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.
Observation is you wrote “turn of the century” meaning the 20th century. I’m about same age as you and when I turn the phrase around the grandkids they like to bother me about which one (20th or 21st). I’ll bet you get caught on that as well.
I rarely comment (lurker) but I do enjoy your links and writing on Maggie’s.