BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Welcome to BECOMING BETTER

Want to improve yourself and your life? This site is for you! My Tuesday blogs are about the process of continual improvement. I don't write about big things -- like accumulating wealth or achieving corporate success or staying ahead of the neighbors -- but rather about small things like reading more books or improving my piano playing or writing more lyrically or taking tiny steps toward new habits. The ponderings and insights you find here will guide and encourage you to become better than you were yesterday.

Show up. Do the work. Claim your life.

Change it up

Practice — it’s what’s required if we want to get better — at whatever we do: needlework, gardening, cooking, writing, music, quilting, exercise . . . Most of us have techniques and routines that work for us. They’ve evolved over time and we’ve settled into them. “This is how I do it,” we say. “This […]


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Change it up

Practice — it’s what’s required if we want to get better — at whatever we do: needlework, gardening, cooking, writing, music, quilting, exercise . . . Most of us have techniques and routines that work for us. They’ve evolved over time and we’ve settled into them. “This is how I do it,” we say. “This […]

Posted: August 22, 2017
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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 […]

Posted: August 15, 2017
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Got Any Fears?

A black-and-white wooden cat, nearly 3 1/2 feet tall, resides in my hall, just inside the front door. I’ve had it for years. Most visitors greet it when they arrive, and pat its head as they leave. But for The Boy, it’s both fascinating and fearful. Because it’s much bigger than he is, he can’t quite […]

Posted: August 08, 2017
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Truth in Writing

Back in the 90’s I read Marlo Morgan’s Mutant Message Down Under. It’s the story of the author’s trek across Australia’s Outback with a tribe of Aborigines. I still remember thinking as I read, “What would I have done had I been in her circumstances? Would I have survived such things?” The narrative was chilling […]

Posted: August 01, 2017
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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 […]

Posted: July 25, 2017
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