About me

This blog charts my exploration of our human capacity to discover truth, goodness, and beauty amidst suffering.

My writing and worldview are very much formed by the recurring mental health crises which began in 2012, my conversion into the Catholic faith, and an ongoing journey of hope.

I have the honor of working as a special education teacher. It’s a privilege to know and work with exceptional young adults who embody the most beautiful aspects of humanity. I’m passionate about helping individuals with disabilities recognize their own worth and potential, as well as helping others see the intrinsic value in every human being regardless of ability.

I am currently based in Singapore. I have also lived in Jakarta where I grew up, and Chicago where I studied and worked over 5 years. I love art, books, and thrift stores.

I occasionally write on divisive issues. Open, constructive dialogue is mutually challenging and beneficial, so feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree. Disrespectful comments, however, will not be approved. And thank you for taking the time to view this short bio — I try to do the same for each reader who comments, because I believe it’s supremely important that a person is not defined by their stance on a single issue.

 

96 thoughts on “About me

  1. Thank you for liking my post about Katie on my blog “What to Do about Mama?” I’m posting Katie’s story in little pieces, so be sure to continue to follow it. Katie’s story is tragic, but not so much as Omari Mott’s. Katie had the opportunity to marry, have children, and grandchildren. Omari is so young and his injury so senseless. I hope that there is, with the grace of God, a chance for a good future for him.

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  2. I am so glad that you are so open and honest about your depression. It’s no fun…I know..as I’ve experienced panic disorder and depression in my life. But God is good! He provides the help we need and enables us to keep serving Him! God’s blessings to you ~ Laura

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  3. Thank you for following my website, because it gave me the opportunity to read your awesome words and learn a little of your beautiful spirit. I sent you a Facebook request, but my short message to you went to your ‘other’ folder, and if you’re like me at all, I only think to check that folder maybe once every eighteen years. It is a true blessing to meet you! Stay strong in the Lord, my sister!

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  4. I love what you are sharing here. There is such truth and life in it. How courageous you are to take on the challenge of teaching, for one, and also teaching kids that most push aside or have no patience for. The teacher in me can so relate to how much you love your students and see the best of who God has made them to be. The fact that God has given you this amazing opportunity to bless others (yay you for saying “yes” to him!) AND that he is blessing you so much at the same time brings a smile. It is sooo God. Nothing is wasted. His love reaches every single one of his beloved creations. I am touched now as well by your story here. Thank you!

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  5. Read through three of your posts now… Quite weird, I like weird. I didn’t know anyone had “serious” issues with depression like this. I do think God for His light in your heart.
    Mayor.

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  6. I visited Singapore once. I was part of an orchestra and choir. I loved your country. Very beautiful. I remember eating, I think it was called durian. Some fruit that smelled really bad. I didn’t like it. Ha. Thank you for following my blog. I am so honored to have you tag along and be a part of the family. Knowing that we are not alone helps us not be depressed, for we don’t have to do this thing called life by ourselves. Sleep well. Meghan

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  7. “Uprootedness has been a recurring theme in my life” This sounds very familiar to me as my father was in the military. I moved around quite a bit growing up so I saw friends come and go. Thank you for stopping by my blog. As you can see I write about anything and everything that pops into my head. It started out as a way for me to purge my thoughts and to use as part of my healing from depression. Eventually I started writing about other interests. I look forward to reading your blog and so far I have enjoyed it.
    Thank You, B

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  8. Hi. I’ve just finished reading Ruby Wax’s Sane New World. Ruby has also suffered with depression all her life. I’m not suggesting it’s a replacement for the other tools you use to help combat depression, just that it might be another one. There’s a lot to be said for mindfulness, be it viewed from a purely scientific perspective or combined with a spiritual one.

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  9. Hi Karenzai,
    Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog and like a post! I read your bio and your most recent post, and I can sympathize with your being in a state of depression. I have struggled with depression for much of my life, and have also found hope and healing in Jesus Christ. A scripture passage that always resonates with me when I am down “in a pit,” as I call it, is Psalm 40, especially verses 1-3. Maybe they can be a comfort for you as well!
    Thank you again for your visit, and I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    In Christ,
    Crystal

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  10. If we are lucky and have a good support system we can all come out of the darkness. I salute anyone who is willing to share his/her depression. Some of us find strength in G-d, some only from meds. I have found my strength in both. I am thankful for both. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and giving me the opportunity to meet you.

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  11. I have read several of your posts and have been blessed. It is truly special to read from someone your age, the belief that life is precious and comes from the Father.

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  12. Thanks for visiting my blog. Although I am old enough to be one of your parents, we share the same loves: Jesus, writing, seeking (and sharing) truth, thrift shops and Tetris! Of course, my list also includes my spouse, children and grandson. And dogs, national parks and snow. God’s creation is awesome!

