Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:35:26 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jackie-gingrich-cushman-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman 01b711d3ead932e3a663d322d52bbb21 Where We Belong for 03/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/where-we-belong Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life that Matters," (Crown, 2017, New York, New York), one attribute is still the same: we have a need to belong. In high school, this need to belong can influence and change attire, hairstyle and even actions. The same is true as adults; we, too, want to belong.</p> <p>According to Smith, there are four areas that influence our ability to create a meaningful life &#8212; belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence. Belonging includes forging "relationships in which we feel understood, recognized, and valued &#8212; to know we matter to others." Purpose includes having "a far-reaching goal that motivates us, serves as the organizing principle of our lives, and drives us to make a contribution to the world." When Smith writes about storytelling, it's the ability to take "our disparate experiences and assembling them into a coherent narrative that allows us to make sense of ourselves and the world." Transcendence is the feeling that "we have risen above the everyday world and are connected to something vast and meaningful."</p> <p>The beginning point for a meaningful life is belonging &#8212; this influences our purpose, our story and our ability to transcend. You can identify or belong to a family, tribe, group of friends, team, neighborhood, city, state, nation or religious group, for instance. While we might belong to numerous groups, it's the ones we identify with and the ones that we search for and find relationships where we feel "understood, recognized and valued" that really matter. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 23, 2017</p> c99bdf0b08d07b79b9542fb3b5c22348 A Resilient Country for 03/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/a-resilient-country Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While the election and inauguration are over, it seems, at least to me that partisan politics are as strong as ever. It spills over not only on cable news, broadcast news, internet and print, but also into daily conversations and interactions. </p> <p>As a firm believer of seeing a bright future for all Americans and working towards that future, I am going to ask you to suspend belief for a few moments. Image a country where "optimism, ownership and a sense of control" is pervasive. These attributes, according to Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein in "Raising Resilient Children," are the markers of resilience.</p> <p>A resilient country. Just imagine. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 16, 2017</p> 3446624c8ca87e374caa02b014477860 Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances for 03/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/frameworks-gratitude-and-grievances Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines, Facebook and Twitter is based on our history, our likes and our preferences. While this might lead us to click on much of the content curated for us as individuals, it also means that we will see very different information than others &#8212; with different histories and preferences &#8212; will see. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">What I consider to be important news may never be seen by the person across the aisle from me on a plane. Or it might be presented from a totally different perspective, leading that person to a different and possibly opposite interpretation and understanding.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 09, 2017</p> 004823ba55c79cd95a331b1283d8cbfc Real Honesty for 03/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/real-honesty Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far &#8212; both in terms of what's been done and how it's been communicated &#8212; during a Tuesday interview with "Fox and Friends." Trump, known for being frank with others about their performance, was equally frank about himself and his administration.</p> <p>"In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A. Because I think I've done great things &#8212; I and my people; I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public," he said. "I think I give myself an A in terms of what I've actually done," he continued. "In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C+."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 02, 2017</p> 8f1ef0ade2789937c7cf9bb6e64e2c04 Real News versus Newsish for 02/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/17/real-news-versus-newsish Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>For the past decade, there has been an increased focus on good nutrition and "real" food. Most people understand that while a treat at the ballpark might be fine in moderation (who can resist the cotton candy), a diet of cotton candy will not lead to a good physical outcome. Neither will a diet that consists only of fast food and processed food items.</p> <p>Michale Pollen, author of "Food Rules," wrote that we should avoid "edible food-like substances. They're highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists, consisting mostly of ingredients derived from corn and soy that no normal person keeps in the pantry, and they contain chemical additives with which the human body has not been long acquainted. Today, much of the challenge of eating well comes down to choosing real food and avoiding these industrial novelties."</p> <p>This same challenge confronts us in the news arena. News is now packaged to be entertaining, to be fluffy, to be compelling. Let's call this the choice between real news and industrial news novelties that are newsish.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 23, 2017</p> fcf69a0aeaffb980bf7a9a51d6e0e5a4 Where Strength Comes From for 02/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/17/where-strength-comes-from-c76d8 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.</p> <p>The two speeches provide insight into my two favorite presidents. Both presided over our country during times of vast change and both put their country before themselves. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It would be hard to imagine our country being formed without George Washington's presence, or being saved without Abraham Lincoln.