On your to-do list this week: Be heard. First, make a plan to vote. We have advice on how to do it safely. And we also have tips on what to do when you’re being interrupted. And, to cap it off, we have a recipe for an indulgent drink.
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It’s time to make a plan to vote. If you want to vote in person, but you’re apprehensive, that’s understandable. After all, we’re still in a pandemic, people. Grace Dickinson has found 10 simple ways to make voting in person safer. Here are a few solid tips:
If someone shows up behind you without a mask, step out of line if time allows. All voters are asked to wear face coverings, and many polling stations will provide masks to voters who don’t have one. But the right to vote supersedes Pennsylvania mask mandates. If you show up at the same time as someone who’s not wearing a mask, do your best to distance yourself, which may require stepping out of line.
Leave non-voters at home. Bringing your kids with you lets you introduce them to the process and importance of voting. But this year, minimizing crowds takes precedent, so leave all little ones, or anyone who’s not participating, at home when possible.
More excellent safe voting advice in Grace’s full piece.
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Being interrupted while speaking is a lot of things: rude, annoying, disrespectful. And the presidential and vice presidential debates have brought some fresh side eye to the problem. If you’re the interrupted or the interrupter, there are ways to shut it down. Elizabeth Wellington has some useful prompts so everyone has a chance to be heard:
“I notice you are anxious to interject. My request is that you let me finish my thought so that I don’t lose it and then you will have a chance to speak.” If you can, flag someone in the moment if they continue to interject.
“I wanted to talk about earlier. I noticed that you interrupted me several times and I wanted to make you aware of it, but I also wanted to give you an additional chance to be heard.” Sometimes you have to circle back later to make someone aware that they are bowling over you or other speakers. This can give them the chance to be more aware of their behavior next time, especially if you think it’s unintentional.
“Excuse me, I notice you keep interrupting the speakers. Please stop and wait your turn. We want to give everyone — including you — a chance to contribute and be heard.” You may have to interrupt to help give others room to speak.
More cool ideas in Elizabeth’s full story.
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Need a little indulgence as the weather gets chilly? Yeah, so do we. Adam Erace recently walked us through some fall-friendly fancy imbibables. Here’s a non-alcoholic sipper (though if you want to add rum, we aren’t going to stop you) that’s somewhere between a PSL and egg nog.
Pumpkin spice flip
½ ounces brewed cinnamon-flavored black tea, cooled
1½ ounces canned pumpkin puree
¾ ounce unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
½ ounce maple syrup
Pinch kosher salt
Garnish: grated nutmeg, cinnamon stick
Fill a clear mug or rocks glass with crushed ice. Combine the ingredients in a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) for 1 minute. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Liberally grate nutmeg over the surface of the cocktail, garnish with a cinnamon stick, and serve.
More yummy fall drinks in Adam’s full story.