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.
We had a special event last night with dinner with friends and the Messiah at Carnegie Hall - Musica Sacra. Life doesn't get better than that. Did not doze off once. Even the contralto was good. People listen so seriously though, like art music. It's a serious Easter piece, serious and joyful, but it's entertainment above all. I know the music well enough to conduct it, but Handel's other oratorios are just as winning.
To add to the jollity are the cheerful crowds in midtown. These people, opposite the Tree, are watching the stunning light show on the walls of Saks. Literally nobody had shopping bags - people just loving the vitality and fun. Secular or religious, it's not about shopping. Love this place for vitality, the country for serenity and manual labor.
'Twas a late night for us - but your Editor made it to the gym this morning before work. Like y'all did.
Two thousand years ago this very day, Christ Jesus would be in his early 20's. He likely would have seemed to people to be just another young Hebrew man, not God with us. Think about it! He was walking around just like we do today. Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this.