BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: creativity

When did your love begin?

When did your love begin?

My love of beautiful letters and words began in Mr. Wagner’s sixth grade class. At our school he was also the band director, the shop teacher, and the bus driver. He was known among students as a great science teacher. It was a big deal to finally be in his class. If we had extra […]

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Have you got one of these?

Have you got one of these?

Have you got a zibaldone? “A what?” you say, somewhat bewildered. “What’s a ziba. . . however you say it?” “Zee – ball – dough – nay. It’s Italian and easy to say once you get used to it.” “O.k. Zibaldone. So what is it and why do I need one?” you inquire, still puzzled. […]

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The Ocean on My Table

The Ocean on My Table

I’ve had the ocean on my table since July — ever since I invited a friend for a beach dinner because she was unable to attend our annual beach trip. I knew she would miss being with us at the beach — and I knew, that I in particular, would miss her terribly. So I […]

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Unexpected Harvest

Unexpected Harvest

I love surprises. Birthday and Christmas surprises are always nice. But I’m talking about genuine surprises — things you never expected or thought would happen. Every fall the landscapers work in my back yard. They trim the shrubs, fertilize, mulch, and pull up dead plants.  This year I asked them to plant flowers for the […]

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What Happened to Your Creativity?

What Happened to Your Creativity?

I spent last week with The Boy (2 1/2 year old grandson). As you know, he’s brilliant and cute — as all grandchildren are. I don’t recall the exact circumstances of this particular daily “Play ball with me, Gramma” activity. He normally plays ball with his unextended light saber for a bat and one of […]

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