Category: Photos

The purpose of the searches, the book, and the book tour was to connect with people I had lost, those I loved, and the people I met along the way.  Every step was full of meaning and connection. Here are a few photos from the journey:  (Click on “A Grand Book Tour” to see more photos.)

A Room of One's Own- Madison with Mary

With my friend Mary at A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI where I graduated from UW many years ago.

High School Friends Lynn & Lynn - Madison

High School Friends Lynn & Lynn at A Room of One’s Own – Madison, WI

My mother and her two sisters who had once been close were estranged until the search led me to them and to their families.  First I found Aunt Dorothy and Cousin Mickey.  (Click on”Reunion” to see more photos.)

Susan and Dorothy, 2004

Susan and Dorothy, 2004

 

Cousin Mickey, 2004

Cousin Mickey, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found Aunt Elinor alive and well at age 94 and then I found her children, John and Sandra.  Sandra and her daughter, Amy, came to see Elinor in July, 2008.  

 

Elinor & me

Elinor, Amy, and Sandra, July, 2008

Elinor, Amy, and Sandra, July, 2008

Laughlin Family, 1920

Laughlin Family, 1920

Margery, Dorothy, & Elinor, 1924

Margery, Dorothy, & Elinor, 1924

Family photos show three sisters.  The only one I knew was Margery, my mother, the middle sister.  The other two, Elinor and Dorothy were rarely mentioned and never seen until I found them close to the end of their lives, still singing.

Elinor, Dorothy, Margery, Ben, 1932

Elinor, Dorothy, Margery, Ben, 1932

Dorothy and Margery, 1930

Dorothy and Margery, 1930

Dave Johnson May, 1942

Dave Johnson
May, 1942

My father was 25 when he was killed in WWII.  I knew him only through the letter he wrote from Camp Lucky Strike on the north coast of France in the winter of ’45 to welcome me into the world.  The love in that letter lived inside of me until I began to search for him several years ago.  During the search I visited Luxembourg where his name is engraved on the Wall of Missing.  Now there is a marker with his name and the dates of his short life at Arlington Cemetery.