Corner is dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Clemetson,
lived life to the fullest, making her house a home of
love and laughter for her husband, sons, stepdaughters and pets.
She also created a sense of home beyond the walls of her own house
by opening the doors of her heart and sharing her hopes, fears,
dreams and sense of humor with all those her life touched. Carolyn,
her husband David and their family of "his, hers and ours" children
were among those killed in January, 2000 on Alaska Air Flight 261.
Their precious lives ended abruptly and family and friends, and
most tragically, Carolyn's stepdaughter's mother, Claire were left
to pick up the pieces. For two years Carolyn belonged to our Stepmother
Support Group. Sharing our stories has been incredibly helpful for
us. We hope that widening the circle of support will also help us
heal our insurmountable loss.
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The Tale of
the Front Seat, From "Memoirs of a New Stepmom"
by Norma "Rosie" Wigutoff
I’ve just begun a writing course and the instructor advises,
“Be sure to make trouble for your main character. Every good story
is built around resolution of conflict.” Perfect, I thought. What
else IS there in stepfamilies? [continued]
by Julie Hennick
"I want you to know that I'll always be here for you… and although
I'll never try to take
anyone's place in your life, I hope there will be room in it for
me." That was the card I bought for my stepson when he turned
A Cat Story,
Tails From One Stepmom
by Tina Blade
About two years ago, we added a young cat to our household. We
got her to be "Our Cat," of course. [continued]
The Bigger Picture
by Judy Bonicelli Sarles
I'm beginning to think God
is not listening. I said I wanted a horse, not to be a stepmom.
I’m the newcomer. My partner, Deborah, has a
daughter. Callista is 12 and she lives half the week with her
other Mom, Jean, Deborah’s ex. [continued]
WELCOME To Carolyn's Corner
Our sincerest wish is that this be a place
that will bring comfort, courage and a sense of hope and pride
to all stepfamilies. We will feature your stories, anecdotes,
and experiences, your triumphs and travails great and small, your
photos and your insights. We welcome writings from stepparents,
biological parents and stepchildren of all ages. In life, we can
always learn from each other.
Please send your stepfamily stories, those
of hope, humor, reality, despair, dreams, and struggle. Articles,
photos, drawings or cartoons, anecdotes and tales from all stepfamily
members are encouraged. Let's make this a place that features
the "everyday stepfamily" - you and I.
your contributions today.