Category Archives: Kate ~ HerStory

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.

One of my favorite things about making 1 family from 2 is discovering awesome traditions that we want to make sure we do with Finn. Halloween A Hanke tradition is making Halloween costumes.  I love to hear about all the … Continue reading

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Big mistake…huge…HUGE!

Please note: I give Mayo Clinic credit for saving my life when I suffered from nectratizing pancreatitis and for bringing my son into this world.  Many of my family members are & were employed there.  I have no ill will … Continue reading

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What is your moral compass?

Growing up I felt like I got dealt a crummy hand.  This led me to believe it was within my right to “even the score” and I did many things that I have deep regret for  (far past the time … Continue reading

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The price of bigotry.

I can’t remember a moment when I realized my mom was different than the “normal” mom. She had girlfriends instead of boyfriends. I remember the exact details of when my  sister told me she was a lesbian.  We were in … Continue reading

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If the story of the United States has a theme so far in the 21st century, it is surely one of resilience. To hail that spirit on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, TIME revisited the people who led … Continue reading

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