Late last week, I had routine surgery, which left me unable to see in one eye.

My kids have been poking fun of me, partly because I’ve been wearing an eye patch, and partly because the prescription medications have made me a little loopy.

(I’m not on any painkillers now, but I may still sound loopy. Then again, don’t I always?)

Before I continue, I have to tell you about my amazing advocacy team, which picked up the slack while I was away. We didn’t miss a single newsletter, all of our stories posted as scheduled and every reader email got answered while I was babbling like an incoherent pirate to my cats. My fellow advocates, I love you!

I’m happy to report that I feel well on my way to a full recovery. I have a post-operative exam tomorrow, but every day gets a little better. And if things didn’t go well — heck, I still have one good eye. Arrrrr!

Last week’s update stirred up a little controversy, didn’t it? I noted some of my readers were unhappy with the results of the last presidential election and declared I was not in any way politically aligned with the next presidential administration. You could have probably guessed that, given the progressive and unashamedly liberal views that I’ve openly expressed in the past.

Some of you think I should stay out of politics, and that’s fine. But it’s not going to happen. Asking me to refrain from stating any political belief is like asking you to keep your opinions to yourself. I would never do that, and if you told me you loved Donald Trump or Jill Stein, I’d still be your advocate to my dying day.

Truth be told, I didn’t like any of the candidates this year. But so what? The advocacy my team and I commit every day transcends borders, nationalities and languages. Every four years, we get a chance to elect a new president, and Americans are pretty smart. They won’t make the same mistake twice.

I have a lot of stories this week. But first, I wanted to share my third extended public radio interview with Rick Steves, which airs this weekend. Scroll to the 13:30 marker to hear the whole thing.

If you’re a die-hard Trump fan and you’re looking for more reasons to hate me, you’ll appreciate this week’s USA Today column, which had all the conservative, hate-radio talking heads accusing me of treason. That was a lot of fun.

Speaking of radio, in addition to appearing in my regular syndicated print and online outlets, I was honored this week to be a guest on KRLD, the CBS affiliate in Dallas, KFGO in Fargo, and hanging out with my friends Michael Finney on KGO in San Francisco and Christopher Gabriel on KMJ in Fresno.

In the Washington Post, I have a politics-free column about the value of reader comment cards.

I examine ways to stop the Robocall Apocalypse in my weekly Huffington Post column. It’s also relatively politics-free, in case all this controversy has you on edge today. Our friends at the Register-Herald in West Virginia also picked up the column. Thanks for that.

Finally, I try to unravel a trip to South Florida that goes very wrong for one Canadian visitor. But who’s to blame? This one appeared in the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, but was widely syndicated.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. See you next Sunday — with both eyes, I hope.

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