BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: show up

How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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Comforts

Comforts

Several lifetimes ago, when my children were young, our neighbors had apple trees, loaded with what we called Early June Apples, which ripen sometime in July. The apples fell from the trees and littered the summer ground. Children¬† could be, and often were, persuaded by various motherhood tricks to gather the good apples. The mothers […]

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Verbs and Nouns

Verbs and Nouns

In a podcast interview, Austin Kleon asked this question: What verbs are you living now? He went on to say that many people want to be the noun, rather than the verb. Here is my interpretation of some of his examples: writer (noun) or writing (verb) artist (noun) or painting and drawing (verb) photographer (noun) […]

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We’re Neighbors

We’re Neighbors

Friday evening I saw the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” — the documentary about Mister Rogers. I went because I was curious and because I wanted to revisit a neighborhood of friends and experiences and because I wanted to go back to a time before now. I was already a parent in Mr. Rogers’ […]

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Have you turned it on?

Have you turned it on?

A couple of years ago I had to get hearing aids. Unbeknownst to me, I had measurable hearing loss in both ears. I bit the financial bullet, swallowed my pride, and marched forth into a new land. That’s how it felt. On one of those early days, I put my hearing aids in as I […]

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