Update Imagine

Let me first say that I hope you each and all had a nice, ThanksGiving. I certainly did; we get the best food of the year on this day … A small thing ? maybe – but being thankful for what you have is the meaning of this holiday, is it not!

Other things are happening in my life as well. First and foremost is that my lady friend, Lynn from England, had a rough year end; spent most of it in the hospital, still not recovered. So how about you outlaws take few seconds to send her some good thoughts and prayers … she has faithfully put my work out to you knuckleheads for 9 years and never once asked a penny for her own work doing it. Let us not forget this kindness.

As a result of this have I had to make some adjustments – here they are: First, my son Chris has taken over managing my FB account; Lynn is still handling my Blog but this of course is contingent on her health and desire to continue doing so. Her well-being is paramount here.

Next, Conny in Switzerland, has decided that I need a HOMEPAGE, she has secured the address … markcrawford079.com for this upcoming site. I am told that it will consolodate all of my writings and books in one place, a lot of this stuff you have not seen … if I know Conny it will be spectacular, so y’all check it out … I think you will be amazed at all of the writing I’ve done over the years … NO, I didn’t say it was good writing, just a measure of my willingness to he productive – in fact, I will go out on a limb here and say that some of you are absolutely NOT going to like what I’ve written … Why? I am a complex thinker … or is the “stinker” 🙂 and I have some arcane ideas about life, liberty and God. Anyway, my mind and my heart, such as it is, will be revealed in it’s complete span of emotions and experiences on this Homepage; Conny thinks I’m crazy, totally crazy, so I consider the writings on this Homepage an epigram to this proud insanity. Undeniable proof that the person you remember did not survive prison.


As I stand here and stare out my window at the beauty beyond the razor wire, I cannot help but “Imagine” what the world would be like if there were no anger, hatred, war, famine, violence, hunger and … prisons. Can you imagine what that would be like? But, how do we get this level of harmony into the hearts and minds of people? “You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”. To change the world, I would say that we’d need to eliminate the things that, divide us, things like politics, money and religion … they are not things “to kill or die for”.

When I was young a beautiful song came out called “Imagine”. When I first heard it I was stunned, being that I was a spiritual infant I was actually appalled at the words to this song, so I shut my mind to the message. Why you ask? Well, at that time in my life I equated the word “religion” with God. In my ignorance I thought them one in the same. So when I heard him sing,

“Imagine there’s no country it isn’t hard to do,
nothing to live or die for, and no religion too”

I, in my beliefs, beliefs I’d been indoctrinated in as a child, thought the singer to be anti-God and anti-American. So, in my ignorance I tuned him out. But as I matured into adulthood and had my entire belief system torn apart by the American Justice System I came to see the world in a different way. Subsequently I came to see John’s words for the truth in them. Let me share them with you


Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try
No hell below us, above us only sky

Imagine all the people, livin’ for today

Imagine there’s no country, it isn’t hard to do
nothing to kill or die for and no religion too

Imagine all the people livin’ life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can

no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one

FYI: John Lennon was shot and killed on this day, 40 years ago today, December 5th, 1980.

Peace be with you John – I finally got it.

Three Rivers, 12-5-20