</span><p>Updated: Thu Feb 16, 2017</p> a1dd027a47eaa2785e1e389c1917eb66 Yes, And... for 02/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/17/yes-and Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>If you have ever engaged in improv theater, then you have experienced the process of "yes, and..." What happens is a person says something that may or may not make sense, and you continue forward by following their statement with a "yes, and," which links to what you say next.</p> <p>Businesses have used this improv process to increase creativity and foster collaboration. The "yes" is less of an agreement and more about letting the person before you know they have been heard, the "and" allows the next person to build and move forward. Many times, the "yes, and" proves to be nothing more than a pivot toward an entirely new direction. This can lead to intersections and integrations that can lead to a collaborative answer that is better in the end.</p> <p>Yes, and... Diversity is a hot topic today. Some people argue for diversity to achieve social justice. Some argue that it is a democratic imperative, something we will have to achieve due to the population change over time. Both arguments "trade off diversity with excellence," according to Scott Page, Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan &#8212; Ann Arbor. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 09, 2017</p> 44bf48b26d4216487e816b2efe435bab Facts, Opinions and Outrage for 02/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/17/facts-opinions-and-outrage Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>During his inaugural speech, President Trump put the establishment of both parties on notice that the American people will come first under his leadership. He also spoke about what we can do together. Since his inauguration a little over a week ago, President Trump has moved rapidly, implementing promises made on the campaign trail. Republicans are in charge of both the House and the Senate, but the Democrats are making their opposition known as loudly as possible. Even President Obama joined the fray. </p> <p>With the Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers in the Capitol, the Democrats appear to be tone deaf to what's happened. Instead of making Washington work again, they are failing to show up for Senate committee meetings and relying on rhetoric rather than facts, apparently believing that their bombastic responses are effective.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 02, 2017</p> 06ccfd456b0d79b288bb504e6808a252 The People's Government, the People's Work for 01/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/17/the-peoples-government-the-peoples-work Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On January 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. Trump's speech was 1,435 words long. It included the word "I" only three times. "The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans," said Trump. Later he noted, "I will fight for you with every breath in my body &#8212; and I will never, ever let you down." Whenever he used the word "I," he used it in reference to his service to our country. </p> <p>In contrast, Trump used the word "we" 49 times, the words "you" and "your" 23 times, and the words "America" and "American" 50 times. Three times he focused on himself, and 122 times Trump focused on the people of the United States. </p> <p>He noted the transition of power from one party to another, but more importantly took aim at the "small group in our nation's capital [that] has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 26, 2017</p> e854caa9a908ff0be9dba06345c1fb87 Peaceful Transfer of Power for 01/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/17/peaceful-transfer-of-power Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, President-elect Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. His election is the 58th election of a United States president since we declared our freedom from Great Britain. While there is much media attention regarding those who are protesting, a bit of history might provide a different perspective. </p> <p>The first inauguration was scheduled to be held Wednesday, March 4, 1789, by the Confederate Congress. Cold weather in New York (the nation's capital at that time) led to a delay in the official start of government. After the legislative bodies met and counted the electoral votes George Washington, the victor, traveled from his home in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to New York City to take office. He was sworn into office on April 30. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 19, 2017</p> e74795c99c3d2ff1ac87b777dfe2c337 Grandiose Words Versus Real Results for 01/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/17/grandiose-words-versus-real-results Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Words have power; they create images and possibilities, and provide a window into the future of what could be. The best leaders use positive words to communicate a potential future. They inspire action, progress and positive results. For words to matter, they must be upheld by a solid foundation. They cannot be all fluff and flutter.</p> <p>President Ronald Reagan communicated clearly when he spoke in 1987 in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe," Reagan challenged, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"</p> <p>This same speech noted that there was "one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds. ... Freedom is the victor."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 12, 2017</p> d3b97afb530204641037fbb2b441ee3b The Year to Get Stuff Done for 01/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/17/the-year-to-get-stuff-done Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Every year, my husband Jimmy has a motto. One year it was balance, one was the serenity prayer. Every year has a bit of its own theme, or focus. This year his motto is GSD &#8212; get stuff done. And yes, I have now claimed it for my own.</p> <p>This same theme seems to be present in President-elect Donald Trump's approach as well. Enough of words &#8212; let's accomplish something! </p> <p>With an incoming Republican administration, a Senate now split 52 Republicans, 48 Democrats; and a House split 241 Republicans, 194 Democrats; the onus is on the Republicans to Get Stuff Done.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 05, 2017</p> 261710cb7f78aef23e73205c15c49e72 Happy Almost New Year for 12/29/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/16/happy-almost-new-year Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Christmas is a special time in our family. Our daughter Maggie loves decorating the tree, and her brother Robert is now tall enough to decorate the top third &#8212; that she and I cannot reach. </p> <p>The Christmas celebrations in my husband's family are legendary and fun. They remind me of how blessed I am to be part of a large, loving, generous family. The family party, Christmas Eve at Nanny's and Christmas Day at his Aunt Gayle and Jimmy's as well as Christmas day dinner is at our home with my fairy godmother and her family, are the highlights of the season. