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Please be easy on me, 2015

January 24, 2015

I sat down to write a blog post last week (yes, I have a blog. It’s very similar to this column, but less filtered, and a little all over the place), and realized I hadn’t really closed 2014 with my usual reflection.

I started to think back to the major milestones of the year, and man, were there a lot!

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Joe Heller

January 24, 2015
Joe Heller

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Resolve to talk about mental health of kids

January 17, 2015

Mental illness knows no boundaries – it impacts rich and poor, urban and rural areas, young and old.

It touches more families than you may think.

An estimated one in five Americans lives with a mental illness, often undiagnosed. And it often emerges early in life, with half of all cases beginning before the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24.

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Best of the best

January 17, 2015
Best of the best

Hood County Junior Livestock Show participants lead their breed champions into the judging arena with high hopes of winning grand champion steer honors. Tolar High School sophomore Wesley Wienecke won grand champion with his 1,390-pound exotic calf. Wienecke’s good friend, Macie Hudson, a Godley High School senior who lives in Granbury, won reserve champ with her 1,300-pound European cross.

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My Uncle Mort’s New Year…

January 17, 2015

From time to time, readers pose similar questions: “Is your Uncle Mort real?” My unvarying rhetorical response is: “Do you want him to be?”

I grudgingly admit that he is a figment of my imagination, but is a conjured composite of some of my actual uncles.

nWe visited on New Year’s Day.

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Joe Heller

January 17, 2015
Joe Heller

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Recovering from sports losses, heartbreaks

January 17, 2015

We’ve suffered a slew of sports heartbreaks but seem to bounce back without committing too many Class A felonies.

Dallas’ loss to Green Bay Sunday afternoon ranked near the top of Hang Your Head Tom Dooleys.

It was there. One call away, perhaps.

And it was near the same spot almost a half-century ago where a Packer icicle plunged deep into the hearts of Cowboy fans.

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Good In Hood

January 17, 2015

To submit a Good in Hood, go to www.hcnews.com and click on Submit a Good in Hood at the very top. Your full name will be printed along with your Good in Hood submission.

If you want to Sound Off on issues, please submit a Letter to the Editor at [email protected]

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She’s something very special

January 10, 2015

My mom has always told me that my grandmother believed that babies come from heaven. That they are put in a mother’s belly by angels, and that the angels stay with them to protect them and guide them.

As they get older, the angels become less visible and audible to them, but they’re still with them.

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Joe Heller

January 10, 2015
Joe Heller

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