Inside the Daily Planet 12/9/07


Readers, Writers and Books Book note: The Great Minnesota Get-Together gets a great history by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet For as long as I can remember, the State Fair has held a special charm for me. I remember getting all dressed up when I was very young—wearing my prettiest dress and riding the Snelling Avenue streetcar to get to the Fair. When our children were growing up, my husband and I made sure that we made it there every year. In fact, the Fair is still so special to me that in 2007, I went three times. I just couldn’t get it all in on one visit.

Rendering the Psalms ecumenically by Judy Woodward, The Park Bugle Allyson Lomax hesitates as she tries to explain the meaning of a word from the Psalms to a non-Hebrew speaker. The word is ‘selah,’ and Lomax’s confusion is understandable. Most translations of the Bible don’t even try to use an English equivalent for the word.

Books worth buying this holiday season by Jessica Fox-Wilson, Uptown Neighborhood News Holiday shopping season has arrived. I recognized this when I last went to the big mall, had to park at the top of the parking ramp, then watch parents pile shopping bags on baby strollers, once inside. This is not my favorite type of holiday shopping. In my family, Christmas and Hanukah shopping certainly includes the traditional ‘gift cards-clothing-luxuries you wouldn’t get for yourself’ options. But, we also spend a lot of time selecting the perfect book for our loved ones.

NEW IN VOICES Vernon Bellecourt: The man who spoke in capital letters by Laura Waterman Wittstock, The Alley It is always difficult to confine a description of a great person’s life to a few words. In a sentence it could be said that Vernon Bellecourt was a man who found fortune and left his poor background but who then left fortune to voluntarily live the rest of his life as a poor man.