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  • Girl on Fire: Challenge accepted

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 5, 2014] Recently, Kate Padilla, a friend of mine who is also a staff reporter for Spencer’s newspaper Spencer Daily Reporter, started an all-things blog (www.katepadilla.net) that includes do-it-yourself projects, recipes and notes about her life with her husband in Iowa. I was perusing the site, looking at […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

    Title: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2002 Publisher: Hyperion Books Pages: 277 From: Barnes and Noble Eoin Colfer’s sequel to his highly-renowned book Artemis Fowl was, I imagine, most anticipated. And, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident was almost better than the first: more technology, funny quips, action and, best of all, character […]

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  • Girl on Fire: More races in my future

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 29, 2014] Saturday I will be up before 5 a.m. to hitch a ride on a bus from Valley West Mall to Saylorville Dam for the Dam to Dam half marathon. This is something I am both looking forward to and dreading. My first half marathon in Olathe, […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How will we be impacted by global warming?

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 15, 2014] When I first thought about what to write this week, I immediately thought of a moment two weeks ago when a man asked me a very inappropriate question in public about my body. I was angry, and thought I would write about my experience and how […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My first half marathon finished, second coming up

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 1, 2014] Rain and hail felt like pinpricks against my skin as I ran, staring at the sidewalk, through Olathe, Kan. Soon after, the rain slowed to the occasional drop and the sun peaked out through the clouds while I ran along an asphalt trail through trees. I […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    Title: Artemis Fowl Author: Eoin Colfer Published: 2001 Publisher: Viking Press Pages: 396 From: Barnes and Noble There’s always something wonderful about reading books meant for children. I enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of a young person, learning new ways to write simply, gaining new perspectives and expanding the imagination. Artemis Fowl embodies […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Dispatchers deserve recognition, too

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 17, 2014] What I love about having a column is being able to describe what so many people do in the community to make it a better place. This includes local fire departments and rescue teams, usually. But, this week is dedicated to a group of people who […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Progress made to equal rights

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 3, 2014] Last week, I found a story written by an employee of Al Jazeera America, an international broadcaster headquartered in Qatar, titled “Former President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.” Carter gave a speech about his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” during […]

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  • Top Ten Classic movies

    For those who love the classics — the long, detailed and sometimes drawn-out stories — here’s a list for you. Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen (1940, 2005) The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas (2002) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, written by Lewis Carroll (1951, 2010) War […]

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  • Top Ten Biography movies

    Biographies are always an interesting genre since what is written is based in truth. Here are several books turned into movies of the same or different names, the author who wrote the book and the year or years it was turned into a film. The Pianist, written by Wladyslaw Szpilman (1950, 2002) All the President’s […]

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