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  • Jezebel, Part 1

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinThe 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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinFor 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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinEveryone 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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinThere 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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  • Top Ten Historical Nonfiction novels

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinHere’s another side to history: the real side. Creatively written historical nonfiction can be super interesting! What do you think? Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2003) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (2007) The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (1998) The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon […]

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