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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Then he fainted

Posted on December 4, 2021
Then he fainted

Chapter 23: 1946 • Sonora ~ On a sunny Saturday, Mom brought home six-dozen chicks from the feed store and enclosed them in the... Continue

That was your dog…

Posted on November 4, 2021
That was your dog...

1942 • Vallejo, California ~ The only dog the family ever had was when they lived in Vallejo, but they didn’t have him for long.... Continue

Well, this turned into almost a novel…

Posted on September 28, 2021
Well, this turned into almost a novel...

Chapter 21: Letter from my mother (age 26) to my father’s sister living in Minnesota: Watsonville, Cal. Nov. 22, 1941 Dear Amelia... Continue

The women in my family don’t mince words

Posted on September 1, 2021
The women in my family don’t mince words

Chapter 20: 1939 • Watsonville, California ~ Our house was right on her way home from the grammar school and Marceline (Uncle George’s... Continue

From paradise to parking lot

Posted on August 3, 2021
From paradise to parking lot

Chapter 19: •  Minnesota — My paternal grandparents were tall, sturdy, farming stock. Grandma had a reputation as a relentless... Continue

Like a rock

Posted on July 14, 2021
Like a rock

Chapter 18: • Minnesota, The Clemens Farm ~ My grandparents were known for attending funerals. Relatives, close friends, acquaintances,... Continue

Pleasing his mother was as easy as jumping over his knees

Posted on June 22, 2021
Pleasing his mother was as easy as jumping over his knees

Chapter 17: 1920 • Minnesota ~ When the wheels needed to be changed or the axles greased, my father—not yet a man—lifted the... Continue

My father, the Pinball Wizard

Posted on May 26, 2021
My father, the Pinball Wizard

Chapter 16: 1933 • Los Angeles, California ~ Shortly after their marriage and with my father’s job in Colusa finished with... Continue

This woman is not going to be good for you, he warned

Posted on May 3, 2021
This woman is not going to be good for you, he warned

Chapter 15: 1932 • Colusa, California ~ Comfortable around Mrs. Chatfield, Carl talked to her about the heat and the bugs, discussed... Continue

He thought she was one snappy girl

Posted on April 14, 2021
He thought she was one snappy girl

Chapter 14: 1932 • Colusa, California ~ Three years into the Great Depression, when there were no jobs and little money and Herbert... Continue


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