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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, December 05, 2005  
Check Your Sources

When I taught students how to write research papers, I emphasized the importance of having many sources and checking the veracity of them. I included Rufus Griswold as an example of biased sources since he is where most of the spiteful misinformation about Edgar Allan Poe originated. Credible sources are even more of a challenge on the net since anyone can post anything and sound authoritative.

Now we have respected journalist John Seigenthaler who has been maligned on the net. On Law & Order, Numbers, and other crime-related TV series it's easy to find out all kinds of things about people but not so much in real life apparently. Maybe he needs a hacker to do it for him. Seigenthaler has so much class, integrity, and elegance. He is a liberal who has walked the walk, and someone I have admired for a very long time. I really enjoy his show "A Word on Words" on Nashville public television, where he showcases authors with his insightful questions and comments.

Michael posted a link to this article on his blog, or I might have missed it. Then I wouldn't have googled Seigenthaler to include a link for you to read (please do) and also wouldn't have clicked this link to read the inspiring commencement address he gave at MTSU. Thank you, Marathon Man!

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