I should also ask if she studies Dharma.
Since I posted this, I have greatly increased the number of friends with whom I correspond. So my plate is full to the point that, save for perhaps during the summer when school is out, my ability to write regularly to anyone else is greatly diminished. But if she isn't communicating with many people, I can easily drop the occasional line, and if she studies Dharma, I can certainly and happily send bits and pieces of things to her regarding that, over time.
She's starting to study Dharma, but we've always practiced the basic ideas of Buddhism. I've sent her several books, that the prison is holding onto in the mail room for some reason. The Kadampa Center has tried to get meditation classes in NCCIW for years, and NCCIW is non responsive. She's learning as much as she can without a lot of help. I'm sure you've heard how hard some prison systems are to deal with, and NC is not easy.
Dropping the occasional line would be very nice.
Yes, I am somewhat familiar with these issues, both from personal experience and hearing tales of others.
I would give the prison a little time to do their thing, but if they don't release them, and if they are sent in accordance with prison policy, eventually some gentle stink may need to be raised. I think, but may be mistaken, that there are some constitutional rights regarding the First Amendment and inmates literature.
I recently viewed the movie/documentary Dhamma Brothers, which highlights these obstacles, as well as the benefit of meditation groups in prison. It's recommended, if you haven't seen it!
I will drop the occasional line. And Tonia is an awesome writer and friend to have. And one to whom I also owe some correspondence! ;(
I will gladly write to Allegra. I went to the blog and found the address and I shall pen her an introduction by the end of this week. Thanks for sharing that she is in need of connection.
You just saved me an email to you about this! <3
NCCIW at it's best. They called her to master control to tell her she had unauthorized mail. They gave her your letter, but not the card because blank cards are contraband, and signed cards are mail. So they said they were required to destroy the card and the envelope. So she's going to read your letter now, but she doesn't have your address to write you back (it was on the envelope that they destroyed). Can you please either give me your address, or send her a quick note with your address on it.
This situation also shows the value of putting your return address on the letter itself. I use those preprinted sticky labels. I appreciate the information.
Dan, I'm not remembering having read your reply. I apologize. However, especially around the time you posted this, I was overwhelmed with writing, so I would not have been able to offer much help. I do hope Scott has been released and found some peace in a productive life!