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“Connie Schultz writes like a dream. We should refer our readers to her—with respect: She’s a turbo-charged straight shooter.”
That was the delighted message sent to us at Women’s Voices for Change by a board member who’d just come across Schultz’s witty new blog, “Life in the Middle Ages.” (“Middle Ages” meaning life now, when you’re over 50, not life in medieval times.)
This particular essay, which appeared on July 20, 2013, charmed us all. We couldn’t help noticing that Connie is so in sync with our mission: Her observations—rueful, wry, amiable, astute—are a masterly expression of what our readers tell us again and again.
An example: Confronted by a young man who had rushed to catch up with her in an airport—and openly showed his disappointment when he saw her face (“You look younger from behind”)—she simply laughed and posted the young man’s comment on Facebook. And then she wrote that July essay, putting forth this wise observation about older women: “It takes a little time to accept that the world is onto us.” (A startling thought at first. Then it makes life easier.)
Connie’s blog appears every Friday on parade.com. But there’s more to be enjoyed—years of syndicated columns for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other publications, and two books of commentary, Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths, and . . . And His Lovely Wife: The Woman Behind the Man. Her Plain Dealer columns won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2005.
Connie is married to Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a fact she drolly affirmed on her Facebook page in this exchange with a conservative blogger who had set out to sandbag her as an unethical journalist:
Email from conservative blogger, dated July 9, 2012:
Dear Ms. Shultz,
We are doing an exposé on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him.
Care to comment?
Connie’s Response, dated July 10, 2012:
Dear Mr. [Name Deleted]:
I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute.
He’s also my husband.
You know that, right?
So here we are this August Saturday, with our newest recommendation for New & Notable reading: the commentary of middle-aged-but-thoroughly-unfazed Connie Schultz.