Aunt Kitty. Catherine Toppitzer. My grand aunt, a great
aunt. Delivery room nurse, soroptomist,
director of funeral
business. She had them coming and going. Constant supporter.
Mom -- Drena -- with our family crow, Oscar. How
could I not be a writer with a mom as cool as this?
Mary Helen Finucane Toner, a.k.a. Granny. My best friend
for 39 years. Lover of literature. On her lap is the cat she forbade in the Ocean City house.