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