BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: writing

Have you got one of these?

Have you got one of these?

Have you got a zibaldone? “A what?” you say, somewhat bewildered. “What’s a ziba. . . however you say it?” “Zee – ball – dough – nay. It’s Italian and easy to say once you get used to it.” “O.k. Zibaldone. So what is it and why do I need one?” you inquire, still puzzled. […]

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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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