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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.


Labor Day – 4 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Labor Day For me, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, always ushers in a feeling of change and the end of summer, even though autumn’s official arrival won’t be until September 23rd this year. I have always associated this holiday with the beginning of a new school term. Where I’ve always lived – in the north – it was the time of year for putting away white shoes and summer things until the arrival of Memorial Day on May 30th.

Frank and I took advantage of the pleasant weather by enjoying a four mile walk this afternoon, and here and there we saw signs of autumn’s approach. To me, the profusion of White Wood Asters, one of the earliest blooming asters, is a harbinger of the arrival of New England Asters which make their appearance later. I always look forward to these pretty purple autumn flowers.

Now, here is a little bit that I found out about the background of this holiday: In recognition of the contributions of American workers, the holiday known as Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday, 5 September 1882, in New York City. The first Monday in September of each year became a legal holiday by an act of Congress on 28 June 1894.

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