I’m just back from an amazing Bouchercon in New Orleans where I saw many friends, missed so many others, ate way too much delicious food, dusted powdered sugar off my clothing (repeatedly!), shopped with enabling girlfriends (I’m looking at you, Deborah Crombie!), toured river plantations, boated down the bayou, browsed high end antique stores, and visited the World War II museum which is a Must See, my friends: it must never happen again.
One advantage of being away for almost ten days is that I didn’t have time to watch television. Back home, however, it was back to business as usual. Once again I found myself yelling at the talking heads who seem to think that viewers want to know what the presidential candidates are doing/saying every blinking minute of every blinking day. Actually, we don’t.
While seeking refuge from all the bombast by visiting Jonathan and Drew, the Property Brothers over on HGTV, I said to myself, what can I do? I will vote on election day, of course, but I felt I wanted to do more. I wanted to make a difference.
I don’t care what presidential candidate you endorse (OK, I do, but let’s move on) but if you care about the outcome on November 8, and have the time, consider taking it a step further.
That’s how I found myself in a downtown Annapolis office working the phone banks, calling people who expressed interest in volunteering for Hillary Clinton, doing what I was doing – working the phone banks -- or travelling on busses on the weekends to “missionary territory” -- Pennsylvania and North Carolina -- to knock on doors. The volunteers were a cross-section of America -- men, women, young, old, people of color – and I felt energized in their company.