Author Archive

Kat’s 2022 Book List

Fiction The 10th Muse, by Catherine Chung. I’m not sure how I chose this novel, but I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the storytelling exceptional. Given my utter lack of facility in math, it’s a bit surprising that The 10th Muse was the second novel about a female mathematician I’ve read […]

Kat’s 2021 Book List

As of Dec. 27, 2021 … I did something different this year; I wrote a review of each book as I finished reading it instead of waiting till the end of the year. One result is some reviews that are longer than what I’ve written in the past. The lists (fiction and nonfiction respectively) are […]

Kat’s 2020 Book List

I started compiling this list in early November on a day when I had several projects to complete but felt the need to procrastinate with a project more fun than those looming over me. At that point, I was making excuses for the paltriness of the list, even though I nearly doubled last year’s puny […]

How to Orchestrate Excellent Short-Term Rental Reviews

Few aspects of short-term rental (STR) hosting cause more stress than the quest for great reviews. Many hosts find the review systems on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO unfair and less-than-intelligent, while others refuse to succumb to the tyranny of reviews. For those hosts who care deeply about good reviews, this article offers tips on […]

Top 10 Features Guests Love at Hansen Woodland Farm

Location: On 40 beautiful, trail-laden acres a mile from the Lake Roosevelt (Columbia River) Recreation Area and 3 miles from the Colville National Forest. Near many hiking, boating, and fishing spots. Decor: This is the decor of bright, jewel-toned colors you never dared try at home. Accented with books and art, Hansen Woodland Farm is […]

Who Is Kathy in 2022?

I first created this post in 2019 (obviously had a different headline then), ignored it in 2020 and 2021, and decided to finally update it on this 2nd day of January, 2022. The original post appears below the line; this portion is an update to that post. This site still serves as a repository for […]

How Storytelling Enhances Online Teaching

Using stories and storytelling in online teaching is an underused method of increasing student engagement and interest.  Here are just five of many takeaways from recent writings about story in teaching: Present and encourage narrative in case studies. Case studies are inherently stories. In his book, How to Do Your Case Study, author Gary Thomas […]

New Book Conveys the Flavor of What Online Teaching Is Like, How to Succeed in the Field

Teaching online seems to be a profession with considerable appeal. Though many schools require online faculty to hold a doctorate, many others will hire those with a master’s degree that includes 18 credit hours in the subject to be taught. You likely won’t get rich as an online adjunct instructor, and many who teach online […]

Strategies for Planning Writing Assignments

I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because I’m an original and expect my students to be, too. If you fear or loathe writing assignments, this post will help you by providing strategies for effectively tackling a typical college writing assignment. For many students, writing is the most difficult part of attaining academic success. Some have little difficulty […]

Reaching Students Who Would Never Be Able to Go to College if it Were Not Online: Q&A with Dr. Tara Ross

Here’s the next in my series of Q&As with online professors who are members of the great networking group I’m in ExclusiveEDU. Through these interviews, I’m learning a great deal about this profession as I enter it myself. I’ll bet you’ll learn a lot, too. Tara Ross bio in her own words: I am a […]

Online Educator