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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.
Sunday, August 31, 2003  

I did a Google search and got this picture of a pack of Chuckles. Now we know.

Also this one from How to Speak Geek (so, Michelle, why didn't you know this?).

Network computers (NCs) are PCs minus a hard or floppy drive, which means software applications and files cannot be stored locally. Instead, applications reside on a server. Think of the server as a giant vending machine, a pack of Chuckles as an application and yourself as an NC in dire need of a sugar fix. If, on the other hand, you were a PC, you could swallow 75 cents and self-dispense those chewy red, green and yellow squares. Unlike PCs, NCs cannot run by themselves; they depend on a network. Bottom line: PCs are more powerful than NCs.

8:44:00 PM

Labor Day Trivia Quiz

Guess, answer, be clever, add information! Have fun!

1. PP - Who was the only person to appear on the cover of TV Guide three weeks in a row?
2. AE - Who was the voice of Mr. Magoo in the TV series?
3. HS - What did the 1935 Wagner Act give workers the right to do besides allowing collective bargaining?
4. SN - What determines the gender of baby alligators while incubating in the nest?
5. SL - How old do you have to be to play in the Senior P.G.A.?
6. WC - What Greek philosopher believed that man's goal should be serenity of mind and the enjoyment of moderate pleasure?
7. Movie - This film was based on the viewpoint of a New Orleans district attorney, Jim Garrison.
I'll add the other clues if you need them.

Other movie clues: This picture was directed by Oliver Stone. A star-studded cast includes Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, and Kevin Costner.

We know who will know #5 and also the movie. I have an idea about who will know #3. Why do most of the ones who answer these questions have names that begin with "M"?

I still can't get over Yanni. Why doesn't anyone know about Chuckles?

8:33:00 PM


Trivia Quiz answers are posted in the comment section below the quiz. Stay tuned for the next quiz. I'll post it today which means the Tuesday Trivia Quiz will be on Sunday this week. Pogo used to say Friday the 13th is on Wednesday this month - or whatever day it happened. I like that and still say it.

Happy day off tomorrow! Mother and I are going to Kathy's for Luke's and her birthday party. We are each taking her a shrubbery!

9:49:00 AM

CHS Class of '36

Mother and I went to her sister Mae's high school reunion yesterday. The Class of '36 from Charlotte High School meets annually for lunch now. Mae has gone for the past few years but didn't attend this time. It was really fun. Two of my high school teachers were there as well as an ex-relative. Daddy's older brother was also in that class. I saw several people there I enjoy conversations with and had a good time. I'm looking forward to being there next year.

We have a good time at our reunions and have mellowed out into a mix of the present while catching up and some nostalgia for our high school experiences. I enjoyed high school but not as much as I did college. I haven't been out of school except for those years before I started, the three years after I had Brian, and last year. I'm looking forward to a life with no bells, longer than half an hour for lunch, not being responsible for the behavior of others, and no papers to grade!

9:31:00 AM

Saturday, August 30, 2003  

Butch called last night to tell me his daughter Amy and Chris are going to have a baby! We are so excited about this wonderful news! They will be such good parents, and we'll have another loved and welcome baby in the family. Brendan will be almost exactly a year older than their baby.

I'm catching up on paperwork since the grading period ended yesterday. I still have tests to grade that I gave yesterday and a couple of sets of papers. Mother and I are going to Kathy's Monday for Kathy's and Luke's birthday party. He'll be 5! I can't believe it. When I first saw him, he was two. She, Kelsey, Sally, and I were all born in years ending in "3" so this is a milestone year for us. Kelsey was 10 in February, Kathy was 40 August 28, Sally was 50 in April, and I'll be 60 in October. How about that? I can't believe I'm this old! When I first started teaching and looked at the teachers there who were probably younger than I am, I remember thinking I'd never teach that long and thought they were ancient. Now here I am in that group!

10:16:00 AM

Monday, August 25, 2003  
Tuesday Trivia Quiz

These are some weird ones. If you know a couple of them, we might need to worry about you. I'll provide hints if necessary (except for #2 & 6 - no clue whatsoever!). Please don't know #1, but if you do, you can admit it here among friends. What are Chuckles anyway?

1. People & Places - Whose concert was the reason the Taj Mahal was lit at night for the first time?
2. Arts & Entertainment - What duo sang about the year 2525, and were never heard in the "Top 40" again?
3. History - What was established by the British Prime Minister William Pitt to pay for the Napoleanic Wars?
4. Science & Nature - Which insect queen typically lives for fifty homebound years?
5. Sports & Leisure - What is the popular name of the game "bagattaway," first played by the Iroquois in upstate New York and Canada in the late 1400's?
6. Wild Card - What is always the center color in a pack of Chuckles?
7. Movie - In this picture an orphan becomes a galactic hero. A hot shot pilot and a captured princess are two of the memorable characters in this film. I won't even add the last clue since you will know it from these two.

