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.

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 […]


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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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Can you dance?

My daughter started ballet lessons when she was six years old. On the first day of class all the mothers and daughters gathered in an old gym. Mirrors and bars had been installed along the walls. The girls sat on the floor. The mothers perched on the first row of worn wooden bleachers. Miss K, […]

Posted: April 17, 2018
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Inspiration and Work

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.” Those words are attributed to Chuck Close, a contemporary American artist. How often do we wait for inspiration, before we sit down to write?   How often do we wait for inspiration, so we can finally begin our painting?   “I’m […]

Posted: April 10, 2018
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Roast Pig & Layer Cake

From January to April I am totally immersed in music, as I prepare for my spring recital. I wake up in the morning, knowing the first thing I will do is practice, lesson music then recital music. There’s some overlap, but my recital includes some additional music. Before I fall asleep at night, I review […]

Posted: April 03, 2018
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Impossibilities

I heard Dr. John Mortenson discussing how to approach unplayable passages in piano compositions. I was struck by the fact that he labeled some passages as “unplayable.” I didn’t know professional musicians ever confronted such things. I believed they found all music playable and that nothing was impossible for them. They’re not like us mortals […]

Posted: March 27, 2018
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