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…

Stories from Russia: Easter

The place:  One of 20 some ethnic republics inside of Russia, this one with a history going back to the Khans and Turks.  Chuvashia.  Where even Russian isn’t the first language.  A gentle, quiet people with deep hearts.  I am visiting their schools, traveling with a staunch senior lady who is first in my eyes…

Rarified escape: The Comoros

I have a strange and wonderful collection.  It takes up no space on any shelf, never requires dusting and doesn’t cost anything and brings me pure joy. The newest entry to my collection is Comoros.  It is a collection of Islands between Madagascar and Mozambique in Southeastern Africa.   Comoros is remote, but with a…

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…

New favorite African Destination

Zanzibar. Off the coast of Tanzania. On the east coast of Africa. Known as the Spice Islands. Sorry Fitena, you are not here to defend Mauritius, which has held the title of best African destination for a looooong time. But you are being bumped. Zanzibar. When most Americans hear the word Zanzibar, they think Spice…