It’s interesting how some words are so closely connected to others. For instance, the title of this blog is “Premeditated” - what’s the next word that came to your mind? I would bet a slice of pie from The Wooden Spoon that it was “Murder” (Tip: Always bet pie. Win or lose: you get to eat pie). What might surprise you, is that I want to talk about forgiveness.


Surrounded by the waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was often boasted of its high walls, double-locked doors, machine guns in the hands of the guards, and a staff that could not be bribed. It was best known as one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. From 1933 to 1963 it served as a federal prison, and during that time twenty-six prisoners tried to escape but only five succeeded...