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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 Spring – 20 March 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

As I write this, a loud roaring wind is lashing the bare trees, and the lake lies frozen beneath a bright blue sky competing with large patches of white and gray clouds. It is the first day of Spring!

Here is an upbeat poem to warm the soul. Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is from a book of religious poetry published in 1926.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 - 1882)

Let me go where’er I will
I hear a sky-born music still:
It sounds from all things old,
It sounds from all things young,
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul,
Peals out a cheerful song.

It is not only in the rose,
It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows.
Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest meanest things
There alway, alway something sings.

’Tis not in the high stars alone,
Nor in the cup of budding flowers,
Nor in the red-breast’s mellow tone,
Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things
There alway, alway something sings.

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