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Pedaling Across the Country for Peace

During┬ásummer break, most people spend as many days as possible basking in luxury and laziness. Not Emily James. She spent the summer of 2015 riding her bicycle across the United States. A grand total of 4,600 miles, in fact. What would drive the Colorado-native to take on this feat? Well, she’d considered doing a cross-country […]

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Fighting for Self-Worth

In high school, Crystal Carter was the happy-go-lucky class clown who didn’t seem to have a worry in the world. However, the Clifton, Idaho native revealed that she often forced herself to put on a smile and act like nothing was wrong. “I didn’t have a sense of self-worth. I didn’t have any value in […]

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Brave Like a Girl

Photos taken by Maci B Photography “Like a girl”. Those three words have a lot of power. Depending on what you put before that phrase, an insult can be formed, one that degrades girls and tells them they’re not good enough. Or . . . you can form a sentence that will instill power and […]

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A History Lesson on Women’s Equality Day

Happy Women’s Equality Day! What is the purpose of such a holiday, you ask? On August 26, 1920, women in the United States were finally granted the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day gives us a chance to commemorate the brave women who fought for our right to vote and be heard. These women dedicated […]

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From Small Town Girl to Five-Time All-American

Who runs for fun? That’s the question Chari Hawkins asked her friends when they wanted to join the track team in the seventh grade. Reluctantly, the Rexburg, Idaho native followed suit and joined the team, but her reasoning was mostly just to socialize with her peers. To avoid running at all costs, Chari took up […]

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Hope Through Hardships

Single mother Melanie Jacobson does everything she can to provide the best life for her daughter, Taya. “I do have a lot of help from family and friends, and I’m grateful for that. Without them I wouldn’t be making it. I’d be pulling my hair out,” the young mom admits. “It’s very trying at times, […]

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Essay Winner: Mother Love

Our Celebrating Mom Essay Winner is Becky Cox! Congratulations, Becky. Email us at with your mailing address so we can get the rest of your prizes to you! A big thank you to everyone who entered and shared light with their words. Choosing a winner was not fun (everyone who entered deserves a prize). […]

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Celebrating Mom Essay Contest

At Sharing Shine, our main focus is to celebrate women. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate moms everywhere . . . but we need help from our readers. Words are powerful. This Mother’s Day, use your words for good by telling your mom just exactly how […]

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Visiting Gown Town

It’s that time again: prom season. Girls will spend hundreds of dollars on a beautiful dress that they will wear for one magical night. Then that dress will most likely be tucked away in storage, perhaps forgotten about for years. “I just kept thinking about the potential of all these prom dresses hanging in closets […]

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Heart Hero

Ten-year-old Corey King had her first open heart surgery when she was just a month old. She was born with a rare disorder known as Cat Eye Syndrome. Only one in 100,000 babies are born with it and they often have a heart defect. Corey’s heart defect is a Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, or […]

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