Jean Croker Petke

Category: mistakes

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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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 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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The Practice of Patience

My piano practicing fills several hours most days. For all of my piano years I believed that if I played the same music and the same notes enough times it would become perfect. Though most of the piece improved I continued to stumble in the same places, day after day, week after week. It just needs more time I […]

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