“A Separate Peace” discussion?

Anyone care to discuss “A Separate Peace” with an inmate reading it for the first time? What about comparing notes on favorite mystery writers? Varner Prison, where Tim now lives, is a rough, often violent place. Tim takes refuge in books. Not many folks around him share that appreciation, so he hungers for any “book talk.”

All responses are printed–without email addresses–and sent to him by snail mail. If there are any fans of the western writer William Johnstone or the masterful Ken Follett out there, Tim would especially like to hear from other fans. If he replies to you in a future blog, don’t worry–he will not use your name.

Super Bowl Sunday

Hello People of the Blogosphere!

It is Super Bowl Sunday. And since my NE Patriots didn’t make the cut, I’m rooting for Carolina. However I won’t watch the game because three hours of football is just a little too much for me. I’d like to view the commercials but extra-curricular activity in the area makes tv viewing undesirable.

Since I last wrote, I’ve read Cut and Thrust, Paris Match, Insatiable Appetites, Naked Greed, and Foreign Affairs.  All of these were written by Stuart Woods and I’d like to thank the person who sent these to me. Also, I read The First Mountain Man by William Johnstone and I’d like to thank another special person for that. I’m currently reading Chiefs by Woods but haven’t made up my mind if I like it yet or not. I normally read two books at a time to give me something like a channel or movie change. So, the other one I am starting is called A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I have a question for those of you who would like to answer. Why do you read this blog? I’m not under any illusion that everyone who reads this may like me, so I look forward to your replies. I know that there’s at least one of you who feels that I wouldn’t want to hear from you personally. I won’t mention your name without permission. But nothing could be further from the truth. I’d very much like to thank you for your kindness and continued support.

Also my question for the blog is this: how do you feel about our legal system as a whole? Do you think it works? Do any of you out there have personal knowledge of prison life?

I’ll be back soon. Keep in mind that I probably can’t get in but one posting a week because I have to use snail mail to get to a computer.

Send your questions here.

Tim Howard

p.s. All responses are printed and mailed to Tim – your email addresses not is included.

Tim Howard Beginner’s Blog

Tim Howard Beginners's Blog

I’m not totally clear about how to do a blog, so please bear with me.

I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you must have some knowledge of who I am and where I am. So what I’ll do is try to give some kind of overview as to who I am and what I like. I’ll answer any questions asked about prison life if I can. I’ll also share some of my personal life. If there’s anything I can’t or won’t answer, I hope you will respect that. If anyone chooses to write, I’ll write back.

I grew up in the Tri-State area. I consider Texarkana-Ogden-Ashdown my stomping grounds. I love horses and cows and pickups and diesels. I’m married. I have no biological children. I have four stepchildren. I dislike the term stepchildren, so I normally refer to them as just my children. One died in a single-car accident at the age of 21 years old. We miss him every day. The other three are by my second wife, who died while I was on the row. I’m married to my first wife again. I haven’t communicated with my three other children in over a decade. I hope that changes one day. Both my parents and grandparents are deceased. I have two sisters. One is 45, the other 48. I’m in the middle. I have a host of cousins that I don’t hear from. My aunt and oldest sister write occasionally I’m blessed to have met some wonderful people who have turned out to be closer to me than family. You will find out more about them as this story unfolds.


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I love reading and listening to music. A few of my favorite authors are: Ken Follett, William Johnstone, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sandra Brown, Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell, Amarantha Knight, James Patterson, Stuart Woods, John Sandford, Margaret Wies/Tracy Hickman, Terry Goodkind. I could go on but I won’t. I love all genres of books and music. I’m not much on biographies but will read one that sticks in my mind when I’m reading my historical fiction. I really like historical fiction and family sagas.

My tastes in music touch on everything almost. But if I could only listen to one station, it would be playing country music. But luckily I have choices. And here’s the artists I have on my MP4 so far (87 songs): 2 Pac, AC/DC, Adele, Al Green, Albert King, B.B. King, Becky G, Boosie Badazz, Britney Spears, Brooks-N-Dunn, Bruno Mars, Cinderella, Destiny’s Child, Ed Sheeran, George Jones, George Strait, Gerald LeVert, Iggy Azalea, Jason Aldean, Jermaine Dupri, Jerry Reed, Jewel, Jon Conor, K.T. Oslin, Kendrick Lemar, KISS, Lil Troy, Little Big Town,  Little Milton, LSG, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Muddy Waters, Nikki Minaj, Ohio Players, Rihanna, Ronnie Dunn Selna Gomez, Shakira, Sia, Sugar Land, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Teddy Pendergrass, Tove Lo, Whitney Houston, Young Jeezy. Just to give you some idea.

I like movies and 30-minute sitcoms. I love old westerns. “The Rifleman” is my favorite. I like all kinds of movies. And I’m looking forward to seeing some of the movies that came from books I’ve read, especially “North and South” by Joh Jakes, “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara T. Bradford, “A World without End” by Ken Follett, and “The Thornbirds” by Colleen McCoulough. There’s more, but I’m itching to see those. I’m told that the days of the video store are gone and no one had DVD movie collections anymore. Well, I intend to have two things: a video collection of my favorite tv and movies and a spot for my own small library.

Well, that’s it for now. This is where I start in what we’ll call Tim Howard Beginner’s Blog. I deliberately left the prison out, so your questons are fresh. So ask away. Send your questions here.

Tim Howard

p.s. All responses are printed and mailed to Tim – your email addresses not is included.