Brenda Cannon Henley's archive

Warren and Pam Adams standing in the doorway of FantaSea BBQ and Grill  on the B

Perhaps you have read one or more variations of this little writing that has come to mean a lot to me and to several of my friends. There are several that claim to be the original author, and I honestly do not have any way of proving the truth, but that doesn’t diminish the greater good of the thought.

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Two of my favorite people: my beloved Mama Cole, who raised me and my brother, a

Just boarded a flight that will take me home to Texas with my daughter, DeAnna Stancil Davis. How we thank God for her job at the airline. First class all the way. DeAnna has been an airline employee for over a decade and thank God, her mom flies free anywhere in the world.

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This has been a tough first year. My life in the great state of Texas reads like a fairy tale and I always planned for and expected the “happily ever after” part. Didn’t work out quite like I planned. My husband of nearly a decade, who was my earnest cowboy hero, died a year ago on Aug. 16 after a terrific and fierce battle with cancer. Throughout the treatments and the after effects, I thought right up until the very end that he would get better.

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I saw someone do something really dumb the other day, but it wasn’t my circus and they weren’t my monkeys, so I could not do anything to help other than pray for a decent outcome. The incident reminded me of a line or two in an old Jimmy Buffet song. He sang about “a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.” How many of us live every day with the results of a temporary feeling or an act that we committed when we were not in the best frame of mind? Perhaps we chose a partner that is not suited to us or to the family we want to create.

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I love words. I have always loved words since my Uncle Donald encouraged me to read when I was very young. He brought me books he had found on sale, those given to him, and from the local library. For each book I read and was able to give him enough of a verbal report or the story line, he gave me a small amount of money. If it were a decent size book, I might get a quarter or two. I so looked forward to his visits, the books, and the prizes I earned.

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