Inmates Measure Time’s Passing

3 June 2016
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A frequent correspondent can see the world through only a small, dirty window pain, criss-crossed with wires.  But here’s what he wrote this week:

“The pecan tree has started to shed its leaves, and the pecans are falling from the husks.  The hawks still visit the tree two or three times a month, and the squirrels are having a ball, collecting nuts from the tree.  I see them every day, jumping from limb to tree limb, sometimes falling several feet but catching themselves just before they fall completely.  And that has to be us, too, doesn’t it, Doctor?”

As a society, we must find a better way to isolate those we fear, and help restore those who have made mistakes in their lives.  We need to teach these squirrels how to hold onto the limbs better, and succeed before they fall.


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