Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Personal Space

I was standing in the checkout line, several feet behind the lady in front of me, perusing the candies and mints and chewing gum. If there’d been a Mounds bar on the rack it would have jumped into my hand. I wasn’t in a hurry — not today. I had wandered the aisles, checking out the seasonal […]

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In June I wrote about  creative counting — about how we count some things in our lives and not others. I wrote then of friends who say I travel all the time — and how I consistently deny their assessment. The other day over brunch, a close friend suggested, “Perhaps this traveling all the time is your reality. […]

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Too much of a good thing . . .

The courtship letter project, begun last January, is finished. Last week I wrote about adding the final touches to the manuscript — the insertion of scanned images of my parents’ handwriting to fill partial blank pages. Once the printer confirmed the images could be printed in black and white, I forged ahead. Problem #1: I thought I had a few blank spaces to […]

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Letters for Leyton

Since January I’ve been compiling my parents’ courtship letters, written from 1936 – 1939. Though there are over 300 letters, I approached it as a simple, but large, typing job. My goal was to complete the project by the end of the year. Plenty of time. Not far into the typing I discovered a need to document the people […]

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