BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

Not good enough

Not good enough

“It doesn’t have to be good right now, it just needs to exist.” That’s what Austin Kleon says. In fact he uses it as a motto for his work. But . . . We all want our work to be good from the get go. It’s certainly true for me. I suspect it’s true for […]

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What’s your hurry?

What’s your hurry?

The main thing I remember about 911 is how I felt. I thought about the people who left home that morning, never to return. I hoped their morning family time was good, that they hadn’t experienced discord before they left for work. I thought about how unexpectedly lives get snuffed out and the resulting abandonment […]

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Sloth living

Sloth living

Frank Chimero is credited with saying, “Did your heart pump more than a sloth today?” I immediately thought, “Have I exercised today?” On that particular day, I’d been to the gym. I’m not a sloth. I began to ponder about sloths: who are they really and why does their mention bring such negative thoughts. A […]

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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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