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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.


How Do I Love Thee? – 14 February 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today, being Valentine’s Day, I chose this sonnet for my Blog because it comes close to describing the love that my husband Frank and I have for each other. Frank and I feel strongly that nearly forty-seven years ago God brought us together for His purpose – to help make His earth a kinder, gentler place for the least among us – humans as well as nonhumans.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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