BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

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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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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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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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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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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