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Articles By Author - Jackie Gingrich Cushman


The Color of Georgia

My father, Newt Gingrich, ran for congress in rural, west, middle Georgia in 1974. At the time, Georgia was dominated by the Democratic Party, there were few Republicans in the state and Watergate was in full swing. Somehow, against this headwind, he managed to garner 49 percent of the vote. He never stopped running, waking up the day after the election to shake hands at the Ford Factory as their shift changed.

April 17, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Final Quarter

Our two children are into the second week of their final quarter of the school year. Warm weather, longer days and budding plants are pushing their thoughts toward summer. For them, summer equates to vacation, travel, sleeping late and the absence of homework, quizzes and tests.

April 03, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Nature, Nurture, Talents

As a mother, I often dwell on my role and that of my husband in influencing our children. I also think about the roles their peers and their environment play in affecting their growth.

March 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Callaway, a Georgian Visionary

Georgia may appear at first glance to be a red state, solidly Republican, but its history is more complex. Those unfamiliar with its political history might be surprised to learn that, for 90 years, the Democratic Party so dominated Georgia that no Republican would run for the governor's office.

March 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Daring to live your dream

Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true. (Yes, he met and even exceeded all criteria).

March 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


It's Putin's mind, not his shoes, that matters

As Americans, we have the unfortunate habit of thinking about others by seeing their actions and reactions from our point of view. We put ourselves in their figurative shoes, i.e., we know about their situations, constraints, advantages and options, but we don't know what is going on in their minds. This may be due to our relative lack of diversity, the geographic size of our nation or our relatively insular upbringing.

March 06, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


GOP should focus on communication

The first two months of 2014 are all but done, and there is only a little more than eight months left until the midterm elections. The House is projected to remain Republican. In the Senate, the seats up for election are currently split between 21 Democratic seats and 15 Republican seats. This difference in open Senate seats, combined with a midterm election, a sluggish economy, and the decline of President Obama's international performance creates an opportunity for the Republicans to potentially pick up the Senate.

February 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


In praise of life's phases

Thursday is my mother's birthday; she would have been 78. This is the first year that she won't be with us to celebrate, but will be in heaven looking down. In my mind, she is still with us in spirit and love.

February 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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Cushman: A much welcomed return to modesty

Just last week, I was commiserating with other moms of middle-school teenage girls about the lack of appealing clothing available to teenage girls and the appalling state of girl teenage fashion today.

March 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Recipe for disaster

Imagine you are a 16-year-old girl, waking up in another person's house, unclothed and unable to find your underwear or earrings after a night of drinking. Unsure of what happened, you go home and go on, but in the days that follow, you see on social media photos of yourself drunk and unresponsive.

March 21, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


King Arthur's Court and Emperor's Clothes

As a corporate budgeter, I learned decades ago only a few people can look at an organization's money, corporation's money or someone else's money and spend it as if it were their own money, i.e., very deliberately, based on the priorities and values of the organization.

March 14, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cushman: Focus on freedom

The recent political entanglements over the budget have focused more on political maneuverings and who is right about what statement, rather than what the policies mean to average, everyday Americans.

March 07, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Better GOP communication needed

"First you win the argument - then you win the vote," is the now well-known quote from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. President Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president who understood and used that strategy.

February 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cushman: Telling the American Story

Stories are important not as simple entertainment, but also as education and indoctrination. What we believe happened in the past and the stories we highlight shade our present and influence our future. The best stories not only have a moral, where good triumphs over evil, but engage us intellectually and also emotionally.

February 21, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cushman: Let's keep our eye on the ball

It seems the Republican Party news is getting worse. This past fall, we suffered the defeat of our nominee for president. Based on the economic conditions, Republicans should have won. Many Republican pundits tagged Mitt Romney as the winner days before the election, talked about a possible landslide and were flabbergasted when he lost.

February 07, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Are guns the problem?

The New York Times mobile app sent me a breaking news update Wednesday morning: "U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter." Based on high government third-quarter spending and government policies and politics occurring during the fourth quarter, the slowdown should come as no surprise.

February 02, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cushman: Republicans have opportunity

Fascinating. President Obama mentioned our Constitution in the first paragraph of his inaugural address, but in the same paragraph quoted from the Declaration of Independence, noting that we "articulated in a declaration" the following words:

January 24, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


GOP’s battle plans need a rework

Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed cited the need to use hard and soft politics in governing the city. "We are making hard decisions again and again that allow us to show compassion," the Democrat said at a luncheon held by the Atlanta Press Club. "Because you can't help other people if you're broke yourself."

January 17, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Ten Ways to Start the New Year Fresh

It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2013.

January 05, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Take time to rest and reflect before New Year

A year ago, I resolved to spend 2012 praying more and, in my prayers, asking for patience. I have prayed, I have asked, I have received, but not enough.

December 29, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Hearing God’s call

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed last week, is a tragic reminder of the sanctity of life. Of promising young lives cut short and the uniqueness and preciousness of every single person.

December 22, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Marriage best left to churches

The current conundrum regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage is what happens when church and state are mixed - the topics become confusing and confused.

December 15, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


In leadership, appearances matter

Last week, I was exiting my neighborhood Starbucks when I happened to overhear a middle-aged man talking to a younger man who appeared to be his son.

December 08, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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