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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an important American figure who I find almost impossible to read, took a train out west partly to visit John Muir.
Emerson was Muir's hero. However, the elderly Emerson, the author of Nature, had no interest in going into the woods with Muir. I think nature was an idea for Emerson, not experienced outside of a park or a farm. For Muir, of course, wilderness was religion.
Emerson's 'Self-Reliance essay was a handbook for me -- a dreamy young man in my early 20s...I still find him wonderful to read...I'm surprised...thought an exemplar New Englander like Bird Dog would love him...
Climbed half dome in 1961--before the easy trail up the back side. There was only sticks with a wire between them on the back side. They were stuck in holes that had been drilled in the rock and the holes were bigger than the sticks so as to absorb the angle difference of you pulling your weight up from the bottom and then lurching forward to the next stick in a rock. Laid down on my stomach and inched toward the edge. Hard, hard time inching my way back!