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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.


New England Aster – 18 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

New England Aster During today’s walk we saw one of my favorite wildflowers that I look forward to seeing this time of year: the New England Aster. For me, this purple flower seems to usher in the season of autumn. (See photo.)

Along with the common blue chicory, we saw the rarer white chicory, as well as lots of white wood asters, jewel weed (spotted touch-me-not), bull thistles, goldenrods, hedge bindweed, and many others.

Yesterday in a wooded area we saw a few herb Roberts, considered endangered, which are members of the Geranium family.

For photos and descriptions of wildflowers that grow in our area, see: 

For more photos and information about the New England aster, see: 

For photos and information about white chicory, see: 

For photos and information about herb Roberts, see:

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