Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters was inspired
by those pictured above (left to right) my great grandmother Martha Washington
Gadsby, my grandmother Ethelind Elizabeth Gadsby (later Wood and then
Bell) and my mother (Sarah) Jane Mason, and my father, Albert Mason.
a memoir of mothers and daughters is multi-layered
and has a backdrop in the U.S. labor movement. The narrator's grandmother
was a spinner in a textile factory, the mother an office worker, and the
narrator, the first to be graduated from college, tells their story as
well as her own.
I survived my mother's death:
lessons"--(Chapter 6 of Tea Leaves)--published by
Telling Moments, University of Wisconsin Press. click
Excerpts from the first chapter of
Tea Leaves...click and read...
Excerpt of Tea Leaves published in The
Advocate...click and read...
the entire Epilogue
of Tea Leaves ...
click and read
Five years later, tears still come
to my eyes when I think about my mother's death. I could not replace my
final memories of her with a previous, healthy image until at least a
year after she had died. During this time, I asked myself over and over
why I waited....click here