Journal of today’s activities:
Earlier I wrote an article that described why the PBS NewsHour had an interest in our work. Events that led to that article began long ago. I’d say that I planted the first seeds longer than a quarter century ago, while I was locked inside of the Pierce County Jail. That was when I made a commitment to prepare myself in ways that would allow me to return to society as a law-abiding, taxpaying citizen. During the 9,500 days of my imprisonment, I prepared.
When I concluded my prison term, last August, my friend Justin Paperny and I were ready to begin teaching other people in prison. We wanted them to understand deliberate steps they could take to prepare for success. Justin helped considerably by opening opportunities for me to speak in front of large audiences. A couple of weeks after I concluded my sentence, Justin coordinated an event for me to keynote a speech at The California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Conference.
Following my presentation at the conference, Merrill Schwerin, a PBS producer, approached me. She indicated that the network would like to film as I taught inside of a jail. Later, Sheriff Mirkarimi from San Francisco authorized me to teach inside of the San Bruno Jail. I conveyed that information to PBS and that led to the episode that is about to be broadcast.
Earlier today Merrill contacted me to let me know that the episode should air this evening. Later, however, I learned that the episode would not air until another day, possibly this week. Now I’m told that the episode will be broadcast to a national television audience tomorrow, on Wednesday, April 2. We do not have a television in our home so Carole and I will not be able to watch, but we’ll be happy to know that the network is exposing our work to others.
- Days since my release from 26 years in federal prison: 232
- Miles run today: 12.51
- Miles run this week: 37.01
- Miles run this month: 12.51
- Miles run in 2014: 748.52
- Miles I need to run to reach my 2,400-mile running goal for 2014:
- Number of miles I’m ahead of schedule or behind schedule: 150.65
- Today’s Weight: 163