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Tim Hinkhouse

HIV on the Inside

My Superhero!
December 14, 2015

Hello there, readers. Does anyone out there know a superhero? I know several, but not in the traditional sense of out fighting crime, having special powers, wearing a snazzy costume. No, these people I am talking about have saved me from myself and they dress like regular people. You are probably thinking "Oh my God! What nutty things is he talking about now?" Can I ask that you hear me out?

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A Gift From the World of Music
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
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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Teach Us Life Skills So We Can Succeed After Release
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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This Apology Has Been Long Overdue
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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Giving Thanks for Where I Am and What I Have Become
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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HIV Positive and in Prison Has Happened for a Reason
November 11, 2015

Hello there, readers. I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the Supreme Court decision this past June 26, 2015. I am filled with encouragement because there is advancement in the gay community and it can only get better! That is encouraging for future generations who will benefit from the hard work of past pioneers who paved the way for absolute equality. GREAT WORK!!!

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Living in Their Paranoia
September 22, 2015

Hello there readers. I was thinking back when I first arrived in prison on May 1, 1994, at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The transport van coming from the intake center pulls into the sally port in front of this very old prison built back in the 1800s. I looked through the cage of the van and said to myself, "So this is where I am going to die?" Upon entry into the receiving area, the large, heavy steel door with bars on it just like in the movies opened. The group I came in with, some had been there before. I followed their lead. Once I was in the building, the same door was closed with such a slam and ringing of the bars I knew that I was in prison. I had a mugshot taken and was assigned a state ID number to be used for most everything, which was printed on an ID card I had been given to carry with me.

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They'll Send You to Prison to Rot
September 21, 2015

Greetings to all the readers and welcome to my thoughts. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this and reach out to those of you who could be where I am now. Let me ask you this: How many of you that are HIV positive had unprotected sex with someone and did not tell your partner? It doesn't matter what your intent is or if you infect them or not. You do know that there are prosecutors who won't hesitate to charge you with a crime, shame you mercilessly in the media to further their political career and have you sent to prison to rot.

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HIV on the Inside

Tim Hinkhouse

Tim Hinkhouse

I have been HIV-positive for over 25 years and have been in prison in Oregon for almost as long because of my health status and non-disclosure. I'll talk to you about the issues faced by a person in my position along with the discrimination and stigmas attached to it behind these prison walls. I'll tell you about the strength and courage I found inside myself to NOT hang up and let this illness or my circumstances finish me off.

Tim Hinkhouse #7632447
Two Rivers Correctional Inst.
82911 Beach Access Rd.
Umatilla, OR 97882

You can also email me at hi.timothy7019

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