Janie B. Cheaney

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

Human wrongs

| Canadian commission takes on Mark Steyn-and free speech
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/28/08, 12:00 am

To paraphrase Mark Twain, there's PC, outrageous PC, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Begun as a quasi-legal entity to root out discrimination in the workplace, the CHRC has more recently turned to punishing "offensive" speech. In taking on Mark Steyn, however, it may have invited more publicity than it wants.

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Going without a compass

| It's not about where you go but Who you know
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/14/08, 12:00 am

In 1970 Tony and Maureen Wheeler, newlywed and footloose, set out from London and traveled eastward-begging, borrowing, and earning their way across Europe and Asia on the "hippie trail," all the way to Sydney. Upon their return they wrote an account of their adventure, printed copies and stapled them together under the title Across Asia on the Cheap. Thus were the humble beginnings of the Lonely Planet empire, now with over 600 travel guides in print.

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Comfort seekers

| But everyone's favorite book is more about transformation
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/31/08, 12:00 am

According to a Harris poll conducted in April, the Bible remains the all-time favorite book of a majority of Americans, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. (For those who are wondering, fave No. 2 is Gone with the Wind, followed by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.)

This news is heart-warming, but mind-troubling. For few Americans seem to read their favorite book.

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