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My Fourth Thanksgiving in Prison - Counting my Blessings

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Former Governor Don Siegelman in the garden where he works at the LA federal prison.
Former Governor Don Siegelman in the garden where he works at the LA federal prison.
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Dear Friend,

Celebrating my fourth Thanksgiving in prison, I am feeling blessed, not bitter. Blessed by my friends and family who continuously keep my spirits lifted.

I am Blessed by my wife, Lori, who stands by me managing to happily survive while giving back to the community in the arts and knitting scarves for cancer patients.

I am Blessed by my children.

I am blessed by my daughter Dana, who continues to push for her dad's freedom while reaching for the stars, seeking an understanding of the connection between us and our creator, and now healing after having been almost killed by a hit and run car.

I am blessed by my son, Joseph, who while working as a lawyer, devotes much of his time seeking to expose the truth and find justice for his dad, and who somehow also finds time to help his mother.

I give thanks for my special friends, each evening and every morning, for all you do for me both materially in seeking my freedom and for your words of encouragement which fuel my spiritual fight.

I am Blessed now, inexplicably Blessed, with two hearings, two oral arguments, a new committed and experienced lawyer, new legal issues and a new Judge...all of which could lead to the truth and my release. Perhaps then I can do what I believe God has now put on my heart, seeking reforms which may balance the scales of justice for others.

In prison, I am "over Blessed" as my old friend, Col. Stone Johnson once told could be much worse...I have what I need and so much more.

Each morning, I give thanks for another day of life, for my health, for my friends and family. Each night, I ask our Creator to Bless you all with health, safety and happiness...I pray for the children of the world that they may be loved, nurtured, fed and kept safe, with special prayers for the children of war-torn countries.

Finally, I ask forgiveness of man's sins against God's Creation and give thanks for the beautiful world with which we have been Blessed...all the living creatures, the physical beauty of unspoiled nature, the fascinations of our mystical universe, the sky, clouds, wind, moon, sun, and stars in the night sky, placed there, no doubt, for our viewing pleasure and to spark our wonder and awe, curiosity and praise.

For all of this, I am grateful.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving,


Federal Prisoner - 2018
Governor of Alabama, 1999-2003
Elected Twice, Inaugurated Once
Lt. Governor, 1995-1999
Attorney general, 1987-1991
Secretary of State, 1979-1987

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