BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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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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How’s your week?

How’s your week?

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to a friend at church. We were doing the usual after worship chit chat before going home. She was talking about her busyness at work. “What kind of work do you do?” I asked. “I work at a rural clinic,” she said, “that serves people who don’t […]

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Comforts

Comforts

Several lifetimes ago, when my children were young, our neighbors had apple trees, loaded with what we called Early June Apples, which ripen sometime in July. The apples fell from the trees and littered the summer ground. Children¬† could be, and often were, persuaded by various motherhood tricks to gather the good apples. The mothers […]

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