BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

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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Celebration Time

Celebration Time

      Welcome to my new site!!     All the pieces and parts of the original site are still here, though they’ve been relocated and organized to make things easier for you, my readers: The current blog and last three posts are on the home page. “Phrases I Love”, “Words, Words, and More Words!”, […]

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Dance Instructions

Dance Instructions

I recently watched a dance instructor teaching a class of adult beginners. Here is what she said, among many other things: Clarity of intention and clarity of direction: Before anyone even began to move, she explained, in careful, simple detail about knowing ahead of time how you intend to move.  She talked about getting one’s […]

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Surface Safety

Surface Safety

In The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton writes: Better keep on the surface, in the prudent old New York way, than risk uncovering a wound he could not heal. She’s right. If we stay on the surface we don’t have to worry about uncovering our wounds — either recent ones or ones from another time. […]

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Your opinion matters

Your opinion matters

When someone asks me, “How are you?” I sometimes . . . occasionally . . . not that often . . . reply, “I’m awesome!” As their surprise at my response settles on their face, I continue. “That’s my opinion. You’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t feel obligated to share it with me.” […]

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