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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, April 27, 2008  
I am not mad ... and not obsessed with her

I've been thinking about this some more, and a friend and I have come to the conclusion that Elisabeth Hasselbeck could possibly have an autism spectrum disorder like Asperger's or perhaps narcissistic personality disorder. There is definitely a disconnect there with her since she shows a lack of empathy and rigidity of thought. It's possible. Check it out.

Asperger's Disorder is on a continuum and ranges from mild to severe. People with it can exhibit all or some of the behaviors. Some of those are literal thinking, freakishly good memories, being sort of geeky, OCD-like stuff, adherence to schedules, moral compass based on absolutes (not many shades of gray), not picking up on nonverbal cues, blurting out "the truth" instead of using social skills like politeness, and such as those.

Some fictional tv characters that I think are Aspies are the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan on Bones (classic!) as well as the guys on her staff, Monk (they say OCD but they have similar characteristics), Sheldon on Big Bang Theory of course, "Hands" on Boston Legal, and Goren on Law & Order: SVU, Cliff Claven on Cheers, and Spock on Star Trek.

I am more aware of it since Brendan has been diagnosed with Asperger's. He's in good company as this list indicates and is making progress. It's not easy for Brian and Melissa, but they do an amazing job with him and are wonderful parents. He is definitely loved and is a charming, funny little guy.

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