7:20:00 PM

Sunday, August 24, 2003  

Miel had this link on her blog which analyzes text and lets you know if the writer is male or female. It's the Gender Genie and said my writing was done by a female. Guess I write like a girl. :-) According to the site, it's 51% accurate. Anyway, it's fun.

Miel also linked an article about Shirley Jackson which is interesting.

10:39:00 PM


Wow, has it been almost a week since I posted on here? This week has been one of those where all of us teachers kept feeling as if it were lasting forever. "Is it just Tuesday?" "Thursday? It feels like half-way into next week." I was up late every night trying to keep up with school work, gave three tests, graded them, made speeches to my 9th graders about their work ethic, and then slept ten hours Friday night. I'm trying to get a head start on this week and not feel like it's a race.

I got a carpet burn on the top of my foot from yoga. Pretty funny, isn't it? Sure, laugh! Try it! Those poses show me how inflexible my body has become. Thirty-five years and thirty-five pounds ago, yoga wasn't this hard to do. Go figure!

The answers to the Trivia Quiz are in the first commet box below the quiz. Thanks for playing. Another one will be here tomorrow night.

12:03:00 PM

Monday, August 18, 2003  
Tuesday Trivia Quiz

Have fun! Be witty! Be clever! Be informative! Here's the quiz from Trivial Pursuit's "Know-It-All" edition.

People & Places - What starship Enterprise actor was the escort of Secretary of State Madeline Allbright at a 1997 White House dinner?
Arts & Entertainment - What Tony Award-winning actor went from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to portraying the Mayor of New York City on TV's Spin City?
History - What English explorer established the first European colony in Australia and was the first European to visit Hawaii?
Science & Nature - What were the only three light bulb wattages available until 1916?
Sports & Leisure - What racetrack was once referred to as "the brickyard" because it was paved with 3.2 million bricks?
Wild Card - What is the meaning of the suffix, "kill" found in many New York place names, such as Peekskill and the Catskill Mountains?
Movie - Rob Lowe plays a slimy producer in this comedy. This movie got its inspiration from a well-known Saturday Night Live skit. The film begins with a comical info-mercial for the Suck Cut.

10:21:00 PM


Check this out for a laugh!

9:23:00 PM


A friend told me about a woman he works with who refers to herself as a born-again virgin. I thought that was funny and decided to use it myself. After some reflection, it sounds too fresh - too young. Since I've become one of those old, unmarried women who lives alone with cats and was married less than ten years almost three decades ago, I suppose born-again old maid or spinster is more accurate and appropriate. So that's what I'll say instead unless I can think of some way to put a positive spin on this ... which bring us back full-circle to born-again virgin!

That reminds me ... remember those circle pins we used to wear?

7:54:00 PM

Saturday, August 16, 2003  
New Image

Some of you might not have recognized me at the Antwone Fisher premiere since I changed my look a bit. Here I am all dressed up and lookin' good! I wish!!

Does anyone know who she is? I can't find any information about her online - just those photos.

10:21:00 AM


It's funny how we're all in our own realities. I'll casually mention in conversation that I wrote about something in my blog. When I get a blank stare, I realize that they are as unaware of all this as I was before Amy Nickens encouraged me to write one. When she brought it up, I told her I didn't have anything to say (which as most of you know has never stopped me from talking). Then when I had news I wanted others to know, it helped to have this outlet. It also gave me someone to babble to while I wasn't teaching. Now that I'm back in school standing there feeling like Charlie Brown's teacher while a group of teenagers are tuning me out, I find that I need this even more. What's been so encouraging is to know some people read it and care what I have to say. (well, most of the time anyway) The interaction of the comments is fun. I enjoy the exchanges in the Social Studies Department workroom during lunch and am glad to be there at Creek Wood. There's just something about the blog world that I enjoy, too, and want to continue.

10:13:00 AM

Wednesday, August 13, 2003  

Bravo is showing West Wing from the beginning. It started last night and is really good to go back and notice how the characters have changed and what they were like then. This show is written so well, and the actors are incredible.

8:40:00 PM


I went to the walk-in clinic today and saw the new internist at Horizon, David Ross. I'm glad I happened to see him today since I've needed an internist to see the big picture. He was at the Mayo Clinic and Monty Python and the Holy Grail is also his favorite movie. That's good enough for me! I'm going to go to him regularly in his office.

Anyway, I have some antibiotics and samples of antihistamines. Maybe I can speak in my regular voice soon. School is going pretty well. The faculty there is really friendly. The kids clear out of the school faster than I've ever seen any of them exit a building. Not one of them seems to be on the first floor where my room is. I'll take some photos soon to show you.

