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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.
Monday, May 31, 2004  

Answers are on the Squawkbox Comments for last week. Also posted some conversational bits about the answers and questions.

1. People and Places - What captain commanded the ship with registration number NCC-1701? (time to shine, geeks!)
2. P&P - What country has a coastline where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet?
3. Arts & Entertainment - What was the name of the diamond necklace given to Rose in the movie Titanic?
4. A&E - Who, in Greek mythology, solved the Riddle of the Sphinx and became King?
5. History - Which U.S. President was the first to have a sign on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here"?
6. History - What 1770 incident resulted in the killing of five American colonists, helping ignite the American Revolution?
7. Science & Nature - What is the only chemical element named for a state?
8. S&N - What techinal term describes a person who is afraid of ideas? (right-wing fundamentalists isn't a technical term, I guess)
9. Sports & Leisure - What baseball team owner once skippered the U.S. to victory in the America's Cup?
10. S&L - What postponed the World Series game at Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989?
11. Wild Card - What name is given to the evening before the Feast of the Epiphany?
12. WC - What personal care product was endorsed by cartoon character Little Lulu?

3:03:00 PM


I've been sleeping, resting, or in a coma most of the weekend. We had our last day of school Saturday - yes, Saturday. That made two in a row since graduation was the Saturday before. I got behind (surprise) grading papers and haven't had much sleep or good sleep and haven't eaten right for a couple of weeks, so I'm still tired. Now I wish I hadn't said I'd work this summer at school with that Credit Recovery Program. Maybe it will be OK.

1:47:00 PM

Sunday, May 23, 2004  
Shopping Infraction

I broke the number one rule of grocery shopping when I went there hungry. I now have a few interesting items that called out to me and hopped in the cart. I tried hard to resist spontaneous impulses but wasn't strong enough and succumbed.

6:29:00 PM

Baby Day

We were at Mother's house yesterday when Brendan and Ally met for the first time. Brendan wanted to touch her and did manage to pull her sock off. I have some new photos in the album for you to see. I'd forgotten how toddlers are in constant motion. There is definitely a reason young people have babies! Brendan is walking now and so funny. He's talking, too.

3:08:00 PM


Here it is - another quiz! Exams are this week, so I'll be doing this professionally. Some interesting questions on the cards I drew from the Know-it-All edition of Trivial Pursuit. I missed Michael on the last one and hope he'll be here for this. I also hoped we'd find out if he knew about the blue feathers. I can't believe no one commented on that amazing piece of information. Thanks to all of you who answer the quizzes and make comments. It's all about my entertainment, you know. :-)

1. People and Places - What famous sister said, "I have never hated a man enough to give back the diamonds"? (hmm, I never attracted one who gave me any)
2. P&P - What vanishing American sect is credited with inventing the circular saw and the clothespin?
3. Arts & Entertainment - Whose Sonnets from the Portuguese contains the romantic sonnet, "How Do I Love Thee?"
4. A&E - What was the name of Citizen Kane's mansion?
5. History - Which of the original thirteen colonies was the only one not founded in the 17th century?
6. History - What fraternity, established at William and Mary Smith College in 1776, is considered the first American fraternity? (I didn't know William and Mary College had a last name)
7. Science & Nature - Who was the only scientist to win Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry?
8. S&N - What may appear elevated when tested during a visit to a doctor's office? (besides the bill?)
9. Sports & Leisure - Who won the famous "Long Count" fight?
10. S&L - What pitcher was sent down to the minors a month after he was acquired by the New York Yankees for twelve million dollars?
11. Wild Card - What grammatical term is "jumbo shrimp" an example of? (do you have other suggestions?)
12. WC - What animal appears on the new Canadian two dollar coin?

2:50:00 PM

Sunday, May 16, 2004  

I haven't checked Weebl and Bob lately and decided to see what is going on there. New thing - Team Laser Explosion. Funny and more animated.

3:07:00 PM

Funny Link

This is from Brian's Live Journal which I've copied and pasted instead of merely paraphrasing:

It's from The Brunching Shuttlecocks, one of the funniest sites ever to grace the internet. Lore Sjöberg, the guy who ran the site is the author of The Book of Ratings and now runs the site of the same name.

Anyway, check out The Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator. You'll be glad you did.

