June 2018 Newsletter

Jun 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,


Peter and his giant celery stalk.

We have had a glorious string of sunny days and warm temperatures which has fooled everyone into believing they are in Miami, not Ireland. It really feels like summer here. Everything is growing outside and inside, including these giant celery stalks that Peter is holding. Sunny sprouted them from cuttings. Another sure sign of summer is all the tourists that are starting to arrive. And we have had our own share of visitors, as well as doing some traveling. 
But, no matter where we are, our friends and supporters are never far from our thoughts and always in our hearts. We know that if it were not for you, we couldn’t do the work we do, we couldn’t help the people we are, we couldn’t achieve what we hope to. You are all part of an important mission to bring health, happiness and healing to those who have suffered the greatest of injustices – a wrongful conviction. We hope you will consider giving to our effort – either by making a donation here at PayPal, spreading the word or volunteering your time. And, we thank you, in advance.


From left to right, Sunny Peter, Sue Gauger and friends.

This month we had lots of visitors who enjoyed a warm Connemara welcome. Sue Gauger, the wife of Gary Gauger, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents, joined us. Gary’s story is one of the six (including Sunny’s) depicted in the play The Exonerated, so we introduced Sue to the actor who played her part in our production of The Exonerated last November in Galway.
We were delighted to welcome Bill Richards back, an exoneree who has stayed with us before. He spent time helping Peter with chores, enjoying our organic vegetables and visiting with friends in Galway.
And after Bill left, we welcomed Ina, an exoneree from Holland and the first female exoneree to stay at the Sunny Center. Ina adapted very quickly and learned to work with the dogs and even helped milking the goats! Thanks to her help in the garden, our organic veggies will be abundant this year. 


From left to right, Medicine Story, Peter, Ellika, Sunny and Ina.

We also visited with Medicine Story and his wife Ellika, and introduced them to our guest Ina. Medicine Story is a practioner of Native American spirituality and leads healing circles around the world. 


We have all sorts of volunteers who help keep the Sunny Center running. Some stay for a few weeks or even a few months. Others come in for the day to build fences or help weed our polytunnel garden. If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering their time to spend here at the Sunny Center, we invite you to contact us. Please use this link here on our website


Look what Peter found in the dog’s bed!

Our six new hens have settled in nicely. And we have been collecting 5 to 6 eggs every day! Last month we found eggs in the cat bed. This month Peter found eggs in the dog kennel! 

Our magical center.

And our growing goat family seems to be thriving. It is a delight to watch them roam the hills and enjoy the countryside. The little ones are growing quickly And enjoy playing together amongst the rocks. 


Ina and Rosie share a bond.
And Rosie has now made it a habit to use Ina’s leg as a scratching post. Ina will be missed by us all when her stay is over. 
Rodge and Podge.

The newest addition to our feathered and furry friends are two donkeys.  The dark one, Rodge, is 7 years old and the white one, Podge, is 9 years old. They seem to be adjusting very well to their new home. And now we know what to do with all the carrot tops and the celery that is growing in the garden! They even like to eat the weeds. Nothing goes to waste here at the Sunny Center. 



Peter, Sunny and Joe Murray, the founder of Afri. Photo by Derek Speirs

We took part in the Famine Walk organized by Afri Ireland  and we reconnected with our old friend Joe Murray, who is the founder of Afri. Afri first organized the walk 30 years ago to commemorate the Great Hunger of 1845-50 and specifically the walk retraces a journey of horror which occurred on 30th/31st March 1849 when hundreds of starving people needlessly died. Injustice is nothing new.
Sunny, Peter and a Yellow Submarine in Liverpool. 

We also traveled to Liverpool this month to give a talk at the Writing on the Wall literary festival, also known as WOWfest, where we were very well-received. Our books, Stolen Time by Sunny and About Time by Peter, turned out to be very popular, too! 


We feel lucky that technology makes it easy to stay in touch. We love hearing from our friends and supporters via email, Facebook, text, phone, Skype or Facetime. And we also are so glad to keep you up to date with what we’re doing through this newsletter. We feel very blessed to know you’re there.
Enjoy these warm and happy days. 

Peace and love,
Sunny and Peter 

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