BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

Change it up

Change it up

Practice — it’s what’s required if we want to get better — at whatever we do: needlework, gardening, cooking, writing, music, quilting, exercise . . . Most of us have techniques and routines that work for us. They’ve evolved over time and we’ve settled into them. “This is how I do it,” we say. “This […]

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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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Got Any Fears?

Got Any Fears?

A black-and-white wooden cat, nearly 3 1/2 feet tall, resides in my hall, just inside the front door. I’ve had it for years. Most visitors greet it when they arrive, and pat its head as they leave. But for The Boy, it’s both fascinating and fearful. Because it’s much bigger than he is, he can’t quite […]

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Creative Deliciousness

Creative Deliciousness

The other night I prepared an entire meal for myself: baked salmon, sweet potato fries, pea salad. Dessert was missing. I spotted fresh peaches on the counter and thought, “peach cobbler or peach crisp would be perfect.” Even though I wanted to make a small dessert, I wasn’t sure I had enough peaches. In the fridge I […]

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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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