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.
That's a really nice looking Smallmouth mount on that mantle piece. :>)
I'll bet that stone work throws off a nice warm radiant heat in the late evening when the fire dies down. I wonder what kind of motar was used on that stonework and how often it has to be pointed due to expansion and contraction.