BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

Lost Time

Lost Time

I missed ten days of piano practice; ten of the fourteen I have between lessons. Sickness put me on the couch. I simply didn’t have the energy to sit at the piano and work like I usually do. When I finally felt well enough to practice, it was not pretty. My music had slowed down […]

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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Last Sunday Son and I were unexpectedly reminiscing with a friend. She shared her challenge of raising her kids in today’s “Age of Entitlement.” The conversation took Son and I to a time of our own, when he and his sister were teenagers. Divorce had split our family. We were living in a strange town, […]

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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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