A little stretch

All of the arti­cles I’ve writ­ten before this one have been on top­ics that I already knew some­thing about or have had some first­hand expe­ri­ence with. Not this one! It was real­ly fun to do, though. Most of the research came from inter­views, so at first I was a lit­tle ner­vous. Every­body I talked to was so help­ful and inspiring,

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Tiny article, but extremely important

Here is a very short arti­cle about a top­ic I am quite pas­sion­ate about, umbil­i­cal cord blood. Sev­er­al major hos­pi­tals in our area have teamed with the blood bank to col­lect and store the stem-cell rich cord blood and donate it to indi­vid­u­als in need through a nation­al reg­istry. Now some­thing that is typ­i­cal­ly dis­card­ed can instead save lives —

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A little flattery

It’s always nice to receive com­pli­ments on your work. After doing the arti­cle and school pro­files for Judy’s Book Greater Seat­tle, Liesel Pol­lvogt wrote: Thanks Laurie–you did an *awe­some* job on these. I was impressed with your quick turn-around, qual­i­ty of writ­ing, and how you instant­ly “got” what this was all about and were able to get start­ed with­out a bunch

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School profiles

In March, I worked on writ­ing sum­maries for sev­er­al schools based on sur­vey data obtained from par­ents by Judy’s Book Greater Seat­tle, includ­ing: 65th Street Coop­er­a­tive Preschool The Clear­wa­ter School Epiphany School French Amer­i­can School of Puget Sound Hill­top Ele­men­tary School The Nova Project Pike Mar­ket Child Care and Preschool The Ever­green School West­side School I also wrote an arti­cle for

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Early language delays can hamper learning

This arti­cle is about diag­nos­ing and treat­ing lan­guage delays before chil­dren enter school in order to pre­vent learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties lat­er. My daugh­ter, as well as the chil­dren of sev­er­al of my friends, are for­tu­nate to have received speech ther­a­py as preschool­ers. “Ear­ly lan­guage delays can ham­per learn­ing”, Par­entMap, Novem­ber 2004, page 13

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Hike and seek with geocaching

My first pub­lished arti­cle is about tak­ing kids geo­caching — a grow­ing sport where hand­held GPS sys­tems are used to locate hid­den “trea­sure”. Although we don’t go often enough, my fam­i­ly real­ly enjoys hik­ing, and geo­caching adds a nice twist to help keep the lit­tle ones moti­vat­ed. The Pacif­ic North­west is a par­tic­u­lar­ly great place for geo­caching, but you can

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