Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Zorba and the Weeds

The movie, Zorba the Greek, was introduced to the world in 1964. I was mesmerized by the music and the dancing and by Zorba’s passion and unbridled exuberance. Since then I’ve read the book twice and seen the movie again. I used to play my Zorba soundtrack when I cleaned house. I found it’s utterly impossible to be […]

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Letters and More Letters

Back in the day, I wrote letters to my parents while I was away at camp or college or summer jobs and after I was married. I discovered a few years ago that Mother saved many of my letters.  The letters were filled with details of things I had long since forgotten — providing valuable information […]

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Fast Tracking

At my last piano lesson, Dr. B and I conversationally reviewed the status of my music before I actually played for him. “I’ve got the third movement of Ravel’s Sonatine, the second movement of Beethoven 109 — it’s memorized, I’m just trying to increase the speed — and I have three movements of the Grieg sonata — […]

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On some days, on some very ordinary days, I lose my edge. I lose that part of myself that feels vital and alive and excited about the work I’m doing or the art I’m creating or the music I’m making or the conversations I’m having.  Some days there is none of that. Some days I’m […]

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Today’s Birth

In his book, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, Matthew Fox writes: To choose life means to choose to give birth every day. I read his words years ago and wrote them in my journal, lest I forget. The pondering begins anew whenever I re-read his words. I focus on two words: choose […]

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