Art Alchemy Studio

Mixed Media Art by Chaska Peacock

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Because you have been asking......

Inflected Form(s):
plural meta·mor·pho·ses \-ˌsēz\
1 a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means b: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances

2: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching

As Robin Williams said, "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Some would argue about the relative amount some of us were given, but I encourage you to fan your spark of madness...however that might look like.

If you have lived your life so far fully, then you are no longer the same person you once were. Maybe, like me, you have even gone through many major metamorphoses. With each metamorphosis, there are major changes, but one of the things which I have carried long enough is the name I was given at birth: "Mai-Liis". I have endured....sometimes gracefully, and other times, not....endless "huh?s", tasteless jokes about the "malai massacre", similarity to a famous porno queen, various comments about "leases", and...of course...many hundreds of pronunciations and misspellings.

Sometime early this year I realized that I had the option of changing my name!:-) ( I can be a slow learner!) What, change my birth name? Why not?

And, I knew just where to get a new name! In Peru. I would ask shamans for a simple, meaningful name....and this is how I was given the name "Chaska" which means 'star' in the Quetcha language. I loved it instantly, though I did think it was a lot to grow into.

In the beginning, I intended to use my newly bestowed name only for my new website and new clients. However, this has become terribly confusing, and I am completely changing to Chaska as quickly as I can manage....but, I welcome anyone who wishes to continue calling me "Mai-Liis" to do so. I will, however, no longer help you spell it, pronounce it, or answer to "What does it mean?" :-)


Blogger Diane said...

What a wonderful story! I was wondering about your name,how that came about & what it really meant. I think it fits you beautifully! Very interesting. Reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air & inspiration to me.
I am not sure how you stumbled across my blog but I am so glad you did. Thank you for being so inspiring!

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Blogger Gena Lumbroso said...

Chaska, well thank you for explaining that. I do so love Mai Liis, to me it is you and so exotic! But I wholly support you in this, yet another wonderful metamorphosis! Go for it!

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