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.
Here in North America, almost all the land features we see and live on are a result of the retreating continental glaciers that marked the end of the last Ice Age about 12,000 years ago. I admit I have a vested interest in this presentation: 1. I'm a geologist, so by training I'm curious about anything that has to do with the Earth in general and rocks and landforms in particular, and 2. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the South Shore of Lake Superior (a great place to be from).
I live on the Outer Coastal Plain of New Jersey. The "soil" here is almost entirely sand; until the glaciers melted and the crust rebounded, it was under the ocean. Every time I plant a shrub or take a walk in the woods I'm reminded of the geological history of this area.