Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:05:33 -0800 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate bfe9706f68eb78020df2b03d0301ee77 Christian Hate Is No Faith At All for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Most of us who miss our mothers can name moments when our longing is most acute. For me, it sneaks up when I see people wielding God as a weapon. </p> <p>My mother was one of the least judgmental people I've ever known. This came from her belief, steeped in her view of Christianity, that most of us are doing the best we <i>think</i> we can. </p> <p>That woman almost never gave up on people. The parents who abandoned her when she was a child were welcome in her home in adulthood. Friends who hurt her feelings during the week were on her prayer list on Sunday. People who had treated her as invisible felt like family when they were in her care as a nurse's aide. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> a398e56830de3aa9742c6be004f99b7e Democracy, Still for 01/07/2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Like so many of you, I remember what I was doing when I first heard that insurgents had stormed our nation's Capitol. </p> <p>It was about 2 p.m., and I was on the phone with my son Andy as C-SPAN played in the background. He knew I'd be following along as both houses of Congress prepared to certify Joe Biden's election as our next president, despite efforts by a minority of right-wing Republicans trying to stop it. I was looking forward to bearing witness to this time-honored tradition of our democracy.</p> <p>Andy and I had been talking for about an hour. This is a little unusual for us in the middle of the day, which made it all the more special to hear my son's voice. We are both on college faculties &#8212; he's a math professor with a Ph.D.; I'm most definitely not &#8212; and we were swapping tips for teaching on Zoom. A most ordinary topic for us, as I have often sought his guidance about this during the pandemic.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 9221aa5b229c6c78644141802c21c4c3 We Are Not Helpless for 12/31/2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This is a tightrope column, the kind you'd rather not write, about an event you don't feel you can ignore. You tread carefully, but you want people to pay attention as you do.</p> <p>Four days after Christmas, five days before he was to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died of complications from COVID-19 at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.</p> <p>Letlow was 41 years old. He leaves behind his wife, Julia, and two young children, Jeremiah and Jacqueline. He is the highest-ranking politician to die of COVID-19. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> bb939609e212ec8456607f9ed881d204 A Christmas Like No Other for 12/17/2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So, this is Christmas.</p> <p>No travel, and no family or friends outside our secure little bubbles. If we are to take care of one another, this is what we must do, one household at a time. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 309335ed0c97ec128984f164fb08a57d Speaking of Baby Jesus, Let's Talk About Tips for 12/10/2020 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is the time of year when I try to remind patrons of restaurants and coffee shops to tip generously, in the spirt of the season. I want us to tip well all year long, of course, but December can pack a special wallop of motivation for people whipping out their charge cards in celebration of the Christ Child. </p> <p>Or so I want to believe.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> badf7168a243e9ef85ee67d4a7284667 Mourning Doves and Chickadees for 12/03/2020 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Weather forecasters had warned us that snow was coming, and it turns out they weren't kidding. We got about a foot in our Cleveland neighborhood on Tuesday. Twice that amount landed on a suburb just 15 miles east of us. </p> <p>Every time we get a big snow, I think of how I used to egg on my daughter to call my father in snowbelt Ashtabula, Ohio. My son was grown, but she was still a little girl, and whenever we got a few inches in Shaker Heights, she'd call Grandpa to get his snow report.</p> <p>"Snow up to the windowsills," he'd tell her with fake alarm. "Reindeer everywhere!"<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 603181688bc646c2c5ffec355c470b61 As the Students Teach for 11/19/2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's not my habit to write about readers' hate mail, which is as much a part of daily life as toothbrushing, and just as boring. </p> <p>Hate mail comes with a columnist's job. After 18 years of doing this, I know that nothing riles a certain percentage of readers &#8212; universally right-wing and white, and usually male &#8212; more than a woman who is paid to give her opinion. Social media has magnified their voices but not their credibility. There's no masking uninformed rage, which has always been the hallmark of the intellectually lazy. </p> <p>Since 2016, I've seen an uptick in my hate mail directed at university professors. This coincides with the year I began teaching in the journalism school of my alma mater, Kent State, where I am a professional in residence. As dots go, these connect themselves. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> cdd5fc820d81ecd15b7c527979a3b843 This Thanksgiving, Choose Love for 11/12/2020 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year.</p> <p>It's a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. </p> <p>This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those you love to be here for next year's Thanksgiving. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> bd0c878da92e29ecd9e371ede8d92498 Soon for 11/05/2020 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Sunday before Election Day, the wind started yelling early in the day, and by evening, it was knocking the power right out of us. </p> <p>Tens of thousands of homes fell suddenly dark, and when it was our turn to trip over chew toys and fetch flashlights, I couldn't help but respect the wind's powers of perception. We've been sheltering from this storm for so long now, but even good change comes with its own set of problems. </p> <p>The following morning, I walked out to grab the newspaper and then continued to the curb to fetch yesterday's mail because I had, once again, forgotten the simplest of daily tasks. I started up the driveway and suddenly stopped. Both of our yard signs &#8212; one for Joe Biden, one in support of Black Lives Matter &#8212; were gone. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p> 44d67da7e1be7bd587f7e66b080e9708 'I Just Wanted to Let You Know' for 10/29/2020 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I first heard from my old high school friend in an email in October 2011. Subject line: "Ashtabula High 1975."</p> <p>"I am in complete shock over what has happened to compassion in the country I call home," Philip Kachersky wrote. "It is not the same country that I was raised in in Ashtabula in the 1960s and '70s.</p> <p>"It is odd to think that when we were discussing current events during our senior year, you and Pat Day were the class 'liberals' and I was the class 'conservative.' With very similar but more developed views as I had in 1975, I am now considered by many to be a socialist or communist!"