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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, December 30, 2007  
Lists, Memorials, and More Lists

This is the time of year that we see lists everywhere for the best and worst of all kinds of things, people who died during the year, top stories, and resolutions or goals for the coming year. I have my usual goals and always hope I'll reach them. Perhaps this will be the year I lose weight, get my house organized, exercise, and win the lottery. What about you? Any lists? Any resolutions? Chris has some good lists on his blog. I might come up with some lists of my own if I can remember books and movies well enough to do it.

12:50:00 PM

Wednesday, December 26, 2007  

There are some things I'm glad I am getting around to later like reading the Harry Potter books all in a row and not having to wait a year between them. That was great! Now I want some suggestions for books I can enjoy as much as I did those. Please email or put some suggestions in the comments.

Brian is helping me with this and gave me some books for Christmas he thinks I'll enjoy. So far, hilarious with Good Omens! Love it! I really should have been living in England all these years or at least have had an Englishman here for my own. Oh well. At least I can read what they write and watch them on TV and in movies. But I digress. He also gave me some Terry Pratchett books. I'll give you a report.

Jackie, Tina, and I went to Franklin today and browsed the shops on Main Street. Jackie and Ed are planning to move here in a couple of years, which is exciting. We had lunch with Brian at Pei Wei since he works near Maryland Farms and enjoyed that.

I'm off to Kathy's tomorrow for a couple of days.

Tell me things. I need some comments to get on with my life. Help me out here, please!

11:03:00 PM

Monday, December 24, 2007  
Merry Christmas!

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope your holidays are filled with love, peace, and warmth.

12:04:00 PM

Tuesday, December 04, 2007  
One Laptop Per Child

Did any of you see the piece about the laptops for children in developing countries on 60 Minutes Sunday? The "Give One Get One" program is what I'm thinking about participating in. It would be the cheapest laptop with the features this has and would help children who get them learn new skills and have access to more information.

This would be a good laptop for Brendan to use. He typed names of places in the Cool Springs Mall food court as well as some other places he likes Saturday night when he was here and could spell most of them correctly. Since he sounded out all the words, some were spelled phonetically. He knows how to use the backspace and space bar and apostrophe. He calls McDonald's "Old McDonald's" which I think is funny. This is his list exactly the way he typed it with my help only with Dairy Queen.

Street corner nuws

China max



charley's grild subs

dairy queen

old macdonuld's


sarku japan

chick fil a



7:52:00 AM

Brendan Story

I have one of the weirdest grandchildren in captivity. Brendan, who is 4 1/2, spent the night Saturday night, and I met Brian to make the exchange Sunday afternoon in the Bellevue Center. As Brendan and I passed one of those sitting areas, he made a bee-line to it and started performing the No Smoking sign to an invisible audience. He was off in his own world with imaginary baton in hand singing away. As we left there to go to the play area, he was still doing his No Smoking routine, and we had this conversation.

B: No Smoking in the area, please!
J: That's right. No Smoking.
B: (emphatically) I WILL smoke.
J: You will?
B: Yes.
J: What will you smoke?
B: Sausage.

See what I mean?

1:00:00 AM

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