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…

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…

Toshiko Takaezu: Closed forms & Vocation

Recently a friend sent out the lovely idea to spend some time learning something about an artist rather than feeling mad, bad or sad about our country’s current leadership. Agreed. And so in my lap was placed the work of Toshiko Takaezu.  She may have chosen Toshiko because Hawaii was my current location, and that […]

Vocation | Enneagram: Ugh!

“they tell me” I am a Type 2 “Helper” with a close runner up of “Peacemaker” which would make my parents howl with laughter.

Toshiko Takaezu: Closed forms & Vocation

Recently a friend sent out the lovely idea to spend some time learning something about an artist rather than feeling mad, bad or sad about our country’s current leadership. Agreed. And so in my lap was placed the work of Toshiko Takaezu.  She may have chosen Toshiko because Hawaii was my current location, and that…

the story

because perhaps i have been here so long, the story can’t be told without the pictures. and because i have been here for so long, there are so, so many pictures. some so old, you may have seen them before. but regardless, they tell the story of lives.  firsts.   and of blessing granted. pictures…

So, this.

When a person writes in the same place for ten years to not ask “what am I doing here?” is unnatural. Perhaps this is what I have aspired to all this time. Maria Popova’s BrainPicking Finally a place where the purpose is not to market oneself, which seems like just the scratch of the surface…

Worlds apart

Originally posted on ChezWhat?:
it is good to hear the tale of someone who has met success by being inspired and following through.  -David Adamshick The fluorescent lights always buzzed. Sometimes, after being there for a long time, I wore them like a heavy coat I couldn’t wait to take off at home. The plastic…

Ideas I love: Kintsugi

Several years back there was a violent death of five individuals that touched our family.  All the deaths were born out of generational trauma and the ultimate price was paid by a brilliant and beautiful young man and four members of a marginalized group of people doing nothing more than going to the doctor in another…

what it looked like when…

the problem with showing pictures is that to some people it looks like a nauseating display of “perfect family,”  I can assure you I chose not the easy road in marriage, as I am wont to do.  However, perhaps this proclivity to difficulty has made me that much more appreciative of the small things. this…

Oregon Coast 2015

This summer, for the first time ever, we decided to take one 2 week long camping trip.  I didn’t realize what this was, this camping for 2 weeks thing.  Originally we were going to go to Yellowstone, but for uninteresting reasons, we settled on going down the part of the Oregon Coast we had not…