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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.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007  

I've been disappointed in this season of House, which has been one of my favorite shows. Hugh Laurie is brilliant, and I've watched it because of him. The writing isn't that good this season. It's formulaic and tedious. House is crude about Cuddy, obnoxious without redeeming qualities which he used to have, and silly with Wilson instead of their usual bantering and bickering. Choosing a new team from this group of doctors hasn't been written in an entertaining way. Something is definitely different, and I don't like it.

On the other hand, Criminal Minds keeps their high standards and is even better this season. They've gone deeper into the criminal mind with some creepy and gross cases and also given us more about the profilers. We know more about their lives and personalities. Adding Joe Mantegna to the cast adds so much. Mandy Patinkin's Gideon character was great, but according to something I read, Patinkin said it was getting to him, and he needed a break. The plot was left open for him to return to visit or whatever. We are left to wonder why Mantegna's Rossi returned, but they have planted seeds of curiosity. He was one of the founders of profiling much like John Douglas whose book Obsessed I recently read. Serial violent crimes are so appalling, devastating, and random that we can't begin to comprehend the kind of person who perpetrates them. This show gives some insight and shows the toll it takes on those who investigate them. I don't know how they manage it.

Maksim and Melanie are still on Dancing with the Stars and will win, I hope. It's possible that Marie might win simply because of her fan base. Votes from the Osmond family alone would be huge. Then there are the Donny and Marie fans as well as the people who know her from selling dolls on QVC. I just learned about that when the whole family was on Oprah. So that could do it. Based on dancing, it should be between Mel and Helio, with Mel winning. We'll see.

Have any of you seen The Big Bang Theory? I really enjoy it. Sheldon cracks me up.

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