Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: August 2014

It’s Getting Late

I’m being robbed — of TIme.  It’s slipping away in the night, never to be seen again. Sometimes I stay awake, pondering how I can prevent its escape. Newton’s first law says “every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to […]

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Are You a Misfit?

In my first grade class a small group of girls always played Black Beauty at morning and afternoon recess, using their dress sashes for horse reins, galloping among the rocks and trees on the school yard. I used to hang around the group’s edge, wanting to play their game, hoping to be included. At my […]

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A Rearrangement of Books

I moved into my current house one year ago.  During the unpacking I asked my daughter-in-law to organize my books.  Based on pictures in decorating magazines, I instructed her to arrange the books by color. While this process was actually simpler than sorting by author or genre or subject or alphabetically, it still consumed much […]

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The Gift of Persistence

When people ask about my hours of piano practice, I usually say, “I’m not a gifted pianist.  I’m merely persistent.” When I was a young child my mother was often frustrated with my persistence.  She called it determination, competitiveness, and stubbornness, probably bordering on bullheadedness, if the truth be known. I was always trying to […]

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