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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.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008  
Congratulations, Shane!

My friend Gena Kennedy called while ago to tell me that her son Shane has been accepted into The Cooper Union in NYC. The school provides full scholarships for all undergraduate students! Admission is stringent, so this is quite an accomplishment! He's been working in various forms of design, some that involve light, and will study design there in the art department. This is so exciting and sounds perfect for Shane. He was one of my students in the gifted classes and so talented, creative, and fun to teach. This is great news, and I'm so happy for him! Well done, Shane!

From Wikipedia:

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (commonly referred to simply as The Cooper Union) is a privately-funded college in Downtown Manhattan, New York City. The Cooper Union is located in the East Village, around Cooper Square and Astor Place (Third Avenue & 6th-9th Streets). The school offers accredited degree programs in architecture, fine arts, and engineering and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States. Cooper is considered to be one of the best fine arts schools in the nation, often sharing the spot with Rhode Island School of Design.

The Cooper Union is one of the few American institutions of higher learning to offer a full-tuition scholarship (valued at $120,000 as of 2008) to every admitted student. As a result, The Cooper Union is one of the most selective colleges in the United States, with an acceptance rate of 10% (although both the art and architecture schools have acceptance rates lower than 5%.)

A substantial portion of the annual budget, which supports the full-tuition scholarships in addition to the school's costs, is generated through donations from alumni in both the public and the private sector.

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