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Thank You to All the Prison Volunteers
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 25, 2016

Hello there readers: While being in a weird headspace, I have still promoted my blog to people who want to see what I write. This wonderful dialog group that I am a part of has many volunteers who drive for hours to be here with us. Since the evolution of this group after its founder stepped down in 2014, we have had all kinds of people from all over the country sit in for a meeting or two.

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Life As a Captive Audience
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 19, 2016

Hello there readers: I have been thinking that I want to ask you for help in gaining more readers. When you read something that I've written, I'd like you to share it with everyone who will understand and be able to relate. It is my eventual goal to bring all of my prison experiences together in a book and share them with you. Can anyone reading this give me some ideas about how to make this become reality?

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Prison and the Language of Grief
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 14, 2016

Hello there readers: This past April 18, 2015, I was in a dialog group here at the prison led by a writing professor from Portland State College. She loves to challenge us, and I had fun writing and doing the projects that she put in front of us. I wrote down some notes from this particular day, which I was re-reading today. On this day we were to write about the topic: "What is the language of grief?" This is what I wrote:

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Bon Voyage: A Recap of the Poz Cruise and Adventure Bear 2016 Rendezvous
By Josh Middleton
July 14, 2016

The vastness and beauty of nature is something that has mystified mankind from the beginning of time. It's as if by seeing the wonders of the world, we see the beauty inside ourselves. Most recently, I experienced this feeling as the annual Poz Cruise joined forces with the Adventure Bears, a social group of gay and bear-friendly men. Together we explored the last frontier, the great state of Alaska. Although not the typical cruising location that you might have pictured, it was the trip of a lifetime and, for me, a time to rejuvenate.

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Consequences, Choices and Forks in the Road
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 11, 2016

On Saturday May 14, I was at my group dialogue meeting with my friends. The topic we spoke about was "consequences, choices and forks in the road." This was an interesting topic that I really enjoyed participating in. I love it when this particular volunteer comes in to discuss the things to make us really take a look at ourselves.

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Why I'm Part of the HIV Undetectable = Uninfectious Campaign (Video)
By Josh Middleton
July 11, 2016

When I was diagnosed with HIV at only 22 years of age, I was at a crossroads in my life. From the very get-go, I engaged in taking a proactive stance against the virus and started on antiretroviral therapy, achieving an undetectable viral load shortly after. As someone who is in a mixed-status relationship where treatment as prevention (TaSP) is our chosen form of protection, I felt it was important to participate in the Undetectable = Uninfectious project (U=U) of the new Prevention Access Campaign.

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My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice
By Aaron Laxton
July 8, 2016

The ding on Facebook alerted me to a new reply to a post I had put up hours before, responding to the news that two more men of color had been assassinated at the hands of police in two different U.S. cities, hours apart. It feels as if the details don't even matter, since in the end an investigation will reveal that the police were completely justified in their use of deadly force. Below is the comment that the person chose write:

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Gay Collective: 'The Virus Divides. It Doesn't Have To.'
By Mark S. King
July 7, 2016

In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a divide that has been forged through decades of HIV stigma, distrust, and mutual blame? Or, at the very least, what might be done to start a conversation about the divide and begin to heal the wounds?

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Hoping for Clemency, Someday, From My 70-Year Sentence for HIV Non-Disclosure
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 7, 2016

Hello there readers: Here it is another day in prison closer to my release date of February 12, 2050. For you new readers, I put out a call this past September 2015, asking for advocates and activists to help me. I put in a clemency application, asking the Oregon Governor, Ms. Kate Brown, to grant me mercy and let me out after more than two decades in prison.

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An Update on Our September Play Performances for Inmates and Outside Audiences
By Tim Hinkhouse
July 5, 2016

Hello there readers: Want to hear the latest thing going on in my life? I recently found out that the play picked out for us to perform for the inmates and outside audiences in September will be Metamorphoses. This play was written by Mary Zimmerman and is based on Greek mythology. Currently I have four parts, and possibly even a fifth part could be given to me.

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