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 have not met Gerard but I feel like I sort-of know him. Naturally, I do not like him because he is more clever than I am, and a gifted writer. Reading that confession reminded me that this was perhaps just the first time he was saved from imminent death. The second time was when his heart (again) gave out on a sidewalk where he was rescued by passers by.
This was published before, but well worth the re-run. I've followed him for years as apparently you have. We were all put here to do something, something we probably do not know, but destiny intervenes with each of us as it has with him. We each need to go forward and do what our sense of right and wrong compel us to do. It will all work out, but we must all contribute with sincere commitment.
May your day be great and each of us contribute what we can to the betterment.
Gerard Van der Leun (American Digest - http://americandigest.org/ ) is one of the best writers alive today, no two ways about it. I've had the good fortune to have been reading him for years. Reflective, searing, funny - his depth of experience illuminates all that he writes.