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Welcome to See America Right

A Girl

This is me, Kathryn. A hard-as-nails, adventurous, no-holds-barred firecracker with a passion for cycling, living, and making people happy. I've always been in the thick of just about everything since I was a kid, and it's not much different today. I decided a long time ago that there were a lot of things in the world that needed changing. I may not be able to do it all, but here I am.

For those interested in the facts: I live in Fort Worth, Texas, with an awesome roommate who teaches 5th grade science and a dog named Petra. Besides adventuring, I have a deep love for baking, cycling, running, reading, photography, journaling, design, and art. I love being outside - it's a much more natural fit for me than indoors.

I have a B.A. in Theatre & Dance from UT Austin. In past lives, I have been a stage manager (most of the time), a dog walker (some of the time), and a freelance baker (not enough of the time.)

Her Blog

Do not take, steal, reuse, hotlink, or post my photographs without contacting me first. I retain full rights to all of them and am usually quite nice about letting others use them, with credit, for nonprofit pursuits - but you have to ask.

This blog began as a chronicle of my journey with an organization called Texas 4000 For Cancer. In the summer of 2010, I rode my bicycle from Austin, TX, to Anchorage, AK with a group of 58 students to help raise money for cancer research and to teach people about prevention. The journey was over 4500 miles, and I kept track of our training, departure, and ride here.

Mostly though, I found myself writing about what Texas 4000 meant to me and how I was beginning to feel about the world around me and the people in it. Slowly, the blog evolved to be a sounding board for how I am working to practice what I preach, how I attempt to "see america right" - literally and figuratively.

I joined the ride for so many reasons, but one of them was to see myself grow and change in a positive way. I strive toward personal growth and change each day now, and try to appreciate the beauty of life as I live it.

This blog is now, more than anything, a chronicle of my adventures in self-discovery, community, laughter, living, travel, and shared experience. I try to have a sense of humor, and I try to take some cool pictures. I try to say something.

I hope you're inspired to say something, too. Comment or email - I will be happy to talk to you about whatever you like under the sun.

I shoot with all Nikon and none of it is fancy.

"I have work to do, and I am afraid not to do it." - John O'Hara


I’ve always had an absurd love for words – the odder the better. I rejoice in being able to whip out an underused word or bring a great one back into regular use. Yesterday, I found myself using the word “funereal” at work, and I had a laugh afterward – I couldn’t remember the last time I could have possibly found a reason to say it. It’s these sort of discoveries that are small pleasures in my life.

This weekend has been a chill one for me – which means a lot of reading. The past few weeks have been hectic at best, weekends included, and the next couple will be more of the same. So this weekend, a bit of a break.

I was catching up on my New Yorker this morning and I found myself relishing the few words I had to look up – I let my subscription lapse for a year and a half, and I remember now what it was I missed so much. It’s a great magazine, filled with so much fun knowledge. It somehow manages to be worldly, relevant, and quirky at the same time.

Anyway, I love that feeling of having to look up a word. There were three in this issue: haimish, atrociology, and sabermetrics. I love how all these sound, especially sabermetrics.

Upon researching these three, two were fairly easily definied. Haimish is a Yiddish expression meaning homey, and sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records (fun!). Atrociology, however, was harder to find.

A Google search yields a mere 6 results and a suggestion that you may have been looking for “astrobiology.” One of the six results is, in fact, the article I read the word in. It seems the author invented this word specifically for the article – contextually, it seems to refer to the study of violence over time.

All this brings about the question of what exactly makes a word just that – a word? In order for vocabulary to remain relevant over time, words have to be invented, and not just words to describe products or new inventions. Even words, like atrociology, that seemingly describe an old concept that previously went unnamed. It could even be a portmanteau I suppose – atrocity + ology (the study of) would yield a definition something like what I already said – the study of atrocity. Intriguing, to say the least.

Any other interesting word discoveries lately?

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