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.
Cold and wet today in Yankee-land, in August. Good day for the first fire in the fireplace, but we are still awaiting the chimney-sweep. Where is all of that warming we keep hearing about? Perfect weather for putting in all of the wierd new hostas that the Mrs. Bird Dog has been finding via the Hosta Society. (Never plant hostas in the sun.)
A few end-of summer, goin' back to school notes:
1. We have added (or are in process of adding, due to some technical glitches) a bunch of new sites to our blogroll - read 'em, if you don't. Here's just a sample of our additions:
"Dust my broom," as our literate readers surely know, is a line from a Robert Johnson song.
2. Last chance for the Yankee Farmer: As soon as technically do-able, we are going to blend him into our archives.
3. Food and Drink: Considering a new Category. Dr. Bliss seems like she'd rather write about food than shrinkology: maybe she needs a break from deep thought. Our rule is this: Write about whatever you want.
4. News Junkie: Since so many of us all check at leat a number of blogs and new sites daily, we are urging the NJ to focus on obscure stuff. He won't, because he never does what he is told to do, but we assume everyone checks Drudge, Powerline, and Instapundit daily, without our help.
5. We wonder where blogging is headed. Maybe nowhere, but it's an interesting ride for us. Like magazines, there are too many interesting ones to have time to read, but I find the blog collectors, like Pajama's fine site, a bit dull to look at. I think we will stay independent, and maybe mediocre, and just a strange brew, for now. The eccentric, Yankee way: we do what we want, and if you don't like it, you can leave us alone.
None of us has the time for intense writing or reporting, but our readership is growing steadily, which is gratifying. Time, intelligence, and creativity are our limiting factors. For some reason, we don't have the commenting culture here that I would enjoy, but the handful we get are pretty intelligent - and we do not mind criticism, no matter how harsh - if it responds to points - because we know we are far from perfect, and sometimes lazy.
Money? We do not want money from the internets, unless it's Big Money. Small money is of no interest to us. We all get that from our day jobs.
Why the cheesecake? Many email about that. The female, like a flower, is art. Period. We love art, with or without frames. We also love cold weather - the colder, the better, which is why we are happy to hear about the new global cooling data.