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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, February 05, 2007  

I had an entertaining weekend catching up on the TV shows I'd recorded on the DVR, so I could make room for more. That's my favorite gadget!

One of my homebound students finished Saturday and went back to school today. She was a pleasure to work with and has quite a different life now that she has a baby at 16. I wish her well and hope for the best for her and her daughter.

I didn't watch the Super Bowl as usual but did hear about it and watched the interviews at the end of it. This blog has more written about the game than anything I've seen. The bloggers must have been typing while watching the game. I know about the blog because one of them left a comment on mine. Not sure how they got here, but it was interesting to look around theirs.

Hope you had a good weekend. I was glad to see some snow since it's nice to have a pretty one with no ice. School was out most of the week because so many students were absent because of the flu. I don't remember that happening before but heard that it did. I'm glad they had some time off to hibernate and enjoy being home. That's what I did this weekend mostly.

Does it seem to you that people are spending a lot of time apologizing lately? Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, Isaiah Washington, Joe Biden, etc., for example. And that coach got fired for one of those coach speeches they give to motivate the team. This was the one about "checking their manhood" which was questionable but not something to be fired over. On the one hand, I think some people are too sensitive and on the other that there are people who are saying things that are rude and out-of-line. I don't think apologies are worth much if the person isn't really sorry or doesn't plan to change. Some people are jerks. It's fine to take up for yourself when they offend you, but realize that everyone isn't going to be nice all the time. What do you think about all this?

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