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]


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

Today I made a $10 payment on a $50  bicycle

Posted on April 5, 2022

Chapter 30: 1947 • Sonora ~ continuation of Larry’s diary 1947 • Larry’s Diary (age 13) Feb 1  Today I took both routes again... Continue

My mother gave me her bookcase!

Posted on March 12, 2022

Chapter 29: 1947 • Sonora ~ On his twelfth Christmas, Larry received a small five-year leather-bound diary with room enough on each... Continue

It was nothing but the best for mom

Posted on March 3, 2022

Chapter 28: 1946 • Sonora ~ My mother, brother, and sisters loved to read. They regularly checked out books from the local library,... Continue

Mother’s idea of housework was to sweep a room with a glance

Posted on February 16, 2022
Mother’s idea of housework was to sweep a room with a glance

Chapter 27: 1946 • Sonora ~ My father believed that life was hard work. He believed you had to earn everything you got, and that... Continue

Something happened to Mom, something snapped

Posted on January 31, 2022

Chapter 26: 1946 • Sonora ~ Squatting on the front stoop in the low afternoon sun, Betty, all of six, and Claudia just four, sat... Continue

His moral fiber was as starched as his collar

Posted on January 12, 2022
His moral fiber was as starched as his collar

Chapter 25: 1946 • Sonora ~ Sundays were family days that were spent reading the newspaper comics, going to church, and calling... Continue

“… might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb”

Posted on December 27, 2021

Chapter 24: mid 1940s • Sonora  ~ No Sunday or Holy Day passed without Dad taking the children to Mass. Some Sundays they attended... Continue

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

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