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 tried "The Way We Live Now" recently, but I couldn't attach to any of the characters. In novels of a certain era, there always seems to be at least one young wastrel who can't quit gambling and stay out of debt, which makes me impatient. I need compensation in the form of some other character who engages me strongly. George Eliot got away with it in Middlemarch, but the wastrel had an interesting girlfriend who wouldn't put up with it.