Life In Prison

Just some ideas, thoughts and various ramblings for your enjoyment.

My Life in 6 Words

Last week a woman in our support group brought an exercise to our meeting called: "Writing a memoir in 6 words." We decided that it would be fun to define ourselves, then re-read what we wrote in 6 months to see how we've grown. These…

Letter to Myself

We recently started a self forgiveness support group at the prison, and decided to write a letter to ourselves and share it with the group this week. The women in the group thought I should share the letter on my blog, so here it is:)…

Beauty for Ashes

I talked to my lawyer yesterday, and got some really disappointing news.  On the 23rd of December (which is Chad's birthday) judge Shelby ruled not to grant me a hearing, and ruled against the petition to have my plea vacated.  My lawyer was kind enough…

Christmas in Federal Prison

I woke up early the morning of Christmas eve to a thick sleepy fog, and a blanket of white snow on the ground. I went outside where it was silent, and peaceful; and when I looked at the fence around the the compound I thought,…

Christmas Miracle

Winter has arrived in Waseca, Minnesota. Would you believe that the temperatures gets down to 30 below zero and that the yard is closed?  The noise, and chaos inside a prison is often times overwhelming. Going outside has been a vital part of my mental…

Comfort in Federal Prison

I have come to know more women at Waseca as a photographer than I probably would have any other way.  It's not unusual for women to stop me on the compound and thank me for taking their pictures.  On Friday a woman stopped me, grabbed…

One More Day..

I ran into a woman on the compound a few days ago who was transferred from Dublin. She said, "I know who you are, you're that blogger lady from Dublin!" I said, "No, I'm the photographer lady from Waseca!" She said, "Weren't you transferred from…

Freedom Lies on the Other Side

I used to think that all the good people lived in Utah.  I traveled as a photographer and always enjoyed meeting new people, but I was always glad to get back to Utah.  Coming to prison has taught me that Utah hasn't cornered the market…

Birthday in Federal Prison

My 45th birthday birthday found me last week  in federal prison.  My sweet room mate Sonia surprised me and made tuna fish sushi rolls and a cake made with nutella. The women in prison have incredible ingenuity.  It's amazing that they accomplish so much with…
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