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Daddy’s Time Out now available on Amazon

Daddy’s Time Out© began as a children’s book, but it has grown into a community dedicated to writing a better ending to 2.7 million children’s stories.

I launched this effort with the help of previously incarcerated people, their family members, and leading voices in the movement to improve the criminal justice system. In 2020, this group led a Kickstarter to publish the book, launch this Web site, and form the foundation of the DTO community.You can learn more about the project at

The book itself was co-created with children’s therapists and family counselors who deeply understood the challenges facing these children, and it has been endorsed by both progressives (Equal Justice USA) and conservatives (Charles Koch Institute). To see more of our endorsements and testimonials, click here.

I am proud to share that the book is now available on Amazon here:

I have pledged to take $0 from the project. Proceeds from sales will be used to provide copies to children who could not otherwise access the book, including donating them to prison visitation rooms for families who are seeing their loved ones in prison.

Rest in Peace, Serena Connelly (1970 – 2020)

This week, as my dear friend Salah Boukadoum wrote here, our community lost its most ardent champion for social innovation … for equity … for humanity in its most basic form: unfiltered, unselfish, unquestionable LOVE.

Serena Simmons Connelly, beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister, died on April 22, 2020 in Dallas, Tx at the age of 50. “

The Dallas Morning News’ Obituary

I was texting a friend that Serena’s loss carved a big hole in our community. (See my prior blog on her work here.)

My iPhone autocorrected ‘hole’ to ‘hope.’

I like to believe that Serena took over Siri for that second.

May we each honor her legacy as she would challenge us to do: by putting our shoulder to the wheel of justice, and pushing as hard as we can.

Rest in the most beautiful peace, Serena Connelly. My life, my work, and my community are better and brighter because of you.

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