Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:32:18 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 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> 0704c4ac7c1d3bbf3c1dd7af4349d458 Finding Hope in Her Ambition for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 2016, I wanted Hillary Clinton to be our next president, and I was sure that she would be.</p> <p>I was devastated.</p> <p>In 2019 and early 2020, I wanted a woman to win the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Instead, one qualified woman after another failed to get enough votes, and now Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> 50284920593e623d0d6788927c0102e3 Let's Avoid the Dueling Dogma for 08/06/2020 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Thursday, President Donald Trump landed here in Cleveland and had barely plodded across the tarmac before declaring that Joe Biden would "hurt God." </p> <p>I struggle for the words to convey my joy. </p> <p>That Trump thinks Biden could inflict injury on God gives us a good idea of just how much he fears Biden. The clock is ticking, Mr. President. It's too bad the White House staff forgot to give Preacher Trump his Bible prop as he brayed into the wind. That visual worked so well for him last time. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> 2a088d217f118fa40981321b47eb4d2d 'Walk With the Wind ... ' for 07/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What a moment in America.</p> <p>On Thursday, three former U.S. presidents &#8212; George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama &#8212; walked into Atlanta's storied Ebenezer Baptist Church to deliver tributes to civil rights icon John Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80. </p> <p>Earlier this week, the current president of the United States refused to honor Lewis even in Washington, where Lewis' body lay in state in the Capitol rotunda on the Lincoln catafalque, a platform built in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> df4949486453b9a5afd4a68a8ef484d4 For John Lewis, We Will Carry On for 07/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The first time I met John Lewis, in 2003, it was as the new girlfriend of his colleague in the House of Representatives. He had just sat down at his assigned seat in a room full of dinner tables, but as soon as he saw Sherrod and me walking toward him, John stood up and pulled me into a hug. </p> <p>"You're the reason he can't stop smiling," John said. </p> <p>I flushed and blubbered some denial. He stepped back and held me at arms-length with both hands. "You think I'm just saying that," he said. "I'm telling you that my friend's life has changed because you are in it."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> 98c39a44cc88aa4b026e1c21043b54ac My Year of Staying Alive for 07/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a few days, on July 21, I will be one year older than my mother was when she died. </p> <p>For eight months, I worried about meeting this milestone. </p> <p>Then the coronavirus arrived.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 16, 2020</p> b27323c6e326bde0008b8826252b492b Saving What We Can for 07/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Before I sat down to write this column, I looked out our front window and found our hydrangeas in a state of despair. </p> <p>It's 91 degrees &#8212; a July cold snap in Phoenix, perhaps, where it's currently 107 degrees, but here in Cleveland, it's the temperature of wilted morale. This was possibly not true last summer, but that was when an air-conditioned dinner out with friends was one of the most ordinary things you could do on a hot summer night. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> e3bbc58e8e5952af1238dfd841b4569b It's Not a Debate: Wear a Mask for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you're still opposed to wearing a face mask in public, this column is for Very Special You.</p> <p>I don't mean that sarcastically. One of us believes we're magically immune to this highly contagious virus, and it sure isn't me. I've never felt that special a day in my life. So, lucky you.</p> <p>Except you probably aren't that lucky.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 22d516480166c6ce78d3792f1ff4d992 Loneliness Begets Hope for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Earlier today, I was in the middle of a phone conversation with a young writer when she confessed to being surprised by a particular longing. </p> <p>"I miss seeing my friends," she said. "We text, and now we sometimes even call each other. It helps to hear their voices, but I miss sitting with them and watching their faces. I miss &#8212; " She paused. </p> <p>"The spontaneity?" <p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> ebe4aa457a3a423050cb90b813997683 A Temporary Reprieve for Those Who Dream for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Thursday, the Supreme Court stopped President Donald Trump from inflicting the devastation that candidate Trump had vowed to inflict on 700,000 young immigrants in this country. </p> <p>This is a temporary reprieve, which makes this another reason why this year's presidential election is the most important one in our lifetime, no matter our age. Casting our vote is our last chance to stop the most dangerous man to inhabit the White House before he burns to the ground whatever remains of the American dream. </p> <p>The court ruled that Trump could not immediately push through his plan to end the program, initiated by President Barack Obama, to protect about 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants and allow them to work and go to college. The program is called DACA, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and its recipients are known as Dreamers. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> 3f8af3c2ae501524d46fadba31341285 My Mother, the Essential Worker for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On the eve of my junior year in high school, my mother returned to the job she'd held before she became pregnant with me, at age 19, and married my father, who was also 19. </p> <p>At age 36, Janey Schultz was once again a nurse's aide at the public hospital in our small town of Ashtabula, Ohio. </p> <p>Today, we would call her an essential worker.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 3db7251be86b6350672a440712d6a60e Shhh, White People, Listen for 06/05/2020 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One morning earlier this week, my friend Kate and I were walking through our Cleveland neighborhood when our conversation, conducted at a safe distance from each other, turned to the funeral of Tamir Rice. </p> <p>Only Pastor Kate would think to remember my story from that day.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p> f06b519e62089ddb944f8e85adaccd26 Here We Are Again, This Time in Minneapolis for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>And so here we are again. Another black man, unarmed and defenseless, is dead at the hands of a white police officer.</p> <p>This time it was in Minneapolis, where excessive force complaints against its police officers are all-too-common, especially by black residents. </p> <p>This time, it was 46-year-old George Floyd who lay handcuffed on the ground while police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck.<p>Updated: Mon Jun 01, 2020</p> 138116290467525cc70c54866e790afc Annie Glenn, American Hero for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side-by-side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd. </p> <p>We had been close friends for six years by then. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was running for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Annie's husband &#8212; that's how I always introduced him, to his delight &#8212; was former senator and astronaut John Glenn, who often joined Sherrod on the campaign trail. </p> <p>At one point as we waited, Annie tilted her head at me and then laughed. "What?" she said. "Why are you staring at me?"<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> 28bb95b4fc317473b3487018d8fa41f9 Hello, Joy for 05/14/2020 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My annual order of wildflower seeds arrived in the mail, and I've never been so eager to start something new &#8212; something beautiful and immune to the virus taking so much away. </p> <p>I love reading aloud the names of the flowers that, in theory, will thrive here in northeast Ohio. <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p>