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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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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 34 minutes ago at Hanging By a Thread
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
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
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
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
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
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
* I can't find the right words. Each one seems flimsy and hollow. All of them are inadequate. None of them can hold the depth of the heart and soul, the enormity of the pain, the everlasting gaping hole. There simply are no words. What do you say to a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
I really love chocolate….I mean I REALLY LOVE CHOCOLATE…good chocolate, that is. I don't mess around with cheap chocolate that tastes merely sweet and white chocolate isn't chocolate so don't even try to put it into the chocolate category. Now, I like my chocolate in many forms: hot chocolate, pudding,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:7, King James Version It's funny how unrelated and seemingly unimportant instances link together. A month or so ago, I accidentally left the lights on in my car one evening and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Hanging By a Thread
When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. ~Psalm 94:18-19 In January, I said my "word of the year" was "Fearless." I wasn't quite sure why it came to me, and honestly,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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