8:29:00 PM

Monday, August 11, 2003  

I have some kind of allergy which has now become worse - fever, cough, sore throat, sniffly nose. Not a good idea.

10:49:00 PM

Sunday, August 10, 2003  
Trivia Quiz

Answers to the last quiz are on the Squawkbox comment below the quiz.

Now for the next witty answers, clever banter, guesses, and correct information for this quiz .....

1. P&P - What city lies 26 miles from Athens, Greece?
2. A&E - What Tennessee Williams vehicle started in New Orleans?
3. HIS - What mythological creature is half man and half horse?
4. S&N - What was newsworthy about the birth of British-born Louise Brown in 1978?
5. S&L - What blunder caused The Red Sox's "Curse of the Bambino?"
6. WC - What is the name given to the potent concoction of vodka, orange juice, and Galliano?
7. Movie - This film is based on a 1910 E. M. Forster novel about property, class differences, and love. The title of this movie came from the name of a childhood home. Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins star in the film.

6:57:00 PM

Saturday, August 09, 2003  
First Week

The first week of school with the students there is over and went well. The only problem is that work is interfering with my life. There are all these things I want to do but don't have time because I have to spend all day at work. Sad, isn't it?

10:23:00 PM

Wednesday, August 06, 2003  
Weird Politics

Guess you know by now that Arnold is running for Governator.

11:17:00 PM

Trivia Quiz

1. People & Places - What three rivers border Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium?
2. Arts & Entertainment - Whose ten-year journey home after the Trojan War was chronicled in an epic poem?
3. History - What longest-reigning British monarch was the godchild of the Duke of Wellington and Czar Alexander of Russia?
4. Science & Nature - Who, in 1796, was the first scientist to use a live virus vaccine to prevent infection?
5. Sports & Leisure - What country crawled out of international obscurity to host the world's first swimming competition?
6. Wild Card - What 1950's toy required the purchaser to use it on real vegetables?
7. Movie - In this film a retired couple watch a young boy during the summer at their New England cottage. A real-life father and daughter play father and daughter in this movie.

Remember, be right or be funny or both! Guess, have fun, and provide any extra information you want to add about any of these. We all like to learn trivia, and we like to laugh. Join in the fun!!

6:52:00 PM

Not So Tired

It's getting better, but I've realized that I have to get enough sleep and can't skate by on a minimum amount the way I used to. I'm trying really hard to get to school earlier than I ever have in my life which involves my leaving the house around 7:00!! I generally stay late after school to get some papers graded and get ready for the next day. There isn't enough time to eat lunch, so I'm going to start taking my lunch and eating during my planning period. We only have about half an hour which isn't enough time to get the students out of the room and on their way to the cafeteria, eat, and go to the restroom. Some of you have normal jobs where you can go to the restroom whenever you want to and have time to eat lunch. You also don't have to tell the ones you supervise to sit down and be quiet - at least I hope you don't! It's an odd situation in many ways.

I went to a discount office furniture store today and bought a podium and tall chair for my room, so I can sit more than I used to. This way I can still be at my podium and sit now and then. I'm used to moving around and standing while I teach, but there are times I can sit when we are going over answers but don't want to be at my desk. I also bought some bookcases since we don't have any in our rooms. They could have left off that steeple and spent it elsewhere since it doesn't go with the architectural design of the school anyway. Who knows why they have it there.

We're gettting into a routine there now. I think it's going to be a good year.

6:32:00 PM

Tuesday, August 05, 2003  
Tired and So Weary

I went to bed last night at 8:00!!! I got up a little before 6:00 this morning. It will get better since I'm always tired when school starts - not this much though. I'm not going to be doing anything extra for quite a while. I can tell that already.

7:01:00 AM

Monday, August 04, 2003  

It's ironic that I'd add a comment box to my blog, isn't it? One service more than handles the number of comments I get on here. :-)

I have a suggestion. The house contest has been extended for three more months because they didn't get enough entries. While I'm sure none of you wants me to win the house enough to spend $125, I'd like for you to enter the contest and write poorly. Or you could encourage as many people as possible to enter it who don't write well. It's just this type of attitude that will keep me from winning. It's an Instant Karma kind of thing. Perhaps we should go for a telethon instead.

I'm so tired!! My feet hurt and I'm wiped out. First of all, I'm not used to getting up before 9:00 and working this much in a day. I have to walk pretty far and be in a room with many teenagers. Two years seems so far away! I can and will retire then.

7:48:00 PM

Sunday, August 03, 2003  

I'm giving you a choice of comment boxes now. See which one you like better.

1:05:00 AM

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