I checked out The Book of Ratings site and thought this paragraph was funny and might possibly generate comment from across the pond. I plan to use "Chunnelesque" whenever I can work it in. I worried about the Chunnel for a while when I thought they'd be driving through it in cars since the French drive on the right and the Brits on the wrong side of the road. They sorted it out, though.

From Lore Sjöberg:

I am told that the British version of crosswords are a different breed, although I've never been to Britishania to see for myself. If the rumors are true, the British have a masochistic streak of Chunnelesque proportions. Sample clue from Games magazine: "Tabloids covering premiere of Muppet Babies." The answer is "Pampers." Seriously. Isn't that insane? The answer is arrived at through a combination of anagrams, wordplay, and trafficking in the occult. It's wonderfully twisted.

2:18:00 PM

Saturday, May 15, 2004  
Nashville Zoo

I just discovered from my son Brian's online journal that the Nashville Zoo has a website. It's really neat. The zoo is relatively new and a great place to spend some time. Brendan's birthday was the first time I'd been since they moved to Grassmere. The red pandas were amazing. I didn't know they existed and really enjoyed learning about them. They look sort of like large foxes with raccoon masks - or as Brian described them, large foxes as drawn by Japanese animators. The clouded leopards were fun to watch since they were young and playful. This page has photos at the bottom. The little meercats are so cute, too. This zoo trip is where I learned that there are no blue feathers. Melissa knows everything about plants and animals and told me about it when we looked at the blue macaws. Their feathers are black and reflect blue. Did you know this? Probably Michael did. I asked around at school, and the science people knew it but not the rest of us. None of them ever told me about it in the biology and anatomy classes I took. I feel cheated by my education.

6:11:00 PM

Shirts and Mugs

I ordered a T-shirt and mug from Scaryduck. I took the mug to school, and got comments and rolled eyes from students when they read " - NOT SCARY. NOT A DUCK." They shook their heads and said my name as if that is what they'd expect from me. And all this without ever reading his blog! Pretty funny.

The shirt has DCUK on it which I'm sure must refer to the closeness of the leaders of our two countries and their dangerous liaison. Moose bee.

5:39:00 PM

Another Quiz

Wow, response was so fast to yesterday's quiz that I decided to post another one. Here 'tis! I'm spending lots of time at the computer today typing exams, so what do I do for a break? Type more questions. Go figure.

1. People and Places - What radio and TV comedian said, "By the time you are 80 years old, you've learned everything. You only have to remember it"?
2. P&P - What fountain is referred to in the song "Three Coins in the Fountain"?
3. Arts & Entertainment - Who is Simba's evil uncle in The Lion King?
4. A&E - What work by Miguel de Cervantes was a satire of the chivalric books of the time?
5. History - What country was the victor at the Battle of Bunker Hill?
6. History - What royal half-sisters were buried on top of one another in Westminster Abbey? (someone please explain more about this)
7. Science & Nature - What is the only bird that can swim but not fly? (OK, Scary, expert on birds)
8. S&N - What bread or roll topping, if eaten in large amounts, can cause a false-positive drug level in a test for opiates? (Brian would know this since it's part of his job)
9. Sports & Leisure - What are commonly referred to as the "tools of ignorance" in baseball?
10. S&L - What sport introduced the term "hat trick"?
11. Wild Card - What is made by the firm of Bradley, Voorhees, and Day? (this is funny)
12. WC - What metal was used for the original Slinky toy?

4:59:00 PM

Friday, May 14, 2004  
Know-It-All Trivia Quiz

Enjoy! Answers are posted on the last quiz in the Squawkbox comments section.

1. People and Places - What gravel-voiced radio personality was born Robert Smith?
2. P&P - What river separates Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota?
3. Arts & Entertainment - What happens to Princess Aurora that makes her fall into an "everlasting" sleep in Sleeping Beauty?
4. A&E - Who is Arthur's teacher in Marc Brown's Arthur series of books and the PBS series of the same name?
5. History - What British treatise written in 1215 contained the concept that everyone was equal in the eyes of the law?
6. History - What two British houses fought the War of the Roses?
7. Science & Nature - What German astronomer first theorized that a planet's orbit was elliptical and not circular?
8. S&N - What is the term for the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius?
9. Sports & Leisure - What three thoroughbreds won Triple Crowns in the 1970's?
10. S&L - Who holds the record for most singles victories at Wimbledon?
11. Wild Card - What business was started when five brothers added a bear to their Classic and Comic Concert Company?
12. WC - What French mathematician philosophized about his existence by saying, "I think, therefore I am"?

