Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:07:09 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate defe7e770615950c2d555c27f79ffe67 Parenting, Now for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Earlier this week, our daughter Cait texted a photo capturing a moment of her juggling her job and her two young children at home. </p> <p>At first, I noticed only Cait's hand on the laptop, but as I studied it I saw the reason for snapping the picture. Two-year-old Ela was wedged next to her, her tiny left hand wrapped around her mother's pinky as she typed. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> b32760e006d29634433e3717cfb95dae Not This Grandma for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My, these aging men with their bright ideas. </p> <p>First, it was the president, who has been openly contradicting medical experts with his pining for an early end to social distancing. This would threaten the lives of millions of Americans during the pandemic. Oh, well. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> 51ce4e1eea68baf28b8903a3ccd3bd73 When This Pandemic Ends, We'll Have Decisions to Make for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A favorite book I try never to be without is by the late Irish poet and priest John O'Donohue. It's on my bedside table, on my Kindle and on the Kindle app on my phone.</p> <p>One needn't be Catholic (I'm not) or Irish (I am, but I try not to brag) to appreciate O'Donohue's calm and reassuring presence on every page of his book "To Bless the Space Between Us." <p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> d701230f69d85d602f0ecb4f96628565 Panic, If You Must, And Then Pivot for 03/12/2020 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When is the last time someone told you to calm down, and it worked?</p> <p>I'm not seeing a lot of raised hands. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> d8ea4be35c1bafbdabe937665344e5e2 A Not-So-Super Tuesday for 03/05/2020 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Last week, I sat on a stage in front of more than 200 women in Columbus, Ohio, and tried to answer a simple question.</span><br></p> <p>I don't remember exactly how interviewer Angela Pace asked it, but I heard it this way: What do you want your granddaughters to remember about you? <p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 90ffd8402b7555a808e8ba6f6b0f633b ...and His Activist Wife for 02/27/2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At one point during Donald Trump's impeachment trial last month, I ended up sitting in the family gallery next to Jane Sullivan Roberts, wife of Chief Justice Roberts. </p> <p>Her husband was presiding over the trial. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was one of the 100 senators who would cast a vote in the final verdict.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> 2b6e4284ff60118ca280d6ebad7e9602 Oh, Sure, It's the Democrats Who Have a Problem for 02/13/2020 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The laziest and most common campaign story right now is a version of the following: </p> <p>"The Democrats are in disarray!"<p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 5f47d3502cbe223a334c5fff1a1d37ce What a State of Our Union for 02/06/2020 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Well, I've finally attended a Trump rally. </p> <p>I thought I was showing up for Tuesday's State of the Union address, but as soon as Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, it was clear that even basic protocol would elude this impeached president. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> 6d2ac01938202c40a896e2f1b008db2e Wish You Were Here for 01/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Even if you've been watching gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate's impeachment trial, there's little you've been able to see beyond Chief Justice John Roberts and individuals talking at a lectern in front of a slab of busy marble.</p> <p>There's no sight of the senators on the floor.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> f2b227b1e7344de3296ed1f03b8d48a9 America Is Watching for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It is my habit, and my ethical obligation, to disclose a fact of my marriage when failing to do so could mislead you or diminish your trust in me. </p> <p>Circumstances and subject matter dictate when this is necessary. If I'm writing about our two rescue dogs, my husband's profession is irrelevant in his utter devotion to them. Likewise, his job has nothing to do with my insistence that no husband should speak for his wife without her permission, and by "permission" I impose the strictest of boundaries. Saying, "Yes, Honey, go ahead and order the curry for me," does not mean my husband may start any sentence with, "What my wife meant to say..." </p> <p>Fortunately, like all good men, he understands the difference. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 1f455de9c116beb5fdc2ed3f21c09a8c It Piles Up, This Stuff in Our Way for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Monday, singer John Legend, a star by any measure, tweeted his choice for president to his 13.2 million followers:</p> <p>"I'll be voting for Elizabeth Warren in the CA Democratic primary."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> d2105905c7ca7d7ef8586c844f13dee1 Trump Brays, and the Congregation Cheers for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The day after he ordered the strike that killed Iran's Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump showed up at an evangelical church in Miami to cast himself as a modern-day savior of Christianity. </p> <p>This may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely visited a church during the 2016 campaign, and when he did in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he pulled dollar bills out of his pocket when the communion plate passed his way. Well, look, if you're going to dwell on all that, you are never going to be invited to join Trump's newly founded Christian Church of Campaign Convenience. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 44ccdce8b0ea8c404a2a6651c9fcc53f Life Awaits for 01/01/2020 Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Dec. 29, I became one day older than my mother on the day she died. </p> <p>I did not go to bed until I could say this out loud.</p> <p>At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my husband and said, "Today&#8212;"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 01, 2020</p> b8048e30eecc510f921c0fcb90ee4de4 Who We Are Now Will Be Our Legacy for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We are in the last days of this year, and many of us will spend at least a portion of them in the company of children we love. </p> <p>Never have I been more mindful of this privilege. Most of us want to believe that we will live on in the memories of the children in our lives, but I wonder how many of us have thought about what our legacy will be. </p> <p>As I write, the House of Representatives is in its sixth hour of one- and two-minute speeches in either support of or opposition to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. By the time you read this column, the president of the United States will have been impeached. He will soon face trial in the Senate, and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret of his intentions.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 86c9c37b72e33e73081d5730da0b09b8 A Tip Tutorial, Brought to You by Christmas for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last month, a reader tagged me in a post on her Facebook page to let me know that a tip jar in central Ohio was not operating as a tip jar at all. </p> <p>You would agree with her assessment, unless you're a restaurant patron who loves to reward good service with tips for managers and owners.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 57e3282ea56a53a08b783ffcf30c335f Beware of Mike Pence for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In January of this year, I met Vice President Mike Pence and behaved like the woman my mother would have wanted me to be.</p> <p>She was a lifelong, working-class Democrat, a Christian who was pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ when it wasn't easy to be so in the Midwest. She's been gone 20 years, but as I shook Pence's hand and made small talk, I thought about her. "Represent," Mom always said. "Don't give them any reason to disrespect the people you come from."</p> <p>I was surrounded by six of our seven young grandchildren, along with other family members. We were in Washington, D.C., for the third swearing-in ceremony of my husband, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. It is customary to reenact that momentous occasion by later posing for a family photo with the vice president. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 16b0c90a04cf4fd3dcb23aa170ba521b Calling All Patriots for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When I was pregnant with my daughter, my parents gave me a Cabbage Patch doll with blonde hair and eyes that blinked. </p> <p>On the spot, I named her Gloria Steinem.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 1def72c108b78873f4ed7c6f0c3aaabe The Valor of Ambassador Taylor for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Five hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds into Wednesday's nationally televised impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, began asking Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. a series of questions about his military service. </p> <p>The career diplomat's brief, matter-of-fact answers illustrated the core of his character, and how a hero never lays claim to the title. </p> <p>Maloney: "Ambassador Taylor, what year did you graduate from West Point?"<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> d0b5928a844b65853e47cf1488b792f5 Donald Trump Searches for a Boo-Free Zone for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is headed for Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the big football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.</p> <p>Why, we might wonder, would a president who is facing impeachment want to spend valuable prep time in a football stadium in Alabama? <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 5d14da334642fd38b3f6f57e20a84578 The Christian Right's Loud-Mouthed Wrong for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden attended 9 a.m. mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina. He was in the state for his presidential campaign, but this early morning visit was reportedly intended as personal time, without journalists in tow.</p> <p>It didn't remain private for long. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p>