BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Morning News

Last Saturday morning, my grown son and I had one thing on our agenda — hanging out at his favorite Lexington, KY bagel shop. It was a busy, savor-your-Saturday-morning kind of place.  I ordered the double bourbon: a maple bourbon bagel with maple bourbon cream cheese chased with a hot mocha. He ordered the daily special: sourdough salt. […]

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Artistic Obsession

Chris Guillebeau says, “Make your art your obsession. Fall in love with it. Experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t give it attention.” Obsession is not necessarily a positive word for us. We think of obsessive-compulsive disorder or obsessions that accompany some mental conditions or obsessions that take over a life, that take a person to the realm […]

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A Query for Mr. Webster

We’re an irregular pair, Charlie and I.  She’s younger, I’m older. She’s an artist, I’m an accountant (not exactly, but I could be). She loves improv, I create spreadsheets.  She pursues convoluted paths; I search for the most efficient route between Point A and Point B.  She’s a painstakingly meticulous writer, studying her craft before putting words […]

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Word Play

I love words – and I admire people who have a large vocabulary. In our weekly Scrabble game I am amazed at the word-knowledge one woman has – and she always knows the definitions. I also notice unfamiliar words or unusual usage in the books I read — some of them are noted on my […]

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