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 Sevenau.com. A longtime Realtor and Owner/Broker at CENTURY 21 Wine Country, she can be reached at [email protected]

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Serves the drunken old fool right

Posted on February 10, 2021
Serves the drunken old fool right

Chapter 11: My grandfather Sep 30, 1915 • Red Bluff Daily News, Los Molinos, California: WOMAN ALL ALONE GIVES BIRTH, CHILD TAKES... Continue

Upholding the tapestry of life

Posted on January 16, 2021
Upholding the tapestry of life

Chapter 10: Crazy Quilt 1895 – 1915 • Nellie ~ My grandmother started her crazy quilt in 1895, the same year she started her family.... Continue

The taste of shame and bile

Posted on December 16, 2020
The taste of shame and bile

Chapter 9: Backstory, my maternal grandparents   — Diary of Charley Chatfield (age 17), the oldest child of Charles and Nellie Feb... Continue

With Nellie, the wrath was silent

Posted on November 4, 2020

Chapter 8: Backstory, my maternal grandparents — Dec 26, 1894 • Fruita, Colorado ~ In a ceremony in her parents’ home,... Continue

Betty would eat anything

Posted on October 18, 2020
Betty would eat anything

Chapter 7: Mid 1940s, Chico — Every summer Mom took the kids to visit her mother, Nellie Chatfield, who still lived in the two-story... Continue

A business school of hard knocks

Posted on October 2, 2020
A business school of hard knocks

Chapter 6: 1945, Sonora – At five, Betty opened her first business. She admired the ads of the Lucky Strike girls wearing long gloves,... Continue

Where’s the pet chicken?

Posted on September 13, 2020
Where’s the pet chicken?

Chapter 5: Mid 1940s, Sonora. Larry and Carleen went everywhere together. They were a year apart (he was born in 1934, she in ’35)... Continue

The elm tree out front was already 100 years old

Posted on August 20, 2020
The elm tree out front was already 100 years old

Chapter 4: 104 Green Street — A long linoleum hall led to the staircase and wood banister that the kids rode halfway to the... Continue

Chapter 3: Warm soda on a hot day 

Posted on August 1, 2020
Chapter 3: Warm soda on a hot day 

Mid 1940s • 104 Green Street  — Chapter Three. My father first took a job managing the Sprouse-Reitz on Washington Street... Continue

Chapter 2: 1943 • Sonora, California 

Posted on July 9, 2020
Chapter 2: 1943 • Sonora, California 

Emerging from the crown of Highway 49 and a mile from end to end, Sonora is tucked into the foothills and ravines of the Sierra Nevada,... Continue


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