Dissent

Recently I was at a pumpkin patch.  My kid and husb were in the corn maze, and for a bit I sat on a bench and watched people. One guy, a young fella, had a hoodie with a nameless face of an old lady.  Eventually I asked him, “Whose the old lady on your sweatshirt?” …

Dual Language Immersion done correctly answers real questions about 21st century education.

It doesn’t take an extensive literature review or an exhaustive tour of programs to see that dual language immersion programs exponentially improve educational outcomes when implemented correctly… So why doesn’t every district in the nation turn to dual language immersion?  Why doesn’t every University have a rich Middle Eastern Studies department?  One could get the wrong idea.

Pivoting

ChezWhat? is an old site.  I have been writing here now for 12 years. Most of what fills this space has been an exercise of writing as a personal endeavor.  Gratitude, controversy, art or talking about things that have happened recently or long ago has been the realm of ChezWhat? But I am going to…

Fellowship

This series is in response to a Quaker meeting split in 2017 along the lines of  whether gay marriage would be affirmed or not.  The aftermath of this event has caused grief, anger and an abundance of thoughts and feelings on the parts of many in this community. This series evaluates, frames and processes this…

When you met me, and I was not at my best

Dismay I might have spoken too fast. I might have taken rabbit trails on my train of thought. I might have had water coming from my eyes for no apparent reason. I might have seemed anxious. And awkward I was. Because I needed.  Too much. At that time. Because behind my face all of the…

When the hospital is the place to go to hide the illness (draft)

Today seems to be the day where I am bombarded by conversation, readings and experiences of those who follow hiding their heartbreaks to their fellow christ followers.  Why?  Because they know they will be judged. Miscarraiges, debt, death of children, suicide, marital struggles all neatly hidden away beneath a neat facade, or perhaps not so…

The Highway Disease of 2018

In 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech during the passage of the HIghway Safety Act that included this: Over the Labor Day weekend, 29 American servicemen died in Vietnam. During the same Labor Day weekend, 614 Americans died on our highways in automobile accidents. Twenty-nine on the battlefield. Six hundred and fourteen on the…

Candyland

Candyland Posted by CHEZWHAT on MAY 19, 2015 EDIT   When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!” how do you respond?   Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and taking off the gardening gloves or putting down whatever I was in…

Graduating.

reposted after editing. Posted by CHEZWHAT on JUNE 9, 2015  If one is graduating, it’s fairly certain that they have: been asked what they are going to do next been given advice been given more advice, typically based on the advice giver’s experiences or observations Only the treacherous among us offer advice that is not…