<p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> 882336f6283c7ef84cc67eddaf6177f1 'I Want to Feel America' for 10/22/2020 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>They waited in the pouring rain on Wednesday, six feet apart and some of them without umbrellas, to cast their ballots in central Florida. </p> <p>One masked man caught the attention of another voter, and his video account made it to the ABC News Facebook page.</p> <p>"You see how important this election is," the man narrates as he zooms in on a solitary voter getting soaked. "You see this? Unfazed. Us? Oh, we've got our umbrella." He zooms in closer on the voter. "Unfazed," he says again. "That's how important it is."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> c61dbd7f94cfeb56c0059967803f016d After the Election, Hobby Therapy for 10/15/2020 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A new right-wing lie, promoted by Donald Trump Jr. and making the rounds on social media, is that you never see people with Biden signs in their yards flying the American flag from their porches. </p> <p>A conservative neighbor shared a version of this on his Facebook page, and the only reason I heard about it was because another neighbor wondered aloud if the man had ever looked out his own windows. A few doors away, here we are, with a Biden sign in our yard and an American flag whipping in the air over our front steps. </p> <p>You can rightly question why a columnist would have a political sign in her yard. I ask that you take that up with the U.S. senator who lives here. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020</p> 8da9d5147ed20bb177afa45b8278f3f6 Debate or Not Debate? for 10/08/2020 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What a crazy month these last six days have been. </p> <p>On Thursday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the next face-to-face debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and current COVID-19 patient Donald Trump would be faces only, via a virtual event.</p> <p>"To protect the health and safety of all involved," the statement read. Everybody's a comedian these days.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> 16d9b6424678086773c9c92b029a5f51 You Are Part of Voter Protection for 10/01/2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One of the great things about being a columnist is how we can revisit issues over months and even years.</p> <p>One of the frustrating parts of being a columnist is how often we have to revisit the same issues over months and even years.</p> <p>Voting rights, for example. Unfortunately, a perennial topic.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> f6ca12f2604be9e39ea9e34639f8f424 This Is Not How a Winner Talks About the Election for 09/24/2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Wednesday, this was the exchange between a reporter and President Donald Trump at a news conference. </p> <p>In the White House, we must note:</p> <p>Reporter: "Will you commit here, today, for a <i>peaceful</i> transferal of power after the election?"<p>Updated: Fri Sep 25, 2020</p> b7a559810f3d8049476f6cde5fb7ec20 Life, Still for 09/17/2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Today was the day. Marked it on the kitchen wall calendar, which hangs next to the sink because we can always use a little more art in this joint, especially now. </p> <p>I poured a mug of coffee and sat in my favorite chair, the one by the window, which was cracked open to the 50-degree morning. The breakfast crew was chirping away in the platform bird feeder, and I wanted to hear the gossip. </p> <p>I reached for the flower press and set it on my lap. Slowly, I turned each corner's wing nut until I could twirl it up the column of metal and release the two wooden planks pressed together like a sandwich to hold layers of tissue paper and cardboard. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 18e8a2db76ff3b9ce4c27cb64dfdd083 Another Revelation, Another Layer of Grief for 09/10/2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I learned a lot about how to die from my mother, and long before I was holding her hand as she drew her last breath.</p> <p>After nearly two decades as a nurse's aide, Mom became a hospice home-care worker. She took care of the dying, one patient at a time. She spent eight to 10 hours a day with them, sometimes for many months. As her colleagues told me at her wake, when Janey Schultz showed up, people lived longer. </p> <p>Regularly, my mother and I talked about what she was learning about the end of life. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> a907cc00b2c48fe88b92a4609c239801 A Request: Keep a Pandemic Diary for 09/03/2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Since April, I've been telling my students that their generation will be the ultimate storytellers of this pandemic, as COVID-19's legacy will surely endure for decades. This semester, I've taken it a step further and required them to keep pandemic diaries. </p> <p>Their weekly 500-word entries will help me gauge their writing progress and give me glimpses into how they are doing in this challenging time. Just as importantly, they will create a written record of who they were &#8212; in their lives and in this time in history. </p> <p>The seeds for this idea sprouted during my reading of Erik Larson's outstanding new book, "The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz." <p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> de5561ba217bc8cf7c59de34166fa60d How Polite of Melania Trump for 08/27/2020 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I don't care about Melania Trump's past life as a model. She has a right to do as she wants with her own body. Any attempt by liberals to shame her for that is an act of hypocrisy.</p> <p>I don't care what she wears or how she looks. She is glamorous and beautiful, which has nothing to do with her character. </p> <p>I would never mock her accent, because that's the stuff of racist right-wingers, the ones who shout at Latinos to speak "American" even as they show barely a passing familiarity with the English language. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 4bf980b74752cf54b861f0eeeb4c62df Finally, a Convention for the Rest of America for 08/20/2020 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I've attended the last four Democratic conventions, and most of my memories of those milestone events involve crowds.</p> <p>They were everywhere. In the airports of hosting cities. In taxi lines and at the entrances of everything from ticketed events to hotel lobbies packed with people on the lookout for someone they've always wanted to meet. Packed busses and trolleys transport crowds to an even bigger crowd in the arena.</p> <p>This is not a grievance. It's a fact of national political conventions. No matter where you are trying to go, you can count on not getting there as quickly as you had hoped. When you're packing for such a trip, it helps to bring your patience and your stage smile. The only welcome grouch at this four-day party has a furry green body, no evidence of a nose and sleeps in a trash can, hence freeing up one of the coveted hotel rooms.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p>