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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, April 14, 2008  
DWTS: Week Five

Linda and I watch DWTS together on the phone and then I watch it again by myself (DVR) so I can concentrate and write the recaps. It's Latin night with the romantic, slower, sensual rumba and the sexy, fiery, fun samba. This is what the DWTS site said about the dances:

The Samba is an all-out party dance with origins from Brazil's Rio Carnival. It is made up of many different South American dances incorporated into one. It is very rhythmical with lots of hip action.

A dance that tells the story of love and eroticism between a man and a woman, the Rumba relies on the age-old premise of the lady trying to conquer the gentleman by means of her womanly charms. Incorporating all the elements of teasing and withdrawal, it is considered the most sensual of the Latin dances.

Mario and Karina

Dance: Samba
Score: 27

Mario finally got some good scores. Len's been hard on him but tonight he was complimentary. This week Mario did well after being inspired by Stevie Wonder. He visited Stevie's radio show I didn't know he did and was a guest while Stevie motivated him by telling him "to follow the incredibleness of his singing." Karina's outfit was feathery and small. I wish I could post a picture of her in it, so you could see. They had the moves and were steamy! This is the best he's done. Karina designed an excellent choreography for them.

Priscilla and Louis

Dance: Rumba
Score: 21

OMG! She did the splits! I'm sure she must have been doing yoga for many years to be able to be that flexible. The judges were disappointed and criticized her footwork (especially Len and also Louis's choreography). I agreed with them and thought it was more walky than dancy at times but was emotional and passionate. Then they argued about it with each other. Tom eased the tension with his usual aplomb and humor. I thought she did pretty well.

Marissa and Tony

Dance: Samba
Score: 24

Wowable! Loved it! She moved and had hip action. They shook it big time and definitely worked it! It was fun to watch them - especially Tony. I still miss Maks, but Tony helps with that a lot. A whole lot. Crabby Ann was excited and praised her as did Len and Bruno. So based on that, I thought there would be some 9's instead of all 8's. They said it was her best dance yet, but that's the same score she got last week. Hmm.

Cristián and Cheryl

Dance: Rumba
Score: 23

Len said it was a competent performance. Bruno said Cristian needed to caress the floor with his feet (Bruno has a way with words, doesn't he?) and thought they had good chemistry. Crappy Ann thought they had no chemistry. She is jealous. She can also be a bitch. They are hot separately and even hotter together. He must stay. I have spoken.

Marlee and Fabian

Dance: Samba
Score: 22

According to Len, the samba is the hardest dance to do and that he couldn't believe she does so well when she can't hear the music. She messed up a couple of times but hung in there and finished. They all talked about how inspirational she was which made me know they'd give her lower scores even though, of course, she is an amazing inspiration. She looked great and had hip action.

Kristi and Mark

Dance: Rumba
Score: 29

When I first watched this, I wasn't impressed; however, when I watched it again and concentrated on it, I thought it was much better. It was smooth and romantic. She does seem to have loosened up more and moved beyond the technical perfection to some emotion. Obviously, her figure skating excellence gives her an advantage, but she still has to translate it to ballroom dancing which is a challenge.

Shannon and Derek

Dance: Samba
Score: 23

She's about as tall as Derek is and is stiff and awkward. No hip action at all. None. She doesn't even walk gracefully. The judges agreed. Bruno said she messed up the timing. Creepy Ann said she'd love to have her for a partner because she goes for it 100% whether she looks awkward or not. Hitting on her or damning with faint praise? You decide. Cougar Ann has a ballroom dancing Russian boyfriend who is about 14 years younger than she is and wants to have a baby and stay home. I think that's a great idea.

Jason and Edyta

Dance: Rumba
Score: 27

Whoa Baby! That was sooooo sexy and hot. The judges thought so, too. I liked his casual outfit and their moves. Oh yes!

I wonder what dances will be next week - the waltz and tango maybe? I'm not sure who I think will leave tomorrow night. The next ones to go will probably be Priscilla, Marlee, and Marissa. Then probably Shannon and Cristian which will leave Jason, Mario, and Kristi with the last two being the finalists. The voters have so much to do with it, and it depends on their fan bases, so we'll see.

I DO NOT LIKE CARRIE ANN! Linda doesn't either. We want her replaced. Marry the boy and get pregnant, Cougar Ann! Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock!

Tom Bergeron is great as host and manages to keep things going with finesse and humor. He's the best one on there of the hosts and judges.

7:08:00 PM

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