BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: creativity

Carried Images

Carried Images

For the last couple of weeks I’ve struggled with one page of a new piece of music. The key signature is six flats, which I can do. The complicating factor is a gazillion accidentals, making it a challenge to keep up with which notes I’m supposed to be playing. I attempted to play the page […]

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Where’s Your Whimsy?

Where’s Your Whimsy?

I am not known for my spontaneity. My friends joke that I schedule spontaneity for Tuesdays at 1:49! They are not far off the mark. Last weekend I made a quick trip to see The Boy (four-year-old grandson) because I just needed to be with him. We all spent Saturday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers — our […]

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Words . . .

Words . . .

Words: Part I I’ve started reading a massive biography of Beethoven by Jan Swafford. I’ve intended to read it for several years. 2019 is year. My hope is that I will have a more comprehensive understanding of his music. On page 17 I came across an unfamiliar new word: adumbrated. Here’s the sentence: There is […]

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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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