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.
1. Don't judge a church by its cover. You could walk past San Lorenzo or Santo Spirito, (photo) for just two examples, with their original, undecorated mortar or stucco surfaces, and hardly give them a glance. Wrong, as Jim Cramer would say. Them oysters contain magnificent pearls.
2. Those Eyewitness Travel Guides, like this one, are absolutely the best. For depth, you need to read something else but they are handy-dandy, full of basic info and good ideas.
(DK Publishing also produces the Eyewitness series for young people on a variety of subjects, which are hugely informative and enjoyable, with tons of great pictures and good detail. I've read every one in our house at least once: they are good for adults, too. To call them picture books does not do them justice.)
By the way, Jim Cramer was a buffoon when I had to endure his company in an organization we both belonged to in college and I would seriously question ever quoting or heeding him. Why the fascination with a___oles?