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.
Maggie's Farm used to have a place where one could write directly to one of the contributors, which doesn't appear to exist anymore. Anyway, my family owes a debt of gratitude to Bird Dog for his photographs and commentary on Kenyon College last year. They inspired us to take a good look at the school, and our son is now a freshman at Kenyon. The school is great, our son is very happy, and the campus and locale is, as BD's photos showed so well, beautiful. I'm going there to visit next week. Note on the Kenyon football team: When we arrived in August, the team was waiting to assist any families in need of assistance unloading. They carried a heavy machine we had driven out from MA (needed it for a medical condition) into my son's room for us, six of them, kept calling me sir while I looked over my shoulder for someone older, and politely answered my questions about their team. Very impressive young men. We love the school. So Bird Dog, thanks again, and keep the photographs of campus coming.
That lovely steeple looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa --which, judging by the apparent curvature of the Earth, can't be more than a few miles away. You could walk there, after wading across the Atlantic.