BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: change

Perception Matters

Perception Matters

I’ve just finished reading The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday. He writes about perception, perspective, choice, change, focus, action, courage, reality, process, success and failure. Obstacle gives concise organized words to my self-discovered principles. At the end of the book I was hoping to find a form […]

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Pathfinding

Pathfinding

I’ve had two rounds of house guests in the last two weeks. A good time was certainly had by all. I love sharing my home with others, but life gets rearranged while they’re here. This is absolutely not a complaint — just a statement of what happens. People sleep in every available space, bathrooms are […]

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How will things go?

How will things go?

I read Austin Kleon’s weekly blog and his books “Show Your Work” and “Steal Like an Artist.” He’s an artist with words and pictures. He helps me see the world with new eyes, to get beyond my excuses, and my shortness of vision. He’s younger than my children by a few years and has young […]

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Being Blue

Being Blue

My mother had a portfolio of art prints, probably begun in her college years. She had added art clippings along the way. Sometimes, on a quiet Saturday morning, she would let me sit on the living room carpet and look through her pictures. “Only touch them on the edges,” she’d warn, “and keep them flat. We […]

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Grit

Grit

When I was at the beach I bought a boat-shaped cracker dish. Rolled up in the boat was a tea towel with this message: Surrounding those words, were outlines of oyster shells.  Very beachish, to say the least. Later, I found the same cracker boat at another store, but without the towel. It just wasn’t […]

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