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A HOUSE FULL OF WOMEN Kate’s Journal


EPISODE 3 Long Beach, California It always seemed big to me during the years I lived in it. We were crammed in nicely; a house full of women, except when my father was in port. Grandma, my mother and her sister Corinne and various female renters made up our family. My Parents in 1928 Aunts […]

GRANDMA, GOD AND AIMEE


Episode 2 1928 Aimee slipped unbidden into my dream last night, which brought to mind my grandmother’s fascination with her. Aimee Semple McPherson was a Los Angeles evangelist and media celebrity from the 20’s and 30’s, the largest among the flurry of religious salesmen, all of whom were selling salvation, a commodity always in demand, […]

AND SO IT BEGINS:


EPISODE 1: Southern California 1928 — 1938 As in every story, mine begins at the beginning. I sit her trying to decide what was important to my life and what was negligible, and I realize it was ALL important; every stumble or achievement, as well as all the people who contributed to it. The grandparents […]

THE MOVING FINGER WRITES


The moving finger writes and having writ moves on–and on–and on. Children always want to know all your secrets; when they’re little, it’s your age, where you met Daddy, why did Daddy yell at you last night? When they reach the teen years they want to know when grandma let you wear lipstick and why […]

V-J DAY 1945


The stories have become priceless, because those who lived them are fading into the lost memory of time. The smell of death, gunfire and blood are part of a life gone from a generation of people all over the world who can never forget. My father, who stood on the deck of his ship amid […]

THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT


“Bird Of Paradise” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen Did you ever stop to think how arbitrary the naming of things can be? For instance: has anyone ever really seen a bird of paradise? In the rich history of the English language a word has been invented for just about everything including things we […]

THE COURAGE OF SMALL THINGS


Rwanda Landscape Wikipedia Now and then we come across a story, simply told, about someone who opens a chain of thoughts in our own minds. This is David Brooks’ inspiring story about his friend Clemantine Wamariya. She was born in Rwanda 27 years ago. When she was six the genocide began and her world started […]