MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Maybe in 2009?

1. visit Seoul in April? or June? 2. learn some conversational Korean for that trip 3. learn real Spanish, por supuesta! 4. do one complete piece per month (writing, art, whatever)… 5. …just for the sake of doing it… 6. Read more…


Enough Already

It’s decided. We decided. I want to blame my life’s happenings as making me question if we can adopt… But it’s me, it’s us. These life happenings happened, and this is how I’m doing, and I can’t undo it. I Read more…


What is Good Enough

I have Zee here cooking with me, the great delicacy known as Rice Krispies Treats. I have made them once before, just once. It was when GK and I were dating, and it was for Valentines Day. I am sure Read more…


Writing

Maybe one day I will do really something as an artist/writer… One day…. 15 things I don’t want to write (about): 1. specific situations & people that make me angry 2. the meanest parts of me 3. inanimate objects 4. Read more…


Lyrics

Selected lyrics from songs listed below… Some day, yeah We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun Pain throws your heart to the ground Love turns the whole thing around No it won’t all go the way it should Read more…


Enchildas in the house! (pics)

Yup, I made them. Fried the corn tortillas in a med hot corn oil, until they were crispy, not wiggly, but still not breakable when bended. Used my mom’s special sauce,  New Mexico Chile based: cook the whole dry chiles Read more…


All of Him, Smiling

  He’s all over the place, and he puts his whole self into whatever he’s doing. So when he cheeses for the camera, no, it’s not just his eyes, not just his mouth, not just his face. It’s his whole Read more…


A Mother for a Daughter

The coincidence that got me thinking today, is, while in the car to take Zee to his 3rd speech related appointment, is that I heard three very sad stories on the radio about kids needing to go into the foster Read more…


Reaching

I reached out to touch a bat sting ray at Sea World (they are squishy with slimy wet-noodle skin, and are strangely cute in an alien sort of way) It has been an eventful November for our family, with eventful Read more…


Carry Each Other

Thanksgiving Week is almost over. I spent the week all over the state of California, from here in the Bay Area of San Francisco down to San Diego, with many stops in between. It is Friday night 9pm, and we Read more…


Necessary Evil

It’s not that it was a perfect pile. Mismatched, hodge-podge & barely stable, it could be argued that its minutes were numbered. Perfect, no. But folded? Yes. Then this little sweetheart came along. He found his mother on the phone, Read more…


Soldier On

I had this interesting conversation during this busy whirlwind weekend that is only half over. I was told that I seem to have it all together. It was a sweet & kind compliment. But… what? I want it, but I Read more…


Consumerist Math Coma

I had a math coma last night. These are the days when money is tighter, and coupled with my newfound skill at pinching pennies, I have been better at keeping money from pouring out of our bank account like water Read more…


The Unknowns

How do we navigate The Unknown? Well, I have an idea how I currently deal with unknowns in my life, but how am I supposed to? There’s something about being a child, the implicit nature of the powerlessness, the dependence on adults to Read more…


Work Perks

Here is Zee trying to convince Daddy to take him to work. Ever since Halloween, when he visited Daddy’s work and received lots of candy, he believes that Daddy goes to work to eat candy all day. I know this Read more…


YES We Did!

Tonight is historic. Having a president-elect that I believe is the right man for the job right now, whose view on the world is one that embodies mine, and who is going to be the first African-American president…. I just Read more…


Speaking of Intervention

Little Zee is just a wild man. I think he has inherited the absolute Life is Mine to Take kind of perspective that I think his dad had as a boy. His daddy was definitely a force to be reckoned Read more…


The Family I Joined

What was it like to be her, my mother-in-law in the Bay Area in the seventies? I know there were not many Asians out here in Contra Costa County back then. Not really. To be fresh from Korea, married to Read more…


The Family We Have

We told the boys we will be adopting a baby sister. This is what I know about family so far: I come from a very large Mexican family. My mom had about 8 siblings (it’s hard to count exactly, with Read more…


Sorta More Wiser

Go ahead and take a good look. Because if you look closely enough (it’s not that hard) you will see the wrinkles around my eyes, and the pores in my skin and the evidence that I have not been in Read more…