BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

Carried Images

Carried Images

For the last couple of weeks I’ve struggled with one page of a new piece of music. The key signature is six flats, which I can do. The complicating factor is a gazillion accidentals, making it a challenge to keep up with which notes I’m supposed to be playing. I attempted to play the page […]

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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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Where’s Your Whimsy?

Where’s Your Whimsy?

I am not known for my spontaneity. My friends joke that I schedule spontaneity for Tuesdays at 1:49! They are not far off the mark. Last weekend I made a quick trip to see The Boy (four-year-old grandson) because I just needed to be with him. We all spent Saturday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers — our […]

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Words . . .

Words . . .

Words: Part I I’ve started reading a massive biography of Beethoven by Jan Swafford. I’ve intended to read it for several years. 2019 is year. My hope is that I will have a more comprehensive understanding of his music. On page 17 I came across an unfamiliar new word: adumbrated. Here’s the sentence: There is […]

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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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