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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.
Friday, June 30, 2006  

Check out our other blog and take the Rebel or Yankee test. It's fun and interesting to see where the various expressions are from. My score was 97% Dixie, so I guess I'm a Dixie Chick! Too bad I can't sing.

8:06:00 PM

Thursday, June 29, 2006  
LS, Part 2

I keep being sleepy all the time. I guess it's the Byetta. Week 2 of this is making a difference since I don't feel as good as I did at first but will keep on with it to see how it is when I get used to it. If it keeps on like this, I'll talk to Dr. Ross.

I worked today and will tomorrow and Saturday which means I've worked there at the vitamin center for a whole year now since I worked three days all by myself when they all went to the convention where they are now. It's been fairly uneventful which is fine.

How are y'all doing? Anybody doing anything fun during your vacation or going anywhere interesting? I hope so.

7:34:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28, 2006  
New posts on the other blog.

4:37:00 PM

Lizard Spit

I haven't posted lately because I've been more muddle-headed than usual. That's saying quite a bit, isn't it? Because of my slothful ways, I'm now taking Byetta, which is an injectible diabetes drug - not insulin. It is helping me feel on a more even keel and is supposed to enable people to lose weight. Yea!! I've been taking it a week and am not used to it yet. I was scared about the needle (which is tiny and short), but it really doesn't hurt. You can read about it here: Byetta. I've been in denial about my condition and preferred to think I could be insulin resistant until I lost weight and then be just fine forever. Of course, I didn't lose weight, exercise, or stay on the low-carb diet. Enough said. Why are we so self-destructive? This drug is made from Gila monster saliva, which causes me to wonder if it would make me immune if one of them bit me or perhaps if I'd become a Gila monster whisperer. As much as I like Arizona, I don't believe I'll test it when I go back out there.

Brendan stayed with me Friday and Saturday while Brian and Melissa were at Hypericon. I would have had him until Sunday evening but went to former co-worker's wedding Saturday night. Tina and I made the trek to McEwen for Eric's wedding and had fun. Next time I'm wearing comfortable shoes, though.

3:57:00 PM

Wednesday, June 21, 2006  

I almost can't stand to hear news about all the deaths in Iraq. It seems to keep getting worse and worse. Going there was such a mistake.

Did any of you watch Anderson Cooper's interview with Angelina Jolie on CNN? The focus of it was about refugees all over the world and the horrible conditions under which they live. It was heartbreaking - much, much more than heartbreaking. So the conflict begins again about what to do about the suffering of others. We are citizens of the world and are affected by each other and need to help instead of making it worse. It's overwhelming, isn't it?

There are conditions in the US that are also horrible. The American Indians are living in third-world conditions on Redbud and Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota. The Gulf Coast is still in shambles with people displaced and destitute. There are other places in America that are unimaginable, too.

And now for some humor:

I heard an advertisement on the radio about someone saying her swim suit looked good. Mine looks good, too, as long as I don't put it on.

3:20:00 PM

Friday, June 16, 2006  

I just finished reading Herman Wouk's novel A Hole in Texas, which is about a NASA astrophysicist who worked on the Superconducting Super Collider (info here). In the novel, the Chinese proved the existence of the Higgs boson (link), which set the scientific community on the alert since the cancellation of the SSC ruined the American physicists' chances of doing it first. It was an interesting novel, enjoyable and instructive to read. Wouk's novel was dedicated to his brother Victor, who received his PhD from Cal Tech in 1942. The information about the SSC project, cancellation, and politics was based on reality. Here is what a physicist wrote about the novel and the project.

Earl said he presented a slide show about the SSC and that he thought the main problem with the public relations for it was that most people don't care about what caused the universe to form, how it exists, and any of that. He's probably right. I am interested in it, so I'm sure most people aren't. I used to think I was the average American and a litmus test for what was going on in the minds of the country. I've since changed my mind and realize I'm somewhere outside that parameter on some kind of limb. Although I don't claim to understand particle physics, I believe information about our existence, our interrelation to each other and the universe, and so much more is there.

9:43:00 AM

Tuesday, June 13, 2006  
Fun & Frolic!

You have to check out the evolution of dance here or go to Rik's blog where I found it. Hilarious!

3:26:00 PM

In Absentia

I'm not exactly sure why I haven't posted in so long but am sure I must have a good reason for it. One reason is that I haven't been spending as much time in front of the computer and TV. We're into reruns on TV, and I often sit in the desk chair in front of the computer where I can see both. The photo of the blonde diva cat shows this set-up. As much as I hate to admit it, what I often do is watch TV from that vantage point and play Spider Solitaire or Text Twist during the commercials and often during the shows, too. This means TV is like radio to me at times unless I catch something with periferal vision or decide to tune in to what's happening. Of course, with the DVR I can rewind and catch something if I miss it. This is all sort of excessive in a passive kind of way. What complicates things is the occasional instant message from MSN from a friend. Then I really have to multi-task! I quit watching TV when I get a phone call because I can't do both at the same time, but with the others, I miss a few things. Lately I've been reading more and sorting through cabinets. I've posted on the other blog about that. Jackie has a new post on there now, too.

2:37:00 PM

Thursday, June 01, 2006  
Odds 'n Ends

We had a lunch meeting Thursday at the Corner Bistro to plan our class reunion. It was good to see them again and catch up on things. I'm enjoying working with such efficient, organized, and co-operative people. I bragged on our class the last time we met, and one of them said we didn't have anyone famous from our class. Maybe not famous, but successful in careers, family, friendships, and life in general. I enjoyed going through school with them and am glad to know them now.

I've been listening to The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History on tape while I'm sorting through things in the house. He's a conservative who criticizes history revisionists as if we don't know anything. The one reading the book sounds arrogant and uses a German accent when quoting the Kaiser. Sheesh!

When I taught history, I tried to present events as factually as possible and let them form their own opinions of it. I made some editorial comments which they knew were my own opinions (some were jokes), and I also made sure they understood that it matters who is on the Supreme Court, Congress, and other offices since just as there is no THE doctor, there is no THE Supreme Court. I loved teaching the Constitution and the discussions we had then.

The rain finally stopped for a while. Today was almost perfect with temperatures in the low 80's and 30% humidity! Yes! I'm not fantasizing about being in Flagstaff while the weather is like this.

5:18:00 PM

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