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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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I don't excel in many areas, but I can create really good food. {My dad would say in an exaggerated thick Texas accent, "it ain't braggin' if you really done it"} I don't use recipes for cooking, as a general rule. I do reference recipes for inspiration and enjoy reading... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Hanging By a Thread
As I posted a few weeks ago, as a busy woman, I have a hard time finding the time it takes to devote to shopping and putting together cute, fashionable outfits…that fit well…without holes or stains. So, I finally broke down and decided to give Stitch Fix a try. Here's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Hanging By a Thread
{Note: I wrote most of this article about two and half years ago. I wasn't sure where the story would go back then. Of course, the story is not finished yet, but we're in a better, more confident place now. I hope that you will find this to be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Today marks my 42nd year. I'm not sure what to think of where I'm going or where I've been, but I know who I am and what I stand for and I'm not afraid to speak my mind when so inclined to do so. I am so grateful to have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Dyslexia is a slippery little booger. It lurks under high IQs. It hides from unsuspecting teachers and parents. It disguises itself as inattention, slow cognition, disinterest, anxiety, shyness and anger. Dyslexia is hard to see if you don't know what you're looking for. It's hard to understand if you haven't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
My children will grow up to be world travelers with a passion for exploration or hermits who never want to leave the comfort and familiarity of home. I'm hoping for the former. Since my kids were little bitty, we have gone and done all that we could afford and fit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Last year, I was full of hope and questions and uncertainty as we embarked on our first year of homeschool. I had NEVER intended to educate my kids at home, but our plans for life don't always work out the way we think they will and when that happens I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Most Friday nights you'll find us at home. And I'm not gonna lie – that often means we each retreat to our own corners, but I decided that we should have a Friday fun schedule to do stuff together as a family as we start the weekend. So, I came... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Failing simply means you tried something. It's OK to fail. In fact, it's good to fail. Of course, I don't mean it's ok to neglect work or lessons and blow off practicing, planning or studying. But the message we should be sending to our kids and the way we should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I rarely shop for clothes any more. It's not easy. It's not fun. Becoming a mom has sucked all the joy out of clothes shopping. Now, I'm not talking about my body, but that's seen better days too. No, what I'm referring to is the process of choosing clothes to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Every year since my older son started kindergarten I've written a start of school year prayer. Last year that prayer was a little different because I was not only mom, but also teacher. This year begins year two of homeschooling. And, as always, this start of the school year prayer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Itinerary making is not to be taken lightly. I spent many hours on this and went through multiple drafts before settling on this one. Of course, we made little adjustments throughout each day. And then, each night we went over the next day's schedule and made changes. Regardless, here is... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I really love to travel. I haven't always had the money or the freedom of schedule to do so, but when I have the chance, I go…dragging along my kids and husband or sometimes my mom on whatever adventure I've hatched. And when we travel, we don't just push back... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
There has been a lot of discussion on Target's bathroom policy regarding transgender persons. I, myself, am baffled by why this is an issue that Target thought they needed to address. I think people can and have been deciding which bathroom is the right one for them without an official... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
There's a free little library "on a stick" on Lyndale Ave in Uptown where I've found a few treasures over the years. I usually check it on my way to eat lunch at French Meadow. Their parking situation is terrible. So, I park a block down on a side street... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I've been wrestling with this for a bit. I've been trying to decide whether to keep my mouth shut or speak up. If you know me very well, you know that keeping quiet is something that is VERY difficult for me. What bothers me most is injustice, hate, bigotry and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
Because sometimes we forget the good stuff… You are loved. You are enough. You are beautiful. You are talented. You are unique. You are strong. You are smart. You are worthy of love and success and good things. You CAN do it. You matter. Life can get crowded and hectic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
This may strike you as selfish, but lately I've been feeling like I – as in my hopes and dreams and ideas and purpose for My Whole Life – are disappearing; being swallowed up. And I'm mourning this loss of me. When I was a kid I looked ahead and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I'm always telling my kids stuff. Some stuff is important and a lot of it is just mundane stuff… "Pick up your coat and put it on the hook." "Put your dish in the sink." "Remember to put clean underwear on…yes, again…You have to put new underwear on every day!"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
When I was in college, I went through sorority rush and joined Alpha Phi in the end. It was one of the best decisions of my life, but that's a story for another time…my point is, when rushing, both as a "rushee" and "rusher" (in the following years), you ask... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I've struggled this past year. Oh, it has not always been visible on the surface. I keep smiling and going on, but underneath that thin smile there has been unrest, deep sadness, stress, turmoil. It was a hard year with big decisions, loss, guilt, uncertainty. I thought I was doing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Hanging By a Thread
I kind of love our Advent wreath. The boys and I made it. It's not perfect. In fact, it's even late. Advent began last Sunday. Of course, I'm a pro at being tardy; so, there's nothing new there. We haven't ever done an advent wreath before. We have used Advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
I love the winter! I know…people don't often say that, but it's true, I do! And I live in Minnesota where we get the full brunt of winter weather. So, I understand what minus 30 feels like on the bare skin of your face. I know how beautiful and peaceful... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~Arthur Ashe In mid-October, I noticed a plant growing in my courtyard right off my kitchen. It was quite tenacious and kept getting taller even as the temperatures kept getting cooler. Eventually, I noticed a large bud forming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
Have Mercy. Be merciful. How often do we show mercy with ourselves, with our families, with strangers? It can be hard to be merciful. I certainly should respond with mercy more often. I am always working on this myself. So, this is said without judgment, but I'm often dismayed with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread