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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, May 20, 2008  
DWTS Finals - The Results

How will they stretch this out for two hours? Usher is singing and dancing with his back-up singers and dancers. They showed a recap of how the dancers performed last night. Kristi danced the best, but as we Democrats know that doesn't always translate to winning an election. Who knows the minds of voters?

Ah, the announcement for the two finalists! I hope it will be Kristi and Jason, and it is. They were dressed to dance the Paso Doble, which they will do as a farewell dance. The trip down memory lane for them showed how dedicated Cristian has been and how much he's improved. I just love Cheryl and always enjoy watching her dance. Her choreography is amazing, and she's my favorite of the pros. I was pulling for her when she danced with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith and won both of those times. I hope she stays on the show.

I was for Julianne and Apolo because I liked him so much in the Olympics, and they were cute together. Helio didn't do it for me, so I wasn't all into hoping he'd win, but he did. I so wanted Mel B and Maks to win, and in my heart they did. I really love looking at Maksim!! Oh yes! I'd like to see Edyta win one, and it could happen this time with Jason. Kristi is a better dancer but might not have a larger fan base. So we'll see!

The others who were on this season are dancing in the order they were eliminated. Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson are performing a cha cha. He was so much fun and very entertaining. Tom asked if he were incorporating dance into his act, and Penn said, "Absolutely! And Teller fills out Kym's costume really well." Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts performed their mambo. She said the professionals make it look so easy, and it's really hard to do. It was good to see her again on here. Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya danced the tango, and he was as positive as ever. What a great attitude he has.

Oh, I knew Adam Corolla would do his Zorro paso doble on the unicycle with Julianne Hough, and he did! That was hilarious and such fun to see again! Oh my goodness, the speech Adam made was priceless! He said it would be easy to pimp his radio show and plug Julianne's new CD but DWTS is too good for that and then, "This is why the terrorists hate us. And it's not the glitter and it's not the pomp and circumstance. We got black and white, we got Hispanic and Asian, we got gay, straight, and Guttenberg, all working together for one common goal - to get the mirror ball trophy. The mirror ball doesn't care what color you are, how rich your parents are, and it doesn't care what god you pray to. It's an even wooden floor. And may the best man or woman win. I say God bless Dancing with the Stars! God bless the USA!" Julianne recorded a country album and was on the ACM Awards show, and we'll be seeing her at the CMA show for sure.

Oh, they showed a clip of Jason and Cristian's bromance which was hilarious. Tom said they'd planned to save it for the wrap party but judicious editing goes a long way. They have a sense of humor. They are back there chatting.

It's going to be interesting to see which celebrities the pros are paired with next season. I hope Maks returns and wonder if Julianne will be back. I guess it depends on her singing career.

Great. We got to see the clip of Shannon crying again (well, one of them - the worst). Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amstel are dancing the tango, and I'm enjoying it. Next Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez did the mambo. What amazing accomplishments she's made! Sigh, now Shannon Elizabeth (whiner) and Derek Hough dancing the quickstep. She wrapped herself around Tom Bergeron and weighed him down. He thanked her sincerely when she finally got down and said he'd be going to the hospital next.

Three former winners are in the audience and when asked what it takes to win, Drew Lachey got to mention "hideously ugly trophy" again. Kelly Monaco was gracious, and Helio Castroneves plugged the Indy 500 this weekend and said he was going to win that. I'm cheering for Danica Patrick and might actually watch it since I never have.

Mario and Karina Smirnoff dance a hot mambo and look good. Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani dance the tango. This leads us to the final dance-off between the finalists. They keep saying this is the first time a woman has the best chance to win since Season 1. What about Melanie Brown last year and Laila Ali the year before, both with Maksim? Mel was in the finals and should have won!

Jason said he grew up on two things, Wheaties and watching Kristi compete for our country. Not only is he hot but a gentleman, too. He also said he won't be dancing any more after this. Funny but probably true. Kristi, on the other hand, said she's hooked for life and will continue dancing.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas did their jive that was so energetic and fun. Great! The judges love her and said she was the most consistent dancer they've ever had. Their score was of course a perfect 30 once again! That gives them a 90 which is a first. That score combines with the viewers' votes, which should still make them the winners.

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska will do what he does best, ballroom. Their quickstep was graceful, elegant, energetic, and worth a 30. The judges raved and loved it. Len said might be the judges' winner but he is the people's winners. Oh good! They got a 30! This gives them an 81 when combined with last night's scores. That nine-point difference is big. Who will it be?

Now we know. It's Kristi and Mark! Well done! Next season is in September. I'll be here recapping it, too! Scroll down and see the new hotter photos I added to the other DWTS posts.

8:07:00 PM

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