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.
As is well-known, at least in New England, the Austrian von Trapp family (they dropped the von in the US) settled in Stowe, VT, where they opened the Trapp Family Lodge in 1950. The family, whose story is that of The Sound of Music, still owns and operates the Lodge.
AVI - Me too. I have a left-of-Obama cousin who lives there, a very nice gentleman farmer who raises show horses and does maple syrup every year. But never talk politics with him.... the red face, raised veins, and spittle and foam that flies is an ugly sight. He has certified left credentials including Vietnam era draft dodger (went to Canada) came back under the pardon and has done financially well for himself.... an irony considering. So, to avoid the family issues, I avoid the place.
I was a little girl when the original lodge burned down. It was a local tragedy, happening as it did just before Christmas. Once it was rebuilt, it became known locally as the best place for serious cross-country skiers, with extensive nordic trails.
I got to know one of the von Trapps (a granddaughter) when I was a teen. She was an accomplished flutist and she occasionally joined our music group at my local parish. I have very fond memories of our short acquaintanceship.