Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: March 2016

Another Birthday

I just had another birthday — before I was ready. I’d barely gotten used to my last age, and now the number has changed. The older we get the faster the birthdays come. In fact, every year seems to go faster than the last one.  When I was a kid my birthday never arrived quickly […]

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Swamp Crossing

Quote of the week:  I am here today to cross the swamp, not to fight all the alligators. I don’t know who said it — and it doesn’t matter. I found it in my most recent read:  The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. Crossing the […]

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French Threads

I count on Dr. B, my piano teacher, to expand my repertoire with new composers I’ve not studied before.  And that’s exactly what he’s done in the last two years. In addition to Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy who have been with me for decades, I’ve now experienced  Mendelssohn, Liszt, Schumann, Ravel, and Faure. Last year […]

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In The War of Art Steven Pressfield, explores the subject of resistance — that force whose “aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” “It’s not the writing part that’s hard,” he says. “What’s hard is sitting down to write.” His book is filled with such nuggets that stab […]

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Party Time

Have a piece of cake. Light a candle. Put a flower on your desk. Turn on your favorite music. Tie a helium balloon to the back of your chair. Raise a glass.         It’s time to celebrate!! This blog was birthed two years ago today. And thanks to you, dear readers, for reading and commenting over […]

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