Author Archives: kristenliumcc

Happy New Year, Get Yourself an Advance Directive

I celebrated New Year’s with an old friend from college who hosted a party in his studio apartment. He served homemade salsa and roasted mushrooms, and the most raucous moments of the night involved a banjo, a kazoo, and a

Happy New Year, Get Yourself an Advance Directive

I celebrated New Year’s with an old friend from college who hosted a party in his studio apartment. He served homemade salsa and roasted mushrooms, and the most raucous moments of the night involved a banjo, a kazoo, and a

Work It Wednesday

In this house we are decidedly never WORDLESS. But, I want to play the picture game, so here’s WORK IT WEDNESDAY : This pizza video is a throwback…two years ago! The beginning of a love affair with mushrooms.

Work It Wednesday

In this house we are decidedly never WORDLESS. But, I want to play the picture game, so here’s WORK IT WEDNESDAY : This pizza video is a throwback…two years ago! The beginning of a love affair with mushrooms.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Were Rough

On Wednesday morning, I lost a pregnancy. I was only 6 weeks pregnant. Not much. I spent the morning observing the first grade ICT class (“integrated co-teaching,” meant to be a mix of general ed kids and those with special

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Were Rough

On Wednesday morning, I lost a pregnancy. I was only 6 weeks pregnant. Not much. I spent the morning observing the first grade ICT class (“integrated co-teaching,” meant to be a mix of general ed kids and those with special

Why I love Richard Scarry

Ruby loves her Richard Scarry books, and they’re among a very few books that she specifically asks for. Looking at these books doesn’t quite count as reading a story, because each jumbo page is so packed with activity that we

Why I love Richard Scarry

Ruby loves her Richard Scarry books, and they’re among a very few books that she specifically asks for. Looking at these books doesn’t quite count as reading a story, because each jumbo page is so packed with activity that we

A Relationship

In addition to gaining a permanent mommy a few months ago, since I stopped working long shifts at the hospital and being forced to dodge her hugs until I’d peeled off my scrubs and showered if she happened to be

A Relationship

In addition to gaining a permanent mommy a few months ago, since I stopped working long shifts at the hospital and being forced to dodge her hugs until I’d peeled off my scrubs and showered if she happened to be

Anatomy of an IEP Meeting: Part 1

(I wrote this in the summer about Ruby’s IEP meeting at the end of pre-K. I sent it to the Motherlode blog of the NYT, and was rejected with the line, “sometimes things just don’t work out.” What better place

Anatomy of an IEP Meeting: Part 1

(I wrote this in the summer about Ruby’s IEP meeting at the end of pre-K. I sent it to the Motherlode blog of the NYT, and was rejected with the line, “sometimes things just don’t work out.” What better place

Speech Therapy Chicken

My mother got this awesome sesame chicken recipe from my father’s mother, Kitty. Kitty’s original recipe included MSG (“flavor enhancer”), even though she is, in my mind, the original healthy hip grandmother. (The only other person I’ve known to use

Speech Therapy Chicken

My mother got this awesome sesame chicken recipe from my father’s mother, Kitty. Kitty’s original recipe included MSG (“flavor enhancer”), even though she is, in my mind, the original healthy hip grandmother. (The only other person I’ve known to use

Stitches

My daughter does well in emergency rooms. She likes a captive audience. She knew what the people waiting in the Southampton Hospital ER on the night before the Fourth of July needed. They needed to be offered some blueberries by

Stitches

My daughter does well in emergency rooms. She likes a captive audience. She knew what the people waiting in the Southampton Hospital ER on the night before the Fourth of July needed. They needed to be offered some blueberries by

Speak for Yourself

I took a pretty big step today. My 5 year old daughter Ruby has Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which I think of as the most challenging element of her global apraxia, a developmental impairment that makes motor planning and coordination

Speak for Yourself

I took a pretty big step today. My 5 year old daughter Ruby has Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which I think of as the most challenging element of her global apraxia, a developmental impairment that makes motor planning and coordination

Why?

As a little girl I played with phone books. I used the small ones, the ones that feel like a novel and fit in a purse and are populated with rectangular ads of varied dimensions. I turned the feathery pages

Why?

As a little girl I played with phone books. I used the small ones, the ones that feel like a novel and fit in a purse and are populated with rectangular ads of varied dimensions. I turned the feathery pages