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.

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Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

I witnessed a recent discussion, prompted by Karen Armstrong’s TED talk. She’s a British author of books on comparative religion. My paraphrase of one of her comments is, “Our need to be right negates our ability to be compassionate.” I got to thinking about conversations I’ve been in where the other person was absolutely convinced […]


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Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

I witnessed a recent discussion, prompted by Karen Armstrong’s TED talk. She’s a British author of books on comparative religion. My paraphrase of one of her comments is, “Our need to be right negates our ability to be compassionate.” I got to thinking about conversations I’ve been in where the other person was absolutely convinced […]

Posted: January 15, 2019
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Bit by Bit

As we worked a new jigsaw puzzle over the holidays, my daughter and I reminisced about a puzzle we’d worked nearly three decades ago. We agreed it was the hardest puzzle we’ve ever done: a 2000-piece stained glass window that covered the entire dining table. We worked on it for weeks. When we finally finished […]

Posted: January 08, 2019
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Backwards and Forwards

The new year has snuck up on me — probably while I was doing other things, like Christmas and family and cooking and cleaning and laundry and talking and puzzle-making and oh, so many other things — the latest is napping in my very quiet, reclaimed post-holiday house.   Looking backwards: I didn’t read many […]

Posted: January 01, 2019
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How’s it been this holiday season?

It’s Christmas Eve morning as I write this post. Our family Christmas was Saturday, December 22. They’re all gone now and I’m here in my very quiet house. I checked my pre-Christmas to-do list. Everything was accomplished except one thing — writing this post. My intention was to write it before the family arrived — […]

Posted: December 25, 2018
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Are you prepared for a surprise?

A few weeks ago a friend and I enjoyed breakfast at our local IHOP. We met there because they don’t care how long we stay which is usually all the way to lunch time. She and I have known each other 45 years. It wasn’t friendship at first sight; the friendship grew slowly, especially in […]

Posted: December 18, 2018
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