Brenda Cannon Henley's archive

Seldom do I ever write a column to a specific age group, nor do I try to dispense advice to folks when I am not qualified or trained to do so. I do have opinions, as does any decent wordsmith, and I do share them in various ways with those who choose to give me the time of day in reading my work.

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Contending for years that the most difficult task any individual has to do in life is to maintain balance between their educational, professional, charitable and family time, I’ve personally never seen this effort so daunting. Just think of your own holiday calendar from Thanksgiving through the New Year. We all love our friends and family, our coworkers (mostly), our neighbors, and those we come into contact with all year long, but when the holiday parties take up every night of the week, where is the time to dedicate to family?

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The last month of 2012 came as a big surprise to me. Now, I don’t mean that December rolled around — it always does. But this December did not follow any plan I had made, and I am a planner and somewhat of an organizer. I know what I intend to do and usually have a plan to get it done in a timely manner.

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I’ve been giving some thought to the beautiful photograph of the brave and fierce looking lion someone sent me on my Facebook page. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we can get a wrong message from the saying that has been attached: “Walk in like Goliath and fight like David.” We all remember cartoons and stories from our youth explaining clearly that the lion is the king of the jungle and when he roars, the other animals cower in fear and run to hide. He is known to be a killer when he is on the hunt for food or guarding his den.

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It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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