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Federal Prison to Public Speaking

Most people fear public speaking; I do too. Why? Standing on a stage in front of 130 women in federal prison will challenge anyone. Public speaking in public is one thing, but in federal prison while serving time? My heart would race and thump, and all I could think of was how silly I must …

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Holly Pasut Speaks at 2017 Toastmasters Event in Charlotte

The night before I spoke at a Toastmasters event, I came down with a stomach virus. Spending most of the night and following day in a room I’d rather not mention.  With three hours of sleep, one can of chicken noodle soup and one piece of gluten free toast, I arrived to share my story …

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Who is Holly Pasut, Freedom Speaker?

Holly Pasut, known as Freedom Speaker started as a blog. I began blogging about freedom and the loss of it. “Being in a controlled environment helped me to discover something nobody could control, my own thoughts.” This new thinking led me to finding freedom in the least desirable place and eventually contentment. My heart was …

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The Meaning of Christmas in Federal Prison

Christmas is a special day, although different while in a Federal Prison. Many of us celebrate Christmas as a time of year to acknowledge the birth of Christ. We also are joined with our families and friends, decorated trees, sparkling lights and beautifully wrapped gifts to exchange on Christmas morning. Roasted turkey for dinner, cozy …

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Are Lesbian Relationships common in Prison?

Consensual, same-sex prisoner relationships are common among both male and female inmates. It’s not a reflection of their sexuality, but more out of pragmatism and as a counterbalance to loneliness. The expression is “gay for the stay”. Don’t confuse, “gay” for “gay for the stay”. I met some women who are lesbians on the streets …

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What does a Felon wear on a Match.com date?

What does a convicted felon wear on a match.com date? This is exhausting, why do I put myself in these situations.  At this point, I’d rather pour a glass of wine or the bottle and wear a bathrobe. I don’t like what I am wearing, everything is black.  Black pants, black shirt, black shoes…. Shezzzz.  …

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Who do you Trust in Prison?

Who did I trust in prison? Trusting people was never an issue for me.  I trusted most everyone and quite easily.  I was described as, too trusting.   I also learned, I trusted bad people, not knowing they were bad at the time.   Prison cured me of trusting everyone. Prison, was scary at first and I wanted a …

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