Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: October 2015

What’s Your Color?

On the last day of our cruise, we were given colored and numbered luggage tags, along with disembarking places and times. Every detail was covered in our instructions. Later that evening, after our last dinner and the last entertainment, we were ready to return to our deck and stateroom.  We boarded the elevator and joined […]

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Traveling Light

My fall schedule is dominated by two trips: a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and a two-week trip to Oregon and California to visit family.  Normally my trips are scattered throughout the year, but not this fall.  I keep thinking of things I need to do before I leave, packing suitcases, plane tickets, and car […]

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Conquering Nervousness

After a thirty year hiatus, I returned to piano lessons a few years ago.  I’d had more than fifteen years of lessons earlier in my life, but eventually family and career pushed my piano playing to the perimeter of my life. Though my techniques were rusty, I’d never forgotten how to play. My biggest problem […]

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Metronomically Speaking

A metronome is an important practice tool, especially for pianists.  As a young pianist I resisted using it, believing I didn’t need it.  However, in recent years, rather than continuing a rather adversarial relationship with my metronome, it has become my nearly constant practice companion. I’ve been working on Mendelssohn’s Agitation for several months now.  […]

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