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Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015]

Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual.

Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their families through it all.

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Girl on Fire: Unboiled eggs leads to improved scientific process

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 5, 2015]

Can you imagine boiling an egg while you whip up breakfast one morning, and then deciding you would rather have pancakes, so you unboil that egg?

A study done by a group of scientists with University of California, Irvine, in California, University of Western Australia and Flinders University, both in Australia, discovered a way to unboil an egg, which could lead the food, pharmacy and environmental industries to save billions of dollars in the future.

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

The Silent WifeTitle: 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 thoughts, the issues, what makes those characters tick. A.S.A. Harrison does just that.

The Silent Wife, Harrison’s debut novel, is grouped in with the psychological thrillers, novels written by people such as Stephen King and Gillian Flynn. However, I feel the novel should be categorized more closely to literary fiction.

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fault in Our StarsTitle: 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.

Unfortunately, I did not read the middle books Green wrote, just his first and latest, The Fault in Our Stars. However, after reading the last one, I still believe that Green is the perfect teenage-book writer.

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Girl on Fire: Crohn’s: Ranked right next to cancer

Prior Lake[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 5, 2013]

Over Labor Day weekend, I visited family in Minnesota. While I was there, I witnessed the slow deterioration of my aunt, Rhonda. My aunt has Crohn’s disease, and from what I’ve seen of the disease, I rank it right next to cancer in terms of the most hauntingly desolate things to witness.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract in the body. The body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, for one reason or another. The disease usually starts up when someone is between the ages of 15 and 30, and those who are younger tend to have the worst cases.

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