"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
Our three youngest -- Jefferson, Emerson and Reagan -- help Mrs. Other McCain decorate the tree: The video was recorded late Saturday afternoon, which is the subject of Reagan's comment at the end. Barring a miracle (hey, I could get lucky, maybe even tonight) seven-year-old Reagan will be the only one of our six children without a baby brother or sister. So we're hoping that the future Mrs. Nestares will provide Reagan with a niece or nephew in a couple of years.