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  • Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 29, 2015] On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn’t want to go alone. I rode along, and we bounced from Jordan Creek Mall, where we stopped at Scheel’s and Lush, to […]

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  • Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: A Great and Terrible Beauty Author: Libba Bray Published: 2003 Publisher: Random House Pages: 403 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 Lately, I’ve been in the mood for literature that doesn’t require very much thinking. Novels like that can be exhilarating because of the entertainment value behind them, rather than the literary value. […]

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  • Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: World War Z Author: Max Brooks Published: 2006 Publisher: Crown Publishing Group Pages: 342 From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 When I first picked up Max Brooks’ novel World War Z from Walmart, I immediately thought of sitting in a dark movie theater, watching Brad Pitt run from a flood of zombies with his family. I […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Rememberlutions instead of resolutions

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 31, 2014] [Note: This column was meant for January 1, 2015, but since New Year’s Day fell on a Thursday, my usual publish date, it ran a day early.] Tomorrow it will be a new year, so I spent several days thinking of things to add to […]

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  • Book Review: The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: The Blessing Stone Author: Barbara Wood Published: 2004 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith Pages: 464 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 The first time I read Barbara Wood’s epic novel The Blessing Stone, I had kidnapped it from my aunt Kathy Vonnahme one holiday weekend, and finished it before we left Sunday. Needless to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Rage, rage against the dying of the light

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 18, 2014] A week or so ago, I was sitting in a movie theater, the lights low and the sounds of people munching popcorn reverberating through the room. Then, when trailer after trailer of upcoming films finished, the adventure began. Warning: spoiler alert. The adventure was “Interstellar,” […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Being respectful is still important

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: 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!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[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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