BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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Let’s Party!

Let’s Party!

It all began on March 1, 2014. This blog — that’s what began on that day five years ago. I started the blog and developed my site because I had become convinced that, as a writer, I needed a platform. I methodically used Christina Katz’s book Get Known before the Book Deal. Though her questions and considerations at the end of […]

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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Saturday night we partied on Sesame Street. The Boy (4-year-old grandson), his mom and dad (my son), and I had a grand time. Big Bird was there, along with Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and Rosita. I missed Bert and Ernie and Mr. Hooper and Maria and Gordon and Bob. Sesame Street […]

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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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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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