BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

Shrinking or Growing

Shrinking or Growing

“The old life was too small to fit any more.” This simple phrase in The Shipping News by Annie Proulx caught my attention. As usual, I began to carry these words with me, and I began to think about life — Life — LIFE — LIFE! Sometimes it feels like a box . . . a box […]

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Got Any Fears?

Got Any Fears?

A black-and-white wooden cat, nearly 3 1/2 feet tall, resides in my hall, just inside the front door. I’ve had it for years. Most visitors greet it when they arrive, and pat its head as they leave. But for The Boy, it’s both fascinating and fearful. Because it’s much bigger than he is, he can’t quite […]

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Never Too Old To Learn

A few months back, I became the owner of an iPhone — not that I wanted one, but circumstances required it. I loved my old flip phone; phone calls were easy. I was not a happy iPhone owner. I struggled to accept calls; initiating calls was even more complicated. And there were no resident young ones to show […]

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Iced Over

I’ve neglected my backyard bird feeder in recent months. Pure and simple neglect. As a result, bird activity dropped to an all-time low.  Birds who once enjoyed a daily bird bath were noticeably absent. With winter’s arrival, I’ve taken pity on the birds and filled their feeder. They  are having a great time, feasting on the sunflower seeds. They flit […]

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The Gamble

Four women went into a casino: two gamblers, two non-gamblers. We were mid-point in our vacation and the casino was a fun place to spend a tropical evening. Earlier the gamblers had educated me about Black Jack — their game of choice. “You want your cards to add up to twenty-one, without going over,” I was […]

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