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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.
Friday, June 06, 2008  
Norm of the Blogs

I've decided that I'm like Norm on Cheers with the blogs. I hang out reading and commenting and lurking. Then I write posts for my own blog. Sometimes I google to get information to link and to find photos to add. Today I spent time recapping Step It Up & Dance as a guest blogger for David. No one can recap like he can, so I was honored that he asked me.


I watch Newsnight on BBC-America. It's interesting to get the viewpoint from another country. Here's a blog about it for news junkies. Tonight they had a piece on the torture done by American on detainees at Guantanamo. Then Scott McClelland was interviewed about his book and the lies that King George and Darth Vader Cheney told about the war. I can't believe they haven't been charged with war crimes and know they do not need to get by with what they've done, much less be rewarded for it the way I'm sure they have been.

They interviewed a few New Yorkers about the economy and how they are suffering from the credit and mortgage fiasco. One woman was working 100 hours a week at four jobs to keep her house and take care of her children. It was heartbreaking. A man who owns a land search business has borrowed against his house to keep his business afloat since his business has dropped by 70%. Now his son has leukemia, so that's a factor, too. I'm sure people in Europe can't understand why we don't have national healthcare the way they do. In some countries college is paid for. A woman who was a banker and is now a consultant is deciding if she can affored to retire. Did you see Sicko? I cried both times I watched it and would again.

The part about becoming a vegetarian to help save the planet was interesting. It takes a fraction of the land to produce vegetables and fruit that it does to produce pork and beef. They said we need to use the grain for human consumption instead of feeding animals for us to eat. I understand their point but would have to make major adjustments. I worked at a vegan restaurant for a few months as a cashier and ate there free. It was buffet-style charged by the weight, so my job was to weigh the food and run the cash register. The salad bar was beautiful and looked like technicolor. They prepared gourmet vegan dishes that were delicious. I enjoyed almost all of it, so we'd have to have many restaurants that served that before I could eat it for a majority of my meals. I was inspired to cook again from the blog ChezWhat? so perhaps I will take better care of myself. For now, I'll stick with being an ominvore wherever I eat; otherwise, how will I eat low-carb?

Yves Saint Laurent was featured with a bio of his career and his amazing contribution to fashion. They introduced their interview with Manolo Blahnik, who was tremendously influenced by YSL, as the fifth character in Sex and the City. He said YSL adored women and is influential in their liberation because of trousers and jackets for women, which at the time was revolutionary and is now a staple and added that his dresses are forever.

I feel more informed now since I watched Newsnight right after Keith Olbermann. Hope all of you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

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