This summer I joined the board of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation as the new Vice President of Funding Programs. Last week, at our Affiliated Minister’s request, I started writing a reflection of what’s helping my (liberal, heartbroken) soul after the election of Ivanka’s Dad to the highest office in the land. I wrote more & wrapped it up yesterday for the UUWF blog “Leaping From Our Spheres.” An excerpt is below, and you can see the whole entry here on the UUWF website.
I awoke on November 9 as if from a bad dream, my young son had made a mess that I wasn’t ready to deal with, and I’d stayed up late the night before trying to comprehend what was going on.
The nightmare has deepened as time goes by. Things that have helped me include SNL that week; I’m a big fan of Dave Chappelle and was so happy to see him back in the public eye. I played the cold open — Kate McKinnon dressed as Hilary and playing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on loop — for a few days, trying to get “Sister Suffragette” from Mary Poppins out of my head.
Since then I’ve made a document with all my legislators’ phone numbers for their DC/Austin and home offices, and called most of them about one piece of legislation or another. I did Paul Ryan’s survey about whether I support the ACA and left a detailed message about how I (a freelancer) and my husband (a student) would not have insurance if it were not for the ACA. That my husband was able to have surgery this summer only because of our subsidized plan. That only our young son would be covered by Medicaid if it were not for the ACA.