BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: writing

Places to Ponder

Places to Ponder

I am a ponderer — of thoughts and words and events and comments and situations. I can’t help myself. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer. Perhaps it’s because I’m an introvert. Perhaps it’s because I’m curious about the whats and whys and wherefores of people and life in general and moments in particular. I think […]

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Strange Writers

We writers carry things around in our heads, in the midst of other seemingly  normal activities. We notice tiny things like how the wind turns a leaf on a fall day. We make up stories about café strangers. We ponder plots and techniques for moving our story along. When we’re together we talk about how to […]

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Sparsity

I recently attended the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The fall weather was glorious and crisp — the kind of days that call you to hike the mountains and eat apples right off the trees. Sturdy shoes and flannel shirts, scarves and hats were the order of the day. The tellers, more than 25 of them, were a […]

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Too much of a good thing . . .

The courtship letter project, begun last January, is finished. Last week I wrote about adding the final touches to the manuscript — the insertion of scanned images of my parents’ handwriting to fill partial blank pages. Once the printer confirmed the images could be printed in black and white, I forged ahead. Problem #1: I thought I had a few blank spaces to […]

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Letters for Leyton

Since January I’ve been compiling my parents’ courtship letters, written from 1936 – 1939. Though there are over 300 letters, I approached it as a simple, but large, typing job. My goal was to complete the project by the end of the year. Plenty of time. Not far into the typing I discovered a need to document the people […]

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