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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.


Happy Valentine’s Day! – 14 February 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

I hope you will take the time to read these Valentine’s Day blogs:

How Do I Love Thee? – 14 February 2008 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Frank! – 14 February 2007 

Valentine’s Day - 14 Feb 2006 

For this Valentine’s Day I’ve chosen the following Shakespearean sonnet:

Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! It is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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