Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Minnesota’s Own

By Mary Ahler, Becketwood Member I was thinking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her collars when a Minnesota thought came to mind. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a slight figure who wore collars to give a feminine spin to the historic judicial black robes. The robe had been designed for a man […] Read more

BIASED, a Review

By Joel Mortenson, Becketwood Member One way to think of your brain is as a categorization machine. It makes associations and comparisons and says this fits here and that fits there. As a species survival tool it was good to know that a wagging tail was friendly and bared teeth was not. We are continually […] Read more

Sailing from Rum Cay to Mayaguana

By Carol Bechtel, Becketwood Member Introduction: In October 2000 my husband Dave and I left our dock near the Chesapeake Bay and began our cruising life, i.e., living aboard our 37-foot sloop Crimson Cloud and heading for warmer climes. I was scared. I kept a journal. By the winter of 2003 and the following journal […] Read more

A French Thanksgiving: November 1960

By Dee Schaefer, Becketwood Member (Dee Schaefer was appointed a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in the English Department at the University of Besançon in the Jura Mountains, France, in 1959-60.)  If Madame Douge’s kitchen had not been so spacious and her dining room so inviting, I wonder if I would have tried to prepare an American […] Read more

A Wrinkled Apple in My Hand

By Dolores Schaefer, Becketwood Member This autumn afternoon, I cleaned out the fruit bin in my kitchen refrigerator. Nestled in the back, I found half a bag of organic apples—all shriveled and rubbery. As I held an apple in my hand, my thoughts drifted to the Jura Mountains in eastern France where Madame Douge opened […] Read more