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  • Jezebel, Part 2

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinJezebel hung back as the hunting group went into the trees to find more game. There was no breeze, but the still cold was almost worse than ripping wind. She watched Elijah crawl through a particularly rough patch of brush, saw Jeremiah step lightly along the dead leaves behind the other men of the […]

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  • Jezebel, Part 1

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinThe sky was a dusty white through the dead trees. Jezebel came close to a cabin and heard her heart thump. The scent of roasting meat wafted and the door glowed warmly around the edges. She knocked on the door. Elijah answered. “Jez,” he said. “What’re you doing here?” “Hey. I…I was just going […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My first real-life fire

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 15, 2013] I have some big news! Monday, I responded and participated in my first-ever, real-life fire. Responding to a call is always an adrenaline rush. I ran in, tossed my sandals off, borrowed a fellow firefighter’s extra pair of socks and jumped in my turnout gear, […]

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  • Girl on Fire: I can’t wait for ‘Blackfish’

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 1, 2013] It is hard to describe how excited I am to see the new documentary “Blackfish” in theaters. “Blackfish” is a 2013 documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and focuses on how orcas, large black and white whales also known as killer […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Keeping up with the news

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser July 18, 2013] After the Color Run and coughing up blue and purple color dust for more than two hours Saturday, my sister and I made it to Carroll to visit family. While we were there, I saw aunts, uncles and cousins I don’t get to see very […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Havin’ a colorful summer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 3, 2013] irst, I want to say I got a letter last week. The letter came from Fire Service Training Bureau in Ames, and said I passed both the practical and written aspects of my firefighter test. I’m now a certified Creston volunteer firefighter! Second, I read […]

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  • Girl on Fire: A nice, little introduction

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 20, 2013] “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” My cousin Christy’s blog starts with that quote, and I think it’s relatable to me. First, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m 23, and have been a staff reporter for the News Advertiser since mid-November. […]

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  • Top Ten Young Adult movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinFor those still out looking for who they really are, here are some novels and series that might help. And, if they don’t, at least they are entertaining. Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) […]

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  • Top Ten Comic Book movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinEveryone is digging films based on comic book heroes lately, so here’s a top ten list for those comic book crazies. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Batman Begins franchise (2005, 2008, 2012) Blade series (1998, 2002, 2004) Captain America series (includes Avengers appearances) (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) Road to Perdition (2002) Watchmen (2009) Constantine (2005) […]

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  • Top Ten Western movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinThere are plenty of those out there that love a good Western, something like True Grit. Check these films out, based on Western novels. Ned Kelly (2003) Open Range (2003) Jeremiah Johnson (1972) 3:10 to Yuma (1957, 2007) The Alamo (2004) Dances with Wolves (1990) The Great Train Robbery (1903, 1979) Tombstone (1993) All […]

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