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  • Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 31, 2014] Monday night I spent three training hours in the company of several other Creston firefighters practicing hooking up to a fire hydrant and laying hose in the event of a structure fire. After training we met at the station and washed fire trucks, then I […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2005 Publisher: Puffin Books Pages: From: Barnes and Noble It didn’t take me long, from when I began Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl, to remember why I was attracted to the series as a child transitioning into teenage-dom. Colfer somehow manages to create a […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2003 Publisher: Viking Press Pages: 309 From: Barnes and Noble Eoin Colfer is the author of many kid’s stories, including the eight-novel Artemis Fowl series. This series is well-known to the New York Times bestseller list, and the third novel of the eight-book adventure […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Coming to realizations through the help of the media

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 3, 2014] Recently, United States Supreme Court voted on a very controversial issue revolving around women’s health and religion. I’m not going to comment on the decision. As a reporter, I realize the media has to be as unbiased as possible, especially within the workplace and pages […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Fitness is my summer focus

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 19, 2014] Tuesday morning was breezy, wet and thick. The rain had stopped by 5:45 a.m., when Shawna Creveling and I were trekking the walking trail through McKinley Park toward Greater Regional Medical Center. Somehow, I let Shawna talk me into walking at 5:30 a.m. three times […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Challenge accepted

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 5, 2014] Recently, Kate Padilla, a friend of mine who is also a staff reporter for Spencer’s newspaper Spencer Daily Reporter, started an all-things blog (www.katepadilla.net) that includes do-it-yourself projects, recipes and notes about her life with her husband in Iowa. I was perusing the site, […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2002 Publisher: Hyperion Books Pages: 277 From: Barnes and Noble Eoin Colfer’s sequel to his highly-renowned book Artemis Fowl was, I imagine, most anticipated. And,¬†Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident was almost better than the first: more technology, funny quips, action and, best of all, […]

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  • Girl on Fire: More races in my future

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 29, 2014] Saturday I will be up before 5 a.m. to hitch a ride on a bus from Valley West Mall to Saylorville Dam for the Dam to Dam half marathon. This is something I am both looking forward to and dreading. My first half marathon in […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How will we be impacted by global warming?

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 15, 2014] When I first thought about what to write this week, I immediately thought of a moment two weeks ago when a man asked me a very inappropriate question in public about my body. I was angry, and thought I would write about my experience and […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My first half marathon finished, second coming up

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 1, 2014] Rain and hail felt like pinpricks against my skin as I ran, staring at the sidewalk, through Olathe, Kan. Soon after, the rain slowed to the occasional drop and the sun peaked out through the clouds while I ran along an asphalt trail through trees. […]

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