It was a very basic and extreme lifestyle but, so far as I am concerned, the experiment worked. I was consciously happy. Some days were hard, but some days are always hard, and they were hard in a simple and physical way - I was living very much in the moment, nothing complex for my brain to worry about. And I had time to appreciate the happy moments. And to appreciate every moment of my son's early days - for that is where he was born, by candlelight in a snowstorm.
In March 2012, I visited the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum. 178 years earlier, six men from rural Dorset were sentenced to seven years in a penal colony in Australia - for forming a trade union.
Mass protests followed and they were eventually given an unconditional pardon.
This got me thinking about how 'threats to the system' are viewed today - and about the women's movement...
When I walked up Dumpdon Hill in Devon, I didn't know how or what I was going to feel.
Eight years earlier, I had toiled up the same hill with my two small children, to scatter their baby brother's ashes amidst the bluebells and primroses....
It feels appropriate to share my mother-in-law's writings, for they are not personal notes but something which she obviously felt was important and relevant to the world. She was reflecting on the first few decades of the 20th century - not on her own life, but on society as a whole...
When I signed out of Facebook early on New Year's Day, I watched a little of the fireworks celebrations on television.
I'm all for celebration. But I absolutely cannot enjoy watching millions of dollars going up with a bang, when I spend every day trying to raise funds for people who struggle for a dollar.
Knowing that there are people on the outside that believe in you, and that your innocence matters, is really everything."
Sarah Shourd talks to Chris Crowstaff about the importance of campaigning for innocent prisoners.
Sept 2011: The news that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are free will come as a tremendous relief not only to their families but also to the thousands of supporters throughout the world who have campaigned for their freedom - including everyone here at Safe World.