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  1. Getting Life

    June 4, 2015  |  2 Comments

    Getting Life, by Michael Morton. One of the greatest books I have read, which is why this is going to be the first of my “book reviews”. My posts may seem at random, and one day I may post about myself, a book I’ve read, or an excerpt from my diary from the beloved days I was in prison. But see, they’re at random because that’s how my thoughts come about. Random.

    I see myself getting more moved by stories of others who have been imprisoned, whether they have been falsely accused or charged with evidence. My favorite shows consist of “Orange is the New Black”, a story eerily relative to mine, and “Shameless”, a series about a fucked up family. Need I say more? Unless I want to laugh. Then it’s more of a “Friends”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Office” sort of re-run day. A lot of my books have either to do with those who have similar stories of imprisonment, or light, usually Brit, chick-flicks.  I realize it’s a weird combination of heavy reading and light reading, but then again, I’m a weird person.

    Getting Life, by Michael Morton is an incredible story that I instantly became crazed with the second I heard about it. Lately, I’ve been listening to audio books while I work and drive rather than psychically read them, so I’d usually prefer something light. But when I do feel the need to listen to something real, I couldn’t believe what I had stumbled upon when I saw the synopsis of this brilliant work of pure art. Michael Morton is a man who was exonerated after spending nearly 25 years in prison for allegedly murdering his wife. A crime he did NOT commit and was proven innocent two and a half decades later. There’s no need to say more, as I urge you to read the book, or watch the movie that I’m going to buy to watch this weekend called “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story”.

    I have no right whatsoever to compare stories, they are not the same. But I find myself following Morton’s story till today, to see where he is and what he’s been doing with his life since he has become free. I find it difficult to adjust to the day to day lifestyle as an “out on bail with chance of going back in” person. I find great admiration in what Morton is doing. He is even currently remarried, and I wish him all the best luck in the world with all my heart. Because as sad as this may sound, I find more sympathy with Michael Morton, who in fact is a complete stranger to me, than I do if a family member came to me with a personal problem of theirs.

    There’s this empty feeling inside of you where it seems no matter how much anyone tries, the only people who may ever understand you, even with the simplest of feelings, are those who spent anytime in a prison like yours.

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  2. Beligetto International | June 23, 2016

    I cannot believe my fortune that I actually met you.
    The impact of reading your blog is intense.
    I have a lot to learn from you.
    Thank you for being human!
    I just hope I am not asleep, to wake up later, only to realize I have had an over-exercise of my imagination culminating in conjuring up a beautiful story of strength, survival, intellect and bravery..ending in a beautiful dream.
    I don’t want this to be a dream..please God!

  3. FreeBird | June 23, 2016

    Thank you for being you! I appreciate your comment. And we all have a lot to learn from each other, which is why I encourage honesty and openness. My story is out there so people can read, learn, relate, and discuss together. Thank you for reading!