Jean Croker Petke

Category: books

The Death of Dickens

I killed Dickens. Last week. On a warm spring afternoon. I hit delete and he was gone from my life. You see, I read him once in high school. A Tale of Two Cities. I didn’t like it much then but it was required reading. In recent years, as I’ve added classics to my regular reading, I’ve often […]

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Indy Bookstores

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of using our public libraries — a practice I’m working to reinstate in my life. It’s easy to assume we don’t need our libraries these days — we can find everything we need to know on the internet — or so it seems. But, deep inside, […]

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To be intentional — about anything — means to act with purpose, to decide and then act accordingly. “Good” intentions are different; they’re noble thoughts that never get acted upon. They often dominate our conversations and are accompanied by complaints of not enough time or too busy. You know the conversations; you know the excuses. […]

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Literary Sanctuaries

We’re in a universe of technology — and I often struggle with it.  “But this is so much easier,” friends say. “It’s way more convenient. It’ll save you so much time. You don’t have to lug a stack of books with you.” You’ve either heard these words or said them yourself. Yes, I know all of […]

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Too Little Time

This week I’ve been reading Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books 2000 – 2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin — a collection of talks, essays, book introductions and book reviews. Le Guin has published more than sixty books, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and poetry. I kept making notes as I read […]

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