Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: May 2016


Clutter — it’s what messes up our lives.  Not just the physical clutter, but the emotional clutter, the social clutter, the fear clutter, the expectation clutter.  You may have other clutters on your list. I’m reminded of a time when I decided to take an 8,000-mile road trip by myself. As soon as I mentioned […]

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Quote of the Day

In his book, The Art of Possibility, author Ben Zander quotes his father: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” That’s enough to make me pause. Read it again. Then ponder the meaning. Perhaps we could fill in the blanks ourselves, using the same logic. There’s no such thing as ____________, […]

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In her poem Sometimes, Mary Oliver gives some instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. I’ve written frequently about being attentive — being present — in our lives and days and moments.  It’s a habit worth practicing and cultivating. Today I want to consider her second point: be astonished. Webster […]

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The Yellow Books

I recently noticed that I read three books in a row that all had yellow covers. Is that coincidence?  Or do books of a certain genre tend to have the same colors? Does yellow have some meaning I’m not aware of? Did I subconsciously choose them because I like yellow? It’s certainly a ponderable situation, […]

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Wharton Words

Edith Wharton wrote  “In a Backward Glance”: In spite of Illness, even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. My interpretation is that in spite of what gets […]

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