I am making what could be my last stand as a writer by churning out articles for HubPages. I am very glad and grateful that this online journal came into existence, both as a writer as well as a reader. Other venues can get a little tacky. But HubPages keeps it real. I hope I have been able to maintain its high standards. All the same, I cannot help being me so that my idiosyncrasies tend to wend their way into my essays. Without meaning to, I have taken a number of political stances lately, though it was my original intention to remain neutral. If there were an actual middle, I would be there. Unfortunately, we are quickly splitting left and right like atoms in a nuclear reaction.