Jean Croker Petke

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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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Bread Baking

I don’t usually bake bread in the summer — too hot.  But fall is here so I’m about to begin baking again: rye, wheat, cheddar, cinnamon raisin, white. A plan is forming to add bread baking to my weekly schedule. Recently I read In Buddha’s Kitchen: Cooking, Being Cooked, and Other Adventures in a Meditation […]

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Fast Tracking

At my last piano lesson, Dr. B and I conversationally reviewed the status of my music before I actually played for him. “I’ve got the third movement of Ravel’s Sonatine, the second movement of Beethoven 109 — it’s memorized, I’m just trying to increase the speed — and I have three movements of the Grieg sonata — […]

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Today’s Birth

In his book, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, Matthew Fox writes: To choose life means to choose to give birth every day. I read his words years ago and wrote them in my journal, lest I forget. The pondering begins anew whenever I re-read his words. I focus on two words: choose […]

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The Morning News

Last Saturday morning, my grown son and I had one thing on our agenda — hanging out at his favorite Lexington, KY bagel shop. It was a busy, savor-your-Saturday-morning kind of place.  I ordered the double bourbon: a maple bourbon bagel with maple bourbon cream cheese chased with a hot mocha. He ordered the daily special: sourdough salt. […]

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