BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: do the work

River or Pond?

River or Pond?

This week I’ve been thinking about the rivers I’ve seen and known: The Columbia and the Snake in the Pacific Northwest The Colorado, winding through the Grand Canyon The Ohanapecosh near Mt. Rainier The Missouri in Montana, traveled by Lewis & Clark The Ganges at Benares, India The Tennessee and the Holston in northeast Tennessee The […]

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I’ve been to the mountain . . .

I’ve been to the mountain . . .

Recently I ran across a Zen saying — Let everything be your teacher That’s sort of how I live. I notice things. I hear things. I experience things. And these things set me to pondering and questioning. . . Why do I still remember that moment from decades ago? Why did I feel that way […]

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The Wound

The Wound

The preacher said something about wounds in his sermon though I don’t remember his exact words. I jotted what I could in my zibaldone. He hit close to home for me. For some time I’ve been wondering what to do with a personal wound. You know the kind: Someone did something or said something that hurt. […]

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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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Verbs and Nouns

Verbs and Nouns

In a podcast interview, Austin Kleon asked this question: What verbs are you living now? He went on to say that many people want to be the noun, rather than the verb. Here is my interpretation of some of his examples: writer (noun) or writing (verb) artist (noun) or painting and drawing (verb) photographer (noun) […]

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