Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: May 2015

Need more time?

“I need more time.” “I’m swamped — too many things to do, not enough time.” You’ve heard these complaints often — from friends, co-workers, neighbors, family members. You’ve probably said similar things yourself, when you’re overwhelmed and frazzled. We say yes to too many things.  We say no to too few.  We often measure our […]

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Unlikely Connections

A few months ago I heard a performance of Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch II. Before playing, the pianist explained that the piece was written in memory of Takemitsu’s friend Olivier Messiaen.  “In this piece you will hear the rain — and the tears,”  she explained. The composition is contemporary, dissonant, and impressionistic all at […]

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Playing at Your Local Theater

I’ve often read that our life is like a movie — and we get to play the leading role.  Not only are we the star, we’re also the director of the action. Of course there are other actors with secondary parts, but they are stars in their own movies. Playing the lead role is daunting, […]

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Pool Pondering

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know by now that I am a ponderer. Yesterday, I pondered for thirty minutes while I was swimming laps. Being submerged in water shuts out everything but my breathing and the motion of my arms and legs against the water, leaving my mind free to […]

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