Socrates believed the “unexamined life” was one not worth living. We must celebrate our triumphs, learn from our mistakes, and embrace the healing journey when it comes. With all my heart, I welcome you to this new chapter in my life, after an absence of nearly 10 years, the devastating loss of my beloved, James Woodard, and a slew of events designed to permanently cripple me. I am blessed to return, grateful for the chance to rebuild and reinvent a better life.
From 2013 to now, I have sacrificed EVERYTHING to keep the promise James loved asking me to make. Now, I know why he was so insistent that I agree. Perhaps, he had a feeling that the only way for me to survive would be to keep my word, to write, to heal, and to share our difficult journey. James didn’t want another innocent person to suffer what he did, post-exoneration. If you can, please buy or download EXONERATED: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom. A portion of the proceeds will support The James Woodard Freedom Scholarship. I humbly thank you.
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.” —Nelson Mandela