Jail, Spring, 2008

Christie has been denied… Read full post »
JANUARY 31, 2012 9:52AM

Attack Of The Plastic Bag

Today my husband and I got on our bikes and rode into town, to pay our bills and visit the unemployment office. Due to the unchanging climate change, it is possible to ride bikes all over town, in the dead of winter, and so today, we did not leave… Read full post »
JANUARY 26, 2012 12:19PM

Jailhouse Lawyers: Frog Gravy 84

Frog Gravy is a nonfiction incarceration account.

KCIW PeWee Valley, 2008-2009

Do not be fooled by the term. 'Jailhouse lawyers' are sometimes, in fact, attorneys or paralegals. At the very least, jailhouse lawyers are knowledgeable about criminal law and criminal procedure. Jailhouse lawyers aid… Read full post »

Frog Gravy is a nonfiction incarceration account.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician, nor am I a mental health nurse or behavior expert. My observations are from an inmate standpoint, and my opinions are my own. I retained my observations in my notes.

I took my… Read full post »
JANUARY 23, 2012 7:06PM

Penny: Frog Gravy 82

Frog Gravy is a nonfiction incarceration account.

Frog Gravy contains graphic language.

Inmate names are changed.

Ricky's World, Summer, 2008

At 4 AM, the lights go on in our tiny cell, and a guard opens the steel door. Next to the guard, in the hallway, are… Read full post »
Author's note: This post is not a typical Frog Gravy, because it includes observations gathered over the span of my whole incarceration experience.

Frog Gravy is a nonfiction incarceration account.

Inmate names are changed.

Frog Gravy contains graphic language.

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JANUARY 20, 2012 7:48PM

Pens: Frog Gravy 80

Please watch this Cannes Film Festival under-a-minute film:

In jail I had a dream that I retrieved a porcelain doll from a dumpster and sent the doll to my mother, because she loves dolls. The dream came true after my release from prison, nearly two years… Read full post »