BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Unexpected Harvest

Unexpected Harvest

I love surprises. Birthday and Christmas surprises are always nice. But I’m talking about genuine surprises — things you never expected or thought would happen. Every fall the landscapers work in my back yard. They trim the shrubs, fertilize, mulch, and pull up dead plants.  This year I asked them to plant flowers for the […]

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Trains and Other Interruptions

Trains and Other Interruptions

I’ve been living on a different schedule lately. Some might say I’ve been in an alternate universe. Many say I’ve not been home much. I’ve been listening to stories and hanging out with friends in the fall mountains. I’ve been tailgating wherever convenient and enjoying a roaring fire. I’ve been alone with my music in […]

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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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