Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 04 Aug 2021 21:25:35 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate a3d2e95bdc689d6c265ef53d119fbd59 Here's to Motherhood, or Not for 05/06/2021 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Recently, a friend and I were talking about our younger parenting days when she said, "You know, you still talk about your single mother days, but that was years ago."</p> <p>She is right, but not really.</p> <p>I've been married for 17 years now, to a man who became so important to my two kids that my daughter asked him to give the father's toast at her wedding. There are other reasons I love him, of course, but in this context, it's his relationship to my children that matters. Certainly, I have not felt alone in parenting for a long time.<p>Updated: Thu May 06, 2021</p> e85c28bb39d14e11dce7cb4b0a3a0fef Pelosi and Harris Made History. What's Next? for 04/29/2021 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are many reasons to reflect on the historical significance of President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress. It was a great speech by a man who understands why he is in this role, in this time. He knows who we need him to be, and isn't that a relief.</p> <p>I first felt the weight of the moment at the sight of those two strong, powerful women standing side by side on the House dais, awaiting Biden's arrival. For the first time, Vice President Kamala Harris called the session to order. For the first time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally introduced President Biden to Congress. </p> <p>The moment was not lost on Biden. "Madam Speaker," he said after handing both women copies of his speech. "Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words. And it's about time."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 29, 2021</p> e9b9df2aee7d6050a2a79d0b62d4b4f0 This Whiteness of Being for 04/22/2021 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's Wednesday morning. I sign into the eighth one-on-one student videoconference but immediately see that, on this call, with this cherished student, there's no oxygen for talking about the final, mundane details of spring semester. The young Black woman looking at me through the computer screen is in almost unspeakable pain. </p> <p>We are meeting less than 24 hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the murder last May of George Floyd. Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. I always try to remember to include that because, in my experience, young people can't forget it, and neither should we. It's the very least we can do for Floyd and for Darnella Frazier, the brave 17-year-old Black girl who held up her phone that day and bore witness to the last minutes of his life. It's hard for me to believe a person can watch even part of her 10-minute video and not feel something break inside. </p> <p>The Chauvin verdict is an accountability, but it is not justice, my student says, and I agree. Justice would mean George Floyd was still alive and able to hold his 6-year-old daughter Gianna in his arms. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 22, 2021</p> 6787188cad87d164e5499ae8984ce6ea Get Thee Vaccinated, Evangelical Friends for 04/08/2021 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Sometimes, I wonder if I'm ever going to get over how some humans have behaved during this pandemic.</p> <p>First, the good news: As of this week, more than 65 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more are well on their way. </p> <p>Now, the pull-out-your-hair news: A Pew Research study reports that, of the 41 million white evangelical adults in the U.S., a whopping 45% of them said in late February they don't plan to get vaccinated. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> a52bfe9dbf716099a50f9f34ab0b6b4e Hello From Alaska for 04/01/2021 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, I had an email exchange with a person who had every reason to be disappointed in me. </p> <p>Instead, he insisted his faith in me was steadfast, and I'm not the least bit embarrassed to tell you I wept in the way I've always imagined people do after Superman sweeps down for the rescue. One moment you're staring wide-eyed at the bus about to run you over, and the next you're up in the clouds bracing for a gentle landing. </p> <p>The morning after our exchange, I woke up still thinking about it and realized I had stumbled upon an essential truth: The people who have been the kindest during this pandemic will be, for the rest of my days, the kindest people I have ever known. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> f0476effdaec54531fc6cc2e85be791f COVID-19 Vaccine: Part II for 03/25/2021 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hello, it's me again, your freshly vaccinated columnist, here to tell you about Dose No. 2. </p> <p>It's been 28 hours since I got my second jab of the Moderna vaccine, and I admit I was more nervous about this one. </p> <p>I'd heard stories. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> f3e7240b29b65caeee11c0c7559b8977 COVID-19 Vaccine: Part I for 03/18/2021 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There were many times, I'm sure, when my mother was disappointed in me, but one memory is seared into my brain like rice scorched into the bottom of a forgotten pot on the stove. Imagine it's your mom's favorite pot. The one she inherited from the good grandmother. </p> <p>I was 16, and for reasons I can't remember, I had to get a blood test at the hospital where Mom worked as a nurse's aide. This was the age when I was diagnosed with severe asthma, so maybe this was a test to see if I was going to die. I may be exaggerating.