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.

Get out

| Fresh air is one proposal gaining ground in the fight against childhood obesity
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/23/07, 12:00 am

For several years, childhood obesity has been seen as an officially recognized problem, with various health and social organizations raising the alarm. Inevitably, federal and state governments become involved, scratching their collective heads over solutions-including a delightfully simple one: fresh air.

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Writes of passage

| The SAT and ACT are the major factor in whether students are accepted to the university of their choice
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/02/07, 12:00 am

Spring brings showers, flowers, and anxious high-school juniors flocking to the SAT testing hall with No. 2 pencils sharpened. Once upon a time, good grades, recommendations, and an application essay weighed equally with test scores on college applications. But today, increasing mechanization of the process has made the SAT (or ACT) the major factor in whether students are accepted by the university of their choice.

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Joy to the world

| Don't let anyone tell you that Christianity is a religion of sorrow
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/14/07, 12:00 am

Babies are born knowing how to cry, but they have to learn how to laugh. Every mother knows this: By 2 months her baby can smile in response to attention, and by 3 or 4 months she begins making imitative noises. But real, honest-to-goodness belly laughs don't occur until 5 or 6 months. Crying comes right out of the gut; laughter requires context.

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