BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: books

Where’s Your Whimsy?

Where’s Your Whimsy?

I am not known for my spontaneity. My friends joke that I schedule spontaneity for Tuesdays at 1:49! They are not far off the mark. Last weekend I made a quick trip to see The Boy (four-year-old grandson) because I just needed to be with him. We all spent Saturday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers — our […]

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Words . . .

Words . . .

Words: Part I I’ve started reading a massive biography of Beethoven by Jan Swafford. I’ve intended to read it for several years. 2019 is year. My hope is that I will have a more comprehensive understanding of his music. On page 17 I came across an unfamiliar new word: adumbrated. Here’s the sentence: There is […]

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Goal Gone

Goal Gone

I set a reading goal in 2013: one book per week. I’ve never reached the goal though I’ve read more books each year — until 2017. While the goal was 52 books in one year, the best I’ve done is 36, twice the number I read in 2012. The original purpose of the goal was […]

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Opulence and Disarray

Opulence and Disarray

Last week I explored the summer cottages in Newport, Rhode Island — mansions created by America’s wealthiest during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. These mansions depict an unimaginable life of wealth and culture. For the original inhabitants, this was the only life they knew. And for most of them, these houses were […]

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Truth in Writing

Truth in Writing

Back in the 90’s I read Marlo Morgan’s Mutant Message Down Under. It’s the story of the author’s trek across Australia’s Outback with a tribe of Aborigines. I still remember thinking as I read, “What would I have done had I been in her circumstances? Would I have survived such things?” The narrative was chilling […]

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