Tyrone Werts served nearly 37 years of a life sentence in Pennsylvania’s Graterford prison after being convicted of second degree murder. In 2010 his sentence was commuted and he was released on March 14, 2011. While he was in prison, Tyrone says he was shown acts of compassion by people who took an interest in him, which set him on a transformational path which eventually led him to become the person his mother and father had raised him to be.
Donnie Phillips lost his sight when he was 21 years old. He is a disability awareness trainer in Boston, Massachusetts, and also a poet who goes by the stage name of Uncle Third Eye. His spoken word piece called "Blind" that he shares in his podcast begins with the line, "Shhh...shhhh...Don't look now but you know, there are none so blind as those who will not see."
Evan Haworth lives in Moab, Utah. He plays flute in the red rock canyons and marvels at the way the music can transform the experience of those passing by. He also uses his music in hospice care, creating songs with entire families as they say goodbye to a loved one. For Evan, peace comes through slowing down enough to recognize the small gifts in life, and then taking the time to share those gifts with others. The music at the beginning and end of this podcast is Evan playing one of his flutes, recorded in a small box canyon outside of Moab.
Kim Book’s 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, was murdered in 1995. She recalls that a year later, at the trial, she forgave the young man who had killed Nicole, and the act of forgiveness opened the door to peace in her life. Several years later, Kim founded Victims’ Voices Heard, a restorative justice program in Delaware that brings victims and offenders together in an effort to find healing for all parties.