Ashland Tidings Interview by Tammy Asnicar

Ashland Tidings Interview by Tammy Asnicar

Ashland Tidings Interview by Tammy Asnicar

Published on July 25, 2021

Please click on the button below to read the full interview I gave to Tammy Asnicar  of the Ashland Tidings.

All my Best,
Karen

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If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen


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Annuity.org’s objective is to deliver the most comprehensive explanation of annuities and financial literacy topics using plain, straightforward language. We dissect annuities and structured settlements so you, the reader, can understand how these products fit into your financial plan. And for readers who wish to sell their payments, we present an impartial explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of selling payments.

We at Annuity.org want our readers to have the tools needed to make educated choices about their financial future, based on well-researched, accurate and current resources.

Take Control of Your Money

Take Control of Your Money

 

Annuity.org’s objective is to deliver the most comprehensive explanation of annuities and financial literacy topics using plain, straightforward language. We dissect annuities and structured settlements so you, the reader, can understand how these products fit into your financial plan. And for readers who wish to sell their payments, we present an impartial explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of selling payments.

We at Annuity.org want our readers to have the tools needed to make educated choices about their financial future, based on well-researched, accurate and current resources.

Take Control of Your Money

Take Control of Your Money

 

Annuity.org’s objective is to deliver the most comprehensive explanation of annuities and financial literacy topics using plain, straightforward language. We dissect annuities and structured settlements so you, the reader, can understand how these products fit into your financial plan. And for readers who wish to sell their payments, we present an impartial explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of selling payments.

We at Annuity.org want our readers to have the tools needed to make educated choices about their financial future, based on well-researched, accurate and current resources.

Take Control of Your Money

Take Control of Your Money

 

Annuity.org’s objective is to deliver the most comprehensive explanation of annuities and financial literacy topics using plain, straightforward language. We dissect annuities and structured settlements so you, the reader, can understand how these products fit into your financial plan. And for readers who wish to sell their payments, we present an impartial explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of selling payments.

We at Annuity.org want our readers to have the tools needed to make educated choices about their financial future, based on well-researched, accurate and current resources.


Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

Podcast Version of Interview Aired May 24, 2021 on KBOO FM in Portland

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,
Karen

Prison Pipeline can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prisonpipeline/    Please feel free to connect with them with any questions, comments or suggestions at kbooppc@gmail.com

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  Prison Pipeline Interview with Karen Campbell

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen

If you missed the radio broadcast on KBOO, below is the link to listen to the Podcast version.
Emma Lugo, the interviewer, is a grand humanitarian. I did my best to keep up with her. Please give it a listen!  

All my Best,

Karen


Kindle version of Falling Half Off Until May 16th

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One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!


One of our own has been freed: Lisa Roberts

One of our own has been freed: Lisa Roberts

One of Our Own has Been Freed: Lisa Roberts

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

 

With gratitude,

Karen Campbell

Please Read Lisa's Own Words on Oregon Live Magazine

Let's Celebrate!  Please Enjoy a 50% Discount
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A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!

A reason to celebrate!

One of our own has been freed, Lisa Roberts. Lisa and I served time together at Coffee Creek. Lisa was a stand-up gal in all areas of life on the inside. She revealed consistent strength of character no matter the circumstances. She will do well on the outside as she took her time seriously and applied herself first to take inventory and then to improve and grow. I am thrilled for her. This represents the possibility of a great shift in prison awareness that eventually could lead to prison reform. Thank you to Senator Kim Thatcher and godspeed Lisa!


Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime

Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.

COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.

Be safe.

Be delighted.

Be grateful.

 

With gratitude,

Karen Campbell


"Falling" is available now both as a Kindle ebook and a Paperback on Amazon.


Gratitude in Springtime
Photo by aniket bhattacharya of unsplash

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell

Gratitude in Springtime

Gratitude in Springtime
Tenderly, with Bambi steps at the clearing, we reenter the world, hoping for herd immunity. The world has learned the circumstances of confinement: isolation, impatience, and futility. And yet, through simple mindful tasks, we find purpose. We emerge grateful to the loved ones in our lives.
COVID confinement has been a glimpse for the everyday man and woman to experience separation from society and the bliss of reunion. We are on the brink of stepping forward, through the portal.
Be safe.
Be delighted.
With gratitude,
Karen Campbell


Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia PodcastsClaire Rogers of ITopia found me all the way from London, England. My book Falling was of interest for its grit, tenderness and redemption.

