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.

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. […]


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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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Carried Images

For the last couple of weeks I’ve struggled with one page of a new piece of music. The key signature is six flats, which I can do. The complicating factor is a gazillion accidentals, making it a challenge to keep up with which notes I’m supposed to be playing. I attempted to play the page […]

Posted: February 12, 2019
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Batting Courage

“It takes courage to want what you want.” I jotted Cathy Heller’s words in my zibaldone as I listened to her podcast. She’s a music writer and encourager of dream pursuits. We all have dreams — of what we’d like to do some day, of who we’d like to be someday, of fame, of fortune, […]

Posted: February 05, 2019
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Where’s Your Whimsy?

I am not known for my spontaneity. My friends joke that I schedule spontaneity for Tuesdays at 1:49! They are not far off the mark. Last weekend I made a quick trip to see The Boy (four-year-old grandson) because I just needed to be with him. We all spent Saturday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers — our […]

Posted: January 29, 2019
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Words . . .

Words: Part I I’ve started reading a massive biography of Beethoven by Jan Swafford. I’ve intended to read it for several years. 2019 is year. My hope is that I will have a more comprehensive understanding of his music. On page 17 I came across an unfamiliar new word: adumbrated. Here’s the sentence: There is […]

Posted: January 22, 2019
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