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.
Thanks Bird Dog. I happen to be reading The Island at the Center of the World by R. Shorto and this ties in nicely. It is a wonderfully readable history of Manhattan. Think the Dutch got short shrift in the history books I had to read in school though. We visited our daughter in New York city a few years back and it is an experience (for someone who has lived in rural Oregon for most of my life) I will never forget.