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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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  • Girl on Fire: Cats are big, but fun, responsibilities

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 4, 2014] For those who don’t know yet, I recently got a cat. He’s a black and white thing, about a year and a-half old, and is named Pawter (since I’m a big Harry Potter nerd and love puns). Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin

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  • Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Fault in Our Stars Author: John Green Published: 2012 Publisher: Dutton Books Pages: 313 From: Walmart Rating: 6/10 I love John Green. Ever since I found his first novel Looking for Alaska wherever it was that I found it, Green has been someone I’ve always thought was a perfect writer for teens. […]

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  • Girl on Fire: The cost of children

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 21, 2014] Recently, I have been seeing news stories pop up about raising children and how much it costs to do that. Having children is one of the furthest things from my mind. I’m 25 years old, single and working a job with inconsistent hours. To be […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My relaxing vacation is next week

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 7, 2014] Studies show taking vacations is healthy. And, while I covered Osceola Sentinel-Tribune for Amy during her week of vacation, I will be taking my week vacation starting Monday. But, instead of going to South Dakota, like Amy, or some trendy beachside city on the west […]

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  • Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 31, 2014] Monday night I spent three training hours in the company of several other Creston firefighters practicing hooking up to a fire hydrant and laying hose in the event of a structure fire. After training we met at the station and washed fire trucks, then I […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2005 Publisher: Puffin Books Pages: From: Barnes and Noble It didn’t take me long, from when I began Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl, to remember why I was attracted to the series as a child transitioning into teenage-dom. Colfer somehow manages to create a […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2003 Publisher: Viking Press Pages: 309 From: Barnes and Noble Eoin Colfer is the author of many kid’s stories, including the eight-novel Artemis Fowl series. This series is well-known to the New York Times bestseller list, and the third novel of the eight-book adventure […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Coming to realizations through the help of the media

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 3, 2014] Recently, United States Supreme Court voted on a very controversial issue revolving around women’s health and religion. I’m not going to comment on the decision. As a reporter, I realize the media has to be as unbiased as possible, especially within the workplace and pages […]

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