BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: music

Practice Into It

Practice Into It

I spend a lot of my time practicing: piano, exercise, knitting, writing, and football with The Boy. But then, isn’t most of life about practice? Figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Learning from our mistakes and failures. In one of his recent posts, Seth Godin wrote, “She practiced her way into it.” That’s how […]

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Getting Better

Getting Better

Last week I wrote about getting started. If you don’t start, nothing happens. Duh. While starting may be a difficult step, what comes next can be frustrating and exciting, and ultimately satisfying. The rest of what Seth Godin says is: Once you are doing it, you have a chance to do it better. So how’s […]

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Opulence and Disarray

Opulence and Disarray

Last week I explored the summer cottages in Newport, Rhode Island — mansions created by America’s wealthiest during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. These mansions depict an unimaginable life of wealth and culture. For the original inhabitants, this was the only life they knew. And for most of them, these houses were […]

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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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The Third Annual Piano Recital

It seems just a few months ago I wrote about my first piano recital: how I’d never done it before, how I’d overcome a life of nervousness, and how it felt like jumping off a cliff. And I wrote that I survived the event. Actually that first recital was April 2015. I only invited a few people, […]

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