January 23, 2009
I have decided to start a new feature here at Caribousmom…something I call Noteworthy News.
I often find interesting “news” tidbits by browsing the blogs and news networks – items that may or may not be related to books, but typically strike me as being noteworthy. I have decided to start sharing these from time to time. Hope you will enjoy!
This past week found Americans celebrating the inauguration of our 44th President – Barack Obama. He has been in office now for 5 days – so how is he doing? This site is keeping track of the 500 promises President Obama made to the American people – so far he has satisfied 7, is working on 14 and has stalled on 1. Not a bad track record for less than a week in the White House!
Are you like me? Do you read the headlines online, or pick up your local paper and flip through it mindlessly? Do you take for granted how the news found its way into your hands? A friend recently sent me a stunning editorial written by a Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge who foresaw his own death. This brave man was murdered to silence him – to keep him from reporting the injustices of a government. Somehow I knew things like this were happening all over the world, yet it has always felt so removed from me. Reading Wickrematunge’s words made the plight of this journalist – and that of so many other foreign reporters – real. The lesson for me: don’t take for granted my freedom of speech, nor my freedom to read. Consider celebrating Canadian Freedom To Read Week in February.
The 2009 Tournament of Books is coming – drop by the morning news to see the list of contenders. Who will YOU vote for?
The economy may be horrible, but could that be good news for reading? Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal.