BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Nothing of Importance

Nothing of Importance

In The Art of Possibility Ben Zander recounts the South American concert tour of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic. After performances in prestigious concert halls and endless hours of bus travel, they arrived in the small town of Rosario. Concerned about their fatigue and anticipating a perfunctory performance, Zander asked the students to rearrange […]

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Creative Deliciousness

Creative Deliciousness

The other night I prepared an entire meal for myself: baked salmon, sweet potato fries, pea salad. Dessert was missing. I spotted fresh peaches on the counter and thought, “peach cobbler or peach crisp would be perfect.” Even though I wanted to make a small dessert, I wasn’t sure I had enough peaches. In the fridge I […]

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The Yellow Cup

The Yellow Cup

I was busy preparing for the my two-and-a-half-year-old grandson’s arrival for a summer week. I stocked the pantry with breakfast bars, Ritz crackers, and goldfish. The fridge was filled with watermelon and grapes and cheese. The most important preparation was the patio wading pool. I made careful selection of just the right one at WalMart. I found […]

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Places to Ponder

Places to Ponder

I am a ponderer — of thoughts and words and events and comments and situations. I can’t help myself. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer. Perhaps it’s because I’m an introvert. Perhaps it’s because I’m curious about the whats and whys and wherefores of people and life in general and moments in particular. I think […]

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When Hard Work Shows Up

I’ve often written on this blog about doing our work, doing our practice, taking small steps, one after the other. Our small, consistent efforts accumulate over time. Eventually we can see the difference. In 2015 I began learning Beethoven’s sonata, opus 109. Since then I’ve learned and memorized both the first and second movements. I was hoping to skip […]

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