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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, May 26, 2008  

How many of you watched the HBO movie Recount Sunday night about the voting fiasco in Florida during the 2000 election? According to the movie, it was even worse than many of us suspected, and that was bad! Looking at those ballots, it's easy to understand how they got mixed up. I'm sure many things that are in the movie really happened because of things we heard about them from many sources. Between the chad problems, military ballots, and 20,000 voters turned away from voting (half of them black), it was criminal. And this was just in one state! What a mess! Let's hope this doesn't happen again, but I'm sure it has and will.

Gore's main problem was underestimating how long the American people would wait to have an accurate count. His bigger mistake was to choose Joe Lieberman as his VP. I'd forgotten about how he sabatoged all this on Meet the Press. Since that time, he's become a Republican. I wish McCain would pick him as his running mate, so he could lose twice; however, I'm understandably paranoid about elections. I still believe Democrats will manage to lose another election even when it looks like a sure thing. As Will Rogers said, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."

The movie has gotten mixed reviews, but most reviewers praise Laura Dern's portrayal of Katherine Harris. She is brilliant! This is an interesting article by one of the journalists who covered the recount and said Katherine Harris was represented accurately.

This is what Troy Patterson wrote about her in Slate:
The one redeeming factor here is Laura Dern, who puts that elastic jolie laide mug of hers to memorable use as Katherine Harris. The performance makes you wish that Recount—which does contain a few fine moments of wild farce—had instead been created as a seven-episode sitcom playing out from her point of view. Since Harris emerged on the national stage, she has been caricatured as a toady, a shrew, a tart, and a nitwit, and Dern does all this, too, but makes her sympathetic, a nice Southern lady in over her head, maybe, or Homer Simpson in rouge, or, in any case, a person exactly as vain and bewildered as the rest of us citizens.
Katherine Harris
Laura Dern

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