BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Author: jcpetke

Being Right vs. Being Compassionate

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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Bit by Bit

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 […]

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Backwards and Forwards

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 […]

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How’s it been this holiday season?

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 — […]

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Are you prepared for a surprise?

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 […]

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