BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Transcendence vs. Immanence

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 […]

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Baseball 101

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 […]

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Shrinking or Growing

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 […]

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Change it up

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 […]

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Nothing of Importance

Nothing of Importance

In The Art of Possibility Ben Zander recounts the South American concert tour of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic. After performances in prestigious concert halls and endless hours of bus travel, they arrived in the small town of Rosario. Concerned about their fatigue and anticipating a perfunctory performance, Zander asked the students to rearrange […]

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