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A Gift From the World of Music
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 9, 2015

Hello there, readers. At this institution there are family picnics each year where you can just hang out talking with loved ones, eating and enjoying a sense of normalness for a couple of hours and not feeling like you are in prison. This year, thanks to our new assistant superintendent, the inmate house bands will play for the picnics. Last month my band played a picnic after one studio practice and was pretty good. Now we have had three to four practice sessions and we'll be a lot better! I can't wait to get out there and have fun.

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It's About Time That Something Is Done About the High Rates of Incarceration
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 7, 2015

Hello there readers. How many have you been paying attention to the news lately concerning President Obama? I saw that he took a tour of a federal prison. You know that is he the only sitting president to ever do that? How cool is that? He wants criminal justice reform. What shocked me was when Speaker of the House John Boehner said he was on board with this. What? A Republican willing to work with the President?

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Giving Back Through Research
By Ed Perlmutter
December 7, 2015

Since my HIV diagnosis in July 2006, I've been connected to the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and have participated in three National Institutes of Health studies under the umbrella of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). I am in very good hands.

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Teach Us Life Skills So We Can Succeed After Release
By Tim Hinkhouse
December 1, 2015

Hello there readers. I wanted to ask you something: Do you know why a chicken coop has two doors? If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan! This type of humor makes you think outside the box, right? Think about it; this also has real life applications. Let me explain myself.

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Surviving HIV: POZ 100 Long-Term Survivors List
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
December 1, 2015

So this year, I was chosen as one of POZ's 100 Long-Term Survivors ... and I guess, oddly enough you can say that I am very grateful. Twenty-seven years of living with this disease is nothing short of miraculous; but the miracle goes way beyond me, way beyond those living today. I feel the recognition belongs to many other people.

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Unexpected Tribulations: How HIV Changed Everything
By Josh Middleton
November 30, 2015

The moment I heard the words that I thought I wouldn't hear in a million years, "You are HIV Positive," time itself seemed to have stopped.

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This Apology Has Been Long Overdue
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 29, 2015

Hello there, readers. Do you ever listen to a song and it brings back a memory whether it's good or bad? I love all types of music, but one artist stands out in particular. Bon Jovi, the album Slippery When Wet. Back in the late '80s when this was relevant, I was dating this girl I'll call "Tricia." I was so in love with her and she was in love with me too. Just like every young couple we had our ups and downs. Looking back on our relationship, she didn't deserve someone like me in her life. She could have done so much better!

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Making the Most of the Sheen HIV Spotlight: Share the 'New Basics' of HIV
By JD Davids
November 28, 2015

In the most publicized news event on HIV in the last decade, Charlie Sheen took to the Today show to confirm the truth: He is living with HIV.

But with his individual revelation, a broader and ultimately more significant truth emerged: The realities of HIV today are drastically different from the dated concepts of the public imagination.

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Giving Thanks for Where I Am and What I Have Become
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 25, 2015

The holidays are upon us once again and here I am in prison, still. There are obviously two ways to look on this whole situation. The negative side of things is I'm locked up, I can't spend the holidays with family and friends. Blah, blah, blah. I have been locked up so long all I know are holidays in prison. The days still come and go, time doesn't stop for us in here.

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Being Alive
By Sherri Beachfront Lewis
November 24, 2015

What a dramatic year-end 2015 has been!

On the homestretch, we have actor Charlie Sheen's disclosing his HIV status and bringing HIV back into the news along with all the needed controversy about stigma causing activists to raise their voices loud once again and educate the public.

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