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  • Book Review: Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Son of a Witch Author: Gregory Maguire Published: 2005 Publisher: Regan Books Pages: 329 From: Barnes and Noble The second in a saga of four novels, Gregory Maguire’s book Son of a Witch takes the life of Liir, the supposed son of the Wicked Witch of the West, and follows his life after […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How books, music inspire my writing

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 17, 2013] One thing I love talking about, which could be one reason why I have a degree in English and creative writing, is books. I’m an avid reader, and occasionally I can devour a book in a day or two. Currently, I’m reading several series, two […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Appreciating what firefighters do

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 3, 2013] I climbed the ladder and stepped onto a roof of wooden shingles and moss. The slant made it hard to climb, as did the uncertainty of whether the wood would give. I followed firefighters Lee Freeman and Jake Winkler up near the peak, and Jake […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Achievement is a dream itself

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 19, 2013] My feet hit the concrete hard as I ran past a Japanese garden and gazebo overlooking the Des Moines River, then ran up to a bridge crossing the water. The breeze cooled me off while I ran in the Diva Dash 5K in Des Moines […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Crohn’s: Ranked right next to cancer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 5, 2013] Over Labor Day weekend, I visited family in Minnesota. While I was there, I witnessed the slow deterioration of my aunt, Rhonda. My aunt has Crohn’s disease, and from what I’ve seen of the disease, I rank it right next to cancer in terms of […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Parties, running and more parties

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 29, 2013] Last week was my birthday, and I don’t feel any older. However, it hasn’t stopped me from having epic weekends. I went to Des Moines and stayed with my sister Breezy Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday we went to a restaurant called Tally’s, where I […]

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  • Book Review: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Wicked Author: Gregory Maguire Published: 1995 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 432 From: Barnes and Noble Everyone knows the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, but what I like about Gregory Maguire’s version is it’s not so simplified to good and evil. Shades of grey are part of reality, and the Witch is […]

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  • Top Ten Biographies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinI love reading biographies. Imagining these things to have actually happened, whether the author took creative liberties or not, is amazing. Night by Elie Wiesel (1955, 1958, 1960) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2005) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (2012) Into the Wild Jon Krakauer […]

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  • Top Ten Short Stories

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinSometimes, all you need is a short story to get your mind off things. Short stories can be better than novels in some ways, mostly because of their brevity. “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond Carver (1988) “Axolotl” by Julio Cortazar (1952) “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (1987) “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver (1989) “The […]

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  • Jezebel, Part 5

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinJezebel woke to a shot of lightning. The room was bright as day for a moment, then went dark. She felt around for Elijah but didn’t find him. She sat up in the bed. The fire was out. Rain pounded on the roof and lightning lit the room again. The rain comforted her, natural […]

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