Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Practice of Patience

My piano practicing fills several hours most days. For all of my piano years I believed that if I played the same music and the same notes enough times it would become perfect. Though most of the piece improved I continued to stumble in the same places, day after day, week after week. It just needs more time I […]

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What did you make today?

I borrowed my title from Austin Kleon. He reports that his young son asked him, “What did you make today, Papa?” Austin’s a different kind of creative than I am, but no matter. I think his son asked a question worth pondering. For me this question means more than mere production, more than our cultural  obsession […]

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How do you count?

Friends and acquaintances often remark that I travel a lot — that I’m gone all the time — that I’m never home. I always take issue with their assessment.  I’m actually home a lot, I say.  I’ve been home all week — practicing, writing, reading, doing household chores. With the exception of last month, when […]

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I was gone for ten days in early May. Though I’m not a worrier, I confess I was concerned about my recently landscaped back yard, my pots of herbs, and my gorgeous blue and yellow pansies that had been blooming since March. I watered heavily before I left but I was certain I’d return to […]

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