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.
Funeral today of a friend of 30 years, the mother of dear friends. She raised 6 kids in the tough, thrifty, Yankee way with a rigid moral code, perfect gracious manners, and perfect stickler for grammar ("It is I"). A woman of faith, calm, decorum, and selflessness - and who stayed fit and kept skiing into her mid-80s.
We sang this one at the closing, one which always brings tears for me.