|Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, wrote, "The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing an angel might come and sit on it." That's all very well, and I was on my best behavior the first day I visited the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, Maine. I was polite, sympathetic and curious. But after lunch I went out looking for action. Sunlight on the picket fence across the street was as real as a fistfight.
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