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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.


Wild Bergamot – 11 August 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

wild Bergamot Today is a picture-perfect day: blue sky with scattered white, puffy, cumulus clouds; cool breezes; with a glimpse of the mountains in the distance. The hot, humid days are gone; so we enjoyed one of our long walks.

We were happy to see the wild bergamot, a member of the Mint Family, in full bloom, as well as many other familiar wildflowers – some just starting to bloom: goldenrod, Queen Anne’s lace, jewelweed, chicory, purple loosestrife, bull thistle, knapweed, and birdsfoot trefoil, among others.

The wild bergamot plants pictured here are at least five feet tall. I couldn’t resist picking a leaf off a wild bergamot plant. Crushed between my fingers, it gave off the delightful aroma that is reminiscent of bergamot tea.

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