Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:43:23 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 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> 6b42a79565626b5571d605afed9f9f06 After Three Years, Who Are We Now? for 05/07/2020 Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A week after Donald Trump was elected president, writer and scholar Sarah Kendzior, who had predicted in 2015 that he would win, wrote a public letter to the American public.</p> <p>"My fellow Americans," it began. "I have a favor to ask you. ... I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured."<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> f6f6b392518bea8560d2354806cdbb67 Sure, Let's Talk About the Vietnam War for 04/30/2020 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As many news organizations have noted, in just three months the American death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded the number of Americans who were killed in the Vietnam War. </p> <p>This may feel like just another statistic to younger generations, but many who lived through that war hear it and might need a moment. This is not ancient history for us.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> 2cc7fc09cf47969e53aae4fe8b6fd1af Our Young People Will Become the Storytellers of This Pandemic for 04/23/2020 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the beginning of each semester at Kent State, where I teach in the journalism school, I make a point of opening my arms wide and saying to students, "Welcome to your adulthood." </p> <p>The frequency of alarmed faces affirms both my suspicions and my intentions.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 23, 2020</p> 3c320e6444e3276b0fe4a252af84070d A New Normal for 04/16/2020 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This morning, the first email that caught my eye had this in its subject line: World Class Hater.</p> <p>"Miss Schultz," it began. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 16, 2020</p> 62a5c321a05368ff518a8a0dd86e7ee1 Wear the Face Mask for 04/09/2020 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the last month, I've left our home in my car exactly once, to go to the drive-thru window of our local pharmacy for a necessary prescription.</p> <p>On the way, I had to wait behind a city bus as it dropped off passengers at a shopping center. One person after another, many of them young adults, disembarked and immediately held their phones to their ears or in other ways touched their faces. It's such a habit, but it's a dangerous one right now. None of them was wearing gloves or face masks, and all of them likely touched commonly used spaces on the bus that had been previously touched by other people.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 09, 2020</p> 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>