BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Trains and Other Interruptions

Trains and Other Interruptions

I’ve been living on a different schedule lately. Some might say I’ve been in an alternate universe. Many say I’ve not been home much. I’ve been listening to stories and hanging out with friends in the fall mountains. I’ve been tailgating wherever convenient and enjoying a roaring fire. I’ve been alone with my music in […]

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Last Year’s Cranberries

Last Year’s Cranberries

I buy lots of cranberries every November and December,  stashing them in the freezer to use  throughout the year. Then I get to next year’s Thanksgiving and the cranberries are still there. I didn’t use them because I was afraid I’d run out before I could buy more. It’s the mentality of scarcity. Perhaps it’s […]

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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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