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.
I had just finished watching this trailer for the film "Alice Dancing Under The Gallows" when my phone rang. My cousin told me that my Aunt Reva passed away this afternoon from a sudden heart attack at 92. Reva, like my Aunt Muriel, who passed last year at 92, both came up through the hard times of the Depression, were always optimistic, cheerful, helpful, looking for and finding opportunities, silver linings and the good in others, indeed bringing out others' best. Both lived independently and active till their last.
The rest of us are too often lacking by comparison, and lacking by their passing.