BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Author: jcpetke

Verbs and Nouns

Verbs and Nouns

In a podcast interview, Austin Kleon asked this question: What verbs are you living now? He went on to say that many people want to be the noun, rather than the verb. Here is my interpretation of some of his examples: writer (noun) or writing (verb) artist (noun) or painting and drawing (verb) photographer (noun) […]

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Thank you.

Thank you.

I started looking through my books, hoping to find an authority on what I want to say. I wanted words of wisdom to add credibility to my thoughts. My go-to wisdom holders are people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Merton, and Natalie Goldberg. I devoured their words years ago […]

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We’re Neighbors

We’re Neighbors

Friday evening I saw the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” — the documentary about Mister Rogers. I went because I was curious and because I wanted to revisit a neighborhood of friends and experiences and because I wanted to go back to a time before now. I was already a parent in Mr. Rogers’ […]

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Have you turned it on?

Have you turned it on?

A couple of years ago I had to get hearing aids. Unbeknownst to me, I had measurable hearing loss in both ears. I bit the financial bullet, swallowed my pride, and marched forth into a new land. That’s how it felt. On one of those early days, I put my hearing aids in as I […]

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An alternate universe

An alternate universe

I am traveling this summer. Some say I travel all the time — and sometimes it’s almost true. May was Hawaii, June is Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and July is Portland, Oregon by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Traveling for me is like living in an alternate universe. When I’m in a different place, my usual […]

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