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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.


Emily Dickinson – 26 March 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Emily Dickinson, who was born in Amherst, Massachusetts 10 December 1830, wrote nearly three thousand short poems during her last twenty-six years. Only three of these were published in her lifetime. She died 15 May 1886 and at her funeral, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a popular writer, read Emily Brontë’s “No Coward Soul Is Mine,” which is also known as “Last Lines.” (

By: Emily Dickinson
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

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