BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Grit

Grit

When I was at the beach I bought a boat-shaped cracker dish. Rolled up in the boat was a tea towel with this message: Surrounding those words, were outlines of oyster shells.  Very beachish, to say the least. Later, I found the same cracker boat at another store, but without the towel. It just wasn’t […]

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Thank you.

Thank you.

I started looking through my books, hoping to find an authority on what I want to say. I wanted words of wisdom to add credibility to my thoughts. My go-to wisdom holders are people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Merton, and Natalie Goldberg. I devoured their words years ago […]

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An alternate universe

An alternate universe

I am traveling this summer. Some say I travel all the time — and sometimes it’s almost true. May was Hawaii, June is Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and July is Portland, Oregon by way of Lexington, Kentucky. Traveling for me is like living in an alternate universe. When I’m in a different place, my usual […]

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What’s your hurry?

What’s your hurry?

The main thing I remember about 911 is how I felt. I thought about the people who left home that morning, never to return. I hoped their morning family time was good, that they hadn’t experienced discord before they left for work. I thought about how unexpectedly lives get snuffed out and the resulting abandonment […]

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Sloth living

Sloth living

Frank Chimero is credited with saying, “Did your heart pump more than a sloth today?” I immediately thought, “Have I exercised today?” On that particular day, I’d been to the gym. I’m not a sloth. I began to ponder about sloths: who are they really and why does their mention bring such negative thoughts. A […]

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