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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 10, 2007  
Plight of the Polar Bears and Walruses

Paige, Linda, and I went to an advanced screening of An Arctic Tale at Opry Mills tonight. It was well-done and effective and very depressing since it focused on their uncertain future because of global warming. The main difference between this and March of the Penguins which showed what sucky lives Emperor penguins have is that this showed what the changing environment is doing to them. There is a narration by Queen Latifah which personifies a polar bear cub and baby walrus as they grow older. We get involved in their lives and then despair at the hardships they endure. The lives of penguins are incredibly torturous and challenging. I guess that's true of all animals in their natural habitats.

What's amazing is the photography shot by the National Geographic photographers. They do incredible work.


I'm going to give up and call Comcast to install my wireless router and network it to my desktop. I'll go on and pay the rental and be able to get upgrades and quit driving myself crazy with all this. Otherwise, I might become violent, and we can't have that, can we?

12:11:00 AM

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