Surviving The System is a podcast created to shed light on the hypocrisy and injustice of “the system” in our nation today. I founded this podcast after first hand experience of how the system works - the shady tactics by law enforcement, the blatant disregard for the law by the legal system, the ever increasing attempts to crush the human spirit by the prison industrial complex and so called “re-entry” efforts. All of it appearing to be designed to keep people beat down, with no opportunity to learn and grow from their past mistakes.
Since my experience with the system, I’ve learned that things are almost never cut and dry, right or wrong. So called “criminals” are some of the most compassionate, talented and intelligent individuals this world has to offer. On the flip side, there are some people who appear to lead the perfect life are all too often miserable human beings who are simply better at hiding their crimes from the rest of the world.
My goal by starting Surviving The System is to reach as many people as possible who have been through the system, or are currently going through the system, and remind them that they are not defined by their worst mistake!
You are a being of incredible power who has been conditioned by the system to forget. You can have the life you want, you can be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Throw off the shackles and remember who you are!
Ep.68 The End of Innocence
This last week, my oldest daughter was in the hospital under supervision because she was having thoughts of killing herself.
If you've been listening to me recently, you know it's been a challenging time in my household. I've been using these challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, and to share that with you in hopes that you can apply something to your life. Then, comes this haymaker.
This is my attempt at making sense of what's going on, to find the wisdom in the midst of utter chaos. And an introduction to another part of "the system" that I've never encountered before.
I know I'm not alone in this experience, and I share this in hopes that someone who needs to know they aren't alone hears it. I'm just like you, I face the same challenges you do, and I struggle to find the meaning in them. I hope you find value in this episode!
Ep.67 Turn It Inside Out
Sometimes, life is just hard. No sugar coating it, no way to spin it, it's just plan difficult. Problems at work, problems at home, problems with kids, and on and on. What if these harder times had a message in there somewhere for you? What if it's only hard because we're making it hard? What if life's challenges are really just feedback helping to guide is towards our purpose?
Ep.66 The Deep Share Podcast
Meet Andrew from "The Deep Share Podcast!" Andrew is a truth seeker and has started asking the questions we all are. His podcast is his attempt to start the conversations that will lead to the answers. He found my podcast, and reached out to see if I'd be interested in having a conversation. And of course I would! I highly recommend checking it out, and then go on over and give "The Deep Share Podcast" a like and subscribe. Enjoy!
Ep.65 Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." There's a lot to unpack in that line, and in that entire poem by Dylan Thomas. This last week, it spoke to me. Saying it's been a challenging week would be an understatement. Covid outbreaks, stomach flu outbreaks, teenagers...I could go on! Even with those challenges in the way, I felt that burning need to keep going, to keep moving forward. To me, these are the times that remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing. If I can't overcome obstacles in my way and continue living out my purpose, then how will I ever be able to show anyone else how to do it? When these times come up, when life starts to throw curveballs at me and give me a hard time, I get excited. It means I'm on the right path!
Ep.64 The Rabbit Hole w/Micah Dank
The first-ever videocast to go with the podcast! And it's the perfect guest to do it with. Micah Dank is the author of the "Into The Rabbit Hole" book series, and in this episode, he walks me through his slideshow presentation on Astrology in the Bible. I've heard Micah on other shows, but I've never had the opportunity to hear him walk through this information, and honestly I loved it! It's also the information he bases his book series on, and it translates well into fiction. I'm reading the first book Beneath The Veil and I can tell you it reads like a movie. Just my humble opinion. To get a copy of the books, reach out to Micah directly!
Ep.63 The Five People You'll Meet In Prison W/Brandon Stickney
Brandon M. Stickney is a biographer, documentarian, and journalist. A native of Lockport, NY, with a B.A. from the State University of NY at Buffalo, he has appeared in Time, the Associated Press, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, on AandE, the History Channel, NPR, and every major news network. He is the author of All-American Monster: The Unauthorized Biography of Timothy McVeigh (Prometheus Books, 1996)--in print twenty-two years--and The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters: A Biography of America's First Celebrity Models (Niagara History Center, 2012). His first book was made into documentaries for AandE, Court TV, FilmRise, and truTV. His second book is a Travel Channel documentary for "Mysteries at the Museum."He is also the author of The House the Beatles Built: A Memoir of My Time Working for Geoffrey Giuliano. Stickney's experience as a biographer, perspective on American incarceration, and his role in the underground world of opiate addiction makes him uniquely qualified for this memoir of prison friendship, recovery, and societal reform.
Dancin’ Dave does not sugarcoat anything. Very honest and very inspirational! Keep on keepin’ on!