BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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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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Are you prepared for a surprise?

Are you prepared for a surprise?

A few weeks ago a friend and I enjoyed breakfast at our local IHOP. We met there because they don’t care how long we stay which is usually all the way to lunch time. She and I have known each other 45 years. It wasn’t friendship at first sight; the friendship grew slowly, especially in […]

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Impostors and Rusty Water

Impostors and Rusty Water

I got a heap of inspiration this week from Cathy Heller. I found her by chasing a few rabbit trails. She’s a mother, songwriter, podcaster, and a whole lot more. At first, her manner seemed a little slow and deliberate and I wasn’t sure I had the patience to hear her out. But she kept […]

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How are your cockles?

How are your cockles?

As a child, my favorite song from my mother’s Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs was: In Dublin’s fair city, Where girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone, As she wheeled her wheel-barrow Through streets broad and narrow, Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!” “Alive, alive oh, Alive, […]

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Who’s Your Favorite?

Who’s Your Favorite?

The Boy (3 1/2 year old grandson) and I have our little rituals. When he was younger I always called him my favorite boy when I hugged him. As he got a little older I asked him, “Are you my favorite boy?” He would grin and nod but not say anything. On the last visit, […]

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