Chapter Three – Thought I Was Safe By Steven Maisenbacher I had been here at the halfway house for 3 weeks and thought things were finally going smoothly.  Usually I’m in bed by 10:00 every night because I’m up with the dawn each morning to thank the Creator for another day. Then something went veryContinue reading “STEP INTO THE LIGHT (3)”


Chapter Two – Warrior Women By Steven Maisenbacher I want to talk about something that is very important to me. This chapter has written itself over the past 62 years. It is one that I never even gave much thought to until recently and it’s long overdue. I want to talk about the women inContinue reading “STEP INTO THE LIGHT (2)”


Chapter One – Night Ride to Freedom’s Door By Steven Maisenbacher It’s funny how you think you have yourself prepared and all the mental shackles of the past 23 years of captivity are just going to go away when you’re finally released to a halfway house and the first small steps toward freedom. August 30,Continue reading “STEP INTO THE LIGHT (1)”

All For the Right to Pray (28)

Part Eight – The Warrior Comes Home Chapter 28 – What Price Compassion By Ghost Dancer The Covid-19 pandemic hit all the prisons hard early in 2020. By April 1st all normal activities had ceased at Talladega and we found ourselves on total lockdown with no relief for months. There was no fast-track out forContinue reading “All For the Right to Pray (28)”

What A Ride

Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 12 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher Well my friends this is gonna be the last edition from me until after I’m out and able to start writing again. I figure a few days ought to see me to having the wherewithal. Smile.  At that timeContinue reading “What A Ride”


Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 19 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher In 1986 when I was walking up the steps of United States Penitentiary Leavenworth I wasn’t so much afraid as I was overwhelmed. I mean I had been hearing about this place all my life in movies and whatnot,Continue reading “Fear”

Expectations. Realities. Get Over It.

Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 26 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher Expectations. We all have ‘em, like when you go to a restaurant and order food, you expect it to come out well prepared and to your expectations of delicious. Or when you see a big dog growling and barking,Continue reading “Expectations. Realities. Get Over It.”

He Said, She Said, They All Say

Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 33 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher I can’t get over it, I’m actually at a loss of words over this, I watch the news and within 5 minutes I’ve seen Fox trash everyone that’s not a conservative Republican. Then I walk across the day roomContinue reading “He Said, She Said, They All Say”

Like A Badger

Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 40 Days and Counting By Steven Maisenbacher This story started a couple years ago when my adopted sister, Leontien, told me about the stimulus money the IRS was giving out. I asked my dear cousin, Sings Many Songs about the forms and addresses and all, soContinue reading “Like A Badger”

Truth Be Told

Lights In the Distance. . . Walks’ Outdate – 47 Days and Counting I have a confession to make. Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be good for the soul and all that other metaphoric mess, but I can only hope there is some truth in that. See, for a little over a year I’veContinue reading “Truth Be Told”