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Jean Croker Petke


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The Recital

The Recital

My fifth annual piano recital has been accomplished. A group of about twenty came to my house on Thursday, another group on Friday, and a third group on Saturday — for Classics and Cookies. The music I played was what I call “lesson music” — the pieces I work on throughout the year with Dr. […]

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Let’s Party!

Let’s Party!

It all began on March 1, 2014. This blog — that’s what began on that day five years ago. I started the blog and developed my site because I had become convinced that, as a writer, I needed a platform. I methodically used Christina Katz’s book Get Known before the Book Deal. Though her questions and considerations at the end of […]

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Basketball Rules

Basketball Rules

I drove 3 hours to the game. With only two games left in the season this was my last chance to see The Boy’s team play. When I got there the local Y lobby was full of people of all ages and sizes. Not a single seven-foot guy was in sight amongst the kids and […]

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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Saturday night we partied on Sesame Street. The Boy (4-year-old grandson), his mom and dad (my son), and I had a grand time. Big Bird was there, along with Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and Rosita. I missed Bert and Ernie and Mr. Hooper and Maria and Gordon and Bob. Sesame Street […]

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Batteries

Batteries

My metronome is my constant companion at the piano. Our relationship has not always been so congenial. As a young pianist I hated the stress and tension the metronome added to my practice time. However, in recent years I come to regard it as a necessity — a welcome necessity. I actually have two metronomes. […]

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