Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

How do you fish?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The regular readers of this column know by now that my husband, Ted, and I love to fish here on the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast. I don’t care if we are in the open Gulf of Mexico, on the beautiful Intracoastal Canal, Galveston Bay, Rollover Pass, or along a secluded little inlet. I love it all. There’s nothing more relaxing or healing to me than being

Parable of the porcupine

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This little story was shared with me this week and I immediately thought of how difficult we find it to get along with certain individuals in our lives. Some are forced on us by way of family connections. Others come by way of an employment situation. Some are neighbors or involved with us in civic and educational interests, and sadly to report, many

Sage advice from an elder…

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

An uneasy peace

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Words come in all shapes, sizes, languages, caps or lower case letters, written, typed, inscribed, and said. Sometimes they are spoken in a whisper and sometimes screamed from the nearest rooftop. We say or write things often that we don’t really even know for sure what the word means, and yet, we sling it around as though we do. Words can help

Five smooth stones – Part Two

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In a recent column, I wrote about David, the young shepherd boy, killing the great giant of the Philistine army that taunted the Israelites. Goliath of Gath would come out on the mountainside and bellow out across the valley, “Don’t you guys have anyone that will fight me?” He was big and he was bad. No one in Saul’s army wanted to take on

Five smooth stones

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Constant amazement sweeps through my heart and mind when I hear someone say that they cannot read the Bible because it is so boring. I laugh quietly to myself. We have every kind of intrigue, mystery, villain, hero, love story, war, and instructions for life found within its pages. The truth of the matter for me is that every time I read a story, I tend to

Ike — Ten years later

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
(Editor’s Note – I do not aspire to be a prophet of doom and gloom, but I do believe it is important to remember the facts as they happened and the heroes that made the recovery seen now possible. I write this from a first hand experience because the Bolivar Peninsula and the beautiful Southeast Texas Coast is my home and my heart is deeply

Remember me for…Part Two

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
A few days ago I wrote the first half of an article that became important to me when I asked a large group of people, “What do you want to be remembered for in life after you die?” The responses were interesting, revealing, and thought provoking. I asked our readers to join me in thinking about this same question and have had some compelling replies

Remember me for…

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
A habit that Ted taught me during our marriage was walking through old cemeteries and reading the epithets and various sayings as well as the birth and death dates. Developing this habit led me to several good articles. One I remember vividly was the discovery of a very old cemetery in Beaumont where some Buffalo soldiers had been buried. Our newspaper

Waiting on God

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
One of the basic truths of God’s word is that His timing and our timing seldom match up in our finite minds. We become impatient when we sincerely pray about a matter and often wonder why God is taking so long to answer our plea. Scripture clearly says, “His ways are not our ways,” and I think we can safely add that His timing is certainly

Who is God to you?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
If we have been in church, Sunday school, Bible classes, or individual study for long, we probably have learned the most well known facts about God the Father, Christ the Son, and the dear Holy Spirit, or the Trinity. Many denominations differ somewhat in their beliefs about the exact roles each play in our Christian walk, but generally agree in the

No excuse crimes against children

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Some adults should never be allowed to be in any educational role because of their own tenuous hold on reality. In their own personhood, they are slight, insubstantial, meager, flimsy, weak, doubtful, dubious, questionable, suspect, wispy, gossamer, and fragile, and those words are from the very definition of the word,

Multiplicity of crimes against children

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I wrote recently about crimes against our children, our very resources of life, and it wasn’t very popular. I knew it wouldn’t be, but it is necessary. We cannot sit in our own warm cocoons and pretend that everyone else has it as well as we do. Life is just not like that and it is high time we admitted it, stood up, and agreed to help do something

Crimes against children

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Living in the professional newspaper world for many years gives me access to many good pieces of information. I get press releases every day, and sometimes every hour, of my life from the big boys, UPI, AP, and others, as well as many from smaller agencies and reporting firms. I have long been a member of several respected news associations

Children as pawns

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I have dear friends of mine that are good people going through a horrible summer through no fault of their own. They join a large cavalcade of other parents and grandparents in the same boat and there’s not much they can do about it, or so it seems to me. They love their grandchildren and want to see them very much. Activities are planned and

Make your own family traditions

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Family traditions are attitudes and ideals inherited from one’s parents in the normal sense of the word. They can help to strengthen family bonds, enrich the life shared together, contribute to children’s wellbeing, and create lasting memories. I have read many articles on the subject, and frankly, I come away feeling a little left out and a

Taking stock of the lies in our life

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I recently wrote about taking inventory and recounted an experience I had with a very successful international manufacturing and shipping company located in Georgia. Their products are shipped all over the world and are helpful in many areas of life. While I was writing the inventory articles, I began to think that perhaps we are

Thank God for simplicity

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This lovely story was shared with me by my friend, William Carlisle. After having the opportunity of working with many special needs children in church, school, and in the community, I find I could identify with Kevin and his perception of life.

I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives

Taking an honest inventory

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Stock-taking or inventory checking is the physical verification of the quantities and condition of items held in an inventory. This may be done to provide an audit of existing stock. It is also the source of stock discrepancy information.” – Wikipedia

“By completing regular stocktakes and having an insight

Keeping our eyes on the prize

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
After writing a recent column on Christians that hurt the faith with their bad behavior, a dear friend of mine sent me this illustration, which is good and to the point. I am praying that someone will read these two columns and realize that the behavior they exhibit at home, on the job, in the neighborhood, and other places, brings a critical eye

Why don’t people want to go to church?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I realize before I type one sentence of this column that I am apt to be harshly judged for daring to breach this unseen and unsaid fact of life, but I have had three instances this week that lead me to think that something should be written to at least admit the charges and perhaps to help someone reading these words to see their harm and

Hurts and heartaches vs. blessings and benefits

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
A friend sent this quote my way this week and I have been giving some thought to it.

“Write your hurts and heartaches in the sand.
Carve your blessings and benefits in stone.”

I take it to mean that we are reminded that

People watching at the airport

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Writing last week about what our faces say about us lead me to another topic of interest to me at least. My daughter works for the airline and has for almost two decades so I fly free, but at the expense of my time, energy, and often composure. Stand-by flying is almost non-existent nowadays even though it is a major perk of their jobs. Airlines have to make

What does our face say about us?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“The human face is no more than an empty page on which the lines of emotion and experience are transcribed.” Kinsey Millhone, Private Investigator, said in D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton.
Having written many times about the human heart being the custodial vessel for what a man or a woman

I can stare it down

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” (Anne Roiphe)
Today I faced a challenge. To me, it was a very big one. I did not know if I had the strength, the power, the perseverance to stick it out and the will to stick with it. I wanted to quit. I wanted to go into my private bedroom,

The importance of our attitude

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” (Kahlil Gibran)
I have news for all of us. God doesn’t expect or desire us to all be just alike. He made us to be individuals, to be

What are we carrying?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Lord, I don’t want to make my journey harder than it already is. I don’t want to drag around weighty things like bitterness, jealousy, pain, and frustration. Today, I lay those things down. Please refill my spiritual luggage with peace, joy, hope, and gentleness.”
(From Daily Wisdom for Women)

Layering it on

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Folks that live up north in the really cold country know how to dress to survive. Once upon a time, we were traveling to Michigan for a week-long conference and had packed for the weather that our group had anticipated. A hard snowstorm hit the afternoon of our arrival and when the clock went off the first morning we were there, it seemed to be pitch

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