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Serving Productive Time: Stories, Poems, and Tips to Inspire Positive Change from Inmates, Prison Staff, and Volunteersby Tom Lagana
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Are you or have you ever been incarcerated? Do you have a loved one in jail or prison? Do you work or volunteer at a correctional facility? Have you ever been the victim of a crime? Do you understand that we all share the responsibility of helping others--no matter who they are, where they live, or what they have done? If so, you understand that incarceration affects everyone and that only through positive change can people begin to heal and grow.
In Serving Productive Time, you'll read about extraordinary people who are taking tangible steps to make positive changes in their own lives and who are reaching out to help others do the same. Some stories will help you gain a new perspective on those who are incarcerated. Some will help you understand the need to prepare inmates for release and to support them afterward. Others will help you appreciate your freedom and remind you that we all make mistakes. And still others will reaffirm the fact that, although many of us might be imprisoned in some way (either by a limiting belief, illness, or other situation), we all need a helping hand at some point in our lives to lift us up and show us the path to a new life.
Serving Productive Time will leave you with a renewed appreciation of the need for all of us to use our time wisely to make ongoing, positive changes in our lives and to bring others along with us in the process--whether we live or work inside or outside the razor wire.
One out of every 32 people in America are either in jail, on probation, or have been in jail at some point in their lives. Serving Productive Time is a collection of stories by inmates, prison staff, and volunteers that bring hope, healing, and inspiration to make prison life as productive as possible
From the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul'"a program that develops positive change for inmates and their loved ones
With their booksChicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul andChicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul, Tom and Laura Lagana have shown readers how to make positive use of their time'"whether they are serving others or serving time. In Serving Productive Timethey go one step further, using powerful stories, poems, and cartoons created by inmates and others to address the realities of penal existence. They build on these voices of experience with essays and advice that show inmates how to truly make their time count, and give meaning to their lives right now, while making amends for their crimes and working toward release.
About the Author
Tom Laganais an author, speaker, and workshop presenter. Inspired into a life of volunteerism by his mother, Tom held school fundraisers as a teenager. In his adult years, he served to help solicit funding from corporations and employees for the United Way of Delaware. He has volunteered extensively in the prison system throughout the U.S., working with inmates. In 1994, he was honored as a recipient of the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service. Tom graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for more than 30 years. In 1997, he attended Jack Canfield's Facilitation Skills Seminar and returned in 1998 to serve as an assistant. Since then, he has facilitated more than 1,000 personal development and management presentations nationally and internationally. He is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Souland Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul.Laura Lagana is an author, speaker and registered nurse who delights in sharing real-life, personal experiences and healthy inspiration. She has been a volunteer since the age of fifteen. During her junior year in high school, a friend persuaded Laura to volunteer as a hospital candy striper. Torn between pursuing a career in nursing or journalism, she thought the hospital volunteer experience would help her decide. Four years later, she graduated from the Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing and began working in the intensive-care unit of a Wilmington area hospital. Within months, Laura met and married her soulmate, Tom.
In early 1997, after years of frequent corporate travel, Laura and Tom became business partners. Together they attended Jack Canfield's facilitation skills seminar in California, the catalyst that transformed both their lives. Following her lifelong passion for writing, Laua began assisting Tom in his work as coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soulin August 1997. After raising two sons and welcoming a grandson, Laura savors the privilege of working with her best friend, Tom.
Laura's stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury. In addition, she is author and editor of Touched by Angels of Mercy, an inspirational anthology about nurses, patients and caregivers. She is grateful for her volunteer experiences as liaison for Christiana Care Health System, medical narrator for the Division for the Visually Impaired, facilitator for the American Cancer Society's Skin Cancer Prevention Program, speaker for the Arthritis Foundation, cantor/choir member, lunch-time parochial school nurse, reading aide, and library assistant.
For further information about Laura please contact:
Success Solutions, P.O. Box 7816, Wilmington, DE 19803
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