Monday, June 15, 2009

The Dialog -- Serving Productive Time

Below is a link to a recent article in the Catholic newspaper The Dialog in the Dioceses of Wilmington about our new book, "Serving Productive Time."

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Corporal Carla Wilson in
Serving Productive Time

Congratulations to our contributing author, Carla Wilson, for her coverage in the Ann Arbor Chronicle. To see the article, see the link below:

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Corporal Carla Wilson, LMSW, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, a correctional officer at Washtenaw County Jail, is a contributing author in a newly released book entitled Serving Productive Time: Stories, Poems, and Tips to Inspire Positive Change from Inmates, Prison Staff, and Volunteers, published by Health Communications, Inc. in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Serving Productive Time is a follow-up book to Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul and Serving Time, Serving Others by co-authors Tom Lagana and Laura Lagana who reside in Wilmington, Delaware. Laura is a Traverse City native and spent her early childhood in Ann Arbor.

About two years ago, Wilson submitted a story to the Laganas. During a telephone conversation with Tom Lagana soon after she had submitted her story, Wilson happened to mention that she worked as a correctional officer. She peaked Lagana’s curiosity when she said, “I also facilitate a guided meditation every morning for the inmates under my supervision.” Because the Lagana’s also incorporate guided meditations into their inmate seminars across the country, Tom Lagana wanted to witness Wilson in action at Washtenaw County Jail.

On Memorial Day weekend in 2007, Tom Lagana flew to Detroit to conduct a seminar for Wilson’s inmates. Following his presentation, Wilson facilitated her guided meditation for the men in her unit. Lagana was so incredibly moved by the meditation that he asked Wilson to document each step. Two years later, “Beyond Your Outdate,” Wilson’s meditation, appears in the newly published book, Serving Productive Time. Although the story that Wilson originally submitted is not included in this collection, another story entitled “The Artist” is, as well as other words of wisdom by Wilson.

Wilson’s career as a correctional deputy spans more than sixteen years. She applies her talents as an inspirational speaker and guided meditation facilitator in jails, prisons, churches, and educational institutions. In addition, she offers phone counseling for professionals and anyone coping with a loved one’s addiction or incarceration. Wilson is at work on her first book, What If I’m Right? She may be contacted via e-mail at or by visiting her website: