BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

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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Basketball Rules

Basketball Rules

I drove 3 hours to the game. With only two games left in the season this was my last chance to see The Boy’s team play. When I got there the local Y lobby was full of people of all ages and sizes. Not a single seven-foot guy was in sight amongst the kids and […]

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Batting Courage

Batting Courage

“It takes courage to want what you want.” I jotted Cathy Heller’s words in my zibaldone as I listened to her podcast. She’s a music writer and encourager of dream pursuits. We all have dreams — of what we’d like to do some day, of who we’d like to be someday, of fame, of fortune, […]

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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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