Mango Days

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Our daughter Patty was a gifted poet and loved words. She left behind journals and letters to her best friend, which her dad, my husband Kit, compiled into this book.

The book takes an Anne Frank-type view -- not into the holocaust but into cancer. Patty wanted to leave behind something lasting and meaningful. She has done that.

The result: two song cycles for piano, clarinet and soprano. The music gives expression to the emotional richness of Patty’s poems.

CDs available for $15 (including shipping) from

Baskerville Press

1836 N 300 Road,

Baldwin City, KS 66006

or email


Jim Funkhouser of Kansas, a professional composer and like Kit an Andover alum, asked to set some of Patty’s poems to music. Click below for the poem The Memory which was recorded live prior to the CD.