women

Minnie Zeileen Stathis

I’ve just learned that my “Aunt” died last Thanksgiving. I knew she was ill, simply because I hadn’t heard from her. When a card came back with no forwarding address…I knew. I had to learn about her death from an obituary, simply because her adopted son never saw me as family apparently. Or maybe he…

Kitty

Hidden in previous blog posts you’ll find a series of articles about women who have influenced me. This one is long over-due to be published. I tried to see this lovely woman during my recent trip through California, but we didn’t connect. I’m missing her deeply. Kitty is married to my extra father, Bill. During…

Maxine

Maxine was Belle’s friend as well as a friend to my parents. She kept a lovely, immaculate home full of antiques, fresh flowers and birds. I’d never met anyone who had birds, and would often wander off into the room where they sat in their cages and listen to their singing. Being a firm cat-person…

Belle

Another entry in my ongoing notes about the women who have influenced my life. Belle became my stand-in grandmother in my junior high years. She would take me into her home on Saturdays and we would craft beautiful things. My parents had accepted my insane love of hand-crafts by that point in life and felt…

Grandma Gladys

After Mona’s death, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a woman, and in particular how I came to feel the way I do about femininity. This has led me to thinking about the odd circumstances of my childhood and formative years that have led me to seek role models from outside my…

Mona

I first met Mona in 1988. Meeting my boyfriend’s parents was a scary proposition. Terror doesn’t even begin to express the emotions I had running through my mind. So, when I found myself looking down at a tiny woman in her night-gown and worn robe, I was shocked. Her voice was gravelly, sounding perpetually annoyed…