June 21st, 2013 → 5:51 am @ // No Comments

“Open locks,
Whoever knocks!”  – Macbeth

I first heard about Shakespeare classes in prison facilities on the radio program This American Life (Episode 218 – I broke down in tears the first time I listened to it).  I recently came across Dr. Laura Bates and her work teaching the bard in maximum security prisons.  I’m really not sure why, but these stories just break my heart and then lift me up all at the same time.  Something about people making the effort to open locks – into others’ lives, into mysterious literature, into a world of empathy, redemption, and kindness.  For me, life doesn’t get more vibrant than this.

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