BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: writing

Batting Courage

Batting Courage

“It takes courage to want what you want.” I jotted Cathy Heller’s words in my zibaldone as I listened to her podcast. She’s a music writer and encourager of dream pursuits. We all have dreams — of what we’d like to do some day, of who we’d like to be someday, of fame, of fortune, […]

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Words . . .

Words . . .

Words: Part I I’ve started reading a massive biography of Beethoven by Jan Swafford. I’ve intended to read it for several years. 2019 is year. My hope is that I will have a more comprehensive understanding of his music. On page 17 I came across an unfamiliar new word: adumbrated. Here’s the sentence: There is […]

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Sustenance

Sustenance

I have two questions for your consideration this week: What sustains you when the going gets tough? Where is your calm place in challenging times? I’m thinking of those times, like the current holiday season, when there’s too much to do and too little time and expectations for a perfect Christmas. I’m thinking of those […]

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Roast Pig & Layer Cake

Roast Pig & Layer Cake

From January to April I am totally immersed in music, as I prepare for my spring recital. I wake up in the morning, knowing the first thing I will do is practice, lesson music then recital music. There’s some overlap, but my recital includes some additional music. Before I fall asleep at night, I review […]

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Have you got one of these?

Have you got one of these?

Have you got a zibaldone? “A what?” you say, somewhat bewildered. “What’s a ziba. . . however you say it?” “Zee – ball – dough – nay. It’s Italian and easy to say once you get used to it.” “O.k. Zibaldone. So what is it and why do I need one?” you inquire, still puzzled. […]

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