On May 4th, author of Innocence on Trail, Joanie McEwen, visited both Mission Medium and Mission Minimum book clubs. Special thanks to Joanie, as well as to Mission volunteer Cathy Carnrite for coordinating these visits.
Below is her letter to Cathy Carnrite and Carol Finlay.
What an absolutely amazing time I had today! I can’t remember the last time I spent four more engaging hours.
The book club attendees were fabulous: the questions, commentary--and insights!--so compelling.
I actually felt, at the end, that perhaps I was making the smallest of differences in at least some of their lives. Which is, as both of you know, all the thanks that we need.
Cathy, so good to meet you. Our hours together in the car and over lunch flew by. We are truly kindred spirits, in so many ways.
I am so respectful of the fact that you have worked tirelessly with these book clubs for so long. Wow! Thank you for the long hours you have put in. The guys are obviously so fond of you and appreciative of your efforts.
Carol, Once again, I can’t say enough about the impact you are having on these people. We talked a lot today about how society forgets people post-conviction and pre-parole. So sad, because of course so very much happens behind “the walls.” Kudos to you for all that you do.
It is with a full heart that I thank you both.