Excellent question.  I’m still trying to figure that one out myself.  However, as it is something I have my students write up in the beginning of the school year, I’ll make an attempt.

I’m a woman of the world!  I’ve felt at home in a few places, though not as many as I’ve lived in.  I’ll try most things at least once (although I have refused a bullfight, eating silkworm cocoons, and invitations to drinks, movies, a night in a field outside Paris, and an open subway seat from members of the opposite sex who were either or a combination of: a– drunk, b– old enough to call me granddaughter, and c– sketchy).

I try to be truthful, except when I’m not (usually with myself–though my attempts at lying are generally so fraught with discomfort and transparency, I generally don’t try.)

My prose tends to be dense, verbose, fraught with run-ons and excess parentheticals, redundancy, and yet generally decently spelled.  This should not be taken as a I-don’t-care-for-the-reader’s-delicate sensibilities sort of thing.  It’s more a I’m-mixed-up-and-my-thoughts-are-too sort of thing.  I use “sort of”, “like”, “anyway”, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, and ellipses far too often.

I’m an unapologetic idealist.

I’m a bit of a Victorian with a splash of mono no aware Ono No Komachi Heian Japanese, and reformist activist so blue I’m greenish turquoise.

I grew up in a small town, kept company with trees and the sky, fell in love with blizzards, and hopped off to learn more further afield though I come back every now and then to rearrange the furniture.

I have a small nuclear family and a gigantic extended one.

I am rich in friends and family who are all good, kind people, among them gifted artists, brilliant scholars, dazzling dancers, compassionate educators, conscientious activists, nit-picky lawyers, probing physicians, moving musicians, and generally some combination of the above.

I have been paid for bleeding rats, sending rejection letters, delivering lessons and assigning homework, creating educational card games and checking for commas, as well as knocking on doors to rid the world of environmental threats.

I like to run down hills, scribble and doodle, sing to echoes, chat with strangers, wander through mountains, stroll on seashores, climb trees, sip tea, make babies smile, knit and/or crochet hats, sculpt clay, have a view of the moon, dance and spin, bake (and eat) brownies, play the piano, peel wallpaper, paint, hug and be hugged.

I’m the sort of reader and writer who thinks it would be a nice thing to do before sleeping and then realizes that it’s morning already.


19 Responses to “Who Am I?”

  1. September 26, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Just had quite a laugh at the line break for my “I like” paragraph. It reads “… sip tea, make babies/smile,…” I have no experience making babies, so “make babies smile” should be what is taken from that… though I like smiling and getting happy endorphins too…

    edit: a new theme fixes this oddness.

  2. December 25, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    well, well, well, what have we here? thought you could start a new blog and not tell me, could ‘ya? My blog informed me that I was on your blogroll 🙂 How lovely!!! I like.

    Merry Christmas!!! Although I fear Christmas is over where you are. I’ve been meaning to write you to see if you’re doing ok with Christmas abroad…. I hope that it has been happy and filled with sugar delicacies…

  3. 3 the pledge
    November 21, 2007 at 6:01 am

    I hope you have a great time living in Taiwan. But maybe you’ve already left. I did.

  4. November 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks! I’m still here, just not posting as much as I should/would like….

  5. March 26, 2008 at 7:13 am

    You seem like such an awesome person, I totally have a friend crush on you! Lucky you, you get to be in Taiwan, I think I would enjoy teaching there.



  6. 6 carol aldridge
    August 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hi there I stumbled across your site whilst looking for the foreign currency in Taiwan. Hope your well and happy. I really like all of the lantern pics they’re great. Can you help me as I’m visiting Taiwan in January on a stop off for ten hours at the airport, waiting for my connection to travel on to Australia. At the taipei chiang shek airport do they have an hotel there or transit hotel. As I’m travelling alone and a bit wary or not even sure I’m allowed to go out of the airpot. Would you be able to help with this information because I would very much appreiciate your help. Oh! i

  7. November 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! Amazing photographs. I love them.
    Dear Linda, finally, I found time to visit the website and found you here.
    I am busy off to badminton, but I hope you have received my email that I sent you after I returend from Taiwan.
    Talk again, next time.

    • July 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      I still haven’t figured out who you are?
      I was born Taiwanese and now I am a Canadian. I have lost touch with Taiwan and would like to become a Taiwanese again.
      Amora Sutol

      • December 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

        Hi Amora,

        I don’t think that you necessarily lose the Taiwanese part of yourself, even if you’ve been out of touch with Taiwan. I think identity is a bit stickier than just where you happen to be geographically located at the moment. That said, revisiting Taiwan and getting back in touch with the culture can certainly reinforce the aspect of you that is Taiwanese (though it may also make you feel more Canadian too!)

        Best of luck with the process!

        (P.S. I’m still figuring out who I am too!!!) 😉

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  9. 11 tim
    March 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t know who I am either……other than I’m an American….but….

    I spent +6 months in Taipei over the course of 2008-2010

    I’ve fallen in love with Taiwan…..the TW culture, the TW people, the TW lifestyle……

    So much in fact I just took a 3 week vacation in Jan 2010…..

    Some of my Taiwanese friends believe I may have been Taiwanese in a past life…..

    You will never loose who you are in your heart…Taiwanese…….(^_^)

    • March 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Tim. I’m glad to meet another lover of Taiwan– hope that you’ve gotten to enjoy more of the island too!

      • 13 tim
        March 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

        Most of my Taiwanese friends tell me I’ve been to more places in TW than they have…..

        My goal is to someday circumnavigate TW on a scooter……

        Love all the pictures here…


  10. 14 tim
    March 11, 2010 at 2:32 am

    now all I have to do is figure out to get back to Taiwan……

    • March 11, 2010 at 4:50 am

      Ah yes, I know that feeling… I think circumnavigating Taiwan would be a blast– I’ve heard that it doesn’t actually take that long. A friend of mine biked it, and another wanted to walk it. You’d want to have a pretty comfy scooter and good weather though!

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. 😉

  11. July 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Lovely Blog! Thanks for the Information. Looking to visit that part of the world soon.

  12. 18 thibault
    January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am


    I am in school of design, I have a project has to make for Taiwan and I chose to make it more précisement has Taipei.. I work now on the culture of the tea has Taiwan..

    I am of me to interessed has 2 types of persons,

    1-old men who are has every place of street drinking their tea.
    2-the young Taiwaneses who drink some tea but change the habits of their parents.

    Have they a name to characterize them?
    I look for most possible information about these 2 types of persons to be afterward able to make a summary one of them and be able to learn it on them a lot, they will be has the origin of the creation of my product…

    Thank you..

    Kind regards,

    • February 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Hi Thibault,

      Sorry for my late reply. I don’t really know if there’s a name to characterize the people in the categories you describe. Perhaps you should do a google search for Taiwan and tea blogs to see if you can find someone else who would know more than I do. I vaguely remember bumping into a Taiwanese tea-centered french blog at one point which may be a better resource.

      As far as young Taiwanese who drink tea but have modernized the culture of tea– innovations like bubble/tapioca tea shops may be one thing to look into. Anecdotally, my parents and their generation are not particularly ceremonious about their tea drinking habits…

      Good luck with your assignment and product design. It sounds like a lot of fun!


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