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Welcome to Life on a Tightrope.

I’m Dre.

I read, I think, I write, I drink wine.

Chaos brings out the quirks in my personality.

You may be wondering, “Do you drink your wine from a paper bag in that alley you’re standing in up there, half naked?”

The answer, my friend, is: No, but maybe now is a good time to start.

If you’ve been a reader of mine in the past, you may wonder why I moved from The Sweet Life.  It’s simple, really.  For three years, I tried to write what I thought people would want to read at a place where life is supposed to be vanilla bean sweet, but that’s not who I am, nor is it who I want to be.

In reality, for a while there my life was a tightrope – sometimes narrow, sometimes wide, always hanging over a deep chasm promising to swallow me whole if I fell.  Here, at Life on a Tightrope, I talk about finding my balance and surviving some of the challenges life sent my way.  In time, I hope also to freely talk about the joy I’ve found in the vineyards of the beautiful Sierra Foothills of California.

I live with my daughers, Ali (11) and Blythe (7), my husband Nathan, our Chiweenie Taco-Murphy, and our 2 cats, Zeus and Happy.  As a family, we make wine, live simply and love deeply, savoring every moment.

Thanks for visiting, and let me know if you’d like a swig from my paper bag at:  meatfordinner (at) gmail (dot) com

4 Responses to “About”

  • Jocelyn:

    Hello, Dahling!
    Looking forward to hearing from you again as always!!
    Love you!


  • thoughts, stumbling, falling, tightropes. these things help me, when upright on two feet, remember how i got here and how. i don’t much care for meat, but love to chew the fat! you inspire me and I can’t wait to read more. emotions, especially, are just what they are, and never “right” or “wrong”. take care, lol, jamie rae


  • Oh my goodness I used to read your old blog all the time and then I couldn’t find you anymore. I was on Jen’s blog (princessprose) and saw a comment you left and recognized your blog. I am so sorry with everything thats been going on, and i am praying for you. BTW your a fantastic writer. :) Many hugs


  • So glad to hear that things are going better for you. Good luck on your move to California. It sounds like a great opportunity! I can’t wait to read more about it. How are your girls doing? Allergies any better? Are you still exercising?
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    Here is some info I have gathered that explains the product well. My website above also has tabs with great information.
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    Good luck to the end of the school year and packing up!
    Kristen Piccola


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