Jean Croker Petke


I was born in the Pacific Northwest soon after the creation of the earth.  During the Ice Age I graduated from Washington State University and completed several rites of passage (marriage, kids, divorce, singleness).

My life has evolved over years and places, but it wasn’t until my mid-life Age of Reason that I began to understand that no matter where I live or who I am with or how much I am loved, I will always feel like a misfit.  I used to think there was something wrong with me while I struggled to match my life to the expectations of others.  With the enlightenment of personality testing, I learned there were very few like me in the population and realized I will always feel like an outsider.

I embarked on a path to embrace my differentness, determined to thrive as a “blue horse in a brown horse world.” Over the decades I have dug deep, unearthing garbage as well as treasure, challenges and aha moments, disappointments, and visions for my next steps. I have owned the fears that guided much of my life, mustered my courage to put them aside, and forged ahead into unknown territories.  I have written my way through the wilderness into what some call wisdom.

I am a memoirist, a documenter of my life truths.