BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

Celebration Time

Celebration Time

      Welcome to my new site!!     All the pieces and parts of the original site are still here, though they’ve been relocated and organized to make things easier for you, my readers: The current blog and last three posts are on the home page. “Phrases I Love”, “Words, Words, and More Words!”, […]

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The Yellow Cup

The Yellow Cup

I was busy preparing for the my two-and-a-half-year-old grandson’s arrival for a summer week. I stocked the pantry with breakfast bars, Ritz crackers, and goldfish. The fridge was filled with watermelon and grapes and cheese. The most important preparation was the patio wading pool. I made careful selection of just the right one at WalMart. I found […]

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Places to Ponder

Places to Ponder

I am a ponderer — of thoughts and words and events and comments and situations. I can’t help myself. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer. Perhaps it’s because I’m an introvert. Perhaps it’s because I’m curious about the whats and whys and wherefores of people and life in general and moments in particular. I think […]

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Dance Instructions

Dance Instructions

I recently watched a dance instructor teaching a class of adult beginners. Here is what she said, among many other things: Clarity of intention and clarity of direction: Before anyone even began to move, she explained, in careful, simple detail about knowing ahead of time how you intend to move.  She talked about getting one’s […]

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Surface Safety

Surface Safety

In The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton writes: Better keep on the surface, in the prudent old New York way, than risk uncovering a wound he could not heal. She’s right. If we stay on the surface we don’t have to worry about uncovering our wounds — either recent ones or ones from another time. […]

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