First, you need to mix a cup of
getting out of juvenile hall.
Second, you need to add and cut a piece of respect towards your mother.
Third, you need to measure how long
until you get off probation.
Fourth, spread a pound of going to see your probation
officer Then boil and chop up you going to school every day.
Fifth, roast your homework
and roll outside to your after school program
And combine and sprinkle some patience
at the after school program.
Given we are knee-deep into November, it’s Veteran’s Day, can we say, what a year, or shall we wait until we are a few days into December? First off, this editor and we hope the whole Beat team is quite proud of all of our accomplishments this past year, despite having to yet again rebirth our program. A year ago at this time, we were not too sure what was going to transpire with the program’s workshops and the publication, but we persevered and as we are writing this editorial note, find ourselves in an even better place than we were in the last few years.
This year so far, we have conducted well over 40 plus workshops striving for 50, and as you see on this publication, we are publishing issues 19.43 and 19.44 for 2014! If all goes as planned we will be publishing issues 19.49 and 19.50 the week of December 22. Given we are volunteer driven, we continue to hold monthly orientations for those interested in leading workshops inside juvenile hall. Daily, we strive to build our network of friends and supporters, open to partner and share in the good work. You all know, it’s so much easier to do this good work with others than to be in your own silo. Plus, most importantly, we must always find time to fundraise and seek support to sustain the work.
What I wrote on this paper were things I knew you wouldn’t publish in the Beat. So, I tore it up. But I want you to take a picture of it and put in in the book.
Writing is a gift. It is our voice when we just can’t talk about it. The mode of self-expression will always allow us the time to expose our pains, our hurts and the chance to really look at them. Searching in our hearts is what The Beat Within is allowing us all to do.
– Terry Lytle’s, Volume 19.41/42 page 57
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1. Agree or disagree – This week we want to know from you, if all drugs should be legalized? One way or the other, tell us where you stand, but also back it up with a story, an experience, or a reason why you feel one way or the other, if our government should legalize all drugs.
2. Bothered – This week we want you to tell us what is troubling you. It’s bad enough to hold onto the things that bug us, so today we want you to lay it all out on paper, in a respectful way, as to what is troubling you. Can you fix it? Address it? Is it a person or news worthy item? Something you heard from your family? What? Regardless if it’s unfixable or not, tell us what is bothering you today.
3. The photograph – Maybe it’s on display in your room, or tucked away in a scrapbook, or in your wallet. Maybe you no longer possess it, but it something you will forever see in your mind. Tell us about your most important picture. Is it a picture of you? Family? A loved one? Describe the picture and everything that makes it very special to you and something you will carry with you forever.
If you are an old reader or a newbie, we welcome you readers of The Beat Within. As is every issue and the many-many pieces that we type, edit and respond to, it is certainly a pleasure to produce and print this amazing priceless double issue, 19.41/42, of writing and art that you are holding in your hands.
Yes, each issue of The Beat Within is costly and we do the best we can to make sure as many people can receive a copy, but it is never enough. The work is relentless to get this publication funded. We certainly wish we had an angel who would support our efforts, but that is not the case, so we work tirelessly in sharing the good work we all do, including you writers and artists who so courageously share your stories each week.
We want to commend and praise our Beat facilitators who take precious valuable time out of their lives to join us for Beat workshops each week. Many facilitators come to us simply with heart and a desire to help make a difference and not much experience to lead workshops, but over time if they hang with us long enough, their courage and confidence as a facilitator grows from the weekly experience of going inside the units each week, in our efforts to create a safe place to write, talk and create. We’re sure if you asked each facilitator what the secret is to being a successful facilitator/mentor, most of us would have different answers. We think the one common answer to being a good facilitator is to be a respectful listener, ask good questions and to treat our young writers and artists like the way we all want to be treated, like human beings.
Well, summer break was about to end and hecka new kids moved to the neighborhood (a lot of dudes) and I found out that the middle school I was going to was going to be turned into 9th grade academy and it was going to be lots new kids.
Our relationship went down hill from there because when I went to the orientation at the 9th grade academy I seen so many fine dudes that were there and they was all my age. What!
So I called Mat later that night and told him I don’t think we can be together anymore. He asked me why. I told him because with school starting back and all these fine dudes around I might cheat on him if we stayed together. He was pissed but later he respected my honesty.
‘Till this day he still don’t know the full truth: that I broke up with him because I already had somebody else on my mind. I lost his number and we stopped talking for awhile. After a while I became miserable because I had no one to talk to about things. Mat actually understood how I felt and actually gave me advice. I had quite a few dudes on me, but I came to find none of them filled the hole Mat left.
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