BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Monthly Archives: December 2015

Beethoven’s Birthday

December 16 was Beethoven’s 245th birthday.  Sirius Radio’s Symphony Hall celebrated with a full day of his music. Why do I care about Beethoven’s birthday?  Because I’ve spent years with him, decades even, learning his music.  Even today I will spend at least an hour with him. He was a prolific composer. In my own […]

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Words, words, words?

We had a moment last week, Charlie and I. At our biweekly work session we were brainstorming titles for her current writing project. Yet to be determined is whether it will become a short story, a novella, a novel, or something else altogether. She began the work some time ago but there will be a […]

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How are you looking?

I know we’re supposed to save all improvement projects for the new year.  No reason to add more stuff to the holidays.  All of us already overbooked, overstressed, and overwhelmed. But stick with me for a few minutes. I don’t have a snazzy dazzy phone that has an e-calendar — actually mine has one but […]

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Where are you looking?

DON’T LOOK BACK YOU’RE NOT GOING THAT WAY I saw the sign in an antique store while I was on vacation.  I read it quickly, then backed up and read it again.  I jotted the words in my notebook lest I forget such profoundness. I remember teaching my kids to drive.  At the beginning their […]

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Missing Practice

“If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.” So said Jascha Heifetz, a world-renowned violinist of the twentieth century. We often think that artists who have reached the pinnacle of their career no longer need to practice. I’m learning that is not […]

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