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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 Soul Selects Her Own Society – 2 May 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Emily Dickinson, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, was the daughter of a lawyer who became a congressman. Most of her poems are concerned with nature, love, death, and immortality.
This is one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems. I first read it many years ago when I was a young girl.

The Soul Selects Her Own Society
By Emily Dickinson
American Poet (10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I’ve known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

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