BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: creativity

Can you dance?

Can you dance?

My daughter started ballet lessons when she was six years old. On the first day of class all the mothers and daughters gathered in an old gym. Mirrors and bars had been installed along the walls. The girls sat on the floor. The mothers perched on the first row of worn wooden bleachers. Miss K, […]

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Inspiration and Work

Inspiration and Work

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.” Those words are attributed to Chuck Close, a contemporary American artist. How often do we wait for inspiration, before we sit down to write?   How often do we wait for inspiration, so we can finally begin our painting?   “I’m […]

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Roast Pig & Layer Cake

Roast Pig & Layer Cake

From January to April I am totally immersed in music, as I prepare for my spring recital. I wake up in the morning, knowing the first thing I will do is practice, lesson music then recital music. There’s some overlap, but my recital includes some additional music. Before I fall asleep at night, I review […]

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Birthday Time

Birthday Time

March nearly slipped by while I’ve been busy traveling and planning events and practicing for my spring recital. Not only cannot I not make up for lost time, as I wrote about last week, I can’t keep up with the speed of time. It moves too quickly and the older I get the faster it […]

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Unexpected Art

Unexpected Art

I’ve been hungry for chicken pot pie for several weeks. It’s the perfect winter dish. I just needed someone to share it. When my friend came for the weekend, I already had chicken pot pie on the menu. In my freezer I had leftover cooked chicken, puff pastry, and peas. In my fridge I had […]

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