Dog-Lover, Writer & Progressive

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau loves Progressive politics, Bernie Sanders, and the canine population. She writes fiction about Chester, the Alpha Bichon, and his friends — with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. Naturally, Chester is Bernie’s most ardent admirer.

JoAnn also blogs about the Progressive Movement, citizen activism, and a Progressive lifestyle. Other bloggers may focus on political villains and problems, but JoAnn puts a spotlight on Progressive heroes and viable social, political, economic, and environmental solutions — because, just so you know, they really exist!

JoAnn’s views and insights are tinted by her former profession in Counseling (balanced and objective), Christian theological studies (not the Far-Right stuff), and training in Library and Information Science (doesn’t get fooled by “fake” news). Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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The Original


Alpha Bichon

Chester was a wild-haired, 20-pound, whitish Bichon Frise. He modeled the unquestioning confidence of Alpha, and never gave any German Shepherd a free pass. He possessed humor, insight, and vision. He spotted patterns and solved everyday problems with ease. (He was smarter than me!) The original Chester is my muse and inspiration for The Chester Chronicles.

~ JoAnn Chateau

It’s all Left-Leaning…


Important grassroots leaders and activism in the Progressive Movement. Change comes from the bottom up!


Socially and/or politically Progressive books I’ve had a chance to read, and recommend. Fiction and nonfiction.


A Progressive lifestyle sees the Big Picture. Go local, enjoy simplicity, help your community, try veganism, have some fun.


Chester the Alpha Bichon stories (fiction). Canine News & Views reported by Chester, himself (ok… fictionalized). 

Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system that is corrupt, that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.

~ Bernie Sanders

Yes, we become stronger when blacks and whites, Latino, Asian American, Native American, when all of us stand together.

~ Bernie Sanders

Together, together my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues!

~ Bernie Sanders

Independent News

Conferences & Nationwide Activism

Progressive Commentary





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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 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."