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Pull Up A Chair…


You can feel that little bit of edge in the air as we head toward Fall.  This is my favorite time of year — that crisp feeling first thing in the morning, that hollow warmth in the early afternoon that is just teasing you as it shifts to that slide toward winter.  It’s not quite time to head out to the pumpkin patch, but the u-pick apple farm is calling my name.

And, it is that glorious time of year known as football season.  (Go Mountaineers!)  Plus, I’ve got some cinnamon rolls rising at the moment, ready to pop in the oven shortly.  So, what’s not to love?  (Thank goodness for those bags of frozen cinnamon rolls for tired mommas who want something fresh with their coffee, but don’t have the time to make it themselves.)

The Peanut has a horrible ear infection and a case of strep, so life is moving slowly at our house today. 

I was thinking yesterday how much I miss getting ready to start classes again.  Every year around this time, I feel at loose ends when I’m not heading to school, don’t you?  And it got me thinking about what sorts of new things I’ve been learning, without the formal classroom setting.

Thought it might be fun to talk a bit about some new things you’ve been learning of late.  Any new hobbies?  New obsessions?  Something you’ve been trying lately in your diet?  Any great new recipes to share?  Exercise?  Planning a trip to a new place?  Whatever.

But stagnation is never a good thing, so if you haven’t tried something new lately, maybe someone else can give you a good idea. 

Something else that could be infinitely useful for this group:  are your local Democratic or DFA or whatever political group to which you belong doing any activities that might translate well to other areas of the country?  If so, please share.  Let’s brainstorm a bit on what has been successful for folks in getting apolitical friends to be more politically active.

Pull up a chair… 

(Photo of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area from the NPS website.  Gorgeous photos.  Anyone been there?)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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