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 Art of Pondering

Mugs breed in the night in my kitchen. Some I have bought; some have been gifted to me. No matter. I’ve always had too many mugs. During my last move I got rid of every mug I either didn’t use or didn’t like. I reduced the number to six — just enough for me and […]


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The Art of Pondering

Mugs breed in the night in my kitchen. Some I have bought; some have been gifted to me. No matter. I’ve always had too many mugs. During my last move I got rid of every mug I either didn’t use or didn’t like. I reduced the number to six — just enough for me and […]

Posted: December 12, 2017
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Your Name?

The Boy (nearly three-year-old grandson) and I were in the hall during worship — he needed a drink. While we were there, the assistant choir director (ACD) walked past. “This is my grandson,” I said by way of introduction. He looked down from his lofty 6′ 4″ height, waved at The Boy and said, “Hi!” […]

Posted: December 05, 2017
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When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Not that I don’t have plans and thoughts, but most expectations I push aside. It prevents disappointments, removes guesswork about my agenda, and lets me be present with others. Here are some moments from my holiday weekend: Three adults and The Boy […]

Posted: November 28, 2017
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The Ocean on My Table

I’ve had the ocean on my table since July — ever since I invited a friend for a beach dinner because she was unable to attend our annual beach trip. I knew she would miss being with us at the beach — and I knew, that I in particular, would miss her terribly. So I […]

Posted: November 21, 2017
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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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