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LEARNING TO GET ALONG Kate’s Journal


Episode 19 Oakland By 1951 the patterns of our early married life were being formed, convivial, but hardly ever serene. Two diametrically opposed personalities frequently clashing. The trucking company had been sold, and Sam went to work at the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. where he was to remain for nearly 40 years. His expertise in […]

THE MOTHER TONGUE


Our expectations exceed the return in so many ways. For instance, when you step into my house, I expect you to speak English. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, but when I venture into YOUR house, I don’t speak your language either. This leads to confusion on both parts. Ours is still an English-speaking country, though I […]

GROWING UP IS HARD TO DO Kate’s Journal


Episode 18 Oakland, 1946-1951 As toddlers we stumble along, pick ourselves up and continue on our way; a prelude to our grownup selves. Life is not perfect, and we learn as we go to learn each lesson as we stumble upon it. The years after our wedding were eventful learning experiences. Sam continued to work […]

THE SECOND OLDEST PROFESSION Kate’s Journal


Episode 17 Alameda, 1946-1949 What was I thinking? I had quit my good job in San Francisco, and now my new husband tells me to “get a job”. I began tromping the streets in Oakland asking if anyone needed help. I literally had no skills except being a nice looking willing to work child bride. […]

DOM PERIGNON DID NOT INVENT CHAMPAGNE


At the risk of going against popular opinion, Dom Perignon did not invent champagne. He was justly famous for his superb skills as a blender–but his legendary wines did not have bubbles. He is supposed to have been so delighted with the bubbles that he turned to his sandal-shod brothers and called “Come quickly! I […]

WEDDING BELLE Kate’s Journal


Episode 16 Alameda, 1946 Nineteen-forty-five slipped into history as quietly as it had arrived. I heard a rumor in April, 1946 that Sam Rasmussen had returned from overseas. I had no desire to see him, but suddenly he appeared staked out on my front porch. I often arrived late home from work, and often with […]

CLEOPATRA WAS WORTH $96 BILLION


It’s difficult to get a handle on what Cleopatra actually looked like since most images tend to look like Elizabeth Taylor. But history gives us a pretty good idea of what life was like in her reign. It seems that she was a very rich lady. On one contemporary list she appears as the 22nd […]