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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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My birthday is next week. Now, it's not just any birthday; it's a big one. It's one I've been looking forward to for a while, but regardless of my age, I really love my birthday…every year! My birthday wish lists don't always work out the way I've planned, but I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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My minivan has a spot on the back right fender that's rusted; it's a small spot and if you look closely you can see that the finish was gashed some years ago, exposing the metal and then becoming rusted. My kids know what caused this small gash in our minivan.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats mountain down. ~ A riddle from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit The answer is time. Time marches on, regardless of anything else. And with time, change is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I start to write, but then I come to an abrupt halt. The words don't string together right. I doubt my point. I wonder at the direction the words take. Everything feels jumbled. This time of year is hard for me. The change from summer to fall and into winter.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I don't always remind my kids to floss. I forget to check their finger nails for trimming. I yell at my kids, on occasion. They have way too much screen time. Bedtimes vary. I let them eat Happy Meals from time to time. Sometimes I cuss in front of my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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OK….So, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit when it comes to saving the world, but still, hear me out. Plastic is a big problem for our Earth. As in, it takes years and years and years and years to break down. Some sources say it may takes plastic containers, bottles and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I've been on a roll in the kitchen lately, and it's been a tasty ride. Now this may sound like bragging, but my daddy always says, "It ain't braggin' if you really did it." So, I think it's alright, because boy, I'm tellin' you what, I've made some really great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Isn't it funny how dreams change as we grow and age and transform? Long ago…around 20 years ago…I could envision the grand house we'd would one day have. I thought of the fine things I'd furnish it with as I flipped through Pottery Barn catalogs and perused Southern Living Magazine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Life is all about timing. Maybe you already had this figured out, but I'm just starting to catch on. I have always had a hard time with the concept of time though…. This past spring, during Lent, I found a list of tasks for each day leading up to Easter,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Sometimes it's best to throw caution to the wind….I know it sounds risky, but trust me. I speak from experience. I'm a cautious kind of person. I don't take warnings lightly. I'm really more of a test-the-waters-and-heed-the-signs-foretelling-the-fate-of-a-reckless-leap-from-the-deceivingly-placid-shoreline kind of person. And yet…sometimes…sometimes you just have to let go and take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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When I was a child, I knew summer was over when I slid on a new pair of jeans and felt the confining, new, stiff denim against my legs. I can still remember that feeling. I lived my summers in shorts and swimsuits and jeans meant back-to-school shopping and that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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My heart hurts. My chest feels heavy. I didn't know him, but I laughed with him and cried with him. He made me think and feel and question. And I mourn his death and the deep pain and sadness he must have felt. And I feel a loss in this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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It seems to have happened overnight, but no one warned me it would happen. It must have been a slow, gradual, incremental change; one that comes about so slowly that you are sure to be slapped upside the head when it shows one day, but it seemed to happen so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I think happiness is overrated and over-hyped. Yep. I said it. Now, hold on, let me explain where I'm coming from with this. Even my husband gave me a weird look when I told him this, but I think he sees my point now. There are loads of articles, books... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Call me lazy or creative and efficient….either way, you're probably right in some way or another…but these pickles are good and soooooo easy to make, and I wanted to share this hack with you. Lately, we have received a number of cucumbers in our crop share. I like a bit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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We had a slow day yesterday. Sometimes those are the best kind of days. We got up and watched a movie in bed, the boys and I. We munched on pretzels and corn nuts, the boys with juice and I with my coffee; an odd breakfast I'll admit. We stayed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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When I first began coming to Surfside Beach, Texas, with my soon-to-be husband's maternal family, there were a lot of rules. These rules had been in place for several generations at this point. The rules were really more of an enforced schedule. We all got up to eat breakfast, regardless... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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It comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out, over and over and over forever repeating this dance of indecision, all the while roaring with its fierce, yet calming and mesmerizing voice. The mortal dangers held within this beast are many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Summer vacation with family…when the kids go to bed unbathed, smelling of sun and water, mingled with remnants of bug spray and sunscreen…when the adults are too busy catching up with cousins and aunts and uncles to notice that the children are still running about in the dark shadows long... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Weellllll, we got some adventure right off the bat on this trip. Here's the short version: Due to an unfortunate oversight by a tire company who serviced our vehicle on Monday and shall remain nameless in this post (but will pay their due), we almost lost a wheel or tire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I do feel a bit like I'm taking the circus on the road… I've counted out underwear in neat little stacks, packed up ointments, medicines and bandages of all sizes, thought through meals and bought groceries, washed berries and cut up a watermelon and made 4 tin-foil wrapped sandwiches for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Confession: I REALLY LOVE chocolate! It was a long day…not a bad day, but a long, full day. I really wanted CHOCOLATE (I would say needed, but I know that it's not really a need, but a craving; and a craving is a want). It was too late to make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I have a problem. I collect information…recipes, bits on a new law, a list of clever hacks, ideas for using mason jars, a list of science projects to do with my kids; reasons for eating cabbage every day, something I want to remember for later, party ideas, listings of seasonal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Perhaps I'm feeling a bit nostalgic….but here goes anyway… Dear Toyota, Thank you. I know many people are embarrassed or have mixed feelings about having gone through the minivan-buying rite of passage, but I don't feel that way about it. For me, it coincided with becoming a parent, and that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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How do you measure parental success? Do you use a scale? Or perhaps a ruler or yardstick? Or maybe it's figured with a complicated mathematical equation? Or is there a panel discussion involved and averaging of the scores? Is it by hours spent playing or sitting at ball games or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread