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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, June 02, 2008  
Congratulations, Tina!

My friend Tina Romine has won an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C., based on an essay she wrote to the Holocaust Remembrance Project. She is one of five teachers selected to attend. I'm sure Charlie is quite familiar with this since he's been involved in courses at Bates and projects at the Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center, which he wrote about on his blog.

This is from the website for the Holocaust Remembrance Project:

The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students that is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Participation in this project encourages students to think responsibly, be aware of world conditions that undermine human dignity, and make decisions that promote the respect and value inherent in every person.

The project serves as a living memorial to the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust. The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation recognizes the moral imperative of teaching young people about this watershed event and the central importance of passing on to future generations a profound understanding of the consequences of the Holocaust and a sense of responsibility to the human community.

High school students across the United States and Mexico are invited to incorporate the project into their study of the Holocaust and to use it as a means to personally react to the messages of the Holocaust. Scholarships and other prizes are awarded to students in first, second and third place categories.

First Place winners participate in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other historic sites. In addition, scholarships are awarded to the first-place winners.
This is quite an honor for Tina and no surprise to any of us who know her. She excels at whatever she does. For example, to name a few, she was valedictorian of her high school class, won the first first-place state trophy for the high school (poetry interpretation in the forensics tournament), graduated from college with honors, won a full scholarship to the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop, and recently was named Teacher of the Year at Creek Wood High School. See what I mean?

Well done, Tina! There will be more honors and awards and successes to go with what a wonderful mother, daughter, and friend she is.

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