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.
Dr. JB, have you ever read, "In a House of Dreams and Glass" by Robert Katzman? It was recommended in Dr. X's comment thread, and sounded perhaps like the psychiatry version of a James Herriott novel. Thoughts?
"More Die of Heartbreak," Saul Bellow's novel about love and romance speaks to this. When the protagonist, a lichen expert at the Univ of Chicago, is interviewed about the world-wide effects of background radiation, he responded, "More die of heartbreak."