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Shopping is New To Me

Yesterday I went to Brooks Brothers for an outfit to wear for a television appearance. I didn't shop in prison, and I wrote about how overwhelming shopping can be. My friend paid for the outfit in advance (thank you!), so I was comfortable knowing I had the right to be there. But I must admit, I was still intimidated. There was so much atmosphere there. It was like a sense of class and tradition that I did not belong to. I meekly entered the store and stood patiently until a sales representative approached me. I stood there in my Levi jeans and Fashion Bug top and felt totally out of place.

The Sun, Step Class & Every Precious Second

This morning I woke to a cup of fresh coffee and enjoyed it outside on the patio watching the sun ease into her place. I admired her grace and how she rises with ease each morning and gently fades from our sight with charm each evening. She is so powerful and so strong that she could shine brilliantly every hour of every moment, but instead she chooses to gently come and go.

Are You Really Free?

I suppose this is a loaded question and that people who have not been physically incarcerated would automatically answer yes. However, prison does not just have to be stone walls, nor iron bars. Many people are in a psychological prison which is 10 times worse than physical incarceration. Believe me, I’ve known both.

My Second First Time

How many people can claim to receive a second first time? It is a contradiction, a second first time.

I can claim this distinction, everything is like the first time for me again. It has been 18 years since I experienced normal, mundane tasks that others take for granted, like shopping.

The first time I walked into a store, I was completely overwhelmed. I had been submitting a list of stuff I needed to prison staffers for the last 18 years. They would shove my shoes, shirts or whatever I had ordered to me through a window.

Healing Sisters Says Hello

My name is Kristen, and I won't usually be writing in this area. This is Stacey's area. But at times, I'll be a guest blogger.

I just want to say Welcome to the World, HealingSisters.org. You are officially born. Just like a real baby, this website will require late nights, lots of coddling and every ounce of our attention.

All we need is practice. We'll learn how to make this website an amazing resource for all sexual abuse survivors and for people, like me, who want to offer our unconditional support and passion for this cause.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.

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