Home’s Cool! {Center Stage}


Katharine Trauger – Home’s Cool!

Katharine is a retired educator who worked from home for 25 years, assisting her husband in managing a home and school for children who would be otherwise homeless. More than half the time she’s been a writer for women’s and home-school magazines. Did a stint with a newspaper, too.

She has six grown children, ten grandchildren, six hens, and two cats

She loves to cook from scratch, the food she has raised, herself. You know, the new rage: slow food, art food, even some paleo–like her Granny before her . . .

Katharine loves sewing, cake decorating, and making her own herbal health- and skin-care products.

And laughing. And music. And games. And old movies with popcorn.

She drives one of the last of the Ford Rangers, but don’t worry: It’s brand-spankin’ new and jazzed up just enough that she has to drive slow in town–still, she finds it beats a mini-van for parking, hauling, and losing it in a crowded lot.

Katharine points her two weblog sites to reach out to women from her basis of training in homemaking, counseling and education, helping women grasp the importance of, and find the bravery to go home. As her “Home’s Cool!” tagline says: “Stop just wishing. Go home.” The tagline from her second site, TheConqueringMom.com, reads: “Fearlessly taking back what is ours.” She often says, “The first one tells the how-to. The second tells why. But there is some overlap due to my overlapping brain!”

She is currently creating a third to help women deal with the attacks they inherently find in this world, and to prepare her Bible study on women’s suffering for publication.

She speaks about five times per year on all sorts of topics related to womanhood and the deliberate, artful managing of a home in this wrecked world, helping women find the answers they need, from how to make the bed, to how to find time to sleep in it, and all points between. With recipes.

What would you like to be remembered for, after your death?
Writing a book about suffering that helped people get out of it instead of digging them in hopelessly deeper.

Are you are morning or night person?
Both. I rise early and retire late, which often becomes early again, before I get there. I used to say, “I work the 11 to 3 shift, meaning 11:00 at night until three a.m. Now days, I don’t predict. Six hours of sleep is all I can bear. Sorry.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Playing in the dirt.
Textile art
Cooking gourmet
Applying herbal health
Rescuing and repairing discarded antique furniture
Cake decorating with real food

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I’d like to put in to the Natchez Trace at Thanksgiving, with a wooden wagon, pony, long patchwork skirt, and hiking boots, because I admire Daniel Boone and because the native vegetation there is primo.

I’d like to visit all my blogging “friends” to make our relationships official.

But no place you have to jet to get there, because I’m a landlubber and seeing the USA is better than just flying over.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I’d like to publish all my books.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
Wild meat

What is that one thing which makes you different?
I can’t figure out how to be the same.
Gave it up in junior high.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?

What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
“EE-TAOW!!!”. It’s just the most amazing missionary story of all time. Cannot spoil it for you, but I’ve seen it about five times and I still cry.

What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Send most of it to Voice of the Martyrs, then become a full-time preacher’s wife with a maid.

What’s your favorite album to listen to over and over and why?
Anything “The Martins” because of the harmony and they are old friends and they are Arkansas’ own.

What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? (we won’t tell)
Filling out questionnaires. 😀

If a movie was being made of your life and you could choose the actor/actress to play you, who would you choose and why?
Natalie Wood because I look just like her. I know, she’s no longer living, but if they were making the movie of my life, I wouldn’t be either, right?

What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
Husband keeps the car. I keep the truck. In the back seat of the truck I keep tie-downs, an umbrella, and an afghan. In the truckbed there is nothing. In the trunk of the car–which really is an SUV, with a hatch back and not a trunk–husband keeps snacks for when he has no time for lunch.

Tell something that nobody knows about you.
Nobody? Hmm. NOBODY knows where I hid the last two anniversary cards I got for my husband. But if anybody out there finds them, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THEY ARE!!!

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”).
Gov. Mike Huckabee
AR Senator Barbara Horn.
US Senator John Boozman
Actually, these weren’t “brushes”. We worked together, politickin’ for homeschoolers.

What is your favorite quote?
Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.  –Charles Kingsley

What’s your favorite sport?
To watch: High school basketball
To play: Church volleyball on sand court

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?
I’d take a year or so to visit every great place in the USA.

If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?
I’d like to thank him.
In fact, I’m writing a short sci-fi about just that thing.

If you could meet anyone from the Bible who would it be and what would you ask them? (Besides Jesus)
Paul. I’ve got a few questions for them about Romans…

What is the craziest (or stupidest) thing you have ever done?
I answered a certain fool according to her folly and she got me back about ten times. Whew. Eventually I survived, though.


  1. I think you, Ashley, are such a kind and generous person! 🙂 Thanks for this. <3 K

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