Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Several weeks ago the following hand-written letter was handed to me by a friend. It had been handed to her by another friend who received it from the letter-writer- who is incarcerated.

I don't know why this woman is in jail. Assault, drugs, prostitution? Who knows. But the fact that she felt compelled to SAY something and pass it on says allot about who she really is. This was intended to be personally handed from woman to woman- as oppposed to being sent to 5,000 of your closest email friends.

I have chosen to not only personally pass it on, but to pass it on here.

We can all read the message and know that it applies to all of us STRONG women.

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The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.
Ruby Dee


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goatman said...

Wonder where HCDC is . . . doesn't matter. We have a FRDC nearby.
Its a sin that there are over 2 million of our fellow souls incarcerated in this country, the balance of them black! More than any industrialized country. Years of "tough on crime" produce 20 year sentences for crack and 5 years for cocaine (racial difference?).
Although I am not a strong woman, strength should know no boundaries. Though I suspect that there are many more strong women than strong men since they are for the most part raising the kids.
You are a special person to care.

Barbara said...

I'm fairly sure the author is a good woman. I wonder what happened in her life? Do you think you could find out more about this person so that people could write to her?

This is the sort of thing that shakes me up as I lead my complacent easy life.

GEWELS said...

Hi Crescenet- thanks for visiting! I look forward to checking your blog out.
Goatman- there you are! Happy New Year. HCDC is the Howard County detention center- located near Baltimore, Md. There is so much injustice in the world due to racial biases. Is there a solution?
Barbara- I emailed my friend to see about getting more info on her. I'll keep you posted.

Mother of Invention said...

She sounds like she has the intelligence and inner strength to serve her well in her situation...still, I wonder what that is. Keep us posted.

steve said...

'this post is likeable"
Wow what an intro!

This couples well with kissyfaces latest post...

Akelamalu said...

Well she knows what a good woman is that's for sure, what did she do to be incarcerated I wonder?