My mother, YVONNE TRINITÉ TAPP, passed away a few years ago, in March of 2013 to be exact. Even after relating to her as a mostly negligent son my whole life long, I really didn’t know all that terribly much about her. Mother never talked about her experiences, ideas, opinions, or feelings, and now that she’s gone, I sorely regret never even thinking to ask. So her long life has been for all intents and purposes a secret to me and everyone.
But this past January on her would-be 97th birthday, I wondered again about her secret life and realized that I’ve been sitting on cartons of old photographs and decades of her letters. So I decided to turn detective, ferret out details of her history from the evidence, and write her biography for her many descendants to know about their fore-mother. I hope other folks will also be interested in her long life well lived.
Those old photographs (and lots of the newer ones) took inordinate amounts of restoration and outright manipulation to be worth looking at. That close work provided me many intriguing clues, mysteries, insights, and new feelings. It was an intensely emotional journey.
Over the past nine months, I’ve alternated between writing about Mother and drawing three more of my Aztec icons for the coloring book YE GODS! I’m not sure which I spent more time on, but I’ve now finished the pictorial biography: MS. YVONNE, The Secret Life of My Mother.
Fortunately, Mother left behind two substantial pieces of writing, one of which I made her write for posterity, and the other I found afterwards amongst her effects. So as well as being a photo-documentary, this biography is also in part an autobiography of my mother, with an inescapable element of my own thrown in gratis.
Sorry that I can’t offer you much in the way of thrilling action or daring adventures, of philosophical or social impact, or of romantic or sensual titillation. However, what you’ll find in this pictorial biography is an independent and courageous woman who weathered the often oppressive vicissitudes of the 20th century and early in the 21st survived Hurricane Katrina.
For free download of this biography as a .pdf file, right-click here and select “Save As.” If you left-click, you can open and read it online. Meanwhile, I may have found a way to convert this and my other books into eBook format (still free) and promise to do so as soon as I can.