Rude Awakenings ~ Catherine Seveneau

Catherine Sevenau Catherine Sevenau is a writer and storyteller who is out to capture your skittery mind. She's penned three books, compiled numerous collections of family genealogy, and has been a regular columnist in the SUN since 2016. She can be reached at [email protected].


How did I get here?

Posted on March 23, 2024
How did I get here?

In 1943, my father exchanged his iceman’s uniform for a suit and tie. Union Ice Company was having financial difficulties, and Dad... Continue

‘The air was icy both inside and out’

Posted on February 14, 2024

Chapter 69: November 1950 • Sonora Larry’s diary (age 16) Nov 1  New springs for horn. Got up at 3:30. Cop stopped me in Escalon,... Continue

‘Mom at hospital for operation’

Posted on February 2, 2024

Chapter 68: 1950 • Sonora ~ Larry’s diary (age 16) Oct 1  Saw Father of the Bride with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Oct... Continue

Mom sick again

Posted on December 31, 2023

Chapter 67: 1950 • Sonora  ~ Larry’s diary (age 16) My brother wrote daily about the usual. A few highlights: Sep 3  Cleaned... Continue

A little banjo goes a long way

Posted on December 3, 2023

Chapter 66: Summer 1950 • Sonora ~ The family met Jay Bruce and his wife in the summer of 1950 when their car broke down and was... Continue

Revolving door spun – mom was back

Posted on November 16, 2023

Chapter 65: 1950 • Camp McBride, Strawberry Lake, Pinecrest, California Even though she shunned ruffles and ric-rac, Betty carried... Continue

At 14, Carleen stepped into Mother’s shoes

Posted on November 2, 2023

Chapter 64: 1950 • Sonora, California At fourteen, my sister Carleen stepped into our mother’s shoes when Mom was gone. It... Continue

Mother was gone a short while

Posted on October 18, 2023

Chapter 63: 1950 • Sonora, California Note: My brother’s daily entries in the months of March and April were typical of those in... Continue

Father was only tough on the outside

Posted on October 2, 2023

Chapter 62: 1950 • Sonora, California Feb 1950 • Larry’s diary (age 16) Feb 8  Went to scout meeting and signed up with air... Continue

Dad was a farmer, not a hunter

Posted on September 24, 2023

Chapter 60: Summer 1949 • Sonora, California 1949: Abbreviated entries of Larry’s diary (age 15) Aug 31  Went to San Francisco... Continue

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