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I realized recently that I haven’t updated my site in a while, so I figured I’d get to it, blow the dust off of it and update everyone. Welp, there’s not a whole lot to update. I’ve mainly been focused on securing future/contractual commercial clients, and I’ve been more on the editing side as of late, but I did occasionally get out on the street for some assignments, and these were really the only selects that I liked. Better luck in the fall, I hope. A big, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for your continued prayers. I wouldn’t be here without them and that is something I hold dear to my repaired heart…and of course, obviously, continuing thanks to all the medical professionals who have treated me. YOU are the ones that have made it all possible. I’ve turned down a couple enticing offers, mainly because we’re happy right we are. My mom continues to recover smoothly after her recent kidney transplant…and my daughter just graduated Norfolk Collegiate and is Radford University-bound in a couple months. Holy shit, life is good, but going entirely way too fast.

The result of the 19-minute cerebral hypoxia I suffered is the only thing I have to complain about as it is somewhat debilitating, debilitating more to my ego, really. Other than that, I feel great. The results of my last physical were better than expected -- Ive somehow dropped 30lbs and my scans/pipes are clean and my bloodwork is “immaculate.” Thank you, thank you, thank you…for your genuine sincerity and all-out love. Never go to bed without telling the ones you love the most just how important they are to you, because I am living proof that you never know when you might not wake up. I know that’s the ultimate cliché thing to say, but cliché’s exist for a reason; because they’re based in fact and trust me, anyone in my family can attest to that.

Lastly, as a news guy at heart, the tragic mass shooting last week in Virginia Beach hit extremely hard to the entire Hampton Roads community. My heart breaks for the innocent victims who were taken so senselessly. As a news guy, it’s in my blood to want to cover something like what happened. I covered the Virginia Tech massacre years back, which still haunts me to this day, but I wasn’t inclined to cover this one for various reasons. I’ve turned over a lot of my responsibilities as of late, but when something of that magnitude -- like a mass shooting in your hometown -- my blood was raging and I wanted to get in the mix so bad, but I made the conscience decision to just sit back and watch how the crop of new reporters are covering it and instead, focus efforts on helping the victims in any way possible. I strongly urge you to follow my colleagues’ extraordinary work here.

Sincerely,

JH

*Go here for the official  United Way Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund  and also  here  for up-to-the-minute coverage and the extraordinary efforts of The Virginian-Pilot team.

*Go here for the official United Way Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund and also here for up-to-the-minute coverage and the extraordinary efforts of The Virginian-Pilot team.

Greenbrier Christian's Gavin Younce is all smiles after the Gators beat Atlantic Shores 2-0 in the VISAA playoffs, Wednesday, May 14, 2019 at Greenbrier Christian in Chesapeake.

Greenbrier Christian's Gavin Younce is all smiles after the Gators beat Atlantic Shores 2-0 in the VISAA playoffs, Wednesday, May 14, 2019 at Greenbrier Christian in Chesapeake.

Kellam head coach St. Clair Jones talks with the homeplate umpire in the Dolphins' 6-5 win over Kellam in nine innings to advance to the State final, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake. To read Jones’ inspirational story, go  here .

Kellam head coach St. Clair Jones talks with the homeplate umpire in the Dolphins' 6-5 win over Kellam in nine innings to advance to the State final, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake. To read Jones’ inspirational story, go here.

The ‘American Rover’ sets sail on an early summer evening along the Elizabeth River.

The ‘American Rover’ sets sail on an early summer evening along the Elizabeth River.

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