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.
Several years ago I stood in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, and stood, and stood. Someone with me asked what I felt. I had no words and was silent. -- Early this morning, my boys and I will go to Rosecrans National Cemetary. I probably still will have no words. Sometime in the future, my sons may as they see the rows upon rows of graves and the many silent men and women within, and the loss in the faces of those standing, and hopefully my sons will be better than I am at expressing their feelings of deep missing and the honor of being in their presence.