BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

The Art of Pondering

The Art of Pondering

Mugs breed in the night in my kitchen. Some I have bought; some have been gifted to me. No matter. I’ve always had too many mugs. During my last move I got rid of every mug I either didn’t use or didn’t like. I reduced the number to six — just enough for me and […]

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Your Name?

Your Name?

The Boy (nearly three-year-old grandson) and I were in the hall during worship — he needed a drink. While we were there, the assistant choir director (ACD) walked past. “This is my grandson,” I said by way of introduction. He looked down from his lofty 6′ 4″ height, waved at The Boy and said, “Hi!” […]

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When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Not that I don’t have plans and thoughts, but most expectations I push aside. It prevents disappointments, removes guesswork about my agenda, and lets me be present with others. Here are some moments from my holiday weekend: Three adults and The Boy […]

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The Ocean on My Table

The Ocean on My Table

I’ve had the ocean on my table since July — ever since I invited a friend for a beach dinner because she was unable to attend our annual beach trip. I knew she would miss being with us at the beach — and I knew, that I in particular, would miss her terribly. So I […]

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Unexpected Harvest

Unexpected Harvest

I love surprises. Birthday and Christmas surprises are always nice. But I’m talking about genuine surprises — things you never expected or thought would happen. Every fall the landscapers work in my back yard. They trim the shrubs, fertilize, mulch, and pull up dead plants.  This year I asked them to plant flowers for the […]

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