Shortly into giving a poetry reading to a new audience, I sometimes find myself saying—when I'm talking about calm—that I'm a Buddhist.
An accepting murmur from the audience generally follows.
But then I can't resist adding, “I'm a Republican, too.”
Expressions of consternation and shock.
Then I hear myself telling the audience that I'm a “moderate-to-liberal Republican” and voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Previously, I voted for a moderate Republican in the primaries, not for then-candidate Trump.