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.
I grew up in Massachusetts but I left in 1966 to attend graduate school at Purdue and never came back. My family still resides in New England, mostly southern New Hampshire, and I visit every year. Now that I am deacclimated and deprogrammed, I find the hard left atmosphere in all New England states unbearably oppressive, and I would not consider moving back under any circumstances, even if I could afford a penthouse overlooking Boston Harbor. One week is the outer limits of my endurance.
Why are you still there? Are you too inured to notice your surroundings?
You mention your church, BD. Are there still good churches in New England? I went to college in New England and found it spiritually desolate, to be quite frank. And this was 35 years ago. Pretty sad when you realize that is where the world missionary movement began (which converted my Mom's pagan ancestors, among many others). In fact, my dorm sat right next to the spot where they had that first meeting of students who started the missionary movement in 1806. I've heard the Park Street Church in Boston is still pretty good, but don't know of any others.
Thanks, B.D. Congregationalists were very strong here once upon a time, probably the largest denomination, unfortunately became the UCC and then went down the drain. I am now in a good Presbyterian church, once PCUSA, now ECO. Anyway, we are still growing, were in the 400s when I first went there in the late 1990s, now up to around 1400 on a Sunday. Might be considered too happy-clappy for some Reformed folk in terms of worship style, but our theology is still solid. Like yours preaches Jesus.