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.

Looking for a hatch

The Boy (4 1/2-year-old grandson) is interested in the daily weather. He notices the colors of the clouds and sky. If the clouds are grey, he assumes it’s going to rain. He asks his mother many times each day, “Is it going to rain today?” “It might,” she replies, “the clouds are very grey and […]


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Looking for a hatch

The Boy (4 1/2-year-old grandson) is interested in the daily weather. He notices the colors of the clouds and sky. If the clouds are grey, he assumes it’s going to rain. He asks his mother many times each day, “Is it going to rain today?” “It might,” she replies, “the clouds are very grey and […]

Posted: August 20, 2019
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Syzygy

I’ve been to the promised land — not The Promised Land of the Bible — but my personal promised land. The place where I feel grounded, where I reconnect with my roots and the earth and my family.  I generally go every year. I went to many of my usual places along the Oregon Coast […]

Posted: August 13, 2019
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Ball Practice

To spend time with The Boy (4 1/2 year old grandson) is to play ball. Lots of ball. At his home we often play in the master bedroom. I’m not sure why that’s the preferred location. Perhaps we can do the least damage there. And we can shut the door to limit the distance of […]

Posted: August 06, 2019
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Road challenges

A few weeks ago I was driving home after a weekend away with family. Mid-point in my drive I decided I needed a drink. I pulled into the closest McDonald’s. The drive-thru line was long but I welcomed an interstate break. I waited and waited, but the line never moved. Fortunately, it was possible to […]

Posted: July 30, 2019
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How do they do this?

There’s a large concrete building on my regular travel route. Through the large windows I can see bright yellow roll-up doors for separate storage units. I’ve never seen a single person in or near the building. The outside signage says, “Climate Storage.” Really? They’re storing climate in there? How do they do that? They either […]

Posted: July 23, 2019
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