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.
I have a watercolor of that island, now part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, over our dining room fireplace. A family of Great Horned Owls lives out there. I have seen them. Plenty of squirrels, bunny rabbits, and crows for them to eat (yes, owls like to pick off roosting crows at night - an easy meal if you don't mind eating crow).
Recently in Amish Appalachia I observed a red-shoulder harassing an owl, a crow simultaneously diving at the hawk, while a handful of unidentified smaller birds pestered the crow. Can't we all get along?
A topic I never wrote upon, but have mulled over quite a bit would have this title; "Peace is a Fallacy".
The major thesis would be that in Nature, there is "peace". Grass competes with weeds. Trees compete with each other. Dandelions with roses. And that's just plants. Not included are deer vs wolves and rabbits vs foxes and hawks.
Nothing about life is peaceful by default. Man has created the illusion of peace by providing some temporary shelter from the hostile environment that is natural.
But alas, not enough time to expound upon these thoughts. /sigh