What is your opinion of the state of health care in your country? Adequate or inadequate? What could be done to improve it?

I live in the U.S. and healthcare here is a mess. We took a small step forward with the Affordable Care Act so at least insurance was within reach for more people but the system as a whole is extremely problematic. Health insurance costs a lot but you still end up paying for medical services with copays or deductible.

Then there are loopholes — you might have insurance, but if you’re in a car accident and get taken to an out-of-network hospital you end up paying a chunk of money for services. Or you might schedule a surgery at an in-network facility but if the anesthesiologist’s out-of-network for your particular insurance then you end up paying that full fee despite your procedure being covered. I could go on and on and on.

I believe healthcare is a human right and should be universal.

What are two words that describe you best?

Imaginative and sensitive.

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what it’s like?

I roll out of bed, give Phoebe her pills, and fix a cup of coffee while trying to stay out of everybody’s way as they leave for school/work. I take my coffee and a Kind bar downstairs and catch up on the news while our dogs romp in the yard. If I’m really on top of things I’ll empty the dishwasher — otherwise I tend to forget it until late afternoon when I’m thinking about dinner. After that my routine shifts based on what I have scheduled that day. Super exciting, right?

What’s something that really makes your blood race? 

I don’t know why but I can’t settle on an interpretation here. If we’re talking “blood race” like being passionate then I’d say women’s rights and racial justice work. If we’re talking “blood race” like infuriated…well, this time of year I’d have to say road rage. Parking lots, local roads, interstates — everyone is driving like a bat out of hell with their hair on fire and it stresses me out.

Do you enjoy singing festive songs during *insert festive celebration that you observe to replace “Christmas” if it’s not relevant to you* Christmas carols or songs?

Ironically, no. I love singing, I do, but whatever fools wrote these Christmas carols set them in a key so high they should come with an altitude warning. Back in my choir days I would get lightheaded trying to keep up.

Feel free to share something that brings peace to you.

Sunsets. I find it physically impossible to rage about a problem while looking at a sunset. It’s a nice reprieve.

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