Open links in secondary window

Ramblings from a Southern liberal, Boomer, single parent, grandmother, reunited birthmother, cancer survivor, pop-culture observer, retired teacher

Most dramatic lymphoma posts are from June 2002 - February 2003 archives.

Email Joy Durham at

Welcome! Please sign my guest map or guest book. And Comment!!

[my collaborative other blog] MUTUAL ADMIRATION BLOG

[Adoption Blogs & Books]
Adoption Search Blog
First Parents
The Same Smile
The Daily Bastardette
The Guide to Search and Reunion
My Reunion with Kathy

My Family and Friends

Sign In - Plant a Flag!

Free Guestmap from Free Guestmap from

View My Guestbook
Sign My Guestbook


moon info

My Amazon Wish List
[For anyone who wants to buy me a gift or discuss what we like.]

[ Reading & Entertainment ]

Blogroll Me!

Cost of the War in Iraq
(JavaScript Error)

<< current

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Thursday, October 17, 2002  

They just don't make things the way they used to! I just got this new computer this summer, and some of the letters on the keyboard are fading away. Very strange indeed!! Specifically it's the a, s, e, r, t, n, m, semi- and colon, and the v. At first I thought it was my eyes since I don't see close things as well now that the print is smaller, but in the light I can tell they are much lighter and almost gone. Thank goodness I learned to touch type!! This hasn't happened before with other keyboards. What's with Sony?

I'm going to Nashville today to the dentist to see the hygienist. She wanted me to come in three months since chemo is also hard on teeth and the mouth. It's hard on everything! While I'm in Green Hills, I'll go to Wild Oats and get a few things. I'm going to try to avoid Davis-Kidd since I already have too many books I haven't read yet. I'm going to catch up on those. I'm reading A Widow for One Year by John Irving now. Amy Nickens loaned it to me, and I'm really enjoying it. It's great to be able to enjoy reading again. For a while there I couldn't do it or watch TV or movies without their getting on my nerves. I couldn't concentrate to read. Now I enjoy it again.

I put the reading table together Jackie and Ed sent me. What a nice gift! It wasn't too difficult to assemble but took time and effort. I really do like it and am going to enjoy using it very much. It's a beautiful piece of furniture - solid wood with a nice finish.

It's time for some email from those of you I haven't heard from for a while. Let me know what's going on with you and how you're doing. Inquiring minds want to know again!

I've been wondering how some people with blogs get the comment section on theirs. Those counters would be good too. I'll have to check with former students again for more information and help!

9:22:00 AM

is powered by Blogger.
Weblog Commenting by