Looking Outward

a column by Angela Derrick


December 2010

My column this month is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Tookie Williams. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner when the words of the newscaster drew me in front of the television… “Author of a series of books educating youth on the danger of gangs, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize five times…execution date set for December 13th.” Now that got my attention, the sheer incongruity of the combination.


November 2010

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and it is rather expected that we turn our thoughts toward counting our blessings and helping those less fortunate.


October 2010

Five years ago I knew next to nothing about capital punishment, criminal justice, or the law. What I knew were books. I love to read. Watching the evening news, I was captivated by Stanley Tookie Williams, a man on California’s Death Row who had written a series of books educating youth on the dangers of gangs and had been nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize five times.


July 2010

“Don’t bring God into this,” she said indignantly. I looked at her silently, but what I was thinking was this: if this isn’t a place for God, what is? If God isn’t welcome here, then He must not be welcome anywhere. 


May 2010

Some years back the online storytelling magazine SMITH ran a feature article based around a novel (excuse the pun) idea thought up by Ernest Hemingway: that one could tell an entire story in a mere six words.
His famous example?  “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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February 2, 2010

DOn August 29, 2005, Fox Broadcasting premiered Prison Break, a drama with a storyline centered around two brothers, one of whom was wrongfully convicted for a murder he did not commit and his brother who devised an elaborate scheme to bust him out.

When the show hit the airwaves, The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), blocked the signal each Monday evening from 7:58 p.m. until the following morning when the signal was manually reset. This was to prevent any inmates from getting ideas. It was not until after the main characters had escaped in the second season that FDOC stopped blocking the signal. This is the only show that has ever been blocked.  



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Angela Derrick