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 29, 2016</p> 2c35129b7b4e113a3b4863c00437c797 Christmas Miracles for 12/22/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/16/christmas-miracles-a9f09 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life," are three of my favorite Christmas movies. All three stories revolve around people, connections and miracles. Natalie Wood plays second-grade student Susan in "Miracle on 34th Street." Raised by her mother, Doris, to be practical and not believe in miracles, Susan began to believe in supernatural events after watching a department store Santa (Kris) talk to a girl in her native Dutch. Kris is accused of being crazy and taken to court for representing himself to be Santa Claus, but the case is dismissed after the Post Office delivers mail addressed to Santa to Kris.</p> <p>Susan, who wants a home for Christmas, is disappointed on Christmas morning when she does not receive it. Later that day, Kris persuades Doris and Fred, his attorney and Doris' neighbor, to take a different route home. On the way, Susan spies the house of her dreams with a "For Sale" sign out front. Fred and Doris stop, tour the home, become engaged and agree to buy the house. Afterwards, Kris' cane is spied in the corner of the house.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 22, 2016</p> 46c35f7c38485130a1e8c800b9c4066e Why Great Expectations Matter for 12/15/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/16/why-great-expectations-matter Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>My hometown of Carrollton, Georgia, a town of 14,000, was an hour west of Atlanta. We left our door unlocked while away, life revolved around church and high school football, and I wore my sister's hand me downs until I grew taller than her. We very rarely ate out, and my bedroom furniture included a cast off 3-foot-diameter, circular wooden spool that had been used by Southwire Company, along with cinder blocks and plywood for shelves.</p> <p>After my parents' divorce, my mother recorded every expense, down to the penny. There were times when we barely made it through the month, but we always did. Regardless of our circumstances, we believed that things could get better through education and hard work. </p> <p>"Hillbilly Elegy," written by JD Vance, chronicles Vance's travels from Kentucky to Ohio through the Marines and on to Yale Law School. Self-described as a Scots-Irish hillbilly, he provides insight into the culture, customs and trials of working-class whites in Middle America. Much of what he describes reminds me of my childhood, as well as that of my friends and neighbors.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 15, 2016</p> 5a04f2d439cd51758340e3a49fc596f4 Wow, What a Change in Direction for 12/08/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/16/wow-what-a-change-in-direction Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the year. Ignore the snarky line labeling him " the President-elect of the divided States of America." </p> <p>What a difference a month and an election make!<p>Updated: Thu Dec 08, 2016</p> 7844bc7208c6a050089b88273fef0e5f Responses to Castro's Death Reveal Wide Chasm Between Obama, Trump for 12/01/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/16/responses-to-castros-death-reveal-wide-chasm-between-obama-trump Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This past week, Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, died. The responses from President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama White House underscored how different the two men are, and provided a window into how the next four (or possibly eight) years will differ from the past eight. </p> <p>President Obama's statement was without emotion, worded not to offend anyone, (except those who had endured horrors under Castro), and did not acknowledge the horrors that Fidel Castro and his brother Raul have inflicted on the Cuban people. They were, in fact, ridiculous when viewed against reality.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 01, 2016</p> 0ebe693a57b71862cbf499f666b29f1b Thanksgiving is a Time to 'Heal the Wounds of the Nation' for 11/24/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/16/thanksgiving-is-a-time-to-heal-the-wounds-of-the-nation Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us do so not only with the goal of bringing our families closer together, but bringing our country closer together. </p> <p>Before I talk about how a holiday unique to the United States could serve to heal the wounds of a nation, it may help to consider how we got here. </p> <p>George Washington started our day of thanks, Lincoln made it official and Franklin Roosevelt set the date in stone. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 24, 2016</p> ffb65e0527190316de7a6f2ce296b2d8 Because I Can for 11/17/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/16/because-i-can Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, I turned 50. It's one of those really big birthdays, and I thought about it often during the year leading up to the occasion. What would it mean? Would I feel different? Would it change my outlook or perspective? </p> <p>Well, now it has come and gone, and I am still sorting out the answers.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 17, 2016</p> d89c8841ff72d82f6b7e4e4be3b642f7 The Work is Just Beginning for 11/10/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/16/the-work-is-just-beginning Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sitting in the New York City Hilton, watching the cable newscasters' body language on TV as the numbers began to add up towards a Trump victory was fascinating. Even though I could not hear them, I could see that their body language conveyed an air of disbelief-an inability to comprehend what was happening. </p> <p>Perhaps that was because, after months of dismissing Trump as more of a joke than a presidential candidate, they could not believe that he might just win the night. Georgia, a state Trump won with 51 percent of the vote to Clinton's 46 percent, was not called until 11:37 p.m. Maybe they were hoping that, if they waited long enough, the red tide would turn blue for Georgia, as the news media has incorrectly predicted for years will eventually happen.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 10, 2016</p>