BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: creativity

How are your cockles?

How are your cockles?

As a child, my favorite song from my mother’s Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs was: In Dublin’s fair city, Where girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone, As she wheeled her wheel-barrow Through streets broad and narrow, Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!” “Alive, alive oh, Alive, […]

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Who’s Your Favorite?

Who’s Your Favorite?

The Boy (3 1/2 year old grandson) and I have our little rituals. When he was younger I always called him my favorite boy when I hugged him. As he got a little older I asked him, “Are you my favorite boy?” He would grin and nod but not say anything. On the last visit, […]

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How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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Comforts

Comforts

Several lifetimes ago, when my children were young, our neighbors had apple trees, loaded with what we called Early June Apples, which ripen sometime in July. The apples fell from the trees and littered the summer ground. Children¬† could be, and often were, persuaded by various motherhood tricks to gather the good apples. The mothers […]

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Limitations

Limitations

Most of us don’t want limitations or restrictions. “It hampers my style,” we say. “Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do,” we protest. “I’ll do it my way.” Too many choices can actually prevent us from making any choice at all. We walk away because it’s too difficult to decide. For example: If […]

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