BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

Being Blue

Being Blue

My mother had a portfolio of art prints, probably begun in her college years. She had added art clippings along the way. Sometimes, on a quiet Saturday morning, she would let me sit on the living room carpet and look through her pictures. “Only touch them on the edges,” she’d warn, “and keep them flat. We […]

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Foibles and Frivolities

Foibles and Frivolities

I have moments when things go wonky. Perhaps you’ve had such times as well. Late last Sunday afternoon, as I was getting ready to go out for the evening, I took one last look in the mirror to make sure my hair was in place. There it was: a black hoop earring in my right […]

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River or Pond?

River or Pond?

This week I’ve been thinking about the rivers I’ve seen and known: The Columbia and the Snake in the Pacific Northwest The Colorado, winding through the Grand Canyon The Ohanapecosh near Mt. Rainier The Missouri in Montana, traveled by Lewis & Clark The Ganges at Benares, India The Tennessee and the Holston in northeast Tennessee The […]

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How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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I’ve been to the mountain . . .

I’ve been to the mountain . . .

Recently I ran across a Zen saying — Let everything be your teacher That’s sort of how I live. I notice things. I hear things. I experience things. And these things set me to pondering and questioning. . . Why do I still remember that moment from decades ago? Why did I feel that way […]

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