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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, April 01, 2008  
Living Past 100

Barbara Walters had a special about living to 150. I don't want to but would like to stick around at least 20 more years - more if I feel good and am having fun. To do that, I'm going to have to change my slothful ways, though. Every time I turn around I read or hear something about how important it is to exercise and not have belly fat. I have a membership to Powerhouse Gym which I need to take advantage of since just making donations doesn't seem to help.

Scientists have developed a pill made from red wine I'd like to take that works wonders. Maybe it will be available soon. A doctor mentioned how stem cells can be made from one's own skin, so that's encouraging, too - probably more for my children and grandchildren than for me, but who knows? It was an interesting show.

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