Sarah Palin In Columbus

Sarah Palin is in Columbus today on her book tour, signing books at a local Borders bookstore.  According to a local radio broadcast this morning, people started lining up at the bookstore before noon yesterday.  The bookstore announced that only 1,000 people will be admitted to see the ex-Governor of Alaska, and people lined up early hoping to be one of the lucky few.  Mrs. Palin is supposed to sign books at the store from 6-9 p.m. today.

I’m not sure that I would wait for 30 hours to get a book signed by anyone.  Still, it is interesting that Mrs. Palin excites that kind of interest.  She seems to be the one politician in American life today that most people do not feel neutral about.  People either think she is great and are willing to wait for hours on line to get her signature on a book, or think she is a blithering idiot who exemplifies the worst qualities of know-nothing conservatives.  My guess is that the reality is somewhere between the two polar extremes.

Incidentally, I don’t call her “Governor Palin” because she is no longer a governor.  I think any politician who is no longer in office should go by Mr. or Mrs.  People who have left office are ordinary citizens like the rest of us, and should be addressed as such.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

In response to the ongoing call for Christmas cookie recipes, here’s a holiday classic:

Dutch Spice Cookies:


1 cup butter, softened; 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar; 1 egg; 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 2 teaspoons cinnamon; 1 teaspoon nutmeg; 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Put butter in a large mixing bowl and beat for 30 second with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. In a separate mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. With mixer on low speed gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until well mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with a floured cookie stamp or the bottom of a drinking glass with a design in it. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown on bottom. With pancake turner lift cookies onto a cooking rack to cool.

These are particularly good with nuts or dried cherries pressed into the tops of the cookies.