Probably like you, I like nuts A nut is encased in a hard outer shell but the seed inside is softer, edible and tasty. Most of the nuts we enjoy have protein, healthy fats, important nutrients, and most importantly, energy. (We especially like to eat Brazilian nuts.)
Like nuts, the prisoners we meet with in São Paulo’s prisons often have a hard outer shell that is difficult to crack open and peek inside The opening process takes time and effort but in the end is well worth it.
One method to cracking open that hard exterior of prisoners is to encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings through writing. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that some of the foreign women we meet have been sharing their reflections with you. They are always so delighted when I visit and tell them about their posts on Tiago’s Mission Tales.
This week I will have especially good news for Fifi and Dawn who shared poems and reflections with you on this site. Their writings were recently shared on another very popular blog called Inmate Blogger (https://inmateblogger.com). Since then, the posts have received many more Likes and Comments which I will share with them when I next visit.
Inmate Blogger is “ready to become the worldwide leader in inmate blogging“ and is a “collection of blogs written by inmates. It serves as a platform which allows them to share their individual stories, opinions, talents, and their inner thoughts. You can lock up a man (or woman), but you can’t lock up their mind. We support, understand, and believe that writing can be a great source of rehabilitation, growth, and healing.“
I have enjoyed reading the powerful words from prisoners on Inmate Blogger and I encourage you to visit the website if you enjoy this type of writing, reflecting and sharing.
Like opening and removing the shell of a hard nut, the writing process for these men and women can reveal a softer and delicious seed inside. The seeds are healthy and energy-filled for all of us and I would like to thank Inmate Blogger for sharing these seeds with a wider audience.