In our first discussion, I could tell I was in the presence of a humanitarian. I trust her with the tough questions about the prison experience of a female inmate in the United States.  If laying myself bare in the podcast provides help and change, I am on the right path. 


"Falling" is available now both as a Kindle ebook and a Paperback on Amazon.


Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

 

Claire Rogers specialises in mindset coaching. With her private clients, she coaches them to rise to their highest level of personal and professional growth by developing a positive mindset and creating healthy, purposeful lives. She does this by aiding her clients to re-discover their passions and create healthy habits and empowering beliefs.  Her podcast is called Boot Camp for the Mind and Soul

Claire Rogers found me all the way from London, England. My book Falling was of interest for its grit, tenderness and redemption. In our first discussion, I could tell I was in the presence of a humanitarian. I trust her with the tough questions about the prison experience of a female inmate in the United States.  If laying myself bare in the podcast provides help and change, I am on the right path. 

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

 

Claire Rogers specialises in mindset coaching. With her private clients, she coaches them to rise to their highest level of personal and professional growth by developing a positive mindset and creating healthy, purposeful lives. She does this by aiding her clients to re-discover their passions and create healthy habits and empowering beliefs.  Her podcast is called Boot Camp for the Mind and Soul

Claire Rogers found me all the way from London, England. My book Falling was of interest for its grit, tenderness and redemption. In our first discussion, I could tell I was in the presence of a humanitarian. I trust her with the tough questions about the prison experience of a female inmate in the United States.  If laying myself bare in the podcast provides help and change, I am on the right path. 

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

 

Claire Rogers specialises in mindset coaching. With her private clients, she coaches them to rise to their highest level of personal and professional growth by developing a positive mindset and creating healthy, purposeful lives. She does this by aiding her clients to re-discover their passions and create healthy habits and empowering beliefs.  Her podcast is called Boot Camp for the Mind and Soul

Claire Rogers found me all the way from London, England. My book Falling was of interest for its grit, tenderness and redemption. In our first discussion, I could tell I was in the presence of a humanitarian. I trust her with the tough questions about the prison experience of a female inmate in the United States.  If laying myself bare in the podcast provides help and change, I am on the right path. 

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

Karen Campbell Interviewed by Claire Rogers of ITopia Podcasts

 

Claire Rogers specialises in mindset coaching. With her private clients, she coaches them to rise to their highest level of personal and professional growth by developing a positive mindset and creating healthy, purposeful lives. She does this by aiding her clients to re-discover their passions and create healthy habits and empowering beliefs.  Her podcast is called Boot Camp for the Mind and Soul

Claire Rogers found me all the way from London, England. My book Falling was of interest for its grit, tenderness and redemption. In our first discussion, I could tell I was in the presence of a humanitarian. I trust her with the tough questions about the prison experience of a female inmate in the United States.  If laying myself bare in the podcast provides help and change, I am on the right path. 


Falling eBook Now Available on Amazon

Falling eBook and Paperback Available on Amazon

"Falling" Available Now as an eBook and Paperback on Amazon

Falling eBook Now Available on Amazon

Falling eBook Now Available on Amazon

I am thrilled at the response to the December release of the eBook version of Falling. I have heard the pleas for a physical book. I know how important paperback books were for me while I was incarcerated. I get it, with a book, I could travel over the wire, imagining the night sky or the Holiday table.

The Ebook is available on Amazon to purchase and download now. The paperback book will be available to pre order in January but will not be shipped until February.

Please click on the Buy at Amazon Button to purchase your eBook version and to leave a customer review of Falling.

For those of you who want the paperback, Falling is being printed as you read this. (The banner above show the back cover, spine and front cover of the paperback version.) If you would like to purchase the paperback as a holiday gift for you or someone on you list, here is a gift announcement that you can send now.

Click on the gift announcement, download, and send it in an email to your friends and family.

Here is an alternative: download, print and include the gift announcement in a Christmas card. The characters in Falling, Angel and Sinful are still behind bars. I have sent them a Christmas card, (with no glitter or glue). I want them to know that I kept my promise. In this tumultuous year of vulnerability, their voices have been freed and are a part of living movement toward change in 2021.

I will send updates in newsletter announcements to keep you posted of exact dates when Amazon makes the paperback version of Falling available. Projected release is February 2021.

