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Hanging By a Thread
Minneapolis, MN
Attorney. Wordsmith. Author of Hanging By a Thread Blog. Mom. Wife. Talker. Lover of Fine Chocolate. Passion Driven. Hire me to Write or Research.
Interests: chocolate, laughing, roses, warm socks, coffee, good books, justice, talking, my boys, prayer, girls' night out, child advocacy, tuna sandwiches, puppies and kittens, consumer safety issues, writing, 89.3 the current, lake harriet, pizza, Constitutional law
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When I was in junior high my best friend moved from our little town in the Texas Pandhandle to a little town in Kansas. Her grandma lived down the street from my aunt though and so she came back often. And sometimes, in the summer, our moms would agree to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Hanging By a Thread
I never meant to be a boy mom. I'm not an athlete. I don't love sports or camping or fishing or bugs or messy, dirty activities. Needless to say, there are a lot of things I have had to learn over the past 7.5 years as mom to two rambunctious,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Hanging By a Thread
As I was stuffing my laptop into my old leather bag, the one I've carried since law school, I realized that the contents are a pretty good representative of who I am. Now, whether this a positive or negative, I'm not so sure. I like to be prepared for what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
When it comes to my children there isn't much I won't do. I will love and support and teach and comfort and guide and listen and pray and cuddle and nurture and stand back and stand behind and cheer on and advocate. That's my job; my most important job. My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I have come to realize that since having my first baby almost eight years ago I have not always had the same mainstream ideas or practices of parenthood. And I'm OK with this. My first year of being a mother was really amazing. We did our own thing, depending on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
What's your story? We all have stories to tell; happy, sad, surprising, touching, magical, mysterious, funny, ironic stories of our lives. I shared a question on Facebook last week that elicited quite a response. The question was this: "If you had to marry your partner where you met him or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
What if we made decisions based on reason and good sense and because it was in the best interest for all or at least most? What then? What would our world look like? What would we think of our leaders then? How would we feel about mankind? How would we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I don't feel "old"…but I am getting close to that unofficial marker of "maturity." Forty is just six and half months from today; just around the corner. And I'm fine with this. It's just a number. And I really love my birthday, regardless of the number. But lately I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I have always wanted a big, shiny, beautiful Kitchenaid stand mixer, but I have never had that much money just sitting there without a place to go to buy such an expensive, lovely mixer. What I do have is a cheap, handheld Sunbeam Mixmaster. I bought that mixer when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Bossy is an adjective that has often been used to describe me in my 39 years. I have never been quieted or shamed or discouraged by this word. Instead, I happily and proudly claim this description. And quite frankly, it's true. I am bossy. In my mind, I don't consider... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
There is a reason that ancient cities built walls around their borders, kept the gates guarded and closed them at night. A walled and well-guarded city can weather attacks much better and these defenses alone could be enough to thwart an assault altogether. By keeping all of its inhabitants contained... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Some days it just makes sense to whip up some brownies instead of starting dinner...or at least it does to me. And on this particular evening this week, I had a bag of hazelnuts that just begged to be included in this plan. My current favorite gluten free brownie recipe,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ." ~C.S. Lewis I was touched by the comments and messages that said, "I could have written this." "These words describe me." "I feel this way... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I am so lonely. It's hard to admit that; to actually say it out loud. So, please be gentle and don't judge me. But it's true. I crave friendship. Not just friendly interactions. I mean real, forever, deep friendship. It's hard to find that as an adult. I have lots... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I've got a short and sweet lesson for you today. I read about a Texas teenager who sat down to lunch at school, reached into his bag and discovered to his shock that he has accidentally grabbed a beer from the fridge, rather than a soda, when he packed his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
On Sunday, we went on our first "Search for Signs of Spring" stroll of this year; there will be many to follow in the next few weeks and months. We do this every year, starting sometime in March, usually; that time when you start to think that winter will never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Today is the start of Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is a period of preparation through penance, prayer, almsgiving, repentance of sins, atonement and self-denial, reflecting the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert that is observed by Christians. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Sometimes one thing leads to another and another and then you've got a full blown adventure on your hands with all the makings for fun family memories. And I love it when that happens. It was a Saturday in late September; a beautiful fall day, crisp and clear. The boys... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I want to write. I want to be relevant and heard and make an impact and resonate with my readers. But I don't think I am. When I started doing this writing online thing I had no idea all the thoughts and feelings and secrets I would share with my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
A few weeks ago, I worked a 6 hour shift at a hockey tournament, running the "chuck-a-puck" table. As hockey parents, my husband and I had to put in volunteer hours during the season or pony up a chunk of change; we opted for volunteering. I did all of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I have a lot of books in my home. In fact, there are books in every room. I like books; not the kind that take up no space with no bindings or pages and lay hidden inside an electronic gadget. No, I like real, tangible books with pages that can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
I don't always know what to say. When tragedy strikes a friend or someone gets knocked around by life and is feeling hurt, broken, devastated, crushed, I don't always know what words to say. And I don't think I'm alone in this. My words may be inadequate, awkward or flat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Do not mistake my silence for inattentiveness. I have been mulling over a story. I can't quite tell it yet because not all of the elements are played out. But my head and heart and fingers want to tap out the words. For now, patience and silence prevails. But in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Is it boredom? Too busy? Self-importance? Why can't we put our phones down and be present in the moment? This is especially important when sitting in the driver's seat! Being present in a moment could me the difference between life and death…yours or a fellow road mate. I think I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
Some days I feel flattened, like the sculpture of the person in the photo. It can start the moment I get out of bed or it could happen after I have read my messages and texts and emails and look at my never-ending to-do list or get a phone call... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread