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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, August 03, 2007  
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I decide to answer the comments on my latest post here instead of in the comment window. First of all, thank you for the comments! :-)

Chris, XM has Bob Dylan and some others I'd rather listen to than Howard Stern (long list ahead of him since he reminds me too much of junior high boys I tried to teach). Besides, I'm not going to give money when I know they label me as the opposite of a patriot. I hope when they merge, that part will change. They said the merge is supposed to take place late in 2007, which should be soon. I want one of those portable receivers since it's more versatile and will have to get the car and home kits for it.

We're planning to go to Boston while we're there, so I hope we can meet. That would be great! I have friends who live in Andover I visited before and also hope to see. We want to walk the Freedom Trail and do some other things I did before when I was there. I saw Blue Man Group there last time. We'll be in touch for suggestions and plans. One thing for sure is staying outside the city and taking public transportation to the city. No way I could drive there - just riding was scary enough!

Terri, thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to going to New England in the fall. We have beautiful, colorful leaves and crisp blue skies here, but it seems to be even better there. We're going to drive and will stop in Pittsburgh to visit our friend Jackie and then carry on to Boston where we hope to do some major sightseeing. Then we're going to Maine to visit my friend Charlie who has recently retired from teaching. From there, we'll explore and see as much as possible. We haven't planned much yet but are working on it. Tina's fall break is during the first two weeks of October, so we'll go during that time and get back in time to rest and then go to the Southern Festival of Books. This trip is different from the others since we'll stay with friends during part of it and get to enjoy visits and the experience of being there.

Next time we go to Cedar Key, it would be nice to stay in your vacation home. The photos of it look great. We'd enjoy meeting you and talking about books, Cedar Key, movies, etc.

Ell, I'm glad to hear about your positive experience with the GPS. I really want to get one now, especially a portable one like that one you used. I knew you'd agree with me about the labels. :-)

If you'd like to feel inspired and humbled, read Ell's posts about going to fitness boot camp! She's amazing!

Marilyn, sorry but thirty-seven years - count them, THIRTY-SEVEN - of teaching! I get to be thrilled I'm not there. But you also have the right to tell me to shut up. It doesn't bother me. Why? Because I'm giddy with retirement!!! (I've made it worse, haven't I?) I can't help it. Dinner Thursday sounds great. You and Tina work it out at school during lunch and let me know when and where to meet you.

Tell Les and Will thanks for the reviews and suggestions. I like that price and am off to Google Land now!

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