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.

Not Knowing

We want instant answers for everything. And often we can get them — on our phone, our computer, on Google, or from Siri. We have the world in our hands nearly all the time. In The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love, Per J Andersson writes, “It is […]


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Not Knowing

We want instant answers for everything. And often we can get them — on our phone, our computer, on Google, or from Siri. We have the world in our hands nearly all the time. In The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love, Per J Andersson writes, “It is […]

Posted: September 19, 2017
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Transcendence vs. Immanence

I heard a Sunday morning discussion about the transcendence and immanence of God — big theological words for sure — and not ones that crop up in my daily speaking. I’m not a theologian, but these words began my ponderings. In a nutshell, transcendence was described as God’s presence above and beyond and before all […]

Posted: September 12, 2017
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Baseball 101

Let’s talk baseball. I’m not an expert — only a sometime watcher. The Boy (2 1/2-year-old grandson) watches more baseball than I do. He’s got the moves, though at his young age his moves aren’t connected or coordinated. He can stand like the catcher, squatted down, hands in front, ready to catch the ball. He […]

Posted: September 05, 2017
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Shrinking or Growing

“The old life was too small to fit any more.” This simple phrase in The Shipping News by Annie Proulx caught my attention. As usual, I began to carry these words with me, and I began to think about life — Life — LIFE — LIFE! Sometimes it feels like a box . . . a box […]

Posted: August 29, 2017
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Change it up

Practice — it’s what’s required if we want to get better — at whatever we do: needlework, gardening, cooking, writing, music, quilting, exercise . . . Most of us have techniques and routines that work for us. They’ve evolved over time and we’ve settled into them. “This is how I do it,” we say. “This […]

Posted: August 22, 2017
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