BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Welcome to BECOMING BETTER

Want to improve yourself and your life? This site is for you! My Tuesday blogs are about the process of continual improvement. I don't write about big things -- like accumulating wealth or achieving corporate success or staying ahead of the neighbors -- but rather about small things like reading more books or improving my piano playing or writing more lyrically or taking tiny steps toward new habits. The ponderings and insights you find here will guide and encourage you to become better than you were yesterday.

Show up. Do the work. Claim your life.

Verbs and Nouns

In a podcast interview, Austin Kleon asked this question: What verbs are you living now? He went on to say that many people want to be the noun, rather than the verb. Here is my interpretation of some of his examples: writer (noun) or writing (verb) artist (noun) or painting and drawing (verb) photographer (noun) […]


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Verbs and Nouns

In a podcast interview, Austin Kleon asked this question: What verbs are you living now? He went on to say that many people want to be the noun, rather than the verb. Here is my interpretation of some of his examples: writer (noun) or writing (verb) artist (noun) or painting and drawing (verb) photographer (noun) […]

Posted: July 10, 2018
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Thank you.

I started looking through my books, hoping to find an authority on what I want to say. I wanted words of wisdom to add credibility to my thoughts. My go-to wisdom holders are people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Merton, and Natalie Goldberg. I devoured their words years ago […]

Posted: July 03, 2018
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We’re Neighbors

Friday evening I saw the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” — the documentary about Mister Rogers. I went because I was curious and because I wanted to revisit a neighborhood of friends and experiences and because I wanted to go back to a time before now. I was already a parent in Mr. Rogers’ […]

Posted: June 26, 2018
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Have you turned it on?

A couple of years ago I had to get hearing aids. Unbeknownst to me, I had measurable hearing loss in both ears. I bit the financial bullet, swallowed my pride, and marched forth into a new land. That’s how it felt. On one of those early days, I put my hearing aids in as I […]

Posted: June 19, 2018
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An alternate universe

I am traveling this summer. Some say I travel all the time — and sometimes it’s almost true. May was Hawaii, June is Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and July is Portland, Oregon by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Traveling for me is like living in an alternate universe. When I’m in a different place, my usual […]

Posted: June 12, 2018
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