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.
Painting: Sheridan's famous 20-mile ride from Winchester VA to Cedar Creek, on his war horse Rienzi. The Union victory at the Battle of Cedar Creek helped an unpopular Lincoln gain re-election by a war-weary nation. Every school kid once knew this poem.
One of my favorite sites to visit when calling on a small pharma plant in Middletown, VA, years ago, was the plantation across the street. The plantation, Belle Grove, was in the center of the battle, and had a small outbuilding with an interesting provenance:
Southeast of Belle Grove is a large hill, which I believe is called Massanutten. The top of this hill was a Confederate outpost providing intelligence on (as well as the occasional, long-distance sniper round into) the Union forces. Sometime in the 1960's, if I remember correctly, the CIA became interested in this operation, because it was one of the first occasions of the use of such a fire control base. The beautiful maps and displays were left with Belle Grove as part of their permanent exhibition.