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.

When did your love begin?

My love of beautiful letters and words began in Mr. Wagner’s sixth grade class. At our school he was also the band director, the shop teacher, and the bus driver. He was known among students as a great science teacher. It was a big deal to finally be in his class. If we had extra […]


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When did your love begin?

My love of beautiful letters and words began in Mr. Wagner’s sixth grade class. At our school he was also the band director, the shop teacher, and the bus driver. He was known among students as a great science teacher. It was a big deal to finally be in his class. If we had extra […]

Posted: February 20, 2018
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Goal Gone

I set a reading goal in 2013: one book per week. I’ve never reached the goal though I’ve read more books each year — until 2017. While the goal was 52 books in one year, the best I’ve done is 36, twice the number I read in 2012. The original purpose of the goal was […]

Posted: February 13, 2018
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Have you got one of these?

Have you got a zibaldone? “A what?” you say, somewhat bewildered. “What’s a ziba. . . however you say it?” “Zee – ball – dough – nay. It’s Italian and easy to say once you get used to it.” “O.k. Zibaldone. So what is it and why do I need one?” you inquire, still puzzled. […]

Posted: February 06, 2018
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Deep and Long

I saw reference the other day to the rapidity of a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not doctor — or surgeon — but from my sketchy medical knowledge, I suspect they cut quickly, once they know exactly where they’re going. Their tools are razor-sharp. And they can go deep, through layers of tissue.   It set me […]

Posted: January 30, 2018
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Starting

I spent part of Saturday cleaning my space. I’m not often motivated to clean but occasionally it seems like a good idea. Saturday was the day. There can be lots of reasons to clean: avoidance of more difficult tasks inability to find certain things my feet stick to the floor papers are piled on every […]

Posted: January 23, 2018
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