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.
"How does it happen that even today a couple of ordinary French stonemasons, or a carpenter and his apprentice, can put up a dovecote or a barn that has more architectural perfection than the piles of eclectic stupidity that grow up at the cost of millions of dollars on the campuses of American universities?”
True Gm. Our museum of art has a lecture series every April that I used to love. Award winning architects would come from all over the world to speak, and it was fascinating to hear them describe their work.
After a few years they replaced the working architect speakers with professors of architecture and that was the end of it. Every lecture by the professors was dull and lifeless.
"In some cultures, particularly Medieval Europe, the possession of a dovecote was a symbol of status and power and was consequently regulated by law. Only nobles had this special privilege known as droit de colombier. "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dovecote#Colombiers_and_pigeonniers_in_mediaeval_France
Given the way regulations now govern every aspect of European life, one wonders if that French farmer mentioned in the article could freely erect any dovecote (or pigeonnier) he wished without approval and input from local authorities.