May Newsletter

May 19, 2017 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

We send greetings to all our friends and supporters around the world!  We are enjoying exceptionally fine weather and beautiful bright Irish skies here in Connemara.
We feel truly blessed to be part of a worldwide community of people committed to justice and human rights.  We are always amazed and grateful for how generous of spirit, and pocket, this community is. And we thank you for your gifts, large and small, as every donation, whether of money or time or talent helps us to continue to help others.



Our beautiful fruit tree planted by Uriah, one of our former Exoneree Guests.

We hosted a Guest from Florida who enjoyed walking the dogs, a visit to a traditional Galway Hooker – which is a wooden boat, built in the traditional way by hand -, and the vibrant cultural scene in Galway, which he joined in to experience a bit of Irish salsa dancing! We will welcome our next Guest  in early June.  
The apple and cherry trees planted by Uriah, one of our former Exoneree Guests, are in bloom and are a beautiful reminder of his lovely spirit.
We are happy to report that another of our previous Exoneree Guests has received a promotion in his job and, as a result, has as an apartment of his own for the first time since his release from prison over three years ago.


Our new funky doghouse!

We will be welcoming our next volunteer later this month from the US. 
A student who had attended our talk at his University decided his contribution to The Sunny Center would be to build a dog house.  As it happens, a big storm had blown away one of our doghouses. Now, the dogs are enjoying their new home!
Another supporter, who heard about us on a radio program, drove two hours to plant two native apple trees in our garden. We are looking forward to watching them grow and bear fruit.


Sunny presents at the Saoirse I Freedom event at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.

On Easter Monday, we were part of a program called “Saoirse I Freedom,” hosted by the Trailblazers group at Kilmainham Gaol, a 17th-century jail in Dublin where many of the heroes of the Irish revolution were held and executed.
Sunny introduced the Ropes Literary Magazine at the 2017 Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. During the program, Sunny did a reading from her book, “Stolen Time: One Woman’s Inspiring Story as an Innocent Condemned to Death.”
As part of that same festival, Sunny and Peter unveiled a Haiku plaque by  Little John Nee, a famous local playwright, poet and musician who has been honored as a national treasure in Ireland by being inducted into the artists group of honor called Aosdána established by the Irish Arts Council in 1981 to honor those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in Ireland.  
Sunny and Peter gave the Keynote address at an event for the Northwest Innocence Project in Seattle and also hosted the first Exonerees For Exonerees Healing Retreat.  We were interviewed on The New Day morning TV show in Seattle. You can watch the video here.


The chickens roost in our flower beds.

Our flower beds kept getting dug up this past month, which we suspected was the work of the dogs. But, it turned out that the hens had actually been nesting in our flower beds! 
The cuckoo has arrived and has been entertaining us with her beautiful song. (Yes, there really is a cuckoo bird.)
We are hopefully awaiting the arrival of new kids! (goats, that is).


We send you sunny thoughts and wishes for a wonderful spring! Please stay in touch.
Peace and Love,

Sunny and Peter 

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

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