BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: creativity

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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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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Creative Deliciousness

Creative Deliciousness

The other night I prepared an entire meal for myself: baked salmon, sweet potato fries, pea salad. Dessert was missing. I spotted fresh peaches on the counter and thought, “peach cobbler or peach crisp would be perfect.” Even though I wanted to make a small dessert, I wasn’t sure I had enough peaches. In the fridge I […]

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