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Prisoner's Soul News – November 26, 2002

Prisoner’s Soul Friends:

For each autographed book purchased between now and December 31, 2002, Laura and I will donate a “Soup” book to our special “Troubled Youth Project.”

To obtain a single autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul, for you or a loved one, send a check or money order for $20 (includes shipping and handling by Media Mail in the U.S.) payable to "Success Solutions," along with the complete shipping address, and mail to:

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PO Box 7816

Wilmington, DE 19803


Happy Holidays

by Daryl D. Foley

from Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul

In prison, holidays are the worst. Birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, even Valentine’s Day can be a “bummer.” It’s difficult and painful to be away from those we love--to be left out of the celebrations and the memory making. Many times, we feel a little forgotten or overlooked.

Birthdays in prison come and go without the comfort of cake with candles and the magic of blowing them out. Christmas mornings are without a fancy tree or presents. Thanksgivings are hard to feel thankful for with dinner served on a cold, metal cafeteria tray.

My first Thanksgiving in prison, I refused to eat. My first birthday I spent alternating between rage and feeling more sorry for myself than ever before. On Christmas, I wouldn’t even get out of bed. I stayed under the covers to hide the tears I cried all day.

So holidays in here are the worst--at least I thought they were until I realized a few things. Once I stripped away all the commercialism and hype, I saw what holidays were all about. They’re elaborate excuses we use to take a look at our lives, our successes and failures, and to spend quality-time with our loved ones.

In here or out there, we can still take stock of ourselves and make plans, dream dreams, examine our behavior to see what we like and don’t like. Even in here, we have the power to change what falls short of our ideal self-image.

Not being able to spend quality-time with those we love is a little tougher--until we realize that the people we care for are always with us--in our hearts and minds. And just as they’re with us, we are with them in spirit.

The days we can’t spend together physically, we can still take time to remember them fondly…making phone calls, sending cards or letters helps both us and our loved ones.

Other people don’t make us happy. Special places and people might help the mood, but the celebration and love comes from within. The challenge is to find it there--a state of mind, a positive attitude. It’s easy to use a holiday as an excuse to be sad or edgy. I’ve been there. Our challenge is to celebrate every day as special. Life is a precious gift, whether we’re in jail or not.

I’m planning a celebration every day this year--a celebration of life. You’re invited. Happy Holidays! RSVP.

Daryl D. Foley

Happy Holidays. Reprinted by permission Daryl D. Foley. ©1997 Daryl D. Foley from Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Tom Lagana.


Tax Deduction—

Help us sponsor “Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul” books for inmates in a prison, jail, or youth detention center in your area—and receive a tax deduction.

To ask if a facility already has a request for books waiting to be funded or details on how to make this happen, e-mail: Success@TomLagana.com


To: Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul

From: Rev. Glenda Naegele

I am an ordained Lutheran pastor in southern California and have had a ministry at the maximum security facility of the California Youth Authority (males, ages 17-25) for 19 years. I have used “Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul” very effectively with the prisoners in my Bible Classes. They relate to the messages and are especially appreciative of the ones that inspire them to forgive the people who have hurt them in the past. They frequently request a copy for their own use and reading.
After using Prayer for the Perpetrator (pg 132) in class I asked my students to write their own prayers to God. Here are two samples:

Dear God,
I'm sorry I've let you down most of my life. I'm sorry I don't follow your word, and yet you still love me. I don't even know what to tell you, I'm just sorry for even existing!—

But I know you have a special plan for me. And I hope to know what that is soon. I thank you for my gift of life, I do. Because of life, I've learned many things. I also thank you for the gift of drawing you bestow on me. Art is where my heart is and I do thank you a lot. But sorry again for being such a hardheaded guy.
Sorry, C.G.

Dear Lord,
Hey bro, what's up, as for me well you know. Lord this Christian stuff is tough stuff, sometimes I feel I'm unworthy even to call myself a Christian. You know how I struggle, and with the things I work hard to get rid of. I thank you though for being such a forgiving dude, cause if you weren't I'd be gone. I sin too much both willing and unwilling, and it seems like I'll never get rid of the stuff. A lot holds me back from totally surrendering my all to you, and I wish you could do it for me. This is something though you give me the choice on, and I choose you. So God, I ask you to not give up on me, I want so bad to just do your will. Please hear me Lord, all I want is to be part of you, not away. Thank you for always listening, and thank you for sending your son to die for us.
I love ya, Lord......J.D.


Prisoner’s with Breast Cancer

Adele Fuller, who volunteers as a creative writing facilitator at New Mexico's CCA prison for women (New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility) has a student inmate with a recent mastectomy about to begin radiation and chemotherapy. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Adele would like to know if there is any established support for women going through breast cancer in prison. Also, are there any books or writings on the topic of breast cancer in prison that she could bring to her student? She would appreciate hearing from anyone who has been involved in enlisting prison facilities to support such inmates or in bringing support from the outside and can be contacted at adelefran@hubwest.com. Thank you.

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For details on how to obtain our books at a quantity discount:

e-mail: Success@TomLagana.com
Web site: http://www.TomLagana.com

Happy Thanksgiving…

Co-Author "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul"
Co-Author "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul"
Tom Lagana ~~ Success@TomLagana.com ~~ http://www.TomLagana.com
Success Solutions ~~ PO Box 7816, Wilmington DE, 19803
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