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Kate Mohler

Kate Mohler
Location
Chandler, Arizona, USA
Birthday
May 03
Title
English Instructor
Company
Mesa Community College
Bio
I'm from Minnesota, but have lived in Wisconsin, UP Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington State, and Alaska. Now Arizona is home. I have a B.A. in English from Bemidji State University in Minnesota (um...go Beavers!) and an M.F.A. in creative writing (Arizona State, '94). I teach English at Mesa Community College in Arizona. Besides teaching, I write, read, bond with my cats Sara and Lucy and Leo, listen to music, tackle home projects, and travel when I can. Love a good roadtrip, but always looking for a reason to fly away. I am about to purchase my first camping equipment.

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Salon.com
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 10:12AM

Sweaty Yeti

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 3:11PM

The Wake-Up Fairy

I stand in front of my class—25 freshmen college students—trying to instill in them a love for community service, for kind acts and the resulting bursting hearts. I haven’t done any community service myself in about thirty years, but I know it to be a good thing.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 10:43AM

Lost and Found

At one point during the past couple of weeks, I realized that I had lost my favorite black leather sandals. They were open-toed flats with plain but classy straps, perfect for showing off a new pedicure. I missed them casually at first, the thought of wearing them… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 9:37AM

Little Words

“Who does he look like?” my mother asks over the phone, five little words I’ve heard so often over the years. I can picture her in the basement with the phone tucked under her chin, a basket of wet clothes on the floor next to her.… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2012 2:03PM

Never Say You're Sorry

So I say to my neighbor Nabe as we sit on my couch after my first day back to school, “I got into an accident this morning! Some guy rear-ended me in the parking lot and I was almost late to my first class!”

“Can I have a cheese stick?”… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 6:39PM

My Freshmen

School starts tomorrow. For me, that means going back to teaching college freshmen: a group of beginners who have changed dramatically since I started teaching in 1990. One major difference is that my freshmen don’t mush their sled dogs to campus anymore. That was in… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 9:59AM

How to Talk to a Handyman

Like most men in my life, handymen come and go. One showed up to create a new outlet in my kitchen; he accidentally cut all the way through the wall, knocking out the shower tile in my bathroom. We ended up dating for two years while… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 10:47AM

One Day at a Time

I stand in front of the display of coffee pots at Walmart, paralyzed for too many reasons. My own coffee pot—a free one from Gevalia that worked great for two years—has stopped working, so I need a new one. For the past two mornings I’ve been… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2012 6:04PM

Stealing Away

Thieves are so often demonized. You can get drunk and offend everyone, have the junkiest yard on the block, or blow off an important event, but as long as you don’t steal anything, you’re usually forgiven. Thieves on the other hand are considered the lowest of… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2012 5:59PM

Nasal Spray Virgin

The first time I used nasal spray, I was seventeen and it was 1985: my hair was big, my eye shadow rainbowesque, my harem pants a bright yellow. That day I was a shining example of what every girl aspired to be at the time: my own… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2012 8:00PM

The Brothel Idea

Sometimes I wish that as lady of the house, I could be even more in charge of what goes on around here, because if I could, sometimes I think I’d turn my house into a brothel. It would be nice to see men happy and gentle, gently… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2012 5:24PM

A Mommy Kind of Way

Anyone who has ever seen me after 6 p.m. knows that my typical evening attire includes an extra-large t-shirt, baggy pajama bottoms, white socks and leather sandals. But Manfriend was coming over for dinner last night, and I wanted to look nice for once. Usually… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2012 5:57PM

Brainfood


Remember when David Letterman confessed to the world that he’d been sleeping with all the interns who worked on his show? And when Bernie Madoff admitted to stealing billions of dollars from investors? And when Amy Winehouse informed us…

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JULY 9, 2012 9:58AM

Off to See the Wizard

Off to See the Wizard

Click here, then read.

It’s 6:30 a.m. and I’m chatting with my sister on the telephone, her time being 8:30 a.m. “How can you be so energetic and ready to talk so early in the morning?” she…

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JULY 6, 2012 10:43AM

The Unexpected Family

For my family to go from a single mother of two four-year-olds to that plus a new and unexpected baby has been enchanting. I never knew if I could get Baby Leo to live through the next 24 hours; I would burst home from work when he… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2012 10:40AM

Return of the Flying Monkeys

I have been painfully chained to my mattresses lately. Yes, the tiny flying monkeys are back, this time only allowing me to accompany them on their extreme adventures carrying me to the bathroom and back.

If we only had a zip line.

My neighbor, Nabe, had called earlier,… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 8:53AM

Charging Forth


I am up at 1:30 in the morning, not hungry, just restless. My bedsheets were restless too, at the point of strangling me. Where was the plain white flat sheet that usually rested motionlessly on my top skin? Where were my two favorite pillows

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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 25, 2012 8:23AM

Sad and Dusky


Now that Sandusky has been arrested, charged and convicted for the crimes he committed—and since it took so long to play out in the media, with Paterno now gone as well—I wonder how many of us still sit back and say, “Great,…

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JUNE 20, 2012 11:02PM

A Dying Breed

As human beings go, I feel that I’m part of a dying breed that is easily trainable. Of course this started with my Catholic upbringing in the upper Midwest: rules and restrictions were easy to follow. There were no, as they say now, “options”. I… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2012 9:20AM

Not Too Shabby

I have never been very lucky, not in love, not in war. I’m smart about finances though—I stayed in the money line when God was handing out good sense, probably because my mom told me not to move.


There was one time though when I did… Read full post »
JUNE 11, 2012 10:40AM

Pleasuring My Cat?

A woman named Ms. Sparrow left a comment for me the other day, on the blog of course—where else would I get a personal note but on the Internet?  She wrote, “I had a beautiful black cat named Leonard that I had to put down because of spraying the drapes andRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 8, 2012 2:01PM

Fluency

My neighbor Juan’s house burned down on Thanksgiving, 2010. The remains of that house are long gone, and now—finally—there’s a brand-new one in its place. Juan’s house no longer resembles mine or anyone else’s on the block. We all have homes built in… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2012 2:00PM

Fluency

My neighbor Juan’s house burned down on Thanksgiving, 2010. The remains of that house are long gone, and now—finally—there’s a brand-new one in its place. Juan’s house no longer resembles mine or anyone else’s on the block. We all have homes built in… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2012 1:59PM

Fluency

My neighbor Juan’s house burned down on Thanksgiving, 2010. The remains of that house are long gone, and now—finally—there’s a brand-new one in its place. Juan’s house no longer resembles mine or anyone else’s on the block. We all have homes built in… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2012 11:02AM

A Baby Something

“You have got to let that kitten sleep with you,” one of my sisters said while I was visiting in Minnesota. She was talking about Leo, who was back in Arizona with his kitten-sitter.

“Why?” I asked. The only cat who had ever slept on my bed… Read full post »