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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, October 16, 2005  

I learned that word olio from working crossword puzzles. Mother taught me how to do those when I was a teenager, and I've enjoyed them ever since. She also gave me the advice to use all capital letters because the conformity helps make the words easier to figure out.

After watching some of the new TV shows, the only ones I like are Commander-in-Chief and Bones. Out of Practice isn't that good which is too bad since the creators and cast are really talented. It's too silly. There are fewer shows I want to watch which will give me more time to do other things. I still have my favorites and look forward to those.

I added another very part-time job to my resume this week and filled in at China Place for the regular hostess who had surgery. I worked Wednesday and Friday from 11-2 and will work this next week Monday and Wednesday. Asking if they want the smoking or non-smoking section and booth or table is not something I'd want to do all the time, but this works out fine for four days and gives me time to play and enjoy being retired. Later on I'd like to do something and have had this idea to create calendars. I have a lot of ideas and just need to get started.

Brian has participated in the National Novel Writing Month the last two years and urged me to do it, too. I told him last year I would, so I'm going to sign up and be one of them. Michelle did it, too, and finished her word count as well. Here's the link if any of you want to join the festivities. Apparently this offers the incentive and motivation for us to do what we've been procrastinating about. I need it.

Earl and I still haven't won the lottery. I guess you've noticed. This means my traveling plans are still on hold.

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