Inside the daily Planet, 9/14/08


Readers, Writers, and Books

BOOK NOTE: Celebrating Saint Paul by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet • The 2009 Saint Paul Almanac, arrived last week, and it’s just as good as the two previous editions. Besides a calendar of events, with room to enter your own appointments and notes, the Almanac includes stories, poems, articles, and listings of local places of interest.

150 best Minnesota books #17 and #18: The Lindberghs by Patrick Coleman, Minnesota Historical Society • Charles Lindbergh Jr. earned a well-deserved Pulitzer for Spirit of St. Louis. Less known is the work of his father, a United States Congressman from the Sixth District.

Aligning personal actions with values by Ami Voeltz-Schakel, Minnesota Women’s Press • I was 15 years old when I went vegetarian because I wanted to be good to the animals, but my A-ha! moment occurred seven years later. It was 1997 and I was living in Japan. It was hard to accept the general wastefulness of Tokyo, one of the world’s largest cities. Packaging, disposable chopsticks, clothes and electronics were all thrown away because there were no resale stores or recycling facilities.


HISPANIC FANATIC | El futbol americano by Daniel Cubias • Football season began this weekend, and like millions of other people, I will spend far too much time over the next few months getting emotionally attached to meaningless events beyond my control. My mood on certain Sundays will depend on whether or not an enormous, steroid-enhanced millionaire in a bulky uniform can catch a weirdly shaped spinning object.

CABBAGES AND KINGS | The “Too Big to Fail” Equation by Marita Bujold • Mortgage industry giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been added to the list of entities determined to be “too big to fail”. This near collapse is further evidence that we have been pursuing a perilous course and have just barely averted worldwide chaos.

BY THE PEOPLE | The peculiar attack on community organizing by Grant Stevenson • “Organizing is a way to integrate my faith and everyday life”