FROM THE INSIDE is our column written by Ryan M. Moser.
Every month we follow Ryan’s journey on his search for moments of hope, peace and meaning behind bars.
FROM THE INSIDE has been organized in collaboration with the non-profit EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE. Exchange for Change teaches writing in prisons and our new column will feature writing from incarcerated students.
Ryan M. Moser is a Philadelphia native serving a 10-year sentence in the Florida Department of Corrections for a nonviolent property crime. A recovering addict, he has been published in The Evening Street Press, The Storyteller, and The Mindfulness Bell. Ryan is a proud father of two boys and enjoys playing music, practicing yoga, and watching his beloved Philadelphia Flyers on TV.
Ryan M. Moser on the true loss of losing a loved one while behind bars
Ryan M. Moser on personal possessions on the inside and missing and accepting all that has been lost
Ryan M. Moser on the countdown along the lifetime of addiction towards prison
Ryan M. Moser on remembering the past, contemplating the future and the changing nature of time in prison
Ryan M. Moser on the scars of solitary confinement and why it needs to eliminated from the US prison system
Ryan M. Moser on the pleasure and pain of imagining a world and life outside prison
Ryan Moser on battling depression and inner demons and the stigma of mental health in prison
Ryan Moser on the people in the prison system and finding humanity behind bars
Ryan Moser on finding moments of peace and calm in the sometimes savage world of prison
Ryan Moser on how the meaning and value of time has changed in prison
Ryan Moser on the hard lessons that he has learned in prison
Ryan Moser on the sanctuary that is a prison library and the powerful lessons to be found within the pages of books
Ryan Moser on losing body and soul as an addict and a simple yet terrible transaction that changed his life
Ryan Moser on memories from a life playing baseball and on finding solace in the beauty of the game
Ryan Moser on what he has to do and who he has to become to survive life on the inside