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.
Spruce Tips! If you're ever in Anchorage, the Alaskan Brewing Company makes (or used to make) a Winter beer with spruce tips. I drank a few of those on the Alaskan Railway trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
Spruce tip ice cream. In the early days, gold miners in Juneau Alaska brewed beer using fresh spruce tips and the Alaskan Brewery came out with a tasty spruce tip beer from the original recipe just a few years ago.