</p> <p>Anyway, this blood test was a very big deal to both of us for different reasons.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> 82610befd5fccd90f6b70ea7b9ad0696 Praise Jesus, But Not Really for 03/11/2021 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After I first started writing a column, in the fall of 2002, it wasn't long before I heard regularly from those who brandished God as a weapon in opposing LGBTQ rights. </p> <p>This was not surprising. Back then, I was on staff at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and I was long familiar with the bigotry in my home state. Most of the hate mail came from strangers, but I got my share of lectures from blood relatives, too. Few things anger right-wing Christians more than a family member insisting she's acquainted with a different version of God.</p> <p>Goodness, the hate. That stuff stays with you. Just last week, I was reminiscing with a friend about a 2004 speech I gave at a women's event. More than 500 women in the audience, but when it was time to take questions, the first came from one of the handful of men in attendance. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> 55094a83a7959f58e8ab6e0b17ab82f8 My Brother, Still for 03/04/2021 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When my brother was a boy, he loved to leave pennies on the railroad tracks up the street from our house and wait for the freight train to flatten them as it zoomed by.</p> <p>This scared my mother to death. I don't know that she ever found a flattened penny in the pocket of his jeans or heard it rattling around in the clothes dryer. More likely, she got regular dispatches from the neighborhood gossips reporting for duty. </p> <p>Every so often, I'd hear her yell his name and order him to stand in front of her &#8212; "Right this minute, Mister" &#8212; for a lecture about the violent death awaiting him at the tracks.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> d14387be71d9f4739f36dd3051dfb343 Lessons Learned for 02/25/2021 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of our collective COVID-19 incarceration, and I thought it might be helpful to share a few things I've learned during quarantine. </p> <p>For example, did you know that if you're talking on the phone while wearing earbuds, you don't have to yell? No kidding. Just go on and use your inside voice, and everyone who's on the call will hear you. </p> <p>I shared this tip last week on social media &#8212; or rather, our older dog, Franklin, did &#8212; and the ensuing threads across platforms made me think I may not be the only one going through this with someone in my home. If I were, and I'm not claiming that I am. Heavens, no. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p> 1f70e5cfc4ff70258a6b8b865b7f8fe0 I'd Rather Talk About Michael J. Fox for 02/18/2021 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>How do we acknowledge the death of someone who made a career of inflicting harm? </p> <p>Perhaps I should start with a story.</p> <p>I first met Michael J. Fox in 2006, not long after Rush Limbaugh had mocked his involuntary movements caused by Parkinson's disease. Michael was in Ohio for a rally in support of stem cell research that could save countless lives. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> 6684bf0c3db9948e82749336902bccd7 A Mind of Winter for 02/11/2021 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It was around 8 o'clock on a recent Monday night, and my husband was yelling at the neighbors. </p> <p>"Jackie! Kate! Jackie! Kate!" </p> <p>"Honey, they can't hear you."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2021</p> ffdb4395c81e4da62c78166b1766949d We Can Stop Wondering Who the Republicans Want to Be for 02/05/2021 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When Marjorie Taylor Greene was a teenager, she &#8212; </p> <p>Oops, wrong age.</p> <p>When Marjorie Taylor Greene was barely into her 20s, she &#8212; <p>Updated: Fri Feb 05, 2021</p> 549714dc649de412276e84270c54cc17 What We Owe Our College Students for 01/28/2021 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Two weeks into spring semester at the University of Florida, groups of unmasked college students &#8212; 30 or more at a time, many hollering as they partied &#8212; stood in lines to enter bars and clubs in Gainesville. </p> <p>Photos in The Gainesville Sun showed them standing elbow to elbow, ear to ear. I've seen more space between parentheses. This is precisely what we are not supposed to do as this pandemic continues to rage.</p> <p>The beginning of this sentence in the accompanying story caught my eye: "Though most students were wary to talk to The Sun, those who did said they weren't afraid of picking up the virus because they weren't at risk of infecting elderly, vulnerable family members, would get tested before returning home or already had COVID-19."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> 71c3a30a3c1e2ffed8c19999d09c5d79 We Have Our Marching Orders for 01/21/2021 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Finally, we have a new president. </p> <p>Many of us are feeling a lot of excitement, buttressed by wave after wave of relief. We are a nation of survivors.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> 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>