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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.
Sunday, September 30, 2007  
Technology & Accessories

I've decided that technology is like a Barbie doll. You get the original product and then there are so many accessories that go with it that it could just keep going until eventually what we have is obsolete, and we start all over again. Whew!!

9:45:00 PM


Today is Brian's 38th birthday. Mine is Wednesday, and I got to bring him home from the hospital for the best birthday present I've ever had. He's a wonderful son and father, and I love him so much. Seeing him with Brendan is beyond description. I am fortunate to have parents who've been loving, supportive, and involved, and so is Brendan. Happy Birthday, Brian!!

8:54:00 PM


Here's that questionnaire to see which presidential candidates are closest to your views. Let me know how yours turned out. I'm definitely a Liberal since Kucinich was 66% for me. Mine were in this order: Kucinich, Richardson, Edwards, Gravel, Dodd, Obama, Hillary, Biden 44%. All the Democrats were above 44% and all the Republicans below 27% with Fred Thompson, Tancredo, and Huckabee all trailing in at 3%. I've been thinking I'd vote for Biden but now am not sure. For the first time in a long time, I like all the Democratic candidates well enough to be OK with the one who will be the next President. Even though I'm most in agreement with Kucinich, I'm not sure I'd want him to be the one and hadn't planned to vote for him. Of course, almost anyone would be better than this group we've had in there for way too long.

Let me know how yours turned out.

8:53:00 PM


Tina and I aren't going to be able to go on our trip. Her doctor told her he'd rather she didn't drive/ride for 2600 miles round trip until he knew what was going on with her. She's undergoing tests for MS, so keep your fingers crossed that it's something else not that bad. We're really disappointed and are planning some fun things to do around here. So much is going on in October in this area that we have some good choices. We will get to New England later on and are sad we aren't going this time; however, we are being philosophical about it. I definitely don't want her to tax herself and get worse. That's what is important.

5:20:00 PM

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Silence of the Blogger

For some reason, I haven't been that communicative lately. Yes, as unlikely as it is for me to be somewhat quiet, here I am. I'll be back. I guess I'm taking an unintentional break.

12:13:00 PM

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  

Yes, I'm back on the rewind button again. The promos for that new show Journeyman made me think about going back in time and changing things. Maybe if we knew we'd get three changes, that would work out. If I'd known that sooner than now, I might have used them all and missed out on some important changes I could have made. So anyway, I've been thinking about what I'd go back and do differently even though it would affect the rest of my life. It's very complicated, isn't it?

8:44:00 PM

Monday, September 17, 2007  
Trip Plans

Tina and I will be going to New England in a couple of weeks and are working out some of the details. We have a lot to do before then to get ready for it. I'm excited!

3:56:00 PM

Wednesday, September 12, 2007  
Brendan, Branson, and Baton!

I was going to post this here, but please go over to Brian's LiveJournal post to see the photo he took with his cell phone of Brendan with his mother Melissa and Lawrence Welk's baton. If you scroll down a bit, you can read about their trip. It was quite eventful!

Brian has always known how much I love him, but being Brendan's dad helps him experience it. There's no sacrifice doing things for our children since it comes back to us exponentially. Brendan's big smile is all the reward they need. I'm glad they took this trip.

It's still the funniest thing that Brendan likes the Lawrence Welk Show so much and knows all the cast and their songs and dances.

9:59:00 PM

Monday, September 10, 2007  

Check out Jackie's post about her garden on our neglected collaborative blog. Pretty photos and interesting commentary. Thanks, Jacke.

3:13:00 PM

Brendan and the Old People

Brian and Melissa took Brendan to Branson over the weekend to see the Lawrence Welk Reunion Show. Yes, that's right. Brendan loves Lawrence Welk. The only DVD I could find to give him was one of the reunion show at Branson, so of course he knows all the people and everything they sing. I think it's hilarious that he likes them so much and so sweet Brian and Melissa took him to see this. What we do for our children! Right? What are some things you have done for yours that you wouldn't have ordinarily have done or gone to?

For Brian's account of the trip which was definitely eventful with car trouble and all, read it here.

12:36:00 PM

Sunday, September 09, 2007  
What I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging

I haven't been able to get my nose out of the Harry Potter books and have now read the first three of them as well as listened to them on CD. I've watched the first two movies, too. I'm glad I'm doing this now and don't have to wait a year between books. OK, OK, I know everyone said how good they are, but fantasy isn't what I like to read, so I didn't pay attention. But she tells a fantastic story and writes amazingly well. Rowling has created a world and characters I can totally visualize and can't wait to discover what happens with them next. Yes, all of you were right who told me I'd love reading these books. I'm glad I'm finally doing it.

4:34:00 AM

Wednesday, September 05, 2007  
Where Does Time Go?

Not sure why I haven't posted for so long but will get back to it regularly again soon. I've taken on two homebound students and have been teaching them and doing the paperwork involved. We had our first reunion lunch meeting in August. We're still having the big ones every five years but will meet at Montgomery Bell for lunch annually from now on. It was good to see so many former classmates and their spouses. Several of us took photos with our digital cameras but haven't sent them to each other yet. I haven't cropped and resized mine for email yet but will send them when I do.

Mother and I went to Kathy's Labor Day for Luke's and her birthday party. It was fun to be with them and to see everyone again. The kids are growing up and doing so well. I'll post some photos of them soon in the album on here.

More later ....

11:34:00 AM

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