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.
By Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh, and famously sung by Billie Holiday
Grab your coat and get your hat Leave your worry on the doorstep Just direct your feet To the sunny side of the street
Can't you hear a pitter-pat And that happy tune is your step Life can be so sweet On the sunny side of the street
I used to walk in the shade With those blues on parade But now I'm not afraid This rover crossed over If I'd never have a cent I'd be rich as Rockefeller Going to set my feet On the sunny side of the street
Excellent youtube of the song as sung by Marie Bryant - good photography. Woops - youtube cancelled that one. Here's Cyndi Lauper.
There is a Harvard study of life success and health. A quote:
Early wealth and privilege did not predict life success and health of the study subjects nearly as well as the original investigators thought it would. What did separate successful subjects from failures was their level of maturity and their optimism.
The assertion that "Character is destiny" is attributed to Heraclitus, around 500 BC. Read the whole thing.