BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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I’ve been to the mountain . . .

I’ve been to the mountain . . .

Recently I ran across a Zen saying — Let everything be your teacher That’s sort of how I live. I notice things. I hear things. I experience things. And these things set me to pondering and questioning. . . Why do I still remember that moment from decades ago? Why did I feel that way […]

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The Wound

The Wound

The preacher said something about wounds in his sermon though I don’t remember his exact words. I jotted what I could in my zibaldone. He hit close to home for me. For some time I’ve been wondering what to do with a personal wound. You know the kind: Someone did something or said something that hurt. […]

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Comforts

Comforts

Several lifetimes ago, when my children were young, our neighbors had apple trees, loaded with what we called Early June Apples, which ripen sometime in July. The apples fell from the trees and littered the summer ground. Children  could be, and often were, persuaded by various motherhood tricks to gather the good apples. The mothers […]

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Grit

Grit

When I was at the beach I bought a boat-shaped cracker dish. Rolled up in the boat was a tea towel with this message: Surrounding those words, were outlines of oyster shells.  Very beachish, to say the least. Later, I found the same cracker boat at another store, but without the towel. It just wasn’t […]

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