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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.


Mozart - 4 Feb 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

As mentioned at the end of my January 27th Blog, the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth is being celebrated this year. This musical genius, who was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756, was the “rock star” of his time.

According to the classical music radio station I was listening to a few days ago, people from all over the world are visiting Austria where Mozart’s modern-day fans can enjoy his music 24 hours a day. That is, except in one area (the name of the town escapes me) that has been declared “a Mozart-free zone”! The reporter jokingly asked if humming a Mozart tune there would incur a penalty? The answer was “no”!

The home in Vienna, where Mozart lived at the height of his popularity, has been restored at great expense and has been open to visitors round the clock. He died in Vienna, Austria December 5, 1791.

On a personal note: I have found that Mozart’s concertos No.1 and No. 2 for flute and orchestra and his concerto for flute, harp and orchestra are wonderful to listen to while in-line skating.

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