About “WhereisKatima”

The author currently lives in the Mid-West (Des Moines, IA) after escaping California.

The ideas, thoughts, laments and other ephemera written here are strictly the reaction of the author to the world and the occurrences  she has observed. While some writing may bear a strong resemblance to the real world you inhabit, it would be purely hypothetical in your perception of the authors  apparent similar reality.  You need to do more research and consider this blog one of many viewpoints along your way to thinking through a concept.


Ignorance is not knowing. Stupid is not wanting to know.

As Thomas Friedman of the New York Times states in Longitudes & Attitudes,

…. I write for reaction, of which there are four possible: (1) “I didn’t know that.” (2) “You know, I never looked at it that way before.” (3) “You said exactly  what I feel, but I didn’t quite know how to express it.”  (4) I hate you and everything you stand for.”  A column is (or in my case blog) is defined as much by the people who hate it as much as the people who love it.  I want to challenge and provoke….

If I personally were to say I want people to get angry (as Mr. Friedman states he sometimes likes to do at times), it would be to make them think.   I want people to think about the world around them, ask questions and not be so ready to accept everything they are told or ‘find’ on the internet.      To quote a  quote, “If you are not outraged (angry) , you are not paying attention.”

Purple writing – my own

Blue writing – Mr. Friedman



10 thoughts on “About “WhereisKatima”

  1. I have really enjoyed your site and enjoy reading your posts. I currently teach for Aspire Public Schools and have become very disenfranchised with Aspire. How can I email you some comments?

  2. Dear Mike, I am truly sorry you have become disenfranchised. Hopefully I was not a contributor to this state of mind. I will contact you so we can write.

  3. I appreciate your comments on the San Francisco High School suspension reversal. I share your frustration at the belligerent and misguided behavior of adults who are rightfully advocating for their children but not helping them how to be good problem solvers….

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am glad you took time to read the article in SF Chron and process it.

  5. I’m glad to have found your blog as I am a teacher at an elementary school in Memphis that is slated for possible takeover by Aspire.

    What is your opinion on what will happen when Aspire attempts to turn over an entire school (accepting all of the current students and not being allowed to expel students)? Is there Music and Art at Aspire elementary schools?

  6. Thank you Meghan for your thoughtful question. I wish I had a way to predict an outcome. Unfortunately charter school takeovers are new and the success is limited by/to many factors. May I suggest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/11/chicago-school-closing_n_2113005.html In addition, I suggest reading about Michelle Rhee and her organization. For a comparison, take a look at Aspire Public Ed job openings in CA and compare with Edjoin in CA. You will need to consider Aspire as a school district. I encourage you to always act with integrity and do what is right in relationship to any job. There are times when this is more difficult than others and only you will know what is right for you. I wish you every success in your new school year, whatever you choose.

  7. This is Peter, the Peter from Katima. And ouch,, u wrote I am from Sangwali.(POC) My swit Lady m frm Cincimani, where Anne B was posted. oh check me out on g+.

  8. Dearest Peter,
    I would NEVER intentionally mix up where you were from. Over time and my agedness, I have not remembered as well as I would like, including the fact I did not ask Anna or Abby. I am very sorry. It is to be corrected post haste.
    So glad you contacted me, if only for a correction. Would love to know how you are, where you are, etc. You very much inspired me!

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