BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

Dinner Questions

Dinner Questions

As I traveled, I was witness to many lively conversations. I jotted the questions in my notebook so I could share them with you and because they caused me to ponder: Why are there locks on the river? Doesn’t water just level itself out? How can there be a difference in height from one part […]

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Anticipation

Anticipation

Anticipation is a curious thing. We look forward to a special time, experience, or event with hope and excitement and expectation for how it will play out. I’m thinking particularly about vacation and travel because I’ll be on a major trip when you read this. Some people enjoy the planning almost more than the trip […]

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You’re saving this because. . .

You’re saving this because. . .

I live in a community where I’m not responsible for mowing, lawn care, and most of the landscaping. However, I am responsible for my back yard. I had it landscaped a few years ago with shrubs, birdbath, flowering plants — and I love it. Though it doesn’t require much, I tidy the back yard occasionally […]

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Assumptions

Assumptions

There’s a problem with assumptions. We assume we know what someone is like and why they do what they do. We assume we have the solution to the problem. We assume we have more wisdom or experience than the next person. We assume the world is flat. We assume there is no solution. We assume […]

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The Recital

The Recital

My fifth annual piano recital has been accomplished. A group of about twenty came to my house on Thursday, another group on Friday, and a third group on Saturday — for Classics and Cookies. The music I played was what I call “lesson music” — the pieces I work on throughout the year with Dr. […]

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