On Google's main site is the announcement that Paddington Bear is 50 years old. For me, that is the equivalent of hearing news of a distant relative whom you've known of, but never spoken to. I don't know Paddington, having somehow missed the phenomenon.
Instead, I immersed myself in other children's series such as Curious George, Frog & Toad, Lyle the Crocodile, and the Narnia series. Perhaps I missed it because there wasn't enough time to get to it before I was reading the Nancy Drew series at age six.
I looked into the Paddington series when my own child was very young, and wasn't terribly impressed. I'm sure you have to be reading it at the right age, at the right time, with a crispy piece of toast thickly smeared with marmalade. But there are so many books, and so little time!
Sarah Palin's Campaigning Tactics
Now that an Alaska panel has declared the Palin had abused her power as Governor of Alaska, her credibility has been damaged.
Reports over the weekend have said that she's toned down her rhetoric and has become almost apologetic in her attacks on Obama. I don't know if this is a result of her latest battle wounds, or if she's been told by McCain that he wants her to play nice.
Either way, it's a mistake. With only a couple more weeks on the trail, the only way to win will be to start laying out Obama's flaws for the public to see. They can be sure that Obama and his henchmen will be milking Palin's recent failure for all it's worth.
Negative campaigning (or mudslinging) is as American as apple pie, despite the protesting howls of the injured. It's also been shown to be very effective under certain circumstances, such as when a campaign is behind an average of 7.5 in the polls (as McCain's was over the weekend).
Will McCain have the guts to do it? It's doubtful. McCain has never understood that politics is not a coy sport.