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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, October 21, 2007  
Harry and Haggis (not)!

I got back tonight from the Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Brian, Melissa, Brendan, and I drove down together. They stayed with her brother and his wife while I stayed at a nearby hotel. Melissa's mother drove in from Alabama, and her father lives in Atlanta and attended, too. Her family is descended from the Urquhart clan, so we spent some time in their booth which her brother set up and hosted. Many clans had exhibition tents, and there were vendors selling clothing, geneaological information, food, and gifts.

I really enjoyed the border collie demonstrations. They herded ducks and sheep, but not at the same time. Those dogs are so intelligent (highest (IQ of dogs, they said) and focused. It was really neat to watch them. I also liked watching the athletic competitions such as the caber toss, sheaf toss, stone put, throwing weights for distance, and hammer toss. I wonder where the idea came from to pick up a long wooden pole, hold it at arms length and balance it on your shoulder, run with it, and toss it so that it flips over right in line with the direction you're going. They judge the caber toss based on degrees and a clock, for example, they'll say it was a 12 o'clock which is the ideal. Interesting to watch but odd.

Of course there were pipe and drum bands and many bagpipes. Lots of bands and dancing. It was so much fun. I ate meat pies, bridies, and sausage rolls with HP sauce but no haggis. There were British women there who made the most delicious baked goods. They had scones, shortbread, toffee bars, and many other goodies.

I finished the last Harry Potter book last night and am sort of at loose ends since since I read them one right after the other. I've been absorbed in those books for the last couple of months and don't quite know what to do with myself without Hogwarts. I wanted the epilogue to be longer because I wanted more information about their adult lives and other characters. J. K. Rowling announced over the weekend that Dumbledore is gay, so maybe she'll divulge more information about more of them.

11:56:00 PM

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