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I came out of prison after nine years. I was guilty of the crime and probably would have received more time if I hadn’t been fifteen years old when I went in for a gang fight. I was released to attend college; the very first college release program in New York State. I had two more years to do on parole before I would be a freedman. I was not allowed to drive, drink, have a girl or leave Plattsburgh on pain of being sent back to prison. I was required to live alone.

There is no privacy in prison. All those years of living in full view of everyone else's lives, dressed and naked, made it quintessentially imperative that I find privacy and even isolation. Now I could live alone!

I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I found a little studio house on Cumberland Head on the banks of Lake Champlain, New York. Within jogging distance to the University no less. My closes neighbors were cows, coyotes, goats, feral cats, foxes, raccoons, and on occasion the farmer from whom I rented. He lived almost a mile away.

I did not feel lonely living there. I read a great deal and studied. My only deep pain was that I could not have my baby daughter with me. Urania. She was born just after I went in but, I was prohibited from bringing Urania and her mother to live with me.

I was called by a school acquaintance and offered a dog. I hesitated at the responsibility but went to see it. She was beautiful. Her mother had died before she could be weaned. I had to bottle-feed her as if she was a child. She became my baby

I named her Urania and wept as I did.

Submitted: November 18, 2022

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A very likable story, wrong decisions leave scars..sigh Well done!

Tue, November 22nd, 2022 11:33am


Thank you.

Wed, November 23rd, 2022 4:19pm


What a powerful story! Well done.

Tue, November 29th, 2022 5:59pm


Thank you ever so much. Please let m know if I may review some of your writing.

Also, I have a small published inspiration book you may enjoy: It is accessible on my webpage gratis. "From GEED to PhD: you can do it at any age." Nuevalight-Enterprises.com.

Best wishes,
Doc Azul

Tue, November 29th, 2022 1:55pm

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