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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.


Of Salads and Old Tapes - 13 Mar 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

For the past several days, I’ve been going through some of my old tapes. While I’m preparing our breakfast smoothie and the day’s salad (See note below), I listen to one of these old tapes. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed spoken word tapes of some of my favorite poems, “25 Favorite Waltzes,” and arias from Puccini’s operas. Of the arias, my favorites are the popular “O Mio Bambino Caro” and “Nessun Dorma.” As for the waltzes, I could hardly keep from dancing around the kitchen! There is something irresistible about those old Viennese waltzes!

Note: Along with our cooked vegan entrée, we enjoy a very large, fresh salad every day. Romaine lettuce, cut in pieces, forms the basis of this salad, with the addition of any of the following: pieces of raw carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, onion, cucumber, spinach, beets, endive, chicory – whatever is available.

I store this salad in the crisper of the refrigerator until later in the day, when we divide it between us and add salad dressing. Sometimes we also add some raisins, sunflower seeds, baked potato pieces, or canned, drained chickpeas.

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