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.
Frederick Church (1826-1900). His Heart of the Andes, below, brought him fame. A brief bio of Church here, and a good summary of The Hudson River School, and what they wanted to convey in their work (which was very much out of fashion in the 20th century for being overly-sentimental and unsophisticated), here.