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.
Speaking of Mongolia, The Horse Boy is the story of an autistic boy's trip to Mongolia, where interaction with horses and shamans helped heal him. How valid the story is for a generalized treatment of autism, I don't know. But my horse-owning cousins can attest to the attraction between autistic children and horses.
>>But my horse-owning cousins can attest to the attraction between autistic children and horses.
My ex-doctor has three autistic children; all boys. and she used to have horse therapy with someone until they decided to use land to grow soybeans, instead. She knew I had horses and hinted that her boys could "pal around with them", but I had to change doctors after she told my daughters not to eat beef because farming is bad for the planet, after asking me how many guns were in my house.
Last I saw she was drumming up community support to get a therapy dog. I wonder how many people who actually know her gave $ to that.