BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Pathfinding

Pathfinding

I’ve had two rounds of house guests in the last two weeks. A good time was certainly had by all. I love sharing my home with others, but life gets rearranged while they’re here. This is absolutely not a complaint — just a statement of what happens. People sleep in every available space, bathrooms are […]

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How will things go?

How will things go?

I read Austin Kleon’s weekly blog and his books “Show Your Work” and “Steal Like an Artist.” He’s an artist with words and pictures. He helps me see the world with new eyes, to get beyond my excuses, and my shortness of vision. He’s younger than my children by a few years and has young […]

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Being Blue

Being Blue

My mother had a portfolio of art prints, probably begun in her college years. She had added art clippings along the way.¬†Sometimes, on a quiet Saturday morning, she would let me sit on the living room carpet and look through her pictures. “Only touch them on the edges,” she’d warn, “and keep them flat. We […]

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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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