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.
The ceiling of this 9th Century octagonal chapel, which stands as you know on the piazza in front of the wedding-cake-looking 19th Century facade of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Firenze's Duomo), is Byzantine in style. Those medieval Byzantine artistic conventions had staying power and remained influential through the early and mid-Renaissance and, to my mind, they remain powerful. (In his later years, even Botticelli returned to them, as I learned last week, due at least in part to the influence of the evangelical friar Girolamo Savonarola.)