For the ebook readers who have begun reading the book, I am so excited to hear your thoughts! Please post a review on the Amazon page.

With Gratitude,
Karen

I am thrilled at the response to the December release of the eBook version of Falling. I have heard the pleas for a physical book. I know how important paperback books were for me while I was incarcerated. I get it, with a book, I could travel over the wire, imagining the night sky or the Holiday table.

The Ebook is available on Amazon to purchase and download now. The paperback book will be available to pre order in January but will not be shipped until February.

Please click on the Buy at Amazon Button to purchase your eBook version and to leave a customer review of Falling.

For those of you who want the paperback, Falling is being printed as you read this. (The banner above show the back cover, spine and front cover of the paperback version.) If you would like to purchase the paperback as a holiday gift for you or someone on you list, here is a gift announcement that you can send now.

Click on the gift announcement, download, and send it in an email to your friends and family.

Here is an alternative: download, print and include the gift announcement in a Christmas card. The characters in Falling, Angel and Sinful are still behind bars. I have sent them a Christmas card, (with no glitter or glue). I want them to know that I kept my promise. In this tumultuous year of vulnerability, their voices have been freed and are a part of living movement toward change in 2021.

I will send updates in newsletter announcements to keep you posted of exact dates when Amazon makes the paperback version of Falling available. Projected release is February 2021.

For the ebook readers who have begun reading the book, I am so excited to hear your thoughts! Please post a review on the Amazon page.

With Gratitude,
Karen

I am thrilled at the response to the December release of the eBook version of Falling. I have heard the pleas for a physical book. I know how important paperback books were for me while I was incarcerated. I get it, with a book, I could travel over the wire, imagining the night sky or the Holiday table.

The Ebook is available on Amazon to purchase and download now. The paperback book will be available to pre order in January but will not be shipped until February.

Please click on the Buy at Amazon Button to purchase your eBook version and to leave a customer review of Falling.

For those of you who want the paperback, Falling is being printed as you read this. (The banner above show the back cover, spine and front cover of the paperback version.) If you would like to purchase the paperback as a holiday gift for you or someone on you list, here is a gift announcement that you can send now.

Click on the gift announcement, download, and send it in an email to your friends and family.

Here is an alternative: download, print and include the gift announcement in a Christmas card. The characters in Falling, Angel and Sinful are still behind bars. I have sent them a Christmas card, (with no glitter or glue). I want them to know that I kept my promise. In this tumultuous year of vulnerability, their voices have been freed and are a part of living movement toward change in 2021.

I will send updates in newsletter announcements to keep you posted of exact dates when Amazon makes the paperback version of Falling available. Projected release is February 2021.

For the ebook readers who have begun reading the book, I am so excited to hear your thoughts! Please post a review on the Amazon page.

With Gratitude,
Karen


Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

After I moved “across the street” from the dark prison block of the medium/maximum side to the single fenced Minimum facility, I received at letter from a paroled bunkmate describing a downhill bike ride. It was the first time in years she went faster than a walk. My heart fluttered in a flash of fear. Then I saw me on the bike, out of control, picking up speed. All at once, I am in a pale blue car with large windows. It is unlike any car I have been in. I am riding in the passenger seat. We are going faster, too fast. I feel my throat close, dread. There is an impact. The car is flying through the air, twisting to my side. I am about to land. I snapped out of the vision. My knees buckled and I sat abruptly on my bunk.  Back in the Saddle

Then I realized and said out loud, “I am terrified to ride in a car. Absolutely terrified. What am I gonna do?” Then it dawned on me. I held my cheeks in both hands. I hadn’t ridden with Haley. She learned to drive in Southern California. I’ll probably freak-out on the ride out of prison. I pictured myself hanging out of the car that is literally driving me to freedom and waving my arms, hollering for help. Seven years later and no memories of the accident but every time I rode in a car or prison van, my body remembered it. 

I worked in the maintenance department in the Minimum side. Each Monday morning, we gave Big Buck, our boss, the weekend update. When it was my turn, I talked about my terror of riding in a car again. 

“Sounds like you need to get back on the horse,” said Big Buck. 

I nodded, but couldn’t imagine it. 

Back in the Saddle
photo by Annie Spratt

The next day, my work partner, Kalik, and I were landscaping at the back of the compound. We were pulling hoses and creating drainage troughs, when the female Crew Boss approached. She was about my age but looked a whole lot better. She was fit and tan. She wore her silver hair short and stylish. Kalik and I stopped working and turned toward her. As she approached we could see that her blue eyes were dancing with mischief. 

