Light In the Distance… OUT DATE- 216 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher Despite what you might see on TV, prison isn’t all mayhem and ugliness. In large part, a wonderful normal average day in the life of Walks consists of lots of nothingness. Need I remind you it has been 2 years of allContinue reading “And the Sun Sets Again”
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Rough Start – So Many Questions
Light In the Distance… Final Months of the Long Road Home By Steven Maisenbacher With my long-awaited “Out Date” – August 31, 2022 just months away I have been scrambling to try to prepare for the imminent transition. During the closing months of 2021, I was heartened by the fact that the Covid Pandemic seemedContinue reading “Rough Start – So Many Questions”
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By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Part 1 – Spiritual Journey Toward Addiction Recovery Chapter 20 Calm Before the Storm February 2020 – Our spiritual group had been complaining for more than a year about the lack of materials to re-build the sweat lodge. See, if you are not of the professed faith groupContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (20)”
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By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Part 1 – Spiritual Journey Toward Addiction Recovery Chapter 9 Walker As Bad as it was… It could always be worse. After 5 months in the hole in Florida I was finally transferred to Yazoo Mississippi. I knew from the moment I stepped into the R&D for intakeContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (9)”
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By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Part 1 – Spiritual Journey Toward Addiction Recovery Chapter 8 Strange Blessings Prison is a strange place, you never know what’s next or who you will meet on any given day or in reality who you’re really even talking to. I know you have probably heard the saying,Continue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (8)”
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Blindsided – It took me a minute to get used to them calling me the elder. I understood the implied respect and honor that it conferred, but more than that, it made me feel like I had reason and purpose, and that the Creator had finally started to use me as a tool to carry the ways on to the next generation; to help other men find a path to the life-changing religious beliefs, practices and behaviors that had given my life meaning.
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2005 Vice Magazine Interview – From Chapter 2: While and during all these skirmishes, somehow word got out that I was battling the federal prison administration. I was asked by a reporter for Vice magazine if I would consider doing an interview over this “struggle” and my fights as a federal prisoner in securing Native American rights while incarcerated. I did this interview in 2005.
Now the lost has been found – Transcribed from the 2005 Vice Magazine interview written by Seth Ferranti that was published online under “Native Issues.”
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Things I Regret – When I think of the man I was most of my life I cringe, and more than anything I feel ashamed. I did all the cruddy things in my life with no one to blame but myself. I’ve accepted this and processed it and grown so very much these last 20 years, but at what cost? All the people I harmed or hurt thru my crimes and my drug use and my not caring about anyone but myself. Like I said in the beginning, I was born broken.
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Still There is Music in My Head… After the ceremony I cut off all my hair to be burned in the fire of the next sweat lodge that weekend. Had it not been for the brothers, the sweat lodge, the sacred area and the ability to spend so much time in prayer and contemplation I don’t know if I would have made it thru that time of sorrow and loss. I miss my mom every day and can still hear her talking to me in my head at times.
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By Stephen “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Part 1 – Spiritual Journey Toward Addiction Recovery Chapter 2 Then Spirit Raises Your Voice In 2000, three years after I arrived in Phoenix, I paroled to my home. Shortly before my release, my wife of 12 years died of cancer. She was the love of my lifeContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (2)”