Janie B. Cheaney

Janie lives in Missouri, is a columnist for WORLD, writes novels for young adults, and is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series. She also reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

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In too deep?

Culture | The manipulation of images and voices is moving off the sidelines
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/15/18, 10:23 am

In the last week of 2016, I lined up at the box office to see Rogue One, the Star Wars prequel. I had not heard much about it beforehand, so I was startled by the appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin (villain of Star Wars: A New Hope), played by the original actor from 1977. Peter Cushing had been dead for 22 years, but his head was masterfully superimposed on the body of a live actor. The appearance of a young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the last moment of the film enhanced the creep factor, as her death on Dec. 27 was still headline news.

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Branched out

Courts | The Supreme Court wasn’t supposed to have the mighty authority it claims
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/01/18, 10:04 am

How did an unassuming Sacramento lawyer become the most powerful man in America?

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Erasing Laura

Race Issues | Our forebears, despite their sins, have much to teach us if we’ll listen
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/19/18, 02:18 pm

Almost 150 years ago, a young couple loaded a covered wagon with their few belongings and two small daughters and traveled from their home in Wisconsin to a promised land in Kansas. Coming to a stretch of rolling prairie near a creek, the father’s practiced eye sized it up and declared to his wife, “Well Caroline, here’s the place we’ve been looking for. Might as well camp.” As the little girls bedded down in the wagon that night, they felt the stillness of “stars shining down on a great, flat land where no one lived.”

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