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Old 05-05-2018, 10:48 PM
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Just by way of an introduction, I am a retired prison Art Instructor and Hobby Shop Supervisor. I spent five and a half years working full time as Art Instructor Level 2 during the day and three nights a week as evening Hobby Shop Supervisor at ENYCF, Napanoch, NY.

A number of years ago, I retired to Florida where I still do inspirational artworks in between fooling around on the water with little boats.

In my years teaching at Eastern, I met many good men who did not deserve being there in the first place and many others who had changed enough during their incarceration that they didn't deserve to be there any longer.

It's a tough road. But, I am a spiritual man and as a lay preacher and host of a spiritually sensitive radio show (no longer broadcasting), I have come to realize that spiritual support can oftentimes pull you through the dark hours when all seems lost.

So, I feel led to connect with all of you through this forum and, if you like, offer what I can in terms of comfort and support when and if the need arises.
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Welcome to PTO and thank you for the willingness to offer your support. This lifestyle is hard and sometimes its easy to lose faith in all this chaos.
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My pleasure, Matayah.

In my own ministry at Eastern New York Correctional Facility, I realized that a picture is worth a thousand words. Inmates who had access to a visual representation of their spiritual focus found strength, consolation and peace of mind through viewing it with a a simple daily meditation. I am still led to provide that.
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Welcome to PTO and thank you for the willingness to offer your support. This lifestyle is hard and sometimes its easy to lose faith in all this chaos.
I know about the loss of faith from personal experience, but, I have found that in my case, a simple meditation on a daily basis with the aid of a visual representation of my spiritual focus has given me more strength, consolation and spiritual support than I could have imagined. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Now, I believe that there are many inmates who could use this same kind of personal spiritual insight. That's why I became involved with PTO. I believe I can help.
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I think art is a great form of expression and very therapeutic .I have a very dear friend in California Doc who has found new hope through art and changed his life. Using art to give back to the community and helping mentor young people. He has been featured on TV and his art work has helped transform the prison environment he lives in.He also teaches art classes.
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Welcome to PTO Thank you for your Intro & for the offer of comfort & support
Thanks for the welcome, Patchouli.

As you know from my bio, I am a lay minister and inspirational artist. I have found that a picture is worth a thousand words. And, when it comes to spiritual support, an inspirational picture combined with a simple daily meditation can make a big difference in an inmates attitude while going through the stressful time of incarceration.

I believe I can be of help by providing a special original drawing, "Jesus of Nazareth" ... absolutely free of charge ... to any inmate that would benefit from it.

This is my chosen ministry.
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Welcome to Prison Talk and thank you for sharing your biography with us.
Thanks for your reply, fbopnomore, it is my hope that I can provide some spiritual help and support through the use of meditation and inspirational artworks for Christian inmates who are going through challenging times while incarcerated.

This is my ministry. I believe it can be of help to many men and women behind walls.
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Welcome to PTO and thank you for the willingness to offer your support. This lifestyle is hard and sometimes its easy to lose faith in all this chaos.
Thanks for your reply, ItsMe81, I believe my ministry to incarcerated men and women is to provide a visual representation of their spiritual focus (as an artist) and a simple daily meditation (as a lay minister) that will provide strength, consolation and personal power to them while they are going through the stressful days of their incarceration.
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