Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Hard times ahead

Campaign 2008 | Secularists and Americanists are putting their trust in the wrong place
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 11/01/08, 12:00 am

On the first weekend in October, three movies debuted at the cinema, with nothing in common except this: Each had an overt and deliberate message. The messages differed considerably. Religulous (see "Bill of goods," Oct. 18/25) mocked organized religion; An American Carol (see "Swing and miss," Oct. 18/25) led three cheers for the greatness of our nation; Fireproof quietly pointed to Christ as the savior of marriages and men. In box-office rankings they placed 10th, ninth, and eighth, respectively.

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Lakoff: Ben Margot/AP • Frank: Handout

Who's getting framed?

| Reason goes to the sidelines in American politics
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/18/08, 12:00 am

In the dark days of 2004, Democratic strategists were desperately seeking the magic pill that would explain their sickness and point the way to a cure. The last two elections had been disastrous for them: Please, Doctor-what went wrong?

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Associated Press/Photo by Jim McKnight

Shall we ...?

| In the ballroom it's all about leading and following
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/04/08, 12:00 am

It seems an ingrained part of culture to us, with a history stretching back to the recesses of time. From Dancing with the Stars, to Fred-and-Ginger, to Johann Strauss, to . . . hmm.

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