BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

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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Your Name?

Your Name?

The Boy (nearly three-year-old grandson) and I were in the hall during worship — he needed a drink. While we were there, the assistant choir director (ACD) walked past. “This is my grandson,” I said by way of introduction. He looked down from his lofty 6′ 4″ height, waved at The Boy and said, “Hi!” […]

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Searching for Strawberries

Searching for Strawberries

I recently attended the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. The weekend was filled with magical and sobering moments, tales of truth and belly-bursting laughter. Claudia Schmidt, a singer and songwriter and poet, chooses her words thoughtfully, speaking mindfully with solid voice. I beg forgiveness as I will not do her story justice. She told […]

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