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.
From Slow Learning by Laurie†Fendrich in Chronicle of Higher Ed, about her mother in law:
I canít help but wonder, as I watch colleagues pulling out their hair over the mucky writing of their college students, whether we didnít lose something important when we abandoned the kind of education Mary Jayne Shields enjoyed. Even though she experienced an admittedly slower, duller, more metronomic approach to learning than many high-school students are subjected to now, that ancient pedagogy served her quite well. Perhaps it even explains why she could write beautifully, whereas so many of our college students can barely write at all.
Leag ... You apparently don't believe is spellchek, and perhaps that is wise, since you need more help than that little computer program can give you. As a lifelong editor and writer, I'm afraid that if you submitted the two posts above to me as manuscripts, I would have to use my red pencil quite often. You misspelled petulant, nostalgia, thought, and used "hear" when you meant "here." You used Miss Manner's twice. Her name is Manners and if you wish to make it the possessive, you must add the apostrophe after the 's', not before. In case you doubt my skills, I learned them in the good old days when grammar was still taught in grammar schools and high schools, and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1951 from a large Eastern university.
You might benefit from reading a charming little book on the correct use of the apostrophe and the comma, called Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It was written by an Englishwoman who has been so crazed by the misuse of commas and apostrophes that she goes around to public signs and corrects them. It's a funny book, but the grammar is correct.