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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Yesterday, I was the person I complain about. I was not very friendly. I was curt. I was kind of a bitch. That wasn't my intention. I really didn't mean it. That's not who I am…on most days. I was anxious and stressed. I'm not even sure why. Maybe it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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In regards to the Starbucks "Christmas" cup kerfluffle, I have nothing to say that has not already been said, and I think we're all over the ridiculousness of it. But the part that gets me the most is how silly and petty and irrelevant this argument makes Christianity look because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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I'm not the kind of person who easily sticks to a schedule. I get distracted by all kinds of things…most of them are thoughts and ideas running through my own head. Yet, with this homeschooling gig, I've been trying to stay on track and be more structured. And for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I agree. We recently spent time on a glorious beach full of shells of all kinds of shapes and colors and sizes. I really love shells and rocks and driftwood and glass; those things that come from the water and end... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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"BE NICE TO EACH OTHER!" It's something parents of siblings say often. If you're a mom or dad, you know what I mean. Some days it's enough to my make me feel as though I'm losing my mind! But it's an important and simple lesson to learn. So, we keep... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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I started out exhausted, to begin with…after the first day of homeschool. And you should know, I'm not a morning person by nature….NOT EVER…NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT! But I was trying to make a grand start of things…by making a fresh, organic, healthy, pineapple, banana, peach, apple, kale (from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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Sometime in the last month, my son stopped combing his hair. His explanation was, "Einstein never cared about what his hair looked like, why should I? He had more important things to think about. And so do I." I decided to let it go. After all, if he didn't care... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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When my son's friend, Ben, unexpectedly died this last April everything changed. When you're 8 years old, you don't expect people to die and you certainly never think about a friend dying. And when a person near and dear to you dies, you are forever changed in so many ways.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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First, plan a date and destination with your friend and put it on your calendar. Now, get sick and reschedule that trip and go to the doctor for antibiotics instead. On rescheduled date, check website for info and discover planned-on destination is closed on that day of the week. Scramble... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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This year my prayer is a bit different….this year I'm the teacher for both my kids…and there's a lot to pray for! Dear Lord, My prayer this year is for me and the boys. I pray for peace in our hearts, in our thoughts and in our words to one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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Sometimes we eat dinner at 9 p.m….because we had a fun day out at the arboretum and came in late, because when we got home the kids ran over to the neighbors to play, because when I was picking basil from the garden to make pesto for dinner we were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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Sometimes life presents you with a toad funeral. So, picture this…you're a toad….a little toad…and you're minding your own beeswax, hopping down the side of the road, out of the way of the cars…because you're a safety conscious kind of toad, and SPLAT out of nowhere a kid rides over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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Our days seem to go by faster and faster. We always have something going on. But yesterday I was reminded of several simple pleasures that I'd forgotten about or perhaps taken for granted. I like simple, unhurried, go with the flow kind of days, where one thing flows into the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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There are times that I spend a lot of my time standing in my tiny kitchen chopping this, stirring that, testing, tasting, creating, changing, making, baking, cooking, roasting and thinking. Summer is one of those times. I pick tomatoes or kale or peppers or herbs or broccoli or cauliflower every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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OK. So, this is a lesson I've had to learn over and over: Never say Never and God clearly has a sense of humor. A few Nevers that God found funny: I'm Never going to drive a minivan. My car is NEVER going to be messy and filthy. Our kids... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
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Be a Tree Develop deep, strong roots in the soil, grounding yourself and providing a solid foundation on which to grow. Be a Tree Stand straight and tall without apology or regret, being sure and confident in yourself and your actions. Be a Tree Shelter those in need of warmth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread