I really enjoyed the first season of “The Mayor of Kingstown”. For me, a lover of detective plots and jailhouse drama, this show started out as many, with a plot twist in the very first episode. But unlike most, this show hit many raw nerves in me. A proverbial storm taking place in me at the very moment in time that this show was released has made this show a sort of mirror – depicting the dark, brooding mood that has hung over me for a number of months now.

I had Jace watch an episode with me. He watched the plot unravel with a jail yard brawl, prisoner shanking, and lockdown. I asked him if the scene was realistic. He said it was very much so, that something similar had happened during his stay in prison. The next day Jace was visibly shaken, explaining the show had awakened him the night before, with vivid nightmares of teargas, danger, and trauma.

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The thing I find most alluring about the show, is that it depicts both signs of the coin. Few dramas try such a feat. The inmates are tormented at the whims of their captors, little thought given to right, wrong, or decent. Similar to the horrific current actions taking place in WA state DOC; inmates denied consistent food and medications, locked down by their keepers for an outbreak those same keepers enabled, put in solitary if they speak out against treatment. Denied even minimal care, at the cost of $45,000 per inmate per year to taxpayers. It’s a shame. And a sham.

But this series also shows the police chiefs, detectives, captains, wardens, and corrections officers as real people. Morals, ethics, courage, and intentions, all accurately depicted on a sliding scale. We know all people, on both sides of this coin, are a mixture of good and bad… no one is all good or all bad. Reality isn’t so tidy.

It’s a good show, that made me think, a lot, about if I will ever, truly, recover from this. Will Jace?

And then a lead female in the series, in the season finale, asks ‘I wonder if my soul can grow back’… and that is the thought most heavy on my mind these days.

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Jace second trial is looming before us at this time. We recently met with the new, new attorney (#5). I’m sure he is competent and capable but Jace and I were both instantly exhausted after the conversation. I don’t believe any lawyer could ease our distress of thinking about or discussing what all has happened to us. Or what will happen to us.

No one can tell us if our souls will ever grow back.

For those of you interested, my presentation from NARSOL is now available on youtube.

4 thoughts on “Can my soul grow back?

  1. i am so pissed you have to fight like this. Total bull shit.. and Doc Phil can fuck off. no one is listening.

    On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 6:33 PM The Lady Justice Myth wrote:

    > LadyJusticeMyth posted: ” I really enjoyed the first season of “The Mayor > of Kingstown”. For me, a lover of detective plots and jailhouse drama, this > show started out as many, with a plot twist in the very first episode. But > unlike most, this show hit many raw nerves in me. ” >

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  2. Thank you for this Kathleen! I pray for strength and success in everything for you and Jace!!! Much Love, Kel

    On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 6:33 PM The Lady Justice Myth wrote:

    > LadyJusticeMyth posted: ” I really enjoyed the first season of “The Mayor > of Kingstown”. For me, a lover of detective plots and jailhouse drama, this > show started out as many, with a plot twist in the very first episode. But > unlike most, this show hit many raw nerves in me. ” >

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  3. I really like your writing, Kathleen.
    Stress and trauma etches deep and leaves us different. I can say I understand how you feel in proportion to our shared experiences but you still face challenges I no longer have to.
    This kind of pain is some of the most lonely and it continues. It’s like a sliver that hasn’t been removed. I react with action and thank God you do.
    I read a blog post somewhere about weeds and I thought about that when you mentioned our souls growing back.
    Weeds, are tough. I consider myself to be one and you can count on them, like life, to find a way whether it be through a crack in the sidewalk of a city or up from between the ashes of a landscape wiped clean by violent volcanic action.
    I see you being the brave and only one out there…the one who will eventually declare “All’s clear”! – because you made it so.
    Sorry for the comparison to a weed. I mean it in a good way. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Linda, that is very kind. Its also noteworthy that what is considered a weed to some is a flower to others. I have no problem being compared to a tenacious, life-finds-a-way weed. If I am fortunate enough to be able to call, or even hear, the “All’s clear” then maybe my soul will grow back. Thank you for listening Linda. Hugs.

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