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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.


Greek Independence Day – 25 March 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Please visit to read about Greek Independence Day and the verse eulogy “Marco Bozzaris” by Fitz-Greene Halleck. Marco Bozzaris was a prominent patriot in the struggle for Greek liberty.

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In 1823 Lord George Gordon Byron, driven by a passion for liberty, became involved in the struggle for the independence of Greece. The following lines are from a poem by Lord Byron.

Lord Byron (George Gordon)

The mountains look on Marathon –
And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dreamed that Greece might still be free
For, standing on the Persians' grave,
I could not deem myself a slave.

Must we but weep o’er days more blest?
Must we but blush? – Our fathers bled.
Earth! render back from out thy breast
A remnant of our Spartan dead!
Of the three hundred grant but three,
To make a new Thermopylæ.

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