BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: persistence

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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We’re Neighbors

We’re Neighbors

Friday evening I saw the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” — the documentary about Mister Rogers. I went because I was curious and because I wanted to revisit a neighborhood of friends and experiences and because I wanted to go back to a time before now. I was already a parent in Mr. Rogers’ […]

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Not good enough

Not good enough

“It doesn’t have to be good right now, it just needs to exist.” That’s what Austin Kleon says. In fact he uses it as a motto for his work. But . . . We all want our work to be good from the get go. It’s certainly true for me. I suspect it’s true for […]

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Can you dance?

Can you dance?

My daughter started ballet lessons when she was six years old. On the first day of class all the mothers and daughters gathered in an old gym. Mirrors and bars had been installed along the walls. The girls sat on the floor. The mothers perched on the first row of worn wooden bleachers. Miss K, […]

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