Jackie Gingrich Cushman writes a weekly human-interest column for Creators Syndicate that focuses on current events and political issues from a mom's perspective.
Cushman is passionate about improving the world her two children will inherit and teaching them how to make a positive impact through their daily lives. As a daughter of former Speaker Newt Gingrich, her perspective has been shaped by a lifetime of work in public service.
Cushman most recent book is “The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches that Every American Should Own,” (Regnery, 2010). Cushman and her father have collaborated on articles and op-eds and have co-authored “5 Principles for a Successful Life: from Our Family to Yours” (Crown Forum, 2009).
Jackie's non-profit activities have included serving on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of Genesis: A New Life, the Advisory Board of the Alliance Theatre and the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation.
Jackie’s work has been cited on the Today show and in New York Magazine, USA Today, and The Washington Times. She has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America CNN’s Campbell Brown, The 700 Club, Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, The Strategy Room, On the Record With Greta van Susteren, Geraldo at Large, The Huckabee Show and Squeeze Play on Canada’s Business News Network.
Jackie and Jimmy Cushman, Jr., and their two children live in Atlanta. Jackie and Jimmy served as the chairpersons for the 2007 Annual Garden of Eden Ball benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Jackie graduated cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. She received her MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Jackie is a passionate and inspirational speaker, focusing on how to learn and make a difference in our daily lives.
We were sitting in a sunroom, swapping stories, news and updates when the question was asked, "Why did they get divorced?" We leaned forward in anticipation of a standard response; "he was having an affair," or "she was having an affair," a possible "they've grown apart," or a more nebulous "it just wasn't working anymore." Instead the answer was more visceral and direct.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A day of family gatherings, feasting, football and the last respite before the start of the Christmas shopping season. The focus is on spending time together rather than giving gifts and attending cocktail parties
This month, our nation has two pivotal anniversaries: the 150 anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, (November 19th), and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, (November 22).
Autumn has always been a transitional season for me. As a child, I saw it as the time when the carefree days of summer changed to conform with the structure and requirements of school. The same held true through college and graduate school.
Transformation is fascinating, especially when the change is dramatic and you can see it happen before your very eyes. That point was underscored to me this week by "Body Evolution" by Global Democracy, a video that was released two years ago, but went viral last week, when the model was identified publicly.
Last night, my husband Jimmy and I were talking about how fast time, at least as it pertains to our children, has flown.
The news this week of two arrests in the case of a 12-year-old suicide is a reminder of how middle school drama can go awry.
The current budget impasse might have made you a bit blue. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when the potential of a debt default is the news, it's easy to forget the ups.
Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance.
At times it can be discouraging: News out of Washington focuses on the negative, partisanship and gridlock. Our fiscal year begins Oct. 1. In theory, our government should have an annual budget approved before the new year begins. Instead, the legislative bodies are voting on bills that would approve spending for three months at current levels.
Serendipitous events do not a strategy make.
Out of the corner of my eye, as I was passing a television, I saw a plane fly into a building. The sound was not on, and I thought, it must be a small plane and a small building. An errant pilot or a plane with failing equipment that crashed when it intended to land.
Good parents eventually learn that lines in the sand are useful only if enforced. Inevitably, red lines will be stepped on or, more often than not, jumped over.
My favorite place in Washington is the Lincoln Memorial. Its grand size, pivotal location and sweeping view of our capital city are a backdrop for the inspirational addresses inscribed on its walls. Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address are there for all visitors to read.
In the end, the American people want a government that works for them, that gets things done and projects an aura of possibility and potential. Let's hope it passes the test.
Reflecting on the memories shared and lives helped reminded me that, while my mom might be gone, she has left a legacy in the people she loved and the lives she changed. The best memorial to her might just be to encourage more and love more deeply.
It's been a strange week. My sister and I passed the coursework and pool portion for open-water scuba diving, my son turned 12, and my mother ended up in ICU. You can plan as much as you like, but oftentimes life happens -- and not as you might have planned.
A real national conversation about race would delve deep into the why, without laying blame; to foster understanding, rather than simply asking the what.
Currently 20 of the 100 U.S. senators are women, as are 78 of the 435 representatives, for a grand total of 18 percent of congressional seats. In contrast, according to exit polls, women made up 53 percent of the voters in the 2012 presidential election.
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