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.

Unexpected Harvest

I love surprises. Birthday and Christmas surprises are always nice. But I’m talking about genuine surprises — things you never expected or thought would happen. Every fall the landscapers work in my back yard. They trim the shrubs, fertilize, mulch, and pull up dead plants.  This year I asked them to plant flowers for the […]


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Unexpected Harvest

I love surprises. Birthday and Christmas surprises are always nice. But I’m talking about genuine surprises — things you never expected or thought would happen. Every fall the landscapers work in my back yard. They trim the shrubs, fertilize, mulch, and pull up dead plants.  This year I asked them to plant flowers for the […]

Posted: November 14, 2017
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What Happened to Your Creativity?

I spent last week with The Boy (2 1/2 year old grandson). As you know, he’s brilliant and cute — as all grandchildren are. I don’t recall the exact circumstances of this particular daily “Play ball with me, Gramma” activity. He normally plays ball with his unextended light saber for a bat and one of […]

Posted: November 07, 2017
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Trains and Other Interruptions

I’ve been living on a different schedule lately. Some might say I’ve been in an alternate universe. Many say I’ve not been home much. I’ve been listening to stories and hanging out with friends in the fall mountains. I’ve been tailgating wherever convenient and enjoying a roaring fire. I’ve been alone with my music in […]

Posted: October 31, 2017
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Last Year’s Cranberries

I buy lots of cranberries every November and December,  stashing them in the freezer to use  throughout the year. Then I get to next year’s Thanksgiving and the cranberries are still there. I didn’t use them because I was afraid I’d run out before I could buy more. It’s the mentality of scarcity. Perhaps it’s […]

Posted: October 24, 2017
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Searching for Strawberries

I recently attended the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. The weekend was filled with magical and sobering moments, tales of truth and belly-bursting laughter. Claudia Schmidt, a singer and songwriter and poet, chooses her words thoughtfully, speaking mindfully with solid voice. I beg forgiveness as I will not do her story justice. She told […]

Posted: October 17, 2017
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