BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Deep and Long

Deep and Long

I saw reference the other day to the rapidity of a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not doctor — or surgeon — but from my sketchy medical knowledge, I suspect they cut quickly, once they know exactly where they’re going. Their tools are razor-sharp. And they can go deep, through layers of tissue.   It set me […]

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The Light of a New Day

The Light of a New Day

We get bogged down — in anticipation of the holidays, during the holidays, after the holidays, in our illnesses, and in winter’s long cold. We can’t get a break. It’s always something. Once this is over, then . . . then . . . then . . .things will be better, life will be easier, […]

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Today’s The Day

Today’s The Day

Every year, when I travel to the West Coast, there are certain places I like to stop: Mo’s for homemade bread and clam chowder, Syzygy for clothes and jewelry, Tillamook Cheese Factory for ice cream, the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, and Dutch Bros. Coffee. My face lights up and my voice gets a little […]

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The Excuse of Age

The Excuse of Age

Julie Rosenberg says, “Don’t use age as an excuse.” She’s made me think — even ponder. Do I use age as my excuse? for doing or not doing? for speaking or not speaking? I admit that age is sometimes my excuse for not doing things I no long find engaging — the nice-but-not-necessary things. Like […]

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The Art of Pondering

The Art of Pondering

Mugs breed in the night in my kitchen. Some I have bought; some have been gifted to me. No matter. I’ve always had too many mugs. During my last move I got rid of every mug I either didn’t use or didn’t like. I reduced the number to six — just enough for me and […]

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