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Kristina Chew
Back in Berkeley after 27 years
writing :: advocacy :: autism :: disability :: res matris
Interests: Greek & Latin & Classics. music & literature (poetry most of all). writing & translating. ocean. Greece. walking the long road with my best pals jim & charlie
Recent Activity
When Jim taught 6-year-old Charlie to ride a bike, we never thought he and Charlie would do, as they have so far, 35,000 miles (plus).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at We Go With Him
πάθει μάθος "in suffering there is learning" -- Chorus, Agamemnon, Aeschylus Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at We Go With Him
Jim and Charlie are walking to the psychiatrist's office in the photo on a street that reminds me of why I love Berkeley so much.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at We Go With Him
Jim and I met twice last week, on successive days, with a psychiatrist in Berkeley for Charlie. We needed two sessions to talk about Charlie.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at We Go With Him
My family's preferred spectator sport is (American) football (for teams on the East Bay -- silver & black attack and, most of all, Cal Berkeley)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at We Go With Him
I feel like we're walking into the deep end and -- after all the years since the diagnosis and preschool and setting up ABA and finding schools -- starting very much all over again. I hope this new school will be a permanent one for Rufus; talk about facing a crucible-sort of experience in transitioning Charlie to his school in California. 'Actual positive discussions' with the school and without lawyers: Perhaps it's the result from all those not very positive, lawyered-up ones in the past! It wouldn't be for Charlie to attend his IEP meetings -- it goes without saying, while he's not there physically, he is very much present. Very curious to know how it goes with Rufus at the table.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on 6-Month Mark at We Go With Him
I was fortunate to be a speaker at the BlogHer 2014 Special Needs Mini-Con session on Saturday afternoon with Shannon and Jen at the San... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at We Go With Him
Thank you so much!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on 'Stick With Me' at We Go With Him
Hello! California has been very good for Charlie and for us, so far! Hope it continues to be so for you and yours.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2014 on Charlie in Napa at We Go With Him
In the midst of a heavy-duty perseveration episode in which Charlie said 'Berkeley' at least once every minute for over 2 hours last night, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at We Go With Him
It just occurred to me that in the six months plus that we've now been in California, we haven't once been to the ER, which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at We Go With Him
Charlie's first week back in summer school after three weeks of 'school camp' was tough so --it's time to quote Virgil. facilis descensus Averno: noctes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at We Go With Him
After a fine bike ride down the Peninsula on Sunday, we dropped off the bikes at home and drove back across the bay to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at We Go With Him
Loading the bikes on the rack on the silver car. Driving over the Bay Bridge through San Francisco to a ball park just south of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at We Go With Him
Most of our days follow the same routines. Weekends, that means Charlie wakes up and we load up the bikes and drive over, per his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at We Go With Him
Who would have thought, but it has been six months since we packed up our boxes and watched the movers (from a Newark company owned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at We Go With Him
We had a couple of reasons to be hesitant to take Charlie on the ferris wheel ride he’d been asking for this past week. Friday,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at We Go With Him
At some time in the middle of last week it occurred to me to look at Charlie's school calendar, whereupon it hit me that this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at We Go With Him
Charlie got through the long Memorial Day weekend with a total of 6 bike rides (3 on the Peninsula, 3 in Berkeley; 1 with Cousin... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at We Go With Him
Thanks so much, Liz! We've been looking forward to the San Mateo County Fair and the smaller one sounds appealing -- am getting the feeling we need to reevaluate our strategy for Charlie on rides.
Sensing that it is "that time of the year," Charlie started calling for the ferris wheel last Monday evening. Jim found a promising-looking one --... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at We Go With Him
We certainly did not intend to celebrate Charlie's 17th birthday for three days in a row, especially given his historical need for lowkeying birthdays. But... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at We Go With Him
Thanks for sharing the long road with us for 17 years, each more beauteous and lovely, and full of love. ὠ φίλτατον μέλημα [o philtaton... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at We Go With Him
After picking me up from BART and on the way uphill to my parents' house, Charlie turned on a few songs from the Beach Boys,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at We Go With Him