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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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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 yesterday 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
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At mass on Easter Sunday, in front of us, there was a little girl of about four years old who had fallen asleep with her head on her mom's lap. When it was time for communion her mother gently lifted her up and whispered to her that she could stay... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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There is absolutely nothing simple about my son. In fact, he just gets more complicated with each year. I have always known that my son was very intelligent, but now I have proof. I have always known that there was a disconnect somewhere, somehow, but now I have proof. I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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Mother's Day is Sunday. I don't need ribbons and bows on packages. I don't need breakfast in bed. I don't need flowers. I don't need to be taken out to dinner by the family. It's not tangible things or special treatment I'm looking for. On this hallowed day celebrating mothers... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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I have the world's smallest kitchen. The kitchen also serves as the pathway between the rest of the house and the breezeway, garage and back doors. Often during this time of year while I'm cooking dinner in the evening my children are in and out, traipsing through with another gun... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread
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What type of person are you? What city should you live in? What kind of animal spirit are you? Are you a true child of the 80's? Which super hero are you? Which queen of comedy are you? Are you right brained or left brained or balanced? What color are... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Hanging By a Thread