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.
Richard Louv is not an environmental extremist but a lover and appreciator of nature. A review of his latest book, The Nature Principle, contains his question:
“What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?”
Another quote reminds me of a friend who would take me on nature walks:
Louv takes us along with him on a walk near Lake Hodges, where the guide, a botanist, shows him the stunning biodiversity of this region. “Your eyes don’t know what to look at,” the botanist says, “so you don’t see.” By the end of the afternoon, Louv has discovered “a world that suddenly seemed as exotic as a rain forest.”
Louv used to be a columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune. I miss his columns and the walks with my friend.