Category Archives: Special Days

Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year!

And we made it through another one, and for that I am grateful. May 2023 be one of the best new years experienced in our lives. The last few have certainly had their challenges but most of us survived and have lived to fight another day. Go with God Speed into a bright and prosperous future, one day at a time!

For those who didn’t read what I wrote last year, here is the link. Have a wonderful day!

Christmas 2022 by Wayne T. Dowdy

Christmas 2022

Nothing Changed But the Date. The good news is that Covid-19 isn’t devasting life as bad this year as it was last year. I hope each of you are warm and safe.

For those who have followed me for years, please pardon my repeat of this blog from last year with a few modifications. Most everything remains the same, with COVID-19 still creating controversies and disrupting our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who celebrate the holidays!

Ice and snow settle across parts of the United States as Santa moves in to deliver gifts and toys to all of the good little boys and girls.

Naughty girls and boys get gifts, too, because Santa doesn’t want to be sued for discrimination and lose his reindeers and sled in court.

For me, I haven’t felt the Christmas spirit this year, even when it began to look a lot like Christmas before this day arrived, with Santa packing weapons to defend himself against those who wish to take his goodies. (See photos of Santa’s Anti-Terrorist Sled in linked blog posts.)

Gratitude

What I do feel is gratitude for my health, family and friends, and for having an opportunity to walk the streets or to get in my car to drive wherever I wish, or to go to the refrigerator to get anything I want to eat, at whatever time I chose.

My life changed a lot since I paid my publisher in 2015 to create this blog/website so that I could get my voice outside of the walls and rows of barbwire that held my body but couldn’t dampen my desire to succeed upon release. Today I write as a free man.

For my freedom, I fought many battles against demons and dragons and slayed them all, one at a time, until victory opened the doors on August 28, 2018.

I held my head up as I walked away, with no desire to ever return.


Years later, I sit at a computer writing blogs that I often send in to a select few inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. My hope is to encourage and inspire others to change their life to become better men and to have a more fulfilling life, and so that if the day comes to walk out the doors, that they, too, will be able to live a life that does not include crime or behaviors that will put them back into prison or the graveyard.

Uh, oh, I hear Santa cruising the neighborhood so I need to get in bed and act like I am asleep so that he will stop and leave my presents because I have been really good this year. 🙂

Check out these two older blog posts and you will see Santa’s High-Performance and Heavily Armed sled that will get him put in prison for life if the Feds catch up with him.

Santa, Stars, Sex and Politics

Plot to Stop Santa

Turkey Day 2022 by Wayne T. Dowdy


Happy Thanksgiving Day to those who celebrate the American holiday! And even to those who don’t celebrate holidays, I hope each of you are filled with gratitude for all you have in life to be thankful for: start with the functioning body parts and the air you breath to see another day.

Turkey Day USA! For me, I celebrate each day because of the life I’ve been blessed with living, which is less than what I want, but is much better than what I had when I posed for that picture inside the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia in the 80’s.

Healthwise, I was in much better physical condition back then than I am now, of course, but in regards to what really counts, today I am in better overall condition.

The positive aspect from that experience and others I was fortunate to have survived, is that I did walk out the prison doors and lived to fight another day. And decades later, continue to have a life worth writing about, which I do often in hope of inspiring others or to otherwise affect a positive change.

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Should I focus on writing about the negative, I could write for days and still fail to tell everything that I dealt with throughout the years. A wonderful thing is that I could also write for days about the good things that I have experienced and feel fortunate to still be able to sit before my computer screen and type.

Finding the bright side of life can be a challenge if filled with self-pity because life is not happening the way I feel it should. But when I stop for a moment to remember where I came from, and then accept that things are working the way that the God of my understanding wants it to be, then I can breathe in a be grateful for the moment, knowing that I am blessed to have been around for all these years and to have accomplished the things that I have during the last few years.

My plan for the next few months is to focus on changing several things that I have the power to change in pursuit of accomplishing more than I have since my release from the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons on August 28, 2018. Then maybe next Turkey Day I will write about some spectacular events; however, I am probably going to stop paying for this website and end it for several reasons I may write about in an upcoming post as Revising A Life or Life After Release.

In reflection of 2022, I am grateful for many things, including being given the opportunity to appear on a public television station, which you may watch the YouTube version of by clicking the link in Revising a Life-10 for a Steadfast Journey-Bridging the Gap, with the lovely, Dr. Micshell Milsap, or by clicking the following links where I appeared in Wisdom Episode 10 and another Walking With God. Please check them out and click to like and subscribe to her channel. Thanks!

May your heart be filled with more gratitude this year than most, even though the World affairs have deteriorated. If you pray, remember Ukraine and those who suffer around the world.

Happy Father’s Day 2022

In Memory of Stanley

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers of the World who provide for their families, whether there is a biological connection or not, the one acting in the capacity of a father to his children deserves praise and an acknowledgement for the things he does because of his love and responsibilities.

Be grateful for the people in your life who show their love in unspoken ways. Let your gratitude show!

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For the single parent who fills both roles, a special thanks goes out to you. You’re the Best! May God give you the strength and resources you need to provide for your family.

Many good people go unnoticed who do not receive the praise deserved for the acts of love shown each day in their actions, not just in words. A title doesn’t matter. May the love you show come back to you ten-fold.

Special Acknowledgment: I chose the photo shown above in honor of my brother who passed away in 1978 and left behind two children, one four, the other six, both of whom he loved and would have made countless sacrifices to provide for their comfort and safety. Unfortunately, he died twenty-five days before he turned twenty-five. If you are blessed with a father or anyone else who holds special meaning, give him or her a hug, and let them know that you love them because one never knows if the moment that the opportunity presents itself will be the last chance given.

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Never Forgotten

Memorial Day 2022

I created the photo above to honor those who have shed blood and for those who continue to fight for others. They will not be forgotten!

Happy Memorial Day 2022 remains the same as what I wrote in 2020, only this year, many things have happened that have left millions of others in pain or dead.

COVID-19 continues to trouble the population of the world but there has been some progress along those lines.

The War in Ukraine and all of the recent acts of violence in America come to mind, especially the deaths of all of the children and others unjustly killed in schools and churches.

Let’s not forget those who give their lives to defend others, and in America, to protect our individual rights and freedoms.

As imperfect as America may be as a country, I remain proud to call myself an American citizen and am grateful for those who stand to defend our borders.