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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.
Monday, March 17, 2008  
DWTS - The Men

First night of Season 6 of Dancing with the Stars began with some talent and hotness. One thing I really liked tonight was that the professionals introduced themselves and got to talk a bit. They are the consistent contestants on there, and I want to hear them sometimes and know about them. Unfortunately, Maksim isn't on there this season which is sad for me since I like to look at him so much. He dances well, too. (sorry - can't help myself)

Tonight was the men's night to perform, and first up was Penn Jillette dancing with Kym Johnson, an Australian ballroom champion. When he met her, he said so she was the one who was going to teach Sasquatch to dance. He's really funny and had a good attitude. I thought he danced the cha-cha pretty well and was fun and entertaining. The judges kept mentioning his large feet. Well, he's extremely tall and big. His magic partner Teller was there in the audience looking silently smiley and supportive. His scores were 5, 6, and 5. I hope he stays on a while.

Next was Jason Taylor dancing with Edyta Sliwinska. He's a Miami Dolphin football player, and she always seems to have a good attitude and has an amazing body. Well, by definition dancers are in great shape and condition, but she goes beyond, don't you agree? She's married to Alec Mazo who won first season with Kelly Monaco but isn't on this season. Jason did really well dancing the foxtrot and got good scores - 7, 8, 7. The judges complimented his posture and elegance. He'll be back. I'd be OK if he won because I'd like to see Edyta win, too.

Cheryl Burke dances with Cristián de la Fuente, who is a Chilean actor who has been on Ugly Betty and member of an acrobatic flying team. They danced the cha-cha about which the judges said he was sexy but needs to work on his posture and technique. His scores were 7, 7, 7 which based on what they said seemed high, but he did pretty well. Cheryl will help him improve. I just love her personality and attitude. She's a two-time winner and he has potential. He's good to look at for sure. After being with creepy Ian Zierling, I'm glad she's with someone she seems to get along with and hope she has as much fun with him as she did with Drew and Emmitt.

Julianne Hough won't have a three-peat win. Adam Corolla is pretty awkward and stiff. He tried the foxtrot and made fun of himself by telling Julianne that she could hit the road and promote her country album early. He had the lowest scores with 5, 5, 5.

Mario, an R&B singer, dances with Karina Smirnoff who had to have neck surgery. She recovered quickly, and their cha-cha earned them praise from the judges for his technique and talent. His scores were 8, 8, 8 - great start! We'll keep seeing him on here. Karina and Mario Lopez are still a couple which began when they were partners on DWTS.

Steve Guttenberg's professional partner is Anna Trebunskaya (married to Jonathan Roberts), and they performed a smooth, entertaining foxtrot. He exclaimed about how much he enjoyed it and had fun. The judges praised his enjoyment while dancing and performance with 6, 6, 6. I hope he stays a while because his attitude is refreshing.

Maybe I don't have the best reasons for contestants remaining on the show, but hey I want to be entertained, so I go by that. I do want the best dancer to win, but along the way it's fun to get to know them. Well, Heather Mills not so much, and it was a drag for Billy Ray Cyrus and Master P to keep coming back.

Tomorrow night the women dance. Who will be a diva? I have a guess but want to find out more. I just wish Priscilla Presley hadn't had all that work done on her face. She's a beautiful woman but would look so much better if she were more natural. I don't understand why they think they look good that way. Maybe just a little doesn't make them look that way, but they don't know when to stop. Like Alistair, I wonder if Monica Seles will make that noise she does when she hits the tennis ball. I'll bet she does during practice sometime.

They all get to return next week when the voting from that night will be added to tonight's. Then we'll know Tuesday who leaves. Until tomorrow night!

9:20:00 PM

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