[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]
I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.
Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.
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Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Published: May 2009
From: Barnes and Noble
I finally finished the fifth and final installment of Rick Riordan’s first Greek gods series, and I must say I’m so glad I hunkered down and dove in.
Riordan’s novel The Last Olympian, the fifth novel in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, takes place four years after the first words in The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson, a young man who happens to be the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, goes through some serious changes personally, physically, emotionally and spiritually just to reach the point where he is capable of battling Kronos, the king of the Titans.
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Title: The Nanny Diaries
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
From: Drake Public Library book sale
First off, I found The Nanny Dairies by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin at a library book sale for a dime, so obviously, I had to buy it. I had seen the movie first, and thought it was very cute and entertaining, so I wanted to see what the book was like.
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[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 19, 2013]
My feet hit the concrete hard as I ran past a Japanese garden and gazebo overlooking the Des Moines River, then ran up to a bridge crossing the water.
The breeze cooled me off while I ran in the Diva Dash 5K in Des Moines over the weekend. I occasionally saw my mom, sister and aunt on the path, and waved at them if we passed each other.
I loved running the 5K, and even got a sparkling medal from it, but the coolest thing about the Diva Dash wasn’t the face paint, or the temporary pink hair dye. It was the theme of the race.
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