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Let’s Party!

Christmas is a birthday party. Just the other night I found myself staring at my pathetic Christmas tree. It’s about three feet tall and unusually skinny. It does, however, have flocked branches and attached white lights for a holiday effect. My living room is small and (I know) over decorated, so I thought a modest …

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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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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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The Prison for the Innocent

One of America’s greatest pleasures, aside from watching the Carolina Panthers kick some  butt, is eating and drinking!  C’mon, you know it.  Sharing food, sipping wine or chugging beer.  Yum-yum and belch. We did the same thing while at Alderson Federal Prison Camp, but our version of the bar were beaten and scratched aluminum picnic …

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Freedom Speaker asks…”Should I limit my news intake”?

Have you ever gone on a news fast?  I picked a card from “Table Topics”, yesterday and it has me thinking.  “Limit your news intake”. I tune into the news frequently, however, I seldom feel more educated or insightful…more like “played”.  Actually I feel worse.  Worse about the presidential candidates we have to choose from to be our next Commander …

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The Last Supper at the Ritz!

Last night I was escorted to an intimate private dining room at the Ritz-Carlton.  It was nothing compared to where I choked on meals only a year ago, Alderson Federal Prison Camp.  This skilled group of 10 adults were invited to discuss the idea of “making meaning”. The setting was “executive-elegant”.  The acoustics were accordingly designed to minimize echoes which eliminated …

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From Bleachers to Beach in Prison

The prison life was tolerable when I learned to change the way I looked at things.  For example, instead of referring to the bleachers as bleachers, I referred to the bleachers as “the beach”.  It was a hot place to sit and a good place to stretch your legs and receive some sunshine. In late …

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God’s Homing Device

I became very intrigued and fascinated with the Holy Spirit, while I was incarcerated. Why? Because, I wanted to understand how I ended up in prison, what did I miss?  Where was my discernment? Friends would ask me if there were any indications, signs or feelings that something strange was going on.  When I look …

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Trump in Yoga Class?

We are a society of walking firecrackers, seemingly ready to explode any minute.  Doesn’t that sound relaxing and peaceful? Even our political officials are full of negativity and accusatory towards one another.  Can you imagine Trump in yoga class or Hillary in a humility workshop? I’m convinced our Presidential race operates out of fear, power, self- …

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I have a crush on Dr. Seuss

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” –Dr. Seuss I know that is easier said than done at times, and I suppose it doesn’t always make sense.  But in my case, I have found a sprit of joy, through my own suffering. Prison sucked, but now I have a renewed sense of appreciation …

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