Thanks to all of you, it is really a warm welcome. I am very curious to see what emotions my ideas will evoke, and hopefully get a few workable answers to my questions.
harrysin, your guess is not far from the truth; I grew up in a half-greek half-american high school, and later on I worked in the UK for 5 years. It is a pleasure to see that many aspects of woodworking are covered here, as my questions go far and beyond routing.
papawd, what are safe habits? there is a lot to discuss here !!! Is there a forum for safety issues ? I look after a lot of injuries - as a matter of fact, I am about to operate on a nasty hand of a carpenter who took it along with the wood through the tablesaw. Keep me posted, as I find a lot of difference between my beliefs as a surgeon and my practices as a carpenter - I always wonder what I can do more.
Best wishes to you all.