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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 Value of Life – 20 July 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Have you noticed how many people regard something that they pay for, or that is expensive, as being more valuable than something comparable that is given to them free of charge?

I remember a conversation I had with a woman who told me that she believed that animals should never be given away free of charge, because they would not be appreciated as much as those they had paid something for.

This thinking is probably one of the reasons that so many horrible puppy mills stay in business. Instead of adopting homeless animals, some people choose to spend a lot of money on a special breed or “that doggie in the window.” What they should do is check to see if an animal companion of that breed is in a shelter waiting to be adopted. The result would be a “win/win” situation.

Using animals to boost one’s ego only reveals a person’s character flaw.

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