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…

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…

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…

Playing Candyland.

When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!”, how do you respond? Someone in our house is continually trying to throw Candyland away.  Trying to convince the kids they are “too old for Candyland,”  (whaaat?) Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and…

The Year of Living Domestically

I guess I was about 13 or so when the movie “The Year of Living Dangerously” came out.  I watched it and at that point, I pretty much knew what I wanted to do with my life.  I wanted to be a foreign correspondent, a journalist in another country.  Well, since I foolishly believed people…

These go to 11

The day I walked down the aisle to get married, the only thing I really knew was that I was cannonballing into an experience that was just unknowable.  Sally Forth, I was done with just being me. The things I knew about my husband were basic, he is easy going, he is intelligent, he has…

Missing Ecuador

Como la tierra a la lluvia Como el mar espera al rio Así espero tu regreso A la tierra del olvido … Esta cancion fue muy popular cuando estaba en Ecuador, la canto en mi miente, y pienso en regresar a este lugar que me despertaron a mi  tantas cosas

Giving it away

So anyone who has ever walked outside their home may have come across a beggar. And in some places, like here in Oregon, the beggars have learned that perching themselves at freeway exits or near where alot of cars have to stop and then start can be a good place to beg, because people give…

Spot on.

One of the great failings of the American education system, in our view, is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.  Study-abroad programs tend to consist of herds of students visiting Oxford or Florence or Paris.  We believe that universities should make it a requirement that…

Sex and controversy

Thanks Sherry for letting me hijack your link to Donald Miller’s writing. I read Blue Like Jazz long ago enough that I have kind of forgotten what it said, except that I was glad at the time that he said it and I read it.  And it became a Bestseller.  And it was nice to…

Loaves and Fishes: How the masses were fed in 20 minutes

The plan is to make dinner about three times a week, with the other nights being leftovers or scrounge nights.  So typically I make a big amount of whatever I make.  However, the Hawaiian skewers I made last night went fast. So tonight, I was kinda doing the low key summer lowbrow meal kinda thing,…