Anna Celeste Burke

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Anna Celeste Burke is an awarding-winning, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author!
Welcome! Join me, snooping into life's mysteries with fun, fiction, and food--California style!

Life is an extravaganza and so unpredictable! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University.

A GED for my husband, and many more years of education eventually landed us in academia—
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Anna Celeste Burke I spent 30 years studying social and human behavior and know less now than ever! I'm waiting for that "wisdom" thing to kick in but it hasn't happened…moreI spent 30 years studying social and human behavior and know less now than ever! I'm waiting for that "wisdom" thing to kick in but it hasn't happened yet. I'm reading the Cloud of Unknowing written by an anonymous monk a thousand years ago or so. Thought that would be appropriate reading given how much time I spend in that state of mind anyway! For now, I'm just writing and trying to accept what I don't understand. Our desert here in California is a good place to do all that. It will be hot soon, though. The desert's way...Cheers! (less)
Anna Celeste Burke There are so many. My early life was filled with one mystifying event after another. In a family where there are lots of secrets, the truth is hard to…moreThere are so many. My early life was filled with one mystifying event after another. In a family where there are lots of secrets, the truth is hard to come by. Unsolved mysteries fade too soon into the past and take their truths with them, don't they?

One of the many mysteries in my life that remain unresolved won't ever get resolved at this point. What is the truth about my maternal grandmother's role in our extended family? Who was she? Other than a name and a few half-truths and rumors, I'll never know because she died more than a decade ago.

Rumor has it that she married my 30-year-old grandfather when she was a teenager. Was she really a nightclub singer with whom my grandfather became smitten? I find that difficult to believe because the man I knew as a "Grandpa" was not one to frequent saloons. A tee-totaller and an active member of a rather ascetic protestant church congregation, barhopping did not fit his persona.

There was that picture though. Grandpa as a college student in the 1920s sporting a full-length raccoon coat. On his head, a white straw boater hat. He was surrounded by what might have been fraternity brothers. They all held pennants raised at football games to urge team members on to victory. On the way home did they make a stop at a local speakeasy to toast a hard-won game?

He met his future wife after he'd left college behind. Maybe the same year they repealed Prohibition. My mother was born in 1934. Rumor also has it that my thirty-year-old grandpa was ready to settle down and his teenage bride was not. Not long after my mother was born, Grandma left, perhaps yearning for the excitement of her life as a singer. She took my mother with her and ran up bills all over town. That's before Grandpa hired a private detective to find them and bring them back--not once, but many times.

By the time my mother turned six, Grandma was gone for good. The subject of D-I-V-O-R-C-E was not discussed openly when my grandfather took that drastic step. It wasn't a word associated with fine, upstanding, churchgoing people like him. How had it come to pass that he took such a huge, socially stigmatized step? I'll never know that either because while he was alive, we never spoke of his first wife. Grist for the rumor mill when it happened, I'm sure, but a reason for secrecy in my family even decades later.

The woman I called Grandma was his second wife. A sweet, soft-spoken woman, she was devoted to my grandfather. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I fully understood what it meant that my Uncle was my mother's half-brother. Even then I didn't learn much more about my "real" maternal grandmother.

After my grandfather and his second wife both died, this woman reconnected with my mother. Where had she been since she left when my mother turned six? Rumor has it, she had been forbidden to see my mother or initiate any contact with her as a condition of the divorce agreement. Even after she remarried, she had continued to abide by those rules. Why?

I will never know. I never met her, or even spoke to her then either because by then my mother and I were living in separate countries. I had a family of my own and a career. I had developed the kind of estrangement that takes hold in families that keep secrets. A deeply personal version of "don't ask, don't tell." Maybe that's why I write mysteries with discrete endings. So many in real life don't end that way, do they?(less)
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