"Winnie the Pooh": Online Educational Fun for Children

Written by Jesse S. Somer

Recently I read a very cool book called "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff written back inrepparttar 1980's. It shows howrepparttar 138603 popular children's cartoon bear Winnierepparttar 138604 Pooh created by A.A. Milne in England inrepparttar 138605 1920's, though a Western concept, actually embodiesrepparttar 138606 ideology ofrepparttar 138607 great Chinese (Eastern) philosophy Taoism (pronounced Daoism). I remember enjoying Winnierepparttar 138608 Pooh stories when I was a kid so I thought I'd dorepparttar 138609 modern task of searching for his name onrepparttar 138610 Internet. Of course there are hundreds of sites based on Pooh, but I decided to go torepparttar 138611 official site entitled: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/pooh/. Uh oh, Disney! Of course Disney didn't haverepparttar 138612 rights on Pooh Bear fromrepparttar 138613 start, but where there is a dollar to be made inrepparttar 138614 realm of children's entertainment...

I may sound a little judgmental here, but I just get a weird feeling about Disney, like they are planning to take overrepparttar 138615 world one day, possibly replacingrepparttar 138616 current governor of California, movie 'star' Arnold Swartzenegger, with Donald Duck or heaven help us, Goofy. Then again maybe that wouldn't really changerepparttar 138617 world much at all! I don't want to get too political as this article is basically going to be a positive review ofrepparttar 138618 Pooh website, but when I think about it, having Pooh Bear as president instead of George Bush could have some really happy and peaceful repercussions aroundrepparttar 138619 globe.

Getting pastrepparttar 138620 idea that Pooh Bear has been 'acquired' byrepparttar 138621 Disney Corporation there are some positives in all situations (Taoist belief ofrepparttar 138622 balance of yin and yang energies) and one of these isrepparttar 138623 fact that Disney have a lot of power and money behind them. Therefore,repparttar 138624 Pooh Bear website in question sets a very high standard of how highrepparttar 138625 quality of websites can reach. The colored graphics are astounding as well asrepparttar 138626 movement and interactivity ofrepparttar 138627 site in general. The main point ofrepparttar 138628 site that I want to emphasize isrepparttar 138629 enjoyable educational value that it holds for children approximately 3-6 years of age, although after reading Hoff's novel, parents and people like myself can also get something out ofrepparttar 138630 stories. Milne's original tales were a social commentary atrepparttar 138631 time of writing as well as promoting happiness and friendship torepparttar 138632 youngest generation. Hopefully in keeping in character, Disney doesn't lose too much ofrepparttar 138633 original purpose and perspective, though in being perpetually politically correct I'm sure all real controversy has disappeared like honey from Pooh Bear's jars.

A new definition of "Buyer Beware"

Written by Jesse S. Somer

"Who's Suzie?" My wife Katrina had been acting strangely ever since I had returned home from my Native American cultural class, not to mentionrepparttar weird phone call I received just before I left, full of little pauses instead of our usual fast-paced communication. Now that I was home she had been pretty much ignoring me completely, then comes this strange question. Katrina was calm but I could tell there was something under her skin as she chopped uprepparttar 138602 vegetables forrepparttar 138603 night's dinner. "I don't know anyone named Suzie." I replied. "Well come to think of it, there's my old friend Peter's wife Suzie." My wife remained calm, " Do you want to tell me anything?" she replied. "There is nothing to tell Kat." Katrina was heating up; her trademark rosy cheeks had evolved to boiling teapot. Still however, no steam or whistle had been emitted from her pretty spout. She looked at me thoughtfully, "Well, I looked at your cell phone today. It seems you've been sending text messages to a woman named Suzie. I've read around thirty of her texts inrepparttar 138604 archive; they're all like "I love you heaps" and "Thinking of you right now". Who is she Tom?" A strange feeling overcame me. Katrina seemed absolutely sure that I was guilty of something. Accused yet innocent, her eyes spoke ofrepparttar 138605 obvious evidence that was piled against me. The thing is, we were really having serious relationship problems atrepparttar 138606 time, with many arguments and rarely seeing eye-to-eye. Katrina was onrepparttar 138607 brink of tears and I simply didn't know what she was talking about. Looking down I could seerepparttar 138608 cell phone gripped tightly in her hands. Funny, I hadn't thought aboutrepparttar 138609 fact that I own two phones and she was holdingrepparttar 138610 one that I rarely use. A few months back I bought it off eBay as it is extremely small and I don't want to have to carry my big expensive "computer" phone on me when I am riding my mountain bike. It was actually my second 'extra' phone as my wife had killedrepparttar 138611 first when she had put it throughrepparttar 138612 washing machine. "Are you talking about that phone Kat? Give me a look at it." She handedrepparttar 138613 phone over reluctantly, as if it were evidence in a murder trial. I looked atrepparttar 138614 messages and sure enough there were a whole bunch from someone named Suzie. Some ofrepparttar 138615 messages were quite raunchy indeed. Straight away I started to search forrepparttar 138616 dates ofrepparttar 138617 archived messages, as they would surely prove my innocence. "Look Kat,repparttar 138618 dates of these messages were several months ago. I've only hadrepparttar 138619 phone for a couple months. They are obviously someone else's."

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