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    A crisis of confidence is so common that it should be considered a universal part of the adoption process.
    — Patricia McConnell
    The only thing I remember writing in prison is a couple of poems for an inmate magazine they did once a year.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: prison  writing  poem  year 
     
    Prison experience puts distance between me and any person who hasn't been there, done that.
    — Patricia McConnell
    I'm actually a lowlife. On the street at fifteen and also in jail for the first time at that age, and off and on the street until my mid-twenties.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: time  age 
     
    People think I'm educated because I talk and write well, but the fact is I never finished high school. I've read a lot, is all.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: people  facts  school  write  read 
     
    The fact that educated white women automatically assume that we have similar backgrounds annoys me. We don't. I feel like I'm in a certain kind of drag.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: women  facts  annoy 
     
    I can say now is that sneaking up on people is a major delight in my old age, but it always has been. A desire, even a need, to shock.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: desires  people  age 
     
    I don't believe anyone can go through the prison experience without being changed by it. The experience becomes part of your identity forever.
    — Patricia McConnell
    My friends in prison were mostly women more like myself: not historical figures who I did not relate to as peers, but hookers and addicts.
    — Patricia McConnell
    My husband regarded my prison past as a dirty secret and never asked me one single question about it. But what I had experienced and witnessed was eating at me and I needed to "tell somebody."
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: secret  past  questions  prison 
     
    I had a naïve idea that if I could tell the story, people would be outraged and do something about conditions in the jails.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: people  stories  ideas 
     
    One of the principle things life has taught me is that we always have a choice. When we say we "can't," we usually mean we're just not willing to pay the price.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: choice 
     
    I was addicted to amphetamines at the time I got busted, but I tend to think I was on a determined, self-destruct course that had little to do with the effect of Benzedrine.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: time 
     
    The loss of a sexual life is one of the worst things about getting really old. The worst thing.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: loss  sexual 
     
    At eighty-one, health club-lusting is as close as I'll ever come to getting laid again.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: health 
     
    I felt compelled to blow the whistle on the penal system, under the delusion that doing so might result in some change, or at least save a few women from the same fate. Eternally naïve, that's me.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: fate  women 
     
    My published works are concrete evidence that I exist.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: work 
     
    I was already a wreck when I went in, and prison nearly destroyed what little was left of me. I was worse when I came out than I was when I went in, and was not positively changed in any way.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: prison 
     
    Although I was simply what today would be called a "mule" - the bottom of the food chain in the drug biz - the federal system treated me from beginning to end like a major criminal, and I still don't know why, other than that in those days, 6.5 ounces of heroin was a big load. Ludicrous by today's standards, when coke, heroin, and weed are shipped across the border by the ton.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: food  drugs  standard  criminal 
     
    We humans are in such a strange position-we are still animals whose behavior reflects that of our ancestors, yet we are unique-unlike any other animal on earth. Our distinctiveness separates us and makes it easy to forget where we came from. Perhaps dogs help us remember the depth of our roots, reminding us-the animals at the other end of the leash-that we may be special, but we are not alone. No wonder we call them our best friends.
    — Patricia McConnell
    tags: animals  friends  earth  alone  wonder  help  dog 
     
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