BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

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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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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Contentment

Contentment

        I recently ran across a statement that set my pondering juices flowing: Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough.                                                              — Lisa Avellan The words are heavy and serious: contentment, satisfaction, want, pursuit, enough. If you’ve ever lived with a child (you pick the age) you’ve […]

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Your opinion matters

Your opinion matters

When someone asks me, “How are you?” I sometimes . . . occasionally . . . not that often . . . reply, “I’m awesome!” As their surprise at my response settles on their face, I continue. “That’s my opinion. You’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t feel obligated to share it with me.” […]

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The Death of Dickens

I killed Dickens. Last week. On a warm spring afternoon. I hit delete and he was gone from my life. You see, I read him once in high school. A Tale of Two Cities. I didn’t like it much then but it was required reading. In recent years, as I’ve added classics to my regular reading, I’ve often […]

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