. . . Wednesday December 22, 2004

Martha From the Can

It’s tough to make a living placing bets. Things never seem to go exactly how you think they will. But there are some sure things. One of those sure things is that Martha Stewart will come storming back in 2005.

It’s still almost impossible to imagine her in prison. But somehow she has emerged not just as a cell block cookie baker, but as a voice for the disenfranchised in prison. Is Martha getting ready to take on The Man?

Here is her latest missive from the joint.

I beseech you all to think about these women — to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking. They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison where there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life “out there” where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living.

I am fine, really. I look forward to being home, to getting back to my valuable work, to creating, cooking, and making television. I have had time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to walk and contemplate the future. I’ve had my work here too. Cleaning has been my job – washing, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves, and much more. But like everyone else here, I would rather be doing all of this in my own home, and not here — away from family and friends.

Concentration is important!