I just saw your post on the gay atheist group. So true, and I was just discussing that yesterday. I meet up with a bunch of older progressives (mostly college professors, and mostly atheist Jews) on Sunday morning, and we spoke about the one or two males who show up, and how well they fit in and communicate. I pointed out that I thought most males don't communicate well in a group of males because they spend most of their time posturing to not look gay.
I just joined a group called Ethical Culture because I wanted to get in on a discussion about WalMart pulling some children's cd due to "profanity." It has launched into a discussion about whether people have a right not to be "offended." I'd would love to see you join in.
When I was young, my Aunt Florence Kaffie had a big house on Ocean Drive. The antique furniture that was in her parlor in the 30s is in my sunroom now. I think the house close to the courthouse belonged to her son, Charles. It is interesting that you mention the diversity at their parties. The Kaffie side was always a little too progressive for my uber-xtian branch of the family. Nevertheless, Aunt Florence left me an inheritance big enough to pay for college. I guess I was the odd child that she liked:)
Doesn't seem to me that the woman across the street is taking very good care of her brood if she doesn't get them spayed or neutered. I hope things are working well for you and your unwed-soon-to-be-mother.
She is a pest when I am fixing my dinner. Tries to climb up the chopping block. She also has not developed good toilet habits; in fact, she missed the box at least once, and I had given her a spot of cheese, so it was a messy clean up. Other than that, she is fun. Loves to be petted of course.