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.
My church (Episcopal/Anglican) was destroyed by the Seattle women's nazi group in 2000. They first practiced their political muscle by forcing Katherine Jeffers SChori into the leadership role. Then they forced the acceptance of homosexuality upon this nation by using that church and the fight for "women's rights--the right to lead any damn way you want to". Over the years there were several good groups that started websites and provided support for those who had been disenfranchised by these actions. Those fine folks held on to their websites and the service the provided for years. Finally, one man lost his public job as a librarian and then of course his home. After hanging on for 14 years another man left for the Catholic church, as did the wonderfully well read and smart woman who shared that website with him ( I think she went Catholic, but am not sure). The Anglican priest who keep the site running offering daily prayer on the internet is gone. Now, there is only these wonderful reminders that you post weekly. Funny thing though the other day as we were visiting the coast and basking in the sun. I started a conversation with an African/American man sitting on the pier. Great conversation. When I joined up with my family again they asked me: "why do you stop to start conversations with strangers?" Without thinking my instant response came from a childhood spent in that wonderful church. My response was this: "just walking the talk." Thank you BD ALWAYS thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.