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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.


First Day of Summer – 21 June 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is one of those beautiful June days that James Russell Lowell probably had in mind when he wrote June (First line: “And what is so rare as a day in June?”)*

Frank and I took a long walk in the morning. Among the wildflowers we saw were daisies, white sweet clover, yellow sweet clover, foxglove, curled dock, birdsfoot trefoil, black-eyed Susan, fleabane, crown vetch, chicory, milkweed, and wild parsnip (which we didn’t touch!).

We’re happy to see that a red-headed woodpecker has become a daily visitor to the trees in our yard, joining several other birds, as well as the squirrels. They love the mulberries and the cottonwood seeds!

*For the complete text of James Russell Lowell’s poem, see: 

For more information about wildflowers, with photos, see: 

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