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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2001 Publisher: Viking Press Pages: 396 From: Barnes and Noble There’s always something wonderful about reading books meant for children. I enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of a young person, learning new ways to write simply, gaining new perspectives and expanding the imagination. Artemis Fowl […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Dispatchers deserve recognition, too

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 17, 2014] What I love about having a column is being able to describe what so many people do in the community to make it a better place. This includes local fire departments and rescue teams, usually. But, this week is dedicated to a group of people […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Progress made to equal rights

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 3, 2014] Last week, I found a story written by an employee of Al Jazeera America, an international broadcaster headquartered in Qatar, titled “Former President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.” Carter gave a speech about his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” […]

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  • Top Ten Classic movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinFor those who love the classics — the long, detailed and sometimes drawn-out stories — here’s a list for you. Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen (1940, 2005) The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas (2002) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, written by Lewis Carroll (1951, 2010) […]

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  • Top Ten Biography movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinBiographies are always an interesting genre since what is written is based in truth. Here are several books turned into movies of the same or different names, the author who wrote the book and the year or years it was turned into a film. The Pianist, written by Wladyslaw Szpilman (1950, 2002) All the […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Chivalry isn’t totally dead

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 6, 2014] A few weeks ago, I bought a latte from Adams Street Espresso and went to work writing police and fire reports. I wasn’t paying attention, and hit my full cup of coffee. It toppled, coffee dribbled out and then the lid released itself from the […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How meth has slowly changed the firefighting game

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 20, 2014] Sitting in a classroom full of firefighters from across the state of Iowa, I watched as John Ticer, special agent with Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office, flipped through a PowerPoint slideshow explaining the recipe and how to make methamphetamine. Ticer taught Meth Lab Awareness, a class […]

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  • Author Interview: Rhys A. Jones

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinAuthor: Rhys A. Jones Famous for: The Obsidian Pebble, etc. After having the opportunity to review British author Rhys A. Jones’ young adult novel The Obsidian Pebble, I was also given the opportunity to interview the man behind the book, thanks to Robert Wood of Standoutbooks. Enjoy the interview! OR: You are from the […]

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  • Girl on Fire: A trip to sunny Phoenix in the dead of winter

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 6, 2014] Over the weekend I took a short vacation in Phoenix, Ariz., a nice break from the snow and bitter Iowa cold. While I was there, I saw Russel Finehout, my boyfriend, and my aunt and uncle, who winter there. My flight from Des Moines to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: A little down home delicacy

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 30, 2014] The smell of grease and seasoned flour wafted through the air at Elks Lodge on West Montgomery Street. Tables were filling up with couples and families out for dinner. I bartended and served meals and Eric Shawler, Dick Hammond and Monica Fastenow were sitting at […]

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