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.
Agreed, Bird Dog. There is something primal about sitting around the fire with family and friends. We like it so much that we have a fire during summer camping, even when the evening temps are in the 70's.
You're right, Bird Dog. One of my warmest memories of my youth is my family's nightly evenings by the fireplace in the living room. I would wash my long hair on Thursday evenings, and then go down to the living room and dry it in front of the fire. Milwaukee is a pretty cold place in winter, which lasts about six months, so this memory incorporates all that was good about my childhood. I had a chance to ask my Dad questions that had arisen in school. These evening sessions were always the second half of my education. Dad may have been a banker, but he was always and forever a teacher and a scholar. I was so lucky.