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.
As we light the candles in church on Christmas eve, we recite "Come, Lord, dispel my darkness" as each candle is lit and as each sin of the spirit is confessed. Those without dark corners of the soul need not attend. The upside is that you get to sing all of the carols. In church, you get the carols just one night each year - unlike in the dentist's office and the mall where you hear cheesy versions of them for a month.