BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Monthly Archives: June 2017

Literary Adventures

Literary Adventures

In February I wrote about libraries — the public ones of my past — and I promised to visit the ones in my city and in the places I travel. In March I wrote about independent bookstores — their uniqueness — and I promised to frequent them more often. Last Saturday I visited the main branch […]

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Places to Ponder

Places to Ponder

I am a ponderer — of thoughts and words and events and comments and situations. I can’t help myself. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer. Perhaps it’s because I’m an introvert. Perhaps it’s because I’m curious about the whats and whys and wherefores of people and life in general and moments in particular. I think […]

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Dance Instructions

Dance Instructions

I recently watched a dance instructor teaching a class of adult beginners. Here is what she said, among many other things: Clarity of intention and clarity of direction: Before anyone even began to move, she explained, in careful, simple detail about knowing ahead of time how you intend to move.  She talked about getting one’s […]

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Surface Safety

Surface Safety

In The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton writes: Better keep on the surface, in the prudent old New York way, than risk uncovering a wound he could not heal. She’s right. If we stay on the surface we don’t have to worry about uncovering our wounds — either recent ones or ones from another time. […]

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