First of all – and this is not in the newsletter, I want to say thank you to all the people who have supported my efforts these past few years. I don’t do this for the money – because there is none. I do this because it is the right thing to do. It’s for my family and Jamie is my family, with a child/ grandchild in between us.
Thank you to those who have stuck with me through the learning curve of learning (still learning) how to put this publication together. All of this is for Jamie – to write his book and have a mailing list to shout “It’s been published!! when I’m satisfied it is the best I can do. Self publish it the right way, and learn the things I don’t know, so he will have a chance to do something positive with his life, too, when he gets out someday. He’s heading into the summer months when the heat in Texas prisons kills and makes epileptic seizures worse. I have met some wonderful people through this blog and connected social media. Thank you to all. Sonni
It’s hard to stay positive sometimes with all the garbage that is happening to make it harder on people of color and immigrants, but I will. This issue will bring out some of the positive things inmates are doing to express their talents and people who have allowed their talents to flourish. There are also people on the outside who try to make their lives better. There are also inmates and ex-felons who have blogs and they use them to tell their story and give space to others to tell their stories – so there are lots of good things to read today. Any support you can give would be a good cause to make. Do you know an artist in the pen?
First on my list is a magazine that gives artists inside a locked facility a place to show their artwork. It branched out to offering prints on a throw for your bed or couch, artwork on a pillow and clothing. You will have to go to their website for costs and shipping – and be sure to subscribe to their mailing list.
There is so much more. Artists and the music video of Idalee’s “Heal” and more. In fact there is so much more there was not enough room so the rest will be in next month’s newsletter Click on this link to take you to the newsletter. Subscribe and share. Too many people only hear the negative the media wants to portray about inmates without telling you about all the others.
This is a lifestyle and informational blog for those writers who feel they are caught between being in the midst of struggle, making some progress and feeling stuck in the meantime. This blog will be interrupted with interviews from authors and self help experts that have already been there and impart their own advice and info. Think of it as deciding to live a bare minimum lifestyle to reach your maximum creative potential. Let's take this journey together.