About JoAnnChateau.com

When I began a blog in 2013, I named it “Aware & Fair.” For the first time in my life, I seriously reflected upon politics. (The “aware” part.) I determined to be objective. (The “fair” part.)

I was just learning about politics and activism, so didn’t write much commentary of my own. The blog consisted mainly of short, curated pieces gleaned from the independent news media — whatever I needed to save and remember. Two huge problems loomed from the materials I studied: 1) Money in politics, and 2) Climate Change.

One afternoon, while contemplating our climate crisis, my emotional detachment cracked. I was stabbed by grief. Finally, a voice in my head said: Write about Chester. It was a simple self-prescription for mental survivl.

The original Chester was a scruffy, little, whitish Alpha Bichon. He swaggered and bounced about with his two short front legs and fluff-rounded body — like he never doubted his importance or impact. “Small” never registered on him. Chester was innocent, witty, courageous, and wise. He often reminded me of Teddy Roosevelt. He is the inspiration for The Chester Chronicles.

Fictional Chester struggles to eat vegan, but otherwise, is an exemplary Progressive, with a capital “P.” He’s an official friend for Bernie Sanders, and reports the independent canine news and views.

Welcome to JoAnnChateau.com. This is where dogs are considered people, and not corporations.

…of the people, by the people, and for the people

~ Abraham Lincoln

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JoAnn Chateau

Who’s Writing?

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about Chester, the Alpha Bichon -- with a dash of humor and a dab of Poli-Sci. Her views and insights are tinted by a former profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and training in Library and Information Science. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


Chester is a scruffy little Bichon dog, with a congenial Napoleon Complex, and stars in "The Chester Chronicles." He sometimes reports independent Canine News -- NO corporate treats accepted, NO corporate bias. Woof!

Graffiti Girl

Graffiti Girl (GG) is curator at JoAnnChateau.com. She's progressive to the core, and easily blown away by serendipity and/or good food. (OK, GG is really JoAnn.) GG's posts signal that news or content from another website is a "must-see" and "must-remember."