Days since my release from 26 years in prison: 73
Time I woke: 4:00 am
Journal of activities:
This morning Carole and I worked side by side. We knew that she would not be able to join my class this evening because her mother, Linda, was flying in to visit us from Seattle. Carole and I went on a short run in the morning. Then I left for school as I had a lot to prepare. I needed to continue reading mid-term exams that our students submitted and update the grading profile. At 3:30, Kenyatta Leal arrived. Kenyatta has an amazing story of redemption and I was grateful that he agreed to visit my class as a guest lecturer. I met Kenyatta through my friend Chris Redlitz, who is the founder of The Last Mile, a learning program at San Quentin that is becoming quite famous. During our first meeting together, Chis told me about Kenyatta. Kenyatta was serving a life sentence under the three-strikes laws, but legislative changes and probono legal representation resulted in Kenyatta being released last Summer. He has been free for 100 days. Our class received the treat of listening to his story, and he was a gifted presenter. I look forward to doing more work with Kenyatta in the months and years ahead.
- Time: 7:30
- Lenght of time: 8:30
- Miles run today: 5
- Weather: Cool, damp in morning, but sunny
- Consecutive days: 4
- Cumulative miles since day off: 32
- Pushups today: 0
- Cumulative pushups for month: 0
- Annual marathon tally: 6
Every day brings joy to my life, but it comes with a sense of urgency and responsibility. I have so much work ahead of me and I need to be thankful for the opportunities.
I met with my students at San Francisco State University and I also met with Kenyatta Leal, who visited our class as a guest speaker.
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