Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: September 2016


The Oregon coast is my place of soul-restoration. I haven’t been there in a while but I’m going soon — in the middle of winter. But the time of year doesn’t matter. I don’t need sun or heat or long days or pristine beaches or picture-perfect anything. I need rocks and rugged coastline and crashing […]

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Word Games

Recently I spent a few days at the beach with my long-time women friends.  Our shared history spans more than forty years. Most evenings we play games: Five Crowns, Mexican Train, Sequence, Catch Phrase, Codenames and Quixx. A favorite of ours is Five Crowns, a card game of 11 rounds, with trump cards changing every round.  […]

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In Pursuit of Perfection

I am content with my life. I’ve worked hard over several decades to create this life, this existence, that I have. My goal has always been that you — my friends, family, and acquaintances — see me as I am. I gave up pretenses and pretending a long time ago. At the same time I’m always […]

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Bread Baking

I don’t usually bake bread in the summer — too hot.  But fall is here so I’m about to begin baking again: rye, wheat, cheddar, cinnamon raisin, white. A plan is forming to add bread baking to my weekly schedule. Recently I read In Buddha’s Kitchen: Cooking, Being Cooked, and Other Adventures in a Meditation […]

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