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  • Girl on Fire: Being respectful is still important

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 4, 2014] During Thanksgiving and the following weekend, I spent my time with my mom’s family in Auburn, and dad’s family in Parkersburg and Clarion. Saturday I drove the three hours home, with a stop in Ankeny to drop my sister Brianna off at her apartment. During […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My head is in the fitness game

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser November 20, 2014] I had my final outside run of the year late last week. My neighbors have a chocolate lab, a friendly pup named Diesel, who loves running alongside me in the sunshine, but wasn’t around while my feet crunched on the country gravel. Since then, winter […]

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  • Book Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Silent Wife Author: A.S.A. Harrison Published: June 2013 Publisher: Penguin Group Pages: 326 From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: what makes a good book good is how the author is able to dig into the minds of his or her characters and pull out the […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My education baby step is taken

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 6, 2014] Ice crystals flickered in the moonlight against the black paint of my car as I left my house and threw open the car door. I tugged my turquoise hat down over my ears, started the car and pulled out of my driveway, trying not to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Baby steps to further education

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 30, 2014] Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I’ve been able to keep up with what my high school and college friends have been doing since graduation. Many have gotten married and had babies, while others have focused on themselves and climbed the career ladder. This […]

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  • Book Review: A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: A Lion Among Men Author: Gregory Maguire Published: 2009 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 309 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 6/10 Author Gregory Maguire set the stage for (pretty much) all his future work when he published Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It can be hard maintaining that […]

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  • Girl on Fire: I feel lucky knowing those in law enforcement

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 16, 2014] Recently, I met a man who had a very cynical view of the world. He thought everyone was out to ruin others’ reputations, and he certainly disliked any and all forms of law enforcement. I will say I’m an idealist, but I’m also a realist. […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2009 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 385 From: Walmart Rating: 9/10 Eoin Colfer continues his adventures with teenage genius Artemis Fowl in the fifth novel of the series, Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony. I love these books, and this one was no exception. I may be […]

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  • Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Book of Life Author: Deborah Harkness Published: 2014 Publisher: Viking Adult Pages: 561 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 In any series, the last book stands up to the most scrutiny as it has to live up to the hype from those that came before it. Deborah Harkness‘ The Book of Life […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Why celebrations are good for local communities

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 2, 2014] During the last weekend in September, Centerville hosts a local festival called Pancake Day. It’s similar to Creston’s Balloon Days in that there’s a parade and it focuses on one unique thing. In Centerville’s case, that unique thing is pancakes. Pancake Day was started in […]

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