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The Mystery in the Attic

by Carol Spearman, Becketwood Member In 2000, an abandoned farmhouse on a lake in Sylvan Shores near Staples, MN became available for sale. When I immediately wanted to consider buying it, Rowland thought I was looking at an investment property to renovate and sell.  Given its position on a beautiful lake, on a half acre […] Read More

The Man and the Saint behind Becketwood

by Karen Fitzpatrick, Becketwood Member We who reside here at Becketwood might not reflect very often on the source of the name for this lovely spot amid massive oaks and colorful gardens. For me, today, December 29, is a day to recall the man behind the name. As a 19-year-old in the process of becoming […] Read More

Season of Light(s) and Music

by Carol Masters, Becketwood Member The year’s earliest sunset is not on the winter solstice. (In our northern region, the earliest sunset, 4:31 p.m., occurred December 15.) As we move toward the end of the year, we are already inching toward more light—two or three minutes more sunlight at day’s end—and on January 5 the […] Read More

The Voice of Becky Wood, Portrait, Stairwell Landing, Becketwood

By Dee Schaefer, Becketwood Member In this piece written by Member Dee Schaefer, she imagines that she is the woman in the portrait hung in the main stairwell landing at Becketwood. Because this woman’s origins are unknown, she has been named Becky Wood. For more than thirty years, I have been quietly observing you come […] Read More

Life and Work of Johan Sebastian Bach

by Rita Juhl, Becketwood Member A mid-November Becketwood Vespers service featured the sublime music of J. S. Bach, with organist Rita Juhl. Rita’s Meditation informed us about Bach’s life journeys and challenges. An enormous number of people would evaluate J. S. Bach as being one of the most influential musicians of all time. His music […] Read More