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  • Girl on Fire: Acknowledging first responders

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 5, 2013] As someone who was on the outside of anything news— and emergency—related until recently, I am still somewhat stuck on the outside looking in. And, this past week is no exception. My boyfriend Russ Finehout and I were on the way back to Creston from […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Determination to reach long-term fitness goals

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 21, 2013] Thanks to coworker Brooke McIntosh and newsroom discussion, there is a health and fitness competition in the newsroom. I’m glad we have this competition. Already, having an in-house competition has helped me get on track before Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts roll around. My goal […]

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  • Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Allegiant Author: Veronica Roth Published: 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 544 From: Barnes and Noble What I’ve failed to give author Veronica Roth credit for in previous reviews is her ability to delve into the human mind and seek out a person’s character, then be able to show that character to her […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Art on the brain

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 7, 2013] With the help of my friend and coworker Sarah Brown, I got into an artsy mindset and made a piece of crayon art Sunday. Crayon art is really easy. Hot glue crayons to a canvas and melt the colorful wax with a hair dryer. The […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Yellow Brick Road, here I come

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 31, 2013] In six months, I will be finishing my first half marathon. I caught the marathon bug from my mom, who has been doing half marathons for a couple of years now. Her next one is the Monumental Half Marathon in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday. I wish […]

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  • Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Insurgent Author: Veronica Roth Published: 2012 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 525 From: Barnes and Noble “One choice can destroy you.” The quote on the cover of Veronica Roth’s second novel Insurgent is the perfect lead into the second installment of the author’s Divergent trilogy. Insurgent is a continuation of the first novel […]

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  • Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Divergent Author: Veronica Roth Published: 2011 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 487 From: Barnes and Noble The first thought I had when I heard about Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent was, “Oh, God. Not another one.” I have a natural hate toward anything paranormal, science fiction or fantasy written after the year 2005, […]

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  • Book Review: Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: 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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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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