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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.


Early Autumn Wildflowers – 17 September 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Even though autumn will not be here officially until the 22nd of September, I am enjoying the beautiful autumn-like weather and wildflowers that make their appearance here during late summer and early fall.

New England Aster Yesterday and today, Frank and I took advantage of the ideal weather to take long walks. Everywhere we looked, signs of this most enjoyable time of year appeared in the form of New England asters, white wood asters (one of the earliest blooming asters) and other asters, turtlehead, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, chicory, healall, bull thistle, sun flowers, and purple loosestrife.

According to the weather reports, we’ll be having more of these ideal days coming up; so, while they last, we’ll be out canoeing and walking!

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