BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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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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In Pursuit of Perfection

I am content with my life. I’ve worked hard over several decades to create this life, this existence, that I have. My goal has always been that you — my friends, family, and acquaintances — see me as I am. I gave up pretenses and pretending a long time ago. At the same time I’m always […]

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Bread Baking

I don’t usually bake bread in the summer — too hot.  But fall is here so I’m about to begin baking again: rye, wheat, cheddar, cinnamon raisin, white. A plan is forming to add bread baking to my weekly schedule. Recently I read In Buddha’s Kitchen: Cooking, Being Cooked, and Other Adventures in a Meditation […]

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