Noteworthy News – January 24, 2009


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!

obamachange 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!

censoredAre 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.


tournamentbooks The 2009 Tournament of Books is coming – drop by the morning news to see the list of contenders. Who will YOU vote for?

childreading The economy may be horrible, but could that be good news for reading? Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal.

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    • Sheri on January 24, 2009 at 09:53

    I love love love news… well, of the fun and interesting kind. That’s why I post interesting news at least 2-3 times per month and have a page dedicated to it.

    I’m so excited about this feature being on your blog! I’m looking forward to reading your posts!


    • Megan on January 24, 2009 at 09:56

    Neat feature. Thanks for sharing the site about whether Obama is keeping his promises – that will be very interesting to keep an eye on!

    • Vasilly on January 24, 2009 at 12:05

    Wendy, I love this! I’ve spent most of the morning reading your links. Keep up the good work!

    • Alyce on January 24, 2009 at 18:01

    Great links – thanks! I’m excited to watch the Obameter.

  1. I love this feature!! Interesting sites and news!!

    • Katie on January 24, 2009 at 20:42

    I love the idea of noteworthy news! I just blogged about the WSJ article myself 🙂

    • Teddy on January 24, 2009 at 23:10

    Wonderful new feature Wendy!

    besides reading the paper, I have also been watching the news. Some people are already criticising Obama for not implementing some of his promises immediatly. LOL! I say cut the guy a break, he has only been in office for a week!

    • Diane on January 25, 2009 at 05:04

    What a great idea Wendy. I spent way too much time on your blog this morning, but it was so worth it. Thanks

    • Wendy on January 25, 2009 at 14:58

    Thanks for your enthusiasm, Sheri! I love when you post your “news” posts too 🙂

    Megan: I am interested to watch the Obama site too…I love following those kinds of things.

    Vasilly: thanks! Glad you had fun browsing. I flag so much of this kind of thing in my favorites, I decided to actually start using them!

    Alyce: I agree – see my comment to Megan!

    Staci: Thanks for your thumbs up!

    Katie: Great minds think alike 🙂 I left you a comment over on your blog.

    Teddy: Thank you, girlfriend! To judge Obama after only a week seems rather ridiculous to me – geez, I wonder how many people would like to be jumped all over their first week on a new job!!??!?!

    Diane: Thanks! So glad you hung out with me this morning 🙂

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