Category: Stephen Newman

The Store-Bought Pasta Salad by Stephen Newman

On the streets, if you’re having a holiday meal with family, and something is “store-bought,” it’s typically thought of as “bad.” For instance… (“Grandma used to make everything from scratch. I can’t believe now she gets store-bought pumpkin pie for our Thanksgiving.”) Last night, during our prison’s 4th […]

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Brewed Coffee by Stephen Newman

Brewed coffee tastes better than the instant freeze-dried stuff. This I learned for certain a few weeks ago, thanks to a fundraiser where inmates were allowed to buy brewed Folgers (along with a 200-pack of filters). The fundraiser earned $3200 to support a local animal shelter who provides […]

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The Silent Treatment By Stephen Newman

In August of last year, I began working on the RazorWire, our Orofino prison newspaper. It was a cool gig. Staff writers were granted access to an exclusive backroom at the school. (Think first-class airport lounge.). This private room was coined, by the instructor, “The Newsroom.” And in […]

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Bathroom Break by Stephen Newman

(Here’s the beginning of a short story I started this morning. I’m a bit rusty, haven’t written fiction since 2008, but thought I’d have a little fun this mornimg.) When Eric told his family that he had leased his own private office, this place probably wasn’t what they […]

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Training Day by Stephen Newman

It was the moment we’d all been waiting for…or, rather, waiting to get done with, so we wouldn’t have to continue waiting for it. We had been anticipating this moment, had heard rumors that it would be happening right after count time on Thursday afternoon, and when the […]

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Tuesday by Stephen Newman

It’s an ordinary Tuesday night in prison. As I write this, I’m watching the penultimate episode of “Married At First Sight.” Jackie is with a total idiot named Ryan who may be the most annoying man I’ve ever seen on reality TV (with a voice just as grating […]

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Culture Of Honor by Stephen Newman

This poster adorns the walls of one of the computer labs at the Robert Janss School here at ICIO (in beautiful Orofino, Idaho): CULTURE OF HONOR -is always mindful of the other -uses courteous and respectful language -is purposefully and positively communicative -is dignified in posture and dress […]

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