Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas Stories

Now that Christmas is over, perhaps you’re willing to hear snippets of three unforgettable Christmases I’ve shared with my family. December 1975: My daughter’s birth was expected in mid-December. That meant, as a mother of a three-year-old son, that everything had to be done ahead of time — before December 1, in case she arrived early. I […]

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Iced Over

I’ve neglected my backyard bird feeder in recent months. Pure and simple neglect. As a result, bird activity dropped to an all-time low.  Birds who once enjoyed a daily bird bath were noticeably absent. With winter’s arrival, I’ve taken pity on the birds and filled their feeder. They  are having a great time, feasting on the sunflower seeds. They flit […]

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Stocking Up

Planning is a good thing — especially during the holidays. Our normally busy lives get crammed with even more activities, leaving us less time to shop, less time to think ahead, less time to be at our best. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m an inveterate list-maker, planner, and ponderer — often […]

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Stumbling Backwards

A few weeks ago I returned to the church of my young adulthood, the church where my children grew up. I’ve been gone for more than twenty-five years, though I’ve had occasional visits. On this particular Sunday I saw some familiar faces, though everyone had aged more than I expected (way more than I have!).  […]

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