Secret Stash: Some More Letters To Mom


It’s the Third Thursday of the month, the day that I post The Secret Stash on my Patreon page– that is, sketches, reference photos, old flyers, and other ephemera from my files.

David Chelsea is reading: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir
by Ellen Forney

My mother, Lolita Marie Celsi, has been doing a lot of house cleaning lately, and keeps finding old letters with decorated envelopes I sent her and other members of my family over the years. Two months ago I posted a batch from the time she was getting a degree in English As A Second Language in Honolulu a few years ago; last month it was a bundle mostly from the 1980s and 1990s. Now Mom has pulled another batch from dead storage, a mixed bag ranging from the 1970s to the 1990s. Included is this watercolor portrait of Mom from the 1970s:


Mixed in with the batch are a couple of letters to my grandmother and my sister Teresa. In this one I had fun with a couple of 2¢ Thomas Jefferson stamps:


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And, once more, a plug for Mom’s painting website. Wouldn’t this landscape look great over your fireplace?