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.

Sloth living

Frank Chimero is credited with saying, “Did your heart pump more than a sloth today?” I immediately thought, “Have I exercised today?” On that particular day, I’d been to the gym. I’m not a sloth. I began to ponder about sloths: who are they really and why does their mention bring such negative thoughts. A […]


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Sloth living

Frank Chimero is credited with saying, “Did your heart pump more than a sloth today?” I immediately thought, “Have I exercised today?” On that particular day, I’d been to the gym. I’m not a sloth. I began to ponder about sloths: who are they really and why does their mention bring such negative thoughts. A […]

Posted: May 22, 2018
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Limitations

Most of us don’t want limitations or restrictions. “It hampers my style,” we say. “Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do,” we protest. “I’ll do it my way.” Too many choices can actually prevent us from making any choice at all. We walk away because it’s too difficult to decide. For example: If […]

Posted: May 15, 2018
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Walked any fences lately?

The Boy (grandson, age 3) is teaching me about joy and surprise and adventure and excitement and “Look at that Gramma!!” You see, I don’t normally gush or exude much emotion in my regular life. But when he’s around I see the world differently. Together we discover all kinds of things. A few weeks ago […]

Posted: May 08, 2018
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Now what?

For the last four springs I’ve played a recital in my home for friends. The first recital was attended by a few close friends and family. Now I do two recitals to accommodate the nearly forty people who want to come. The musical afternoons are filled with composer stories, conversation, tea, and cookies. Recital preparation […]

Posted: May 01, 2018
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Unexpected Art II

I’ve not been to France for real croissants. But I do know where the best croissants are made in my city — dark brown on the outside, creamy white on the inside. Flakes fall all over the place when you break them apart. In my opinion, they’re best eaten with butter and jam. Last Thursday I went […]

Posted: April 24, 2018
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