BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

What did you sign up for?

What did you sign up for?

I called my brother on his birthday. Even though he’s now a year older, he’ll always be younger than me. I got to be the youngest for the few years between my birth and his — when I was too young to enjoy or understand or appreciate it. Once he arrived I became the middle […]

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Transitions

Transitions

Sunday I heard someone say, “I know this is a transition time, but once we get through this I’m hoping things will settle down.” Transition time. How many times have we said or heard someone else say: Once we get through Christmas we can get back to normal. Once I get well, we can get […]

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Who do you trust?

Who do you trust?

I’ve just returned from being with The Boy (nearly 4-year-old grandson). I was the chief-in-charge for three days while The Parents enjoyed a weekend trip. The duty was daunting. The rewards were sometimes fleeting and always charming. .Just yesterday I drove the 180 miles back home. A clear blue sky, blowing fall leaves, and mountain […]

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How’s Your Swagger?

How’s Your Swagger?

The Boy (nearly 4-year-old-grandson) loves balls and any sports that use balls. His favorites are football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. His endless energy and enthusiasm for playing ball outlasts his parents and grandparents. Two weeks ago he began basketball class with fifteen other kids his age. They proudly donned their jerseys, which hung nearly to […]

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Impostors and Rusty Water

Impostors and Rusty Water

I got a heap of inspiration this week from Cathy Heller. I found her by chasing a few rabbit trails. She’s a mother, songwriter, podcaster, and a whole lot more. At first, her manner seemed a little slow and deliberate and I wasn’t sure I had the patience to hear her out. But she kept […]

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