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  13. Nice to formally meet you, Karen! πŸ˜€

    One of my best friends is Indonesian! She’s taught me a few phrases before; if only I could remember them now! (That is, do you speak Indonesian, being raised in Singapore?)

    And how do you like University of Chicago? I bet it gets cold during the winters!

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    1. Thank you, that means so much to me! I’ve been truly blessed by having this platform to share my thoughts and experiences, and to meet others similar and dissimilar, from all walks of life.

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  14. Hello Karen! What a pleasure to meet an intelligent young Christian woman! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m impressed with your writing and critical thinking. I’m thankful that we serve the same Savior! Blessings to you in Christ! I look forward to reading more from you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I absolutely love meeting new people on WordPress! And especially love to meet more brothers and sisters in Christ (the family of God can never be too big). It’s been one of the many unexpected blessings since starting this blog. I look forward to reading your posts as well. πŸ™‚

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  15. Great and insightful piece on depression. My mom was diagnosed as a depressed schizophrenic at a young age and I bet her life (and mine) would have been different if she received the support she needed (and that you seem to be receiving). Best of luck to you

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  16. As a Third Culture Kid myself, I understand where you’re coming from – not to mention our common faith in the Savior! Blessings on you, and thanks for liking my post from December 22.

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  17. Hi Karen. Nice writing you have here. It’s cool you’re studying Creative Writing and Sociology, those are what I’m doing my undergrad studies in as well. I almost gave up on the sociology classes because of what seems like a lack of logic and reason in most of the texts used. Being a Christian also means there is a lot there that is irritating. Anyhow, keep up the good work.

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    1. Hi, Steve! That’s great! I find that the discipline of Sociology teaches us to think more critically, while Creative Writing trains us to express our opinions in a compelling manner. Wonderful combination. And of course, Christianity keeps our perspective grounded in Truth. πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by!

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  18. I quite enjoyed finding your blog. Your voice is powerful – no doubt God is going to use it in so many ways. Curious – do you also put up your writing? I’d love to see an example of your narrative. TBH – you’re an inspiration πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi, Elewa! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, they’ve come just as I find myself in need of some reaffirmation. By “an example of your narrative,” do you mean fiction? I’ve only written one piece of fiction, but it’s not on the web, though I’d be happy to share it with you via email if you’d like! For non-fiction, I guess the posts on depression tend to have a more “narrative” (rather than argumentative) feel. Thanks for following this blog, I look forward to checking yours out too! πŸ™‚

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  19. I read your bio and think it’s wonderful that you’ve started this blog as a creative outlet. It’s great to meet another Christian here at WordPress. It has been a goal of mine to attend The University of Chicago one day. I am in my 40’s and returned to college last year, but dropped out due to depression and will resume my studies one day if it fits in God’s plan for my life. I grew up in Chicago but now reside in Florida, would love to move back someday possibly. Great to meet you!
    Pepper Culpepper

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    1. Great to meet you too! πŸ™‚ I can definitely understand how depression severely hinder our ability to keep up with schoolwork (regardless of level), so I’m glad you did what you had to do! I wish you all the best in your academic endeavours, and wherever else God will take you. πŸ™‚ P.S. I’m not sure why you’d want to trade Florida weather for Chicago’s… :p

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  20. I believe everyone has the right to believe what they wish to believe. As for abortion I am torn. I do not believe in it for it is essential the death of a potential human being. Nothing short of that. A women’s body is her own but if she decides to share it than it is a different matter.

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  21. I really liked you Bio.
    It’s relly caiught my eye.

    I’ll be reading your Blogs that’s for sure

    Keep up that good work (In advance)

    God Bless

    Gracia-Dei

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    1. Haha, I suppose there’s some truth to that analogy. The lions may get really hostile, but “if our God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by!

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  22. Karen,
    Blogging is as nurturing as a good red shiraz with a box of dark chocolates, watching your favorite show on TV in the evening. Do it well and you just might learn a bit more about yourself and what makes the thump-thump keep thumping.

    Write On! Be well.
    – Michael

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    1. Hi, Julien! Thank you for dropping by, and for your compliments. πŸ™‚ I’d be happy to exchange a couple of thoughts — feel free to reach my via email! You seem to have really interesting viewpoints, and I admire your curiosity.

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      1. I just donΒ΄t find your mail.

        Please send it to me: julienmatei@yahoo.com

        For the record – do you happen to have a Facebook account? Truth is I
        donΒ΄t like Facebook, but I keep it as I can easily chat with friends overseas.

        Ps I just read your post about depression. Very aptly and insightfully written.
        I must tell you that you are very articulate – itΒ΄s a pleasure to read you.

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  23. Very nice.
    Your opening comment: Uprootedness has been a recurring theme in my life: traversing oceans, faking accents, adopting world views, battling cycles of depression. But through it all I found my roots in a loving Creator and Savior.” reminds me of a blog site I have visited. it’s http://www.altruistico.wordpress.com
    You might visit there. I’m sure you will find much there.

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