BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Author: jcpetke

Walked any fences lately?

Walked any fences lately?

The Boy (grandson, age 3) is teaching me about joy and surprise and adventure and excitement and “Look at that Gramma!!” You see, I don’t normally gush or exude much emotion in my regular life. But when he’s around I see the world differently. Together we discover all kinds of things. A few weeks ago […]

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Now what?

Now what?

For the last four springs I’ve played a recital in my home for friends. The first recital was attended by a few close friends and family. Now I do two recitals to accommodate the nearly forty people who want to come. The musical afternoons are filled with composer stories, conversation, tea, and cookies. Recital preparation […]

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Unexpected Art II

Unexpected Art II

I’ve not been to France for real croissants. But I do know where the best croissants are made in my city — dark brown on the outside, creamy white on the inside. Flakes fall all over the place when you break them apart. In my opinion, they’re best eaten with butter and jam. Last Thursday I went […]

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Can you dance?

Can you dance?

My daughter started ballet lessons when she was six years old. On the first day of class all the mothers and daughters gathered in an old gym. Mirrors and bars had been installed along the walls. The girls sat on the floor. The mothers perched on the first row of worn wooden bleachers. Miss K, […]

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Inspiration and Work

Inspiration and Work

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.” Those words are attributed to Chuck Close, a contemporary American artist. How often do we wait for inspiration, before we sit down to write?   How often do we wait for inspiration, so we can finally begin our painting?   “I’m […]

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