So much for the heavy explanatory lifting. You'll have to see it when it's done.
Here are some pix of my mother that I'm working with.
Here is Eleanor a few years back looking very calm and happy - on a cruise, I think.
This was a formal portrait by Purdy, a famous Boston commercial photographer, taken when she was in her teens.
And this, of course, is my favorite. The idea of my mother on a horse is so ridiculous and unexpected that I was astonished when I found this (cropped and de-colored by me and Photoshop). This strange event must have happened during one of her many trips in later years. I showed her the photo to see if she could tell me more about it, but all she could say is, "Who's that horse?"