Category: Cyril D. Walrond

NEVER STOP DREAMING!

“Never stop dreaming!” Words I told to a disheartened student during the A.M. session of the Roots of Success class that I am an instructor for. It is so easy to lose heart and therefore lose focus when it appears that the world and everyone in it is […]

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BITTERSWEET

This day was a bittersweet day. A day that we as Roots of Success instructors have now grown all too accustomed to. The day was bitter because we were reminded of the sobering fact of this communion. The fact that this day meant the end of our journey […]

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WAKE UP!

WAKE UP! We have been asleep at the wheel for far too long. WAKE UP! While we have been asleep, life has steadily been passing us by. For too long we have been bystanders in this thing called life and not equitable active participants. WAKE UP! While we […]

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SILENT NIGHT

There is little to no privacy in prison. Everything is done under a microscope or under the watchful eye of “Big Brother”. Hardly do you ever get time to yourself, an opportunity to be alone with own your thoughts. So with a mind cluttered and emotions bottled up […]

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU!

There is absolutely no excuse for one to ever stop learning or growing. In fact, there is absolutely no excuse for one to ever stop allowing their mind to be transformed or stretched by new ideas, concepts, or revelations. This is true whether you are in the pit […]

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GROWING PAINS!

Standing in front of a dull reflective sheet of metal, I am staring at myself in what some would call a mirror but truly it is anything but. As I try to make out my face in the distorted reflection I notice something that was new to me… […]

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WHAT IS IT WORTH?

Character isn’t defined by what you do when everyone is looking, it is defined by what you do when you think no one is. Standing at the officer’s station in the dayroom with a permanent marker in my hand, I wait! 5 minutes pass, I wait! 10 minutes […]

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TIME IS NOT ENOUGH

Release from prison often equals continued marginalization. You can do your time but release does not guarantee that you will be playing on level playing ground as others or have equal opportunities. In fact for some that get out of prison the disadvantage is such that it becomes […]

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THE EFFECTS OF BELIEVING

“…All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23 Teaching the Roots of Success environmental literacy curriculum here at Stafford Creek has been not only a blessing to my life but has also been an enriching privilege and honor. To teach a 10-module course in a classroom […]

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A QUICK WORD! (part 2)

“Man, what is this all about? We are just leaving class to go to lunch mainline!” I say speaking up for the both of us. Disapproval spewing from every syllable that I enunciate. As my back and forth bantering with the C.O’s is just getting warmed up, there […]

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A QUICK WORD! (part 1)

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. One can speak a simple word that can motivate, heal, edify, or encourage. Than, in the next breath, that same person could spew a word filled with venomous poison that can crush anothers self-esteem or send that person […]

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Justice Anyone? (Part 3)

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!” Words that have become synonymous with the life and death of Michael Brown. Words I fear are becoming overtly sensationalized and invalid as a new era of civil rights is picking up steam.** This is a matter of real life not a video game.** […]

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JUSTICE ANYONE? (Part 2)

Prison is a punishment. However, what is deemed an effective punishment for some, may not be an effective punishment for all. Someone may have been incarcerated for longer than they have been alive and continue down the same criminal path. While another may only have been in long […]

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JUSTICE ANYONE? (Part 1)

There are countless men I am doing time with that will NEVER see the streets again. Men who will never be released back into society. Many men who will die not in the arms of loved ones but in the prison infirmary, alone, as their soul transitions into […]

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THE GREAT ESCAPE

No matter where you are in life you can find people that are willing to go to some extreme measures to escape their pain, to escape reality. Prison is no exception. Instincts tell us to flee from pain instead of looking for its source. Rather than search introspectively […]

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Cyril Walrond

“One person can be a catalyst for great pain, but one person can also be a catalyst for great change!” This epiphany derived from countless hours I spent meditating and reflecting early on into my incarceration, at the realization of the pain I caused so many through my […]

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16 + 30 = Too Long

I am a numbers guy, which explains me graduating at the top of my bookkeeping/accounting certification class taken through Walla Walla community college or my correctional industries work experience in the C.I. business office where at the age of 21 I was the head of all accounts receivable. […]

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Death Has Never Scared Me

I grew up surrounded by death and destruction, so I came to grips that when it’s my time it’s my time. Lord willing my death just wouldn’t be in vain. Many childhood friends of mine have passed away prior to their 18th birthday or very soon after. Many […]

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Note To Self

“C, be patient because the best is yet to come. No matter how far the finish line may seem from you now, life is a marathon not a sprint, and the journey is the reward. You may have long days where your fuse is short. You may even […]

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The Hustle!

Racism, prejudice, and many negative stereotypes are often advanced through ignorance and lack of communication. This truth exists often where two or more groups of people abide by different codes of morality, cultural norms, or even speak different languages. But there is one thing that unifies, a universal […]

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