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]


Still owe Dad $10 for radio

Posted on September 17, 2022

Chapter 40:  1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Aug 1  Got paid for morning route and paid off my $15 clothing bill at Baers Aug... Continue

In 1947 you could buy lots of things for a penny

Posted on September 3, 2022

Chapter 39: 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Jul 1  Going to work in dads store from now on regularly Jul 2  I was delivering papers... Continue

“Just eat it”

Posted on August 15, 2022

Chapter 38:  1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Jun 4  Graduated from 8th grade elementary school. I got a wristwatch and binder as... Continue

They knew Mom was of a different flock

Posted on August 3, 2022

Chapter 37: 1947 • Minnesota ~ Dad’s first trip back to the family farm was for his mother’s funeral ten years prior. He and... Continue

No bed of roses…

Posted on July 2, 2022

Chapter 36: 1947 • Sonora  Missive to Marceline (part 2 of 2) May 2, 1947 (continuation of the letter from my mother to her favorite... Continue

Hell or high water! 

Posted on June 16, 2022

Chapter 35: 1947 • Sonora Missive to Marceline (part 1 of 2) When our cousin Marceline turned seventeen (the same age Mom was when... Continue

Got haircut and went to confession 

Posted on June 4, 2022

Chapter 34: 1947 • Sonora (continuation of my brother’s diary) 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Apr 1  Received pay of five dollars... Continue

Little hellions, they muttered…

Posted on May 18, 2022

Chapter 33: 1947 • Sonora ~  “Shhh,” she whispered, filling a glass with water. As Larry came flying down the hall, she sloshed... Continue

They were no angels in disguise

Posted on May 2, 2022

Chapter 32: 1947 • Sonora ~ My siblings were no angels in disguise as they tore through the house like a band of young heathens.... Continue

Today we heard President Truman’s speech

Posted on April 15, 2022

Chapter 31: 1947 • Sonora ~ continuation of my brother’s diary 1947 • Larry’s Diary (age 13) Mar 1  I bought boy scout whistle... Continue

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