Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: November 2016

Bullets and Sticky Notes

I am a master of bulleted lists. My last boss and co-workers totally agreed. Charlie, my writing partner, also concurs. So do my children — and everyone else who has ever worked or lived with me. Some would call me the Bullet Queen. That works for me. It’s how my brain works. It’s how I […]

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Chaos happens. Things go out of control. Sometimes at home. Sometimes at work. Sometimes in an organization. Sometimes with our children — or spouse — or extended family. Sometimes at church. Sometimes in government. Chaos doesn’t usually happen on all fronts at the same time. That in itself is reason for gratitude. For much of my life, the […]

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Strange Writers

We writers carry things around in our heads, in the midst of other seemingly  normal activities. We notice tiny things like how the wind turns a leaf on a fall day. We make up stories about café strangers. We ponder plots and techniques for moving our story along. When we’re together we talk about how to […]

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The Gamble

Four women went into a casino: two gamblers, two non-gamblers. We were mid-point in our vacation and the casino was a fun place to spend a tropical evening. Earlier the gamblers had educated me about Black Jack — their game of choice. “You want your cards to add up to twenty-one, without going over,” I was […]

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I recently attended the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The fall weather was glorious and crisp — the kind of days that call you to hike the mountains and eat apples right off the trees. Sturdy shoes and flannel shirts, scarves and hats were the order of the day. The tellers, more than 25 of them, were a […]

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