BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Searching for Strawberries

Searching for Strawberries

I recently attended the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. The weekend was filled with magical and sobering moments, tales of truth and belly-bursting laughter. Claudia Schmidt, a singer and songwriter and poet, chooses her words thoughtfully, speaking mindfully with solid voice. I beg forgiveness as I will not do her story justice. She told […]

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Not Knowing

Not Knowing

We want instant answers for everything. And often we can get them — on our phone, our computer, on Google, or from Siri. We have the world in our hands nearly all the time. In The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love, Per J Andersson writes, “It is […]

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Transcendence vs. Immanence

Transcendence vs. Immanence

I heard a Sunday morning discussion about the transcendence and immanence of God — big theological words for sure — and not ones that crop up in my daily speaking. I’m not a theologian, but these words began my ponderings. In a nutshell, transcendence was described as God’s presence above and beyond and before all […]

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Shrinking or Growing

Shrinking or Growing

“The old life was too small to fit any more.” This simple phrase in The Shipping News by Annie Proulx caught my attention. As usual, I began to carry these words with me, and I began to think about life — Life — LIFE — LIFE! Sometimes it feels like a box . . . a box […]

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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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