Sounding My Barbaric Yawp

Hi!  This is me, Kat, with my puppy Magnus.  He is a Giant Alaskan Malamute and is only about 6 months old in this picture.

My first blog assignment in my digital citizenship course is to start out by outlining my web presence.  I have website, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a Facebook page for my business. I have a few more Facebook pages, one for my Mary Kay business (not really active), and one for my church home group.  I have one for a charitable organization I started, and also for a discussion group for a book I am reading.  I also have a Canvas account, but I don’t think a link would work for that. I also have an AirBnB account (my cabins are on Glamping Hub too).




FB Hmgroup:

I guess my private spaces on the web where I exist in are lumped together with the list above.  I am not a very private person.  I do have my personal Facebook page.

My parents were missionaries in the Philippines and I was born there.  They have passed on, but I still have my older sister and brother.  I married two soldiers (not at the same time), but the first one traded me in on a different model.  I have been married to my second husband for 17 years and we have 6 kids together.  He retired 3 years ago and we have been living out our Alaskan dream.  I am still teaching, but in the summer months I go to Kodiak to host our AirBnB cabins there.  Our cabins are a bright spot in my heart, because they represent our future.

You ask who I am, what I care about… Many people in secular education wouldn’t want to hear my answer to that question. I love God and I seek to please Him with every ounce of my being.  Everything I do is, in a sense, for Him.  I spend 5 hours every Sunday at church and 3 hours on Thursdays practicing and then playing with our praise team.  Every other Saturday night I host a dinner at my home.  Every day of my life I start with devotions at 5:00 in the morning. In the long run, even the cabins are for Him.  Eventually, I want to run a non-profit that sends burned out ministry leaders to the islands to recuperate.

Besides all things religious, my biggest hobby would be reading, especially SY-FY.  I am also pretty crafty; I like decorating and making things.  I wouldn’t participate in a protest because I don’t like to burn bridges, and bridges do get burned. I don’t even like to offend people on Facebook… It was hard for me to write the stuff about my faith above.  That probably all has to do with the position I hold in our family’s birth order – I think that the baby is the peacemaker.   If I could change anything in the world, it would be to teach others to love.  If I could change anything about myself, it would be to make myself better about following through with things.

Like my instructor in the course, I Walt Whitman too; I happily teach about him several times a year.  I also teach about the American poetess Anne Bradstreet, and I echo her sentiment below.

“There is no object that we see, no action that we do, no good that we enjoy, no evil that we feel of fear, but we may make some spiritual advantage of all.”

List #1:  Things I love about the island

solitude, tides, loons in the morning mist, the absence of time, freedom, sea otters and whales, driftwood, projects, creativity, peace, beachcombing, campfires, coffee with a view, stretching myself and doing new and scary things

List #2:  Things that bother me

complaining, gossiping, laziness, impulsivity, bad tempers, lying, weakness, excuses,


Author: admin

This is the launch of my masters journey!!

8 thoughts on “Sounding My Barbaric Yawp”

  1. Great job! I appreciate that you extended yourself and shared about your beliefs…and it makes sense that doing that fulfilled the outcome that my suggestion about protest would have!

    I’m curious if, beyond Facebook, you use social tools/media or other online tech and apps as part of your (many!) activities and interests? Do you use shared docs or other tools to help your group communicate? Do you bring your love of reading online at all?

    Also, I would love suggestions on sci-fi, as I read a fair amount of it myself. What was the last good book you read?

    Incidentally, I do a daily email newsletter featuring a brief bit of writing…today’s was Whitman, from Leaves of Grass:

    “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

    1. Hi Chris! Thanks for you input. I use Google Docs and with my classes, especially as related to giving input on essays and research paper progress. I use various tools like Kahoot and Plickers to create assessments and practice for my students to use. I read books on my phone all the time, but I don’t read much professional work online for pleasure.

      My favorite author of all-time is Patrick Rothfuss. He wrote The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear. Other sets I love are Brandon Sanderson’s “Stormlight Archives” and the “Mistborn Trilogy,” and Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.

      I’ll see your quote and raise you one. Today while I planted flowers in my yard I remembered Nick’s initial description of his life in The Great Gatsby. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

  2. Funnily enough, the *end* of Gatsby is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I know it by heart:

    “So we beat on, boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

    I see you are making some changes to the structure of your site and using pages, among other things. When we meet, let’s talk about this because we need to make sure that the way you use these things still allows for comments and puts your work in the “feed” I use for the People page on the class site (which is there now and I am starting to populate it).

    The basic principle though is: every item you publish needs to be in, or be linked from, a post. So if you publish to pages, you also need to make a post that points to the page. And that stream of posts of new work needs to appear, in some form, on the front page of your site. The “blog” item you have linked looks like it links directly to your first post right now.

    The easiest way is simply to maintain the blog/stream on your front page and initially publish everything as posts, but I am fine with re-structuring now as long as we maintain the basic principle 🙂

  3. Kat – I enjoyed reading your post. I teach high school English. Is that what you teach too? I also like the recommendations on sci-fi – I am always looking for new authors. I just discovered Rothfus about two years ago in San Diego at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore – which is an independent bookstore devoted to sci-fi. If you get the chance… I am going to order at least a couple of the other authors you recommended – summer is a chance for me to do some fun reading!

    1. Thanks, Tracy! Yes, I am teaching 11th grade Am. Lit., 10th grade English and CPC, and world history. I am at NPHS. Where are you? I have been fan of Rothfuss for about 8-9 years. He is driving all of my friends and his fan base crazy for not producing a 3rd book yet! lol.

  4. Kat,

    I took Chis’s class last summer so not technically in the cohort. However all #nousion tags are showing in my Twitter feed. I will likely follow along with the course just for fun. Colleague feedback on ones online content is one of the most valuable aspects of open online learning. Accordingly I participated while still in the degree program. Seems fun to continue paying it forward.

    I liked very much that you were clear about your belief system. I attended Christian high school as a kid. However that experience pushed me away from that faith. And while I don’t agree with that faith I do respect your right to it and your upfront acknowledgement of it as a bias in your thinking, as scholars say.

    Done well this class is a ton of hard, but rewarding work.

    I love that you got into a quote bidding with Chris. Nice post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *