Thank You

I’m thankful, as always, for my faithful kingdomites who have stuck with me over the years, laughed at my silliness, played my blogosphere games, bought my books, and engaged in real back and forth commentary. From those who joined up in the very beginning of The Matticus Kingdom to my most recent follows, Thank You.  You are all amazing and, as our favorite dinosaur is fond of say and she isn’t incorrect, you are all loved.

Thank you

The Kingdom turned four on August 1st.


It’s been an interesting journey, that’s for sure.

I never thought I would be a blogger, until I was.

Looking back, I hardly recognize the beginning.

So much has changed, me included.

Thank you for your role in making the Kingdom a success.

Thank you for the comments and encouragement and love.

It is the Kingdom’s turn for celebration, but we here would rather celebrate you.

Without you, the words here would mean less.

Without you, the kingdom would have fallen long ago.


This little kingdom wouldn’t shine, nearly as bright or true,
If not for all the time you spend here and if not for all you do.
So, I’ll keep on trying to write truths and beauty for you,
Because, silly rhymes aside, my words are the best thank yous.

Rara Issued Missions

Gather round, gather round, and ready your writing pens and paper. We’ve been tasked with sending letters of gratitude to the inmates and staff who have been watching out for Rara since she found out her husband passed. So, pick one, two, three, or all of them and send some thank you notes.


The inmates.
Here are their specific addresses and why, in her own words, Rara is grateful for them:

Stephanie Applin WE9817
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

Steph has been the leader of Ra-care. She keeps me laughing all day long. We work together and she is always dancing and giving hugs. She says “I got hugs for days” and makes hysterical faces. I would not be eating if it wasn’t for her.

Veronica Padilla WE8335
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

Vero has 3 more years to do and she is married to a David Martinez, too. Despite her life angst, she’s been a rock to me. She believes in auras and all my crazy stuff so I have a spiritually kindred soul on hand at all times. At my lowest point she refused to leave my room until my energy changed. She saved me from me.

Michelle Burke WE9447
CIW BA 1018 UP
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

Michelle has a stretch of time to do and has already been down for many years buts but is always kind. She walked all the way across the yard because she heard me laugh “wrong,” and then sat and sobbed with me when I told her what happened. She took away the bulk of the fault I was feeling.

Falisha Garlow WF0398
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

Falisha – my Fifi – is a County friend, so she’s been feet away from me all year it seems. I went to work just to tell her, because she has power prayers and I felt protected. She is God-graced and I can’t look at her without feeling… loved.

Susan Bustamante W27953
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

Susan is an LWOP – a lifer without possibility of parole and has been down 27 years. At work, she is my safe haven. Where I go when being a part of reality is too much. She is at peace always, and I help myself to her serenity all the time.


The Firehouse.
Again, here is the address and the information on her bosses. All three can go to the same address in the same envelope:

C/O Firehouse 531
Attention: Chief Joel Johnson
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

My bosses have been amazing.

The Chief was already one of my favorite parts of the job (second only to the engine.) He told me to ask for anything I need and meant it – the man is so sincere and dignified in all things that I wish I could carry him around in my pocket.

Captain Clough sat down and talked with me – about the good times. He is gentle and patient and positive. I feel healed just being around him.

Captain Dakin is older, and funny – and has encouraged me to make use of the grief services here. He tells the girls to take care of me and just – well – cares.


The staff.
For these thankyous, unfortunately, they all have to get routed through the Warden. So, here is her address and the verbiage that Radha came up with to make sure everyone on her list of awesome gets recognized for taking care of her:

Attention: Kimberley Hughes, Warden
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880

“Our gratitude goes out to your institution and staff for their care of our Ra (Radhika Jaini WF0124) in her time of loss. Specifically, we’d like to thank:

Ms. Landeros (CC1): she ran all over the prison making Radha’s attendance at the funeral possible.
C/O Blige: she told Radha Dave passed in an unbelievably kind way.
Sgt. Hinostrosa: wrote Radha passes to mental health and called out so she could figure out what happened to her husband.
Chief Joel Johnson and the Firehouse Captains: have all been incredible.
C/O Franco: babysat Radha, basically and dealt with the moodiest of her moods for the first week.
C/O Mangandhi: checked on Radha hourly, until he was comfy with her stage of grief.
The Compassionate Companies Program: brought Radha a sympathy card and provided her a list of rooms she could visit should she need support.
C/O Uribe, C/O Darrow, C/O Miranda, C/O Curry, C/O Roberts, C/O Ham, Sgt. Stricklen, C/O Ayala, and Mr. Rodriguez (Education Room 6): have all gone the distance, have gone way beyond expectation or need.”

A Thank You To All

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to everyone who played along with our silliness. Thank you for everyone who read, and commented, and even wrote their own additions to the storyline. And thank you to Revis, who wrote all the funny parts, all the action scenes, and all the plot twists. The story itself was even his idea! Honestly… I’m not sure what I contributed at all. Anyway, if you enjoyed the Save the Kingdom series make sure you show some love to all the guests who made it that much more special!

33 Grams of Blog

As you know, Matticus and I just finished up a story in which we saved his Kingdom from sparkly vampires. Along the way, we ran into many of our fellow bloggers. These are all amazing people. Not only did they make the writing process fun, they were also very good sports about the whole thing.

There are a few of our fellow bloggers who we would like to give extra special thanks to:

First and foremost, we’d like to thank Goldfish for agreeing to be our villain. Every good story needs a good villain, and you were the best, my fishy friend.

We’d also like to give thanks to Faithhopechocolate, who took the time to write her own story about the happenings in the Kingdom. Your adventure is a welcome addition to the Kingdom’s legends.

Last in this category, but certainly not least, is another blogger who was awesome…

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