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.
For the strawberries, I boil a little water with sugar, then while still warm, add the strawberries so they are just slightly cooked. When cool, I add a minature bottle of Cointreau or other sweet liquor for a little zest.
I like the shortbread recipe. Looks like a big improvement over store-bought cakes.