Archive for January, 2012

My friend Isadora recently wrote a brilliant article about the purchasing power of women. Isadora is a thoughtful and compelling writer. I love her for many reasons. One is because she faithfully drives over 100 miles round trip to teach writing at the women’s prison for our organization, Gina’s Team. Over the last two and a half years, she has touched the lives of  many of the women inside with her talent and cheerful optimism. Her most recent blog will touch the lives of many women who are tired of being overlooked by corporations and Madison Avenue as the decision-makers and consumers of the day. Check out her statistics.  Please read her eloquent words and pass it on.  You won’t be sorry.


Laurinda, Renee, Peaches, Liz, Sue Ellen & Isadora

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Are you grateful? Really, truly grateful for all the little blessings of LIFE? Maybe you think you are, but I assure you, you will never really appreciate the precious daily freedoms taken for granted in everyday life unless you lose them. Before I went to prison, I thought I was grateful; truthfully I had no idea. I took the freedoms, the choices, the comforts, the blessings, the miracles for granted.

While in prison,  I made a list of all the things I dreamed of doing upon my release. I even coined an acronym, W.I.G.O., When I Get Out. It’s 2012. Time, I think, to share my list and ask what you would put on your own list. It is not in any particular order. I just kept writing stuff down.  Notice it’s not glamorous or expensive. Very few of them cost money.  My list has grown now. When I wrote it, I was thinking about comfort; prison was uncomfortable, to say the least.  Now I’m thinking about people. So maybe instead of  a W.I.G.O list, it should just be a Gratitude List. There are so many people I appreciate.

 The good news is, I’ve done everything on the list. I am VERY GRATEFUL.

Try to imagine losing all your freedoms, ALL of them. Now make a list of what  and who you particularly treasure.  Won’t you share it with us? There are 41 items on this list. I’ll bet we could make it 100.

Let’s try. Add one or 100. I would appreciate it so much. See, reasons to be grateful. Thank you!


  1. Go to church and feel the power in the silence *
  2. Walk a dog *
  3. Pet a cat *
  4. Listen to the birds sing *
  5. Sit on a sofa surrounded by pillows*
  6. Drink a glass of fresh juice*
  7. Eat all the fruits and veggies I want*
  8. Use real TP without worrying it will run out*
  9. Wear a skirt*
  10. Soak in colors other than orange and gray*
  11. Wear perfume*
  12. Swim in a pool completely immersed in water *
  13. Use a telephone without restrictions*
  14. Listen to music without headphones*
  15. Take a bubble bath *
  16. Shower in private*
  17. Go barefoot*
  18. Sleep on a real mattress*
  19. Have ice whenever I want it*
  20. Drink from a real glass*
  21. Have a conversation that doesn’t involve prison***
  22. Have a glass of ice tea from a real glass*
  23. Make a great big salad*
  24. Go to a florist shop and inhale the scent*
  25. Cook, cook, and cook some more*
  26. Take long walks in the park*
  27. Go to the Art Museum *
  28. Have a cup of hot tea from a china cup *
  29. Sit under a tree*
  30. Dance, dance, dance*
  31. Sing and sing some more*
  32. Go to the library *
  33. Wear contact lenses *
  34. Wear earrings*
  35. Dress up in something feminine*
  36. Feel pretty*
  37. Drink real milk, not the powered kind*
  38. Eat yogurt*
  39. Surf the Internet*
  40. See a movie*
  41. Wear pretty colored lingerie *

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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