Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Art of Listening

Just for a moment, turn off the music. Silence the radio and TV.  Remove your earbuds. Listen . . . listen . . . I hear the clicking of my computer keys, the heatpump pushing cool air into my house, the icemaker dumping frozen cubes, a motorcycle roaring into the distance, and a muffled buzzing […]

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Temper Tantrums

Our family played lots of games when I was growing up:  Parcheesi, Flinch, Monopoly, Clue, Canasta, Pinochle, Touring, Rook, Chinese Checkers and regular checkers, and others I’ve forgotten.  Sometimes just the kids played.  There were three of us; I was the middle child and only girl. Other times my parents joined in.  A visit with […]

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August Pool Ponderings

Most mornings I swim laps at the pool.  For some reason I can’t really explain, I’ve always liked to swim laps. Thirty minutes.  Every morning.  It works for me. The gift of swimming is that it gives me pondering time.  Some of my friends say I already ponder too much, but they’ve gotten used to […]

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An Epic Finished

Last February I wrote An Epic Beginning about choosing to read a very long book, The Far Pavilions. At that time I had read some 400 pages of the 1135. I made no promises of when I would finish.  The reading was put on hold for a month because of cataract surgery.  Then, while the […]

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