BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Batting Courage

Batting Courage

“It takes courage to want what you want.” I jotted Cathy Heller’s words in my zibaldone as I listened to her podcast. She’s a music writer and encourager of dream pursuits. We all have dreams — of what we’d like to do some day, of who we’d like to be someday, of fame, of fortune, […]

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Where’s Your Whimsy?

Where’s Your Whimsy?

I am not known for my spontaneity. My friends joke that I schedule spontaneity for Tuesdays at 1:49! They are not far off the mark. Last weekend I made a quick trip to see The Boy (four-year-old grandson) because I just needed to be with him. We all spent Saturday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers — our […]

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Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

I witnessed a recent discussion, prompted by Karen Armstrong’s TED talk. She’s a British author of books on comparative religion. My paraphrase of one of her comments is, “Our need to be right negates our ability to be compassionate.” I got to thinking about conversations I’ve been in where the other person was absolutely convinced […]

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Are you prepared for a surprise?

Are you prepared for a surprise?

A few weeks ago a friend and I enjoyed breakfast at our local IHOP. We met there because they don’t care how long we stay which is usually all the way to lunch time. She and I have known each other 45 years. It wasn’t friendship at first sight; the friendship grew slowly, especially in […]

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Impostors and Rusty Water

Impostors and Rusty Water

I got a heap of inspiration this week from Cathy Heller. I found her by chasing a few rabbit trails. She’s a mother, songwriter, podcaster, and a whole lot more. At first, her manner seemed a little slow and deliberate and I wasn’t sure I had the patience to hear her out. But she kept […]

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