Who, what, why, how?


My name is Kate. I am a school librarian and high school English teacher in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I used to be a public radio journalist.

In my free time, I dabble in watercolors, read books in fits and starts, run 5Ks, and watch people organize stuff on YouTube.

I am Filipino-Chinese-American. I am married to Paul and we have two daughters, Anna and Lucy.


This newsletter.


Why a newsletter:

I have blogged for years (since October 2002!!), but I’m ready for a change. My hope is this newsletter will

  • help me process what I’m thinking and learning

  • help me stay in touch with friends (and former students!)

  • serve as a repository for things I’m into

Why kate in the shade?

I don’t really know, but sometimes I feel shady, I don’t like being in direct sun, I like (gently) making fun of things, and my name is Kate.


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what I'm learning these days



school librarian, high school English teacher, overthinker, learner