Barbara Stuber

“Just beyond yourself is where you need to be.”

David Whyte -Poet and Philosopher

Three years ago, I stepped across the threshold from novel writing into the world of non-fiction. I embarked on the challenge and privilege of interviewing women who have just been released from incarceration at a place called Journey House - a Kansas City, Missouri homestay residence. It has been a profound experience. In the beginning, what I didn’t know about this complex and often controversial topic was pretty much everything. But these women do know something… and now, I know something too… we must relate to people, not statistics. I have reexamined my own ill-informed, recycled assumptions and snap judgments. Listening deeply and learning someone’s life story, especially if it is a person you might never otherwise meet, is a rare gift and invitation…

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