BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

How’s Your Hearing?

How’s Your Hearing?

While traveling with a friend a few years ago, she suggested I get my hearing checked. It seems¬† I often didn’t hear what she said to me, though I was unaware of the issue. Upon my return I made an appointment with the audiologist. The tests showed significant hearing loss in both ears. I was […]

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Life Status

Life Status

I copied a quote from Austin Kleon sometime ago: Life doesn’t get better. It just changes. I don’t know if he was talking about life with a capital L or just stuff — the little as well as the big stuff. I often hear people remark: As soon as this event/crisis is over, we’ll get […]

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Batteries

Batteries

My metronome is my constant companion at the piano. Our relationship has not always been so congenial. As a young pianist I hated the stress and tension the metronome added to my practice time. However, in recent years I come to regard it as a necessity — a welcome necessity. I actually have two metronomes. […]

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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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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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