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.

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As we know, life doesn’t always go as planned. Jean had her surgery Tuesday, about two weeks ahead of schedule. The surgeon said he removed the majority of the tumor during a lengthy operation. The surgery went well and the doctors are pleased with her recovery to this point. The recovery, though, will take a […]


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Stay tuned…

As we know, life doesn’t always go as planned. Jean had her surgery Tuesday, about two weeks ahead of schedule. The surgeon said he removed the majority of the tumor during a lengthy operation. The surgery went well and the doctors are pleased with her recovery to this point. The recovery, though, will take a […]

Posted: November 07, 2019
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Mental Adjustment

The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I don’t know much about it. I have not studied its complexities. The only thing I know is what it feels like to be facing brain surgery in a few weeks to remove a benign tumor that is lurking there. I’ve met with the neurosurgeon and heard […]

Posted: October 29, 2019
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Not a Made-Up Story

In the wee hours of Saturday morning my landline phone was ringing. I didn’t try to answer it because it’s difficult to hit the right button in the dark. I heard it switch to voice mail but the caller left no message. In a few  minutes it rang again. Same scenario. This pattern repeated at […]

Posted: October 22, 2019
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The Limbo Circle

The time is strange:  I’m living between learning there is a growth on my optic nerve that destroyed vision and the possibility the growth may be removed surgically. I’ll know more tomorrow when I see the doc. But in the meantime, I just don’t know what will happen, what lies ahead for me, or if […]

Posted: October 15, 2019
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There’s a Whole Lot a Cryin’ Goin’ On

I loaded T (the cat) into a large carrier, complete with litter box, water and food dishes, and a towel for comfort. I don’t know if he’s ridden in a car much in his short life. We traveled to Lexington, KY — a 3 /12-hour drive from our home. His displeasure with the adventure started […]

Posted: October 08, 2019
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