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.
Just a note that Mark Halperin is the disgraced journalist. Mark Helprin is the author of "Paris in the Present Tense," which is indeed magnificent. Don't you wish you could hear the theme music that the protagonist Jules composed in the novel?
If you like Paris in.... try Helprin’s first: Refiner’s Fire.
I first saw YoYo Ma in Houston in the early 1980’s. It was a revelation about Bach and the cello. I’d never seen such joy playing an instrument before.