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]


My brother’s diary

Posted on March 18, 2023

Chapter 50: Sonora, California. April 1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Apr 1  Freshmen’s return was given, but it was so bad... Continue

Like life, it’s complicated

Posted on March 3, 2023

Chapter 49: 1948/49 • Sonora ~ Just three months after my arrival, my mother—along with losing her mind—lost her brother, Gordon... Continue

No wonder I wonder how I got here

Posted on February 19, 2023
No wonder I wonder how I got here

Chapter 48: August 16, 1948 • Sonora ~ I was welcomed into the family two years after Mom’s first breakdown, though not by her.... Continue

1948 was not an easy year…

Posted on February 2, 2023

Chapter 47: 1948 • Sonora My brother did not keep a diary for much of 1948; between April 2 and December 31 there are only six entries.... Continue

Bought a spider

Posted on January 15, 2023

Chapter 46: 1948 • Sonora Note: my brother did not keep a diary for much of 1948. Many entries were typical posts about Boy Scouts,... Continue

France getting rid of communists

Posted on December 15, 2022

Chapter 45: 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) — Dec 1  Bought Daisy air pistol. It is 117 caliber and shoots small sized BB’s.  Dec... Continue

Saw Carleen stark naked (HA HA)…

Posted on December 1, 2022

Chapter 44: 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Nov 1  Very busy washing windows today. All windows in town were done before noon hour. Nov... Continue

Collecting weird words like bubble gum cards

Posted on November 8, 2022
Collecting weird words like bubble gum cards

Chapter 43: Late 1940s • Sonora ~ Lorna Harrington, Betty’s best friend since kindergarten, was unusually shy. My sister took... Continue

Everything is out of order

Posted on October 17, 2022
Everything is out of order

Chapter 42: 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Oct 1  Went to Mrs. Rossoci’s house to see her about some stamps but she was... Continue

Behind closed doors…

Posted on October 2, 2022
Behind closed doors...

Chapter 41: 1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) — Sep 15  First day of high school was today. Sep 22  My father finished buying... Continue

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