Through Any Given Door ~ Catherine Seveneau

Catherine Sevenau Catherine Sevenau is a writer, humorist, and storyteller living in Sonoma, California. The stories in this series are excerpts from her book, Through Any Given Door, a Family Memoir. The full memoir is available as a web series at A longtime Realtor and Owner/Broker at CENTURY 21 Wine Country, she can be reached at [email protected]


Prologue to a memoir

Posted on June 20, 2020
Prologue to a memoir

My brother Larry was under the illusion our mother was a good mother, but he had a different childhood than we did. My sisters believed... Continue

Food and love

Posted on May 9, 2020
Food and love

When I was not yet ten, Mom put me on a plane to visit Carleen. My sister took one look at me and decided I was never going back, and... Continue

Be grateful for the beauty and mystery of it all

Posted on March 27, 2020

Credo for today Why am I here? Who am I?  What do I believe? How shall I live my life? Where do I stand?  When do I speak out? Ten... Continue

Sweeney’s Penny Candy

Posted on February 27, 2020
Sweeney’s Penny Candy

1950s San Francisco… On Haight and Belvedere, tightly wedged between my father’s dime store and the Superba Market, was Sweeney’s... Continue

A crazy quilt

Posted on January 31, 2020

In 1894, Charles Chatfield married Nellie Chamberlin, a no-nonsense Catholic girl. Nellie was stubborn and headstrong, and although... Continue

19 nods to Facebook

Posted on December 14, 2019

I can quit feeling guilty about not sending Christmas and birthday cards. I’m partial to posts that are interesting, insightful,... Continue

My new love

Posted on October 23, 2019

On his way home from the park, Emmett stops by my real estate office to say hi.  “Hey, I haven’t seen you since you were a little... Continue

Vacation postscript 

Posted on September 25, 2019

My brother, his wife Marian, and I took our fifth road trip to gather family history, sifting through county records and newspaper... Continue

Heaven at four

Posted on August 23, 2019

My son, Matt ~ When I picked him up from Moon Valley School, I could see he was upset. “Mom, do you know what happens to us when... Continue

More conversations with grandkids

Posted on July 10, 2019

Righteous Indignation ~ I pick up my granddaughter from school on her third day of kindergarten. “So, how was it?” “Well,”... Continue

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