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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.


The Outdoors – 7 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

What a beautiful day! I did lots of yard work very early this morning; then we took a long walk. The temperature was in the seventies (Fahrenheit), with bright sunlight, and an occasional breeze carrying the scent of blossoms.

I can well understand what some people feel when they say that being outdoors with nature brings them closer to God. In the following poem the poet Thomas Edward Brown expresses this idea very well:

My Garden
By Thomas Edward Brown

A garden is a lovesome thing,
God wot! Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Ferned grot –
The veriest school
Of peace: and yet the fool
Contends that God is not –
Not God!
In gardens!
When the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign:
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.

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