To say it’s been a rough week would be an understatement. Very few people I know have slept well since the election was called. Many woke up to terrified children who were afraid to leave the house because of the color of their skin or their religion. Others, several gay couples I know, are afraid of losing their children all together. Lots of women are feeling frightened and devalued. I haven’t met anyone who isn’t upset or talking about the outcome of this election. Suffice it to say, our country and it’s citizenry are having a tough time.
Today, I headed to Minuteman National Park, the birthplace of America – the site of the American revolution – to try to gain some perspective about what’s happening to our country.
Remember, this whole American democracy thing was just an experiment. There’s nothing that says it has to work.
That said, we’ve made it this far. America has seen some tough times. And, like many of you, most of the world needs us to find a way through this turmoil.
I tried to generate some ideas that might help, at least in some small measure.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Recognize that what people are feeling is real. Don’t make jokes or brag that your candidate won. Some people are afraid for their safety.
- Support one another. Let people know that you have their back.
- Condemn hatred and violence of any kind.
- Listen. Be there for people who are having a tough time.
- Hugs. Give out lots of hugs.
6. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing you can do. Be the change.
8. Practice random acts of kindness and beauty.
9. Donate to charities that will need our help such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Sierra Club and donate to news organizations that actually report news such as Democracy Now and Mother Jones.
10. Get outside and connect with nature.
11. Stay involved. Be educated. Be part of the conversation.
11. Be hopeful. This is the United States of America. There’s nothing we can’t do together.
I found this online and wanted to share it with you.
If you wear a hijab, I will sit with you on the train.
If your trans, I’ll go to the bathroom with you.
If you’re a person of color, I’ll stand with you if the cops stop you.
If you’re a person with disabilities, I’ll be your megaphone.
If you’re an immigrant, I’ll help you find resources.
If you’re a survivor, I’ll believe you.
If you’re a refugee, I’ll make sure you’re welcome.
If you’re a veteran, I’ll take up your fight.
If you’re LGBTQ, I won’t let anyone tell you you’re broken.
If you’re a woman, I’ll make sure you get home ok.
If you’re tired, me too.
If you need a hug, I’ve got an infinite supply.
If you need me, I’ll be with you. All I ask is that you be with me, too.
I’m sure you can relate to stress eating. We’ve been doing a lot of it in our house. I made this bread and it’s fantastic. It’s also gluten-free, vegetarian, healthy and delicious so give it a try. Next time I make the bread, I’ll measure it in grams and post it for you.
Seed and Nut Bread
1 c sliced almonds
1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/4 chia seeds
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c. plus 2 tbs amaranth flour
2 tbs quinoa flour
1 tbs. tapioca starch
1/4 c brown rice flour
1/4 c olive oil
1/3 c water
2 tbs honey
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for 10-12 minutes. In separate bowl combine chia seeds, salt, baking soda, amaranth flour, quinoa flour, tapioca starch, and brown rice flour.
Add the cooled roasted seeds to this mixture. Using a big wooden spoon, stir in olive oil, water, egg and honey.
Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture into the loaf pan. Let the pan containing the mixture rest on the counter for 1-2 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. It’s done when it’s a dark golden color.
Serve with butter, jam, hummus, avocado or any other of your favorite spreads. Also great toasted.