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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.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006  
Over the Edge

Pat Robertson has been over the edge for quite a while from advocating assassinations of world leaders to blaming Hurricane Katrina on Ellen DeGeneres. He's a certifiable nutcase. That's one of the reasons I like this Open Letter to Pat Robertson from God (as leaked to Steve Young) in American Politics Journal.

I heard on NPR this morning that some schools are teaching Intelligent Design in a philosophy class, which is where it belongs instead of a biology class. However, it should be in a philosophy class where it is part of curriculum instead of all of it as it is being taught in a four-week class in which it is used to discredit science at a school I didn't catch the name of. Knox College has a class that sounds thought-provoking and geared toward intelligent debate. Without learning how to think, analyze, and form conclusions, we can't effectively participate in decision-making, problem-solving, logical and creative thinking, and other necessary skills to function as a productive member of society. Otherwise, we'll have a bunch of Pat Robertsons running around getting attention.

8:52:00 AM

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