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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 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 yesterday 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
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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. And I think this applies to parents and children too. Over the years, since becoming a mom, I've traveled for work some and gone on a trip with girlfriends once or twice and left alone with my husband once. I'm always glad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Put on Sunscreen ~ Don't set an Alarm ~ Don't Run Near the Pool ~ Stay out Playing until it's Dark ~ Wear a Bike Helmet while Riding ~ Get Wet ~ Laugh Often ~ Eat Meals Outside ~ No School Work ~ Wear Flip Flops ~ Read for Pleasure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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A few months ago, I was open and honest and put it out there for everyone to read. I said I was lonely. I said I didn't have any close friends nearby to hang out with, laugh with, chat with to feel a part of something with. I was afraid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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This is the time of year I start to get antsy. Every June I have a deadline for a big work project. I sit hour after hour at my computer during the winter as the snow falls and then through the spring as the snow melts away and teases us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I pray a lot. My prayers are personal. They aren't loud or formal or lengthy. My prayers are simple words, humbly offered up to the God I trust and believe in. I'm often on my computer. My lifeline to the world, both for work and personal contacts, is Facebook. And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Drugs….{Sizzle}…Any Questions?... Just Say No! My 5 year old equates anything that happened "a long time ago" with "back in the '80s." I think that he probably pictures horse drawn wagons on dirt roads and no internet and rotary phones that... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Judge me if you will, but I don't and won't feel guilty about these things. I'm a mom with a lot on my plate, just like every mom. I'm just doing the best I can with the resources I've got at hand. I don't like to play. I feel that... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I think people in general deserve more than 1 chance. I think that people make honest mistakes. I think that people forget to do or not to do something sometimes….and some people do this quite often. And I think that this is even more often the case when talking about... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Last night was baseball night, as is tonight. Of course, tonight is also soccer, as was Monday. Yesterday, as we arrived at the fields, we waved and said hello to several other parents. My son's coach is my son's friend's mom and a friend of mine. They were in kindergarten... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Connected in Thought and Feeling I am forever connected to my children through invisible lines that stretch endless distances carrying various emotions to and fro. I feel what they feel. I hurt when they hurt. I sigh when they are placid and happy. I cheer when they are excited. I... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread