We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ah yes, toxic wives..My first marriage at the tender age of 26 was to a stewardess who could have been Victoria Principles (Dallas fame)double.
This was in 1974 and she was $7,000 in debt. I paid that off for her, built a home for us in Redondo Beach , Ca and bought her a 911 Porsche. Along the way I violated some cardinal rules of tradecraft....trust no one...during pillow talk I had mention a few of the places I'd been.....when things started to go sour for various reason she began to blackmail me saying she was going to tell the columnist Jack Anderson all about what I'd said.
I went to my boss after she mentioned her intent the second time and he said, "don't worry about it , we'll take care of it, just no more sloppy habits, Ok?"
In the final six months until we divorced she never made a peep about my work.
The Chinese say a womans tongue is her sword and she takes care never to let it rust. In her case the Company put some heavy rust on that tongue. She was a shrew and I was never happier that when I walked out Rhett Butler like.
I didn't give a damn.
The article on analytical thinking was smartly addressed, however in the realm of phonology the best I ever knew or heard of was early Bob Newhart and then later Lillie Tomlin. Both without peer on the phone.