BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

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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The Light of a New Day

The Light of a New Day

We get bogged down — in anticipation of the holidays, during the holidays, after the holidays, in our illnesses, and in winter’s long cold. We can’t get a break. It’s always something. Once this is over, then . . . then . . . then . . .things will be better, life will be easier, […]

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Today’s The Day

Today’s The Day

Every year, when I travel to the West Coast, there are certain places I like to stop: Mo’s for homemade bread and clam chowder, Syzygy for clothes and jewelry, Tillamook Cheese Factory for ice cream, the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, and Dutch Bros. Coffee. My face lights up and my voice gets a little […]

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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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The Excuse of Age

The Excuse of Age

Julie Rosenberg says, “Don’t use age as an excuse.” She’s made me think — even ponder. Do I use age as my excuse? for doing or not doing? for speaking or not speaking? I admit that age is sometimes my excuse for not doing things I no long find engaging — the nice-but-not-necessary things. Like […]

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