6:25:00 PM

Sunday, May 09, 2004  

Melissa was the guest artist at the science fiction convention Xanadu in Nashville this weekend. When you click on Guests on their webpage, you'll see her name listed. It's quite an honor, and I'm so thrilled for her! The exposure will be good to have locally since she's known in other Cons they attend. She's won awards at DragonCon and ChattaCon. Check out her website if you haven't already done so.

Happy Mother's Day! I went to church with Mother and then to lunch at the Belle Meade Buffet since she likes it there. We had a delicious lunch, and it was like a family reunion at church. We had a good day and really enjoyed it.

9:17:00 PM

Saturday, May 08, 2004  

That noise my computer was making has stopped. Perhaps calling attention to it was embarrassing, so it decided to stop that foolishness. Or maybe it didn't like the threat of having its cover removed by a bumbling amateur. Probably it was a cry for attention and the comments appeased it until next time. That worked for the radio as well.

What's the word for personifying machinery? I can't find it.

10:31:00 AM

Weekly Laughs aka Trivia Quiz

This is from the "Know-It-All" edition again. Your creative answers are always more entertaining than the ones on the cards. Don't feel pressured to be clever. Being right is acceptable as well. ;-) This is the American version which puts those across the pond at a disadvantage at times, but thanks for playing.

Answers are posted on the last quiz in the Squawkbox comments section. It wasn't available the time before, but they are always posted, Janey. Really they are!

1. People and Places - What two major Japanese cities are anagrams of each another?
2. P&P - What was the nickname of famous odds-maker Dimitrious Synodinos?
3. Arts & Entertainment - What was the name of the cab company in the TV sitcom Taxi?
4. A&E - What instrument does the muppet named Animal play?
5. History - What book did Harriet Beecher Stowe write in defense to Uncle Tom's Cabin?
6. History - Who was the Greek god of wine and revelry comparable to the Roman god Bacchus?
7. Science & Nature - What common garden flower gets its name from the Latin word for "sword"?
8. S&N - What breed of cow provides ninety percent of the milk in the U.S.?
9. Sports & Leisure - Which suit on American playing cards is the only one that matches a symbol used on Italian playing cards?
10. S&L - Who has won the most P.G.A. and the most Masters championships?
11. Wild Card - What plant family does linseed oil come from?
12. WC - What country would you be in if you exchanged your dollars for shekels?

10:25:00 AM

Sunday, May 02, 2004  
Odd, Very Odd

I can listen to WPLN (Nashville's NPR radio station) on the computer but not on the radio.

1:44:00 PM


I've been cleaning and doing laundry more than usual this weekend. Maybe I need to keep research papers around to avoid grading more often! Only those of you who have graded them know how tedious it is to match and check source cards, note cards, outline, final paper, and bibliography! Then there's grading all of those for all kinds of nitpicky things we English teachers find.

9:25:00 AM

Trivia Quiz

This is from the "Know-It-All" edition again. Your creative answers are always more entertaining than the ones on the cards. Don't feel pressured to be clever. Being right is acceptable as well. ;-)

Answers are posted on the last quiz for that one.

1. People and Places - What singer was known as "The Velvet Fog"?
2. P&P - What 1990's stateswoman boasted, "I have Thomas Jefferson's job"?
3. Arts & Entertainment - What opera opens in front of a cigarette factory?
4. A&E - What was the name of the theater managed by William Shakespeare? (theatre to the Brits)
5. History - Who was the only U.S. president to serve non-consecutive terms in office?
6. History - What did a knight throw down on the floor when he threw down a "gauntlet"?
7. Science & Nature - What is the principal food of the giant panda?
8. S&N - What two parts of the body are connected by the philtrum?
9. Sports & Leisure - Which New England island holds an annual film festival?
10. S&L - What baseball manager said, "Line up alphabetically according to height"?
11. Wild Card - What are the three sizes of poodles, from largest to smallest?
12. WC - What article of clothing was named after an island?

9:20:00 AM

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