“I heard that a part of your rehabilitation might be preparing to ride in a car again.

“Who told you that?” I laughed.

“A little bird.” 

“How about a ride in one of our carts?” She poked her thumb over her shoulder at a golf cart with a shovel in the back.

“Look at that, Kalik,” I nodded to the car, “wheels and speed.” I walked over to the cart and looked at the saggy driver’s seat and the well-worn pedals. I took a step back and looked at the golf cart from the side. The beast might have been tamed but my stomach said whiplash!

“I dunno. I’m scared, Ma’am.” 

She looked at The Kalik. 

“Do you want to drive?” 

“Oh sure!” said Kalik, the cowgirl. She hitched up her jeans from the yard work, turned to me and said, “Let’s ride!” 

Crew Boss smiled, tickled with herself. I looked at her wide-eyed. 

“Go on,” she gestured with a wave of her arm. “Give it a spin.” The yard was closed and the sloping hill of grass were ours. We climbed in.

I drew a breath. Not at all sure, I grabbed the sidebar and the dash, “Okay.”  

The Kalik nodded her head, all business, and we lurched away toward the wide-open prairie. My tender bones rattled with the bumps. Kalik drove like a cowgirl. I whooped and hung on. The wind was in my face, my hair plastered back. I smiled so hard, my lips stuck to my teeth. Kalik went as fast as she could, just shy of ripping up the sparse lawn. I dared to look around at the scenery. I forgot to be afraid. 

Then she stopped. “Your turn.” 

I looked back at the Crew Boss and motioned, may I? She nodded and held up her hands, as in, that was the whole idea. 

Respectfully, I tested the brakes. I wiggled the steering wheel left and right. Inhale, exhale. I looked over at The Kalik, who was red-cheeked and pleased. 

“When all this is settled,” I told her, “one day, I’ll have to drive. I will have to get myself to work and get to my family. I don’t want people to have to drive me around. I need to do this.” I stepped on the peddle. We lurched and stalled, our necks snapped back. “Sorry, nervous, I guess.” 

Kalik wrapped her hands around the back of her neck, “Let ‘er buck!”

We turtled along, feeling every bump. Then I stepped on the gas and we moved onto a trot. The peddle was only half-way down but I felt safe and in control. 

I pulled up to the sidewalk like a driver’s ed student. “Mission accomplished.” I was smiling, not shaking. We walked over to the Crew Boss, who was smiling with laugh lines around her blue, blue eyes.

I fought back tears of gratitude. I didn’t want to embarrass her. “You and Big Buck did a grand thing today, Ma’am. Thank you so much.” I stood up and patted the hood of the cart. Their gesture was more than corrections. It was a restoration. Another piece of the release from prison puzzle was in place.

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle


Symbols can help us and haunt us

Symbols can help us and haunt us

Symbols can help us and haunt us

Symbols come and go. Symbols can inspire us and haunt us. Maybe they have power over our memories because they live in the body as senses. 

I had been out of prison for about a year and a half. I was beginning to lose the shuck and jive of an over apologetic felon. The Ex-Con stamp on my head was fading. There were days I did not think about prison at all. But I was still adjusting to being treated with kindness and courtesy by strangers. In a simple human encounter with a waitress, she looked me in the eye and said, “Thank you.”

I stammered out a rusty “Your welcome.”

Symbols can help us and haunt us
Shower Sandals

There were many small things about reentry that awakened memories of prison purposely forgotten and buried. One day at Rite-Aid I saw the plastic sandals I wore in prison. In a flashback, I heard the echo slap in the tomb-like corridor and felt my callused pinched toes grip the slick plastic sandals. I felt Intake-sick all over again. The shame and dread are written on the body and the darkness forces you to relive the horror that it actually happened.

“Excuse me,” a woman’s voice resuscitates me in the shoe section of Rite Aid. She is smiling at me apologetically for her full moon, pregnant belly as she tries to pass.

“Oh! Sorry.” I leaned toward the shelves of miserable sandals. But life pulled me forward.

“Thank you,” she said smiling as she passed.

“You’re welcome!” I nearly shouted as I bubbled back to the present day.

Symbols can help us and haunt us

Symbols can help us and haunt us