Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: January 2017

When Hard Work Shows Up

I’ve often written on this blog about doing our work, doing our practice, taking small steps, one after the other. Our small, consistent efforts accumulate over time. Eventually we can see the difference. In 2015 I began learning Beethoven’s sonata, opus 109. Since then I’ve learned and memorized both the first and second movements. I was hoping to skip […]

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Too Little Time

This week I’ve been reading Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books 2000 – 2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin — a collection of talks, essays, book introductions and book reviews. Le Guin has published more than sixty books, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and poetry. I kept making notes as I read […]

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Never Too Old To Learn

A few months back, I became the owner of an iPhone — not that I wanted one, but circumstances required it. I loved my old flip phone; phone calls were easy. I was not a happy iPhone owner. I struggled to accept calls; initiating calls was even more complicated. And there were no resident young ones to show […]

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The Measure of Success

On New Year’s Eve a small group of us gathered for a movie. Afterward we poured champagne and readied ourselves to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Either the cameras didn’t dwell on the ball drop or I looked at the wrong thing but I sort of missed it. The ball-drop felt like a non-event compared […]

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Scentual Power

I was driving north along the Oregon Coast on a cold winter’s sunny day. The mountains and ocean were as good as the last time I was here, and the time before that, and the time before that. And all the times before this particular morning. The times that began in my childhood. Snow capped […]

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