I've campaigned for people. I've campaigned across the country for people. I have supported people in local elections. I do work with groups and causes. So, I feel like I am a participant and a civically-engaged citizen.
After my mom died, there was so much written about her fashion and her style and all that, and I felt that one of the most important parts of her was missing, her real intellectual curiosity.
I know my mother so well, so it's hard for me to remember that people have a certain image of her, but they don't really know her personality.
To the extent that we are all educated and informed, we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.