I worked hard on a local election campaign and the slate I believed in lost at the polls. I did learn a lot about the goodness of some people, the evil that exists under the most innocent of appearances, and the power of using social cliques to create policy. A little piece of Washington here in our bucolic haven on the Hudson! Now I know things about some of my fellow residents that I wish I didn't. But it's all grist for the mill. It's time to move on and do the best I can with my talents, compassion and determination to make positive things happen.