BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

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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Deep and Long

Deep and Long

I saw reference the other day to the rapidity of a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not doctor — or surgeon — but from my sketchy medical knowledge, I suspect they cut quickly, once they know exactly where they’re going. Their tools are razor-sharp. And they can go deep, through layers of tissue.   It set me […]

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Starting

Starting

I spent part of Saturday cleaning my space. I’m not often motivated to clean but occasionally it seems like a good idea. Saturday was the day. There can be lots of reasons to clean: avoidance of more difficult tasks inability to find certain things my feet stick to the floor papers are piled on every […]

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Practice & Performance

Practice & Performance

I’m always looking for ways to improve my life — my writing, my reading, my cooking, my piano playing. The search is not daily and endless. I’m never looking for the ultimate answer — the one that will solve all issues once and for all. I just want to know if there’s a little change […]

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Practice Into It

Practice Into It

I spend a lot of my time practicing: piano, exercise, knitting, writing, and football with The Boy. But then, isn’t most of life about practice? Figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Learning from our mistakes and failures. In one of his recent posts, Seth Godin wrote, “She practiced her way into it.” That’s how […]

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