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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.


AUTUMN – 22 September 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today (officially the first day of autumn) Frank and I enjoyed one of our long walks. The weather has been ideal lately, and it’s simply gorgeous outside!

Here’s a poem about this season that I wrote years ago:

By Mary T. Hoffman
Published 27 August 1977 in The Daily Mail (Catskill, NY)

The morning sun burns through
a purplish haze
To bare the valley's patchwork
red and gold.
A deep contentment lingers o'er
these days
Of mellowness forestalling
winter's cold.

The future jack-o'-lanterns,
orange and round,
Contrast with cornstalks standing
brown and spare.
Bright-colored leaves fall gently
to the ground
And join the rustling crowd
already there.

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