Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: April 2014

Is there life with a broken leg?

I greeted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 with much anticipation — my first piano lesson with a new professor. Ever since first grade, fall and school and new beginnings energize me. I parked my car several blocks away and walked across campus to the music building. At my lesson I played the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata […]

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The Reality of Memory

Webster says a memoir is a narrative composed from personal experience. Personal experience is not necessarily factual — there can be, and often are, other accounts of the same moment in time. I grew up in a family with two parents and two brothers. I was the middle child and only girl. My brothers and […]

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Organic writing

“We should be careful of being so universal, abstract, and ‘eternal’ that we sacrifice the particular pulse and moment of life. It’s not on paper that you create, but in your innards, in the gut and with living tissue.  Organic writing I call it.” (Gloria Anzaldua in Words in Our Pockets) In my early days […]

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As a memoirist, I’m always digging into my memories, unearthing their trinkets, and wondering why I saved this particular memory from the myriad of moments in my life. For me a memory equals importance. Often decades pass before I discover the significance of a memory-moment. Perhaps time-distance is necessary before I can come to knowing […]

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Rules: to follow or not to follow

I am a rule follower by nature. When I follow the rules or principles I get the results I want. Of course there are exceptions, but this works for me most of the time. I spent the last twenty five years working and teaching in the commercial food business. One primary goal was to produce […]

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