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 graduated from a college with a requirement to take three semesters of religion. I thought; boring! But I was so lucky to have a professor who was an amateur archaeologist and world traveler. He spent 3 months a year in the Middle East searching out these religious/archaeological sites. He had a collection of photos, artifacts and stories. Most of this was done in the 60's in fact during the 67 war he had to move his yearly trip to China. He had hair raising stories about encounters with robbers and military but was always able to talk his way out. He walked the trail to Petra and was alone the entire day, it was before Petra became a tourist destination.