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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Classical Music - 21 Jan 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

I enjoy listening to classical music, perhaps because I started taking violin lessons at an early age. My first violin was a small one made especially for children. Then I graduated to a mid-sized violin and finally to a standard size.

I took private violin lessons from an elderly gentleman, Professor King. In high school I played second violin in the first violin section of the school orchestra, and I was in the college orchestra in my freshman year. Then my interest in playing the violin seemed to wane.

Much later, as an adult, I took piano lessons. But again, I gave it up. But I think my enjoyment in listening to others play these instruments is enhanced by having had these lessons.

In recent years many radio stations have dropped classical music. I hope this trend will be reversed.

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