Jean Croker Petke

Category: writing


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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Too much of a good thing . . .

The courtship letter project, begun last January, is finished. Last week I wrote about adding the final touches to the manuscript — the insertion of scanned images of my parents’ handwriting to fill partial blank pages. Once the printer confirmed the images could be printed in black and white, I forged ahead. Problem #1: I thought I had a few blank spaces to […]

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Letters for Leyton

Since January I’ve been compiling my parents’ courtship letters, written from 1936 – 1939. Though there are over 300 letters, I approached it as a simple, but large, typing job. My goal was to complete the project by the end of the year. Plenty of time. Not far into the typing I discovered a need to document the people […]

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Word Games

Recently I spent a few days at the beach with my long-time women friends.  Our shared history spans more than forty years. Most evenings we play games: Five Crowns, Mexican Train, Sequence, Catch Phrase, Codenames and Quixx. A favorite of ours is Five Crowns, a card game of 11 rounds, with trump cards changing every round.  […]

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Letters and More Letters

Back in the day, I wrote letters to my parents while I was away at camp or college or summer jobs and after I was married. I discovered a few years ago that Mother saved many of my letters.  The letters were filled with details of things I had long since forgotten — providing valuable information […]

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