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.

The Recital

My fifth annual piano recital has been accomplished. A group of about twenty came to my house on Thursday, another group on Friday, and a third group on Saturday — for Classics and Cookies. The music I played was what I call “lesson music” — the pieces I work on throughout the year with Dr. […]


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The Recital

My fifth annual piano recital has been accomplished. A group of about twenty came to my house on Thursday, another group on Friday, and a third group on Saturday — for Classics and Cookies. The music I played was what I call “lesson music” — the pieces I work on throughout the year with Dr. […]

Posted: March 19, 2019
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Let’s Party!

It all began on March 1, 2014. This blog — that’s what began on that day five years ago. I started the blog and developed my site because I had become convinced that, as a writer, I needed a platform. I methodically used Christina Katz’s book Get Known before the Book Deal. Though her questions and considerations at the end of […]

Posted: March 12, 2019
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Basketball Rules

I drove 3 hours to the game. With only two games left in the season this was my last chance to see The Boy’s team play. When I got there the local Y lobby was full of people of all ages and sizes. Not a single seven-foot guy was in sight amongst the kids and […]

Posted: March 05, 2019
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Open Sesame

Saturday night we partied on Sesame Street. The Boy (4-year-old grandson), his mom and dad (my son), and I had a grand time. Big Bird was there, along with Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and Rosita. I missed Bert and Ernie and Mr. Hooper and Maria and Gordon and Bob. Sesame Street […]

Posted: February 26, 2019
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Batteries

My metronome is my constant companion at the piano. Our relationship has not always been so congenial. As a young pianist I hated the stress and tension the metronome added to my practice time. However, in recent years I come to regard it as a necessity — a welcome necessity. I actually have two metronomes. […]

Posted: February 19, 2019
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