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.
Christmas at Bastogne- Seventy years ago, American heroes spent the day halting Hitler’s advance in Belgium. A now-elderly friend of ours was there, in the medical corp. At age 16. He lied to get in, and so did his mom. I've seen his letters home because his mom saved them all. Carried lots of stretchers of bleeding through snow during artillery barrages. What are our 16 year-olds doing? Went on to go to medical school later.
Refreshing to know there are still Professors that encourage discussion about freedom. Only knew one when I was in school that I had any respect for and this was 25 years ago.He was not politically correct either.... But an excellent teacher that still makes me think....
The sentimental clutching on to a past none of us has personally experienced continues to be a hallmark of Maggies farm. That Hausmann had to destroy parts of a filthy and unhealthy city was disruptive but necessary. Where were the voices bemoaning the destruction of neighborhoods in the Bronx when the horrible and unusable Cross Bronx Expressway was built? Well, it was just the Bronx, but it was my hometown.
And to romanticize the filthy sewage leaking along the kerb of an old street in old Paris because it shimmers in the light is not to have lived in the third world and smelled that foulness.
My grandfather had Robert Frost as a teacher at Pinkerton Academy - 1911-1912, I think. He didn't like him much, regarding him as a man who hated teaching, having taken the job only to make some money to keep up the farm in Derry.
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