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From Writing to Freedom

writing to freedom

This week Awesome Stories brings you humane prison reform.

Compassionate Prisons

APAC, prison reform, Awesome Stories A staircase from the APAC prison to the gardens where inmates are responsible for growing their own food. Photo by Michelle Ferng.

Brazil has the third largest prison population in the world, behind only the US and China, with a long history of violence, and a shocking 70% recidivism rate. Valdeci Ferreira was inspired to help during a prison visit in the 1980s. He was shocked at how bad the circumstances were in a system breaking down with overload, violence, greed, bankruptcy, and more. Valdeci decided to make it his mission to help transform the prison system by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the inmates.

While researching what he could do, Valdeci came across APAC, the Association for the Protection and Assistance to the Convicted. APAC created a form of incarceration that focuses on rehabilitation, humanizing the punishment, and preparing…

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Shake Me Loose…but let me sleep

from The Mind of RD REVILO

THE MIND OF RD REVILO, The Blog (& Podcasts) 4 BLACK Men

  • Funny, Some People Think
  • War will be different for them
  • They see the deadly destruction
  • But theirs won’t make them a victim
  • They’ll start the fight on Friday
  • Night
  • Then fight
  • Until Sunday
  • Back to work on Monday
  • And if they get injured or hurt
  • The enemy will nurture
  • Them back to work
  • So they can fight some more
  • And even up the score
  • No loss of electricity
  • Water will flow
  • No pain toward victory
  • No disappearance of people they know
  • It’ll be like a picnic
  • Only ants are pests
  • We’ll be in and out quick
  • Unlike the rest
  • Once they knowwe are serious
  • Fear will make the enemy delirious
  • And sue for peace
  • Just beating our chests will scare the beast
  • Our thunderous protests
  • Will make them confess
  • We’ll sing, we’ll cheer
  • The brave will bring up the rear
  • We’ll snarl, our fists we’ll ball
  • We’ll persist, insist…

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Flickr Wednesday: ♣Cleide@.♣

This Flickr Wednesday it’s my pleasure to present ♣Cleide@.♣ .

I’ve admired her work for many years and I am honored that she has agreed to let me showcase her art on my blog.

In her profile she says:

Brasileira, nascida em São Paulo, casada, dois filhos e duas netinhas.

UA Brazilian born in São Paulo, married, a son, a daughter and two granddaughters.

Here are some of my favorite works from her Flickr stream.

Céu No Amanhecer – The Sky Dawn –

céu  no amanhecer -  the sky dawn -

End of The Path

end of the path

Blue Sea
Sparkles on the blue sea
Brasil 2015

blue sea

Spring colors To my dear friend Xandra.
Happy Birthday!

Spring colors

The Trombone – A Brass Instrument

the trombone - a brass instrument

Birds – Made in Wood

birds - made in wood.



Electrifying Dusk

electrifying dusk