Ariana R. Cherry

Ariana R. Cherry

Ariana R. Cherry is an artist & writer. She has been writing since a young child, but posting on the web since 2006. Ariana freelances online for some websites as well as a local newspaper. She has published a few collections of poetry and her illustrations were published in a children's book about bullying. Ariana hopes to inspire others, deliver a message and even make them laugh from time to time. When she isn't writing, she works for a local community action agency .
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  • The Lonely Lady in the Red-Hooded Cape
    A lonely lady who lived within the woods tried her best to find friends...
  • A Guide to Thrift Stores in the Arthur-Sullivan Illinois Area
    When you are on a budget and have a family of children, it is necessary to take whatever measures you can to save money. One way to save money is by shopping at thrift stores. There are thrift stores in the Arthur-Sullivan, Illinois area to shop at.
  • Poetry: Baptized from Darkness
    she was lost in darkness, until she found her way through the light.
  • A Guide to Antique Shops in the Arthur and Arcola Area
    Arcola and Arthur, Illinois, are well-known for their antique stores. Antiques are a large part of tourism in their communities. Every year, visitors from all over visit Arcola and Arthur to shop for antiques.
  • The Song
    How do you feel when you listen to music? This is the ultimate description of how music can make you feel.
  • Horror Poem: House of Comfort and Terror
    She escaped to the deep part of the woods to get away from the harsh realities of the world, but found a new surprise in an old abandoned home behind the red door...
  • Horror Poetry: Tortured
    She sat at the bottom of the stairs, alone in the darkness, bound to an old worn tattered chair - unknown to how long she had been there.
  • Poem: Waiting Up Wth My Muse
    Sometimes, those late evenings can grow into very long early morning hours-especially when your muse is thinking-and you are just waiting to write.
  • Poem: Healing Spring
    When spring is so close, but not quite here, we can almost feel it making its journey back to us.
  • Christmas Shopping in Amish Country: Arthur, Illinois
    Heading to Amish country in Arthur, Illinois? You can buy antiques, crafts, Amish food and end your evening looking at the Christmas lights....
  • The Monster in Me
    She never let loose the monster, for fear of the anger it would release. Instead, love would conquer all.
  • Inspirational Poem: Materialism
    To some people, money, fame and things are very important.. But we must find out what means the most to us...instead of our own material belongings.
  • God's Plan: What is Your Destiny?
    Our lives can be so busy sometimes with work, our family, events and technology. We fill up our calendar so full, that we have forgotten to make time for ourselves. Have you ever had time to stop and wonder what your destiny is here on Earth?
  • Inspirational Poem: A Visit from Jesus
    Confused and alone I had thought I sat. But it was he,who came to comfort me and wipe away my tears.
  • Poem: How Can You Not Believe When There Is so Much Beauty in the World?
    When the world has so much beauty and miracles happen, it makes it almost impossible not to believe.
  • Hamburgers: One of the Best Sandwich Inventions to Arrive in America
    The hamburger has been a popular food of America for years. It is a favorite sandwich served at fast food restaurants and can be dressed up with a variety of condiments. Learn about its history and creation.
  • The Truth Behind the Birth Control Pill
    It is important to read every label on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. If you don't, you could be praying the price.
  • Poem: The Gift of Life
    The gift of life is one gift that you can never take back. Make it worth your while.
  • Forgive Me Monday
    Are you one of the many who hate Mondays? Share in the humor of Monday with this fun simple poem.
  • Poem: They Forgot
    Freedom can be hard to fight for, but when you invite God in, everything becomes simpler.
  • The Top Ten Accessories and Furniture Every Bathroom Needs
    Every bathroom needs these ten things for both guests and yourself.
  • A Guide to Buying the Right Shower Pump
    Shower pumps are important for a good working shower. They determine the pressure and the temperature of your shower. There are a few things to consider when buying a pump.
  • The Green Onion in Champaign, Illinois
    Chinese on the menu for dinner tonight? Pick up some of your ingredients at the Green Onion!
  • Simple Tips for Buying a Thanksgiving Turkey
    Buying a turkey shouldn't have to be difficult. By following a few simple and common tips, you can find a turkey for your entire family to enjoy.
  • It's Okay to Be Cheesy
    You don't always have to take life so seriously...lay low. It's okay to be cheesy every now and then.
  • Halloween on a Poor Man's Budget
    Last year, Americans spent $5.07 billion on Halloween! Halloween is about using your imagination and creativity-not going broke to buy costumes and candy. Follow these tips to find out how you can have a fun Halloween without spending all of your money.
  • Poem: Back to School
    It's back to school as the summer comes to an end, but as we grow, the school years are something we should hold close to our heart.
  • Drought 2012: Burning Up in Central Illinois
    It's been a few weeks since central Illinois has experienced a good down-pour. Without rain, crops are failing, gardens aren't growing and the grass is no longer green...
  • A Day at the Fair
    Taking a trip to the fair with your family can always be fun. Relive a day at the fair by reading this humorous and light-hearted poem.
  • Fathers Are a Gift from God
    Dads are special people in our lives. A father is often our protector. Here is a poem about dads to celebrate Father's day.
  • A Guide to Using Pinterest
    The social network, Pinterest, allows users to share and repin images with their friends. For authors, this sharing model could mean the beginning of something exciting...
  • Living on a Budget Doesn't Have to Mean Losing Out
    My family sticks to a budget by finding the best deals available within our area. We still have fun without over-spending. Just because we live on a budget, doesn't mean that we have to lose out.
  • CoPro Assists Consumers from Becoming Victims of Fraud
    A new group, called CoPro, has been founded in the Mattoon, Illinois area. They are assisting consumers from becoming victims of fraud.
  • A Mother's Love is for Eternity
    A poem for mom. Mothers are there for us when we are babies, throughout childhood and even into adulthood. Their souls stay strong and even guide us as they live in eternity.
  • Ancient Chinese Inventions that We Still Use Today
    Ever wondered where some our most commonly used tools come from? It's surprising to learn that many of them are actually inventions of the ancient Chinese civilization.
  • Keeping a Low Business Budget Allows for More Income
    By keeping a low budget with my business, I allow more income for myself. Learn how you can keep your budget down, so that you have more income for your business.
  • Failure is Not an Option in My Small Business
    It was my rewarding starting my own small business-but the rewards didn't come without putting in a lot of hard work.
  • Sweet Sugary Gooey Cadbury Eggs
    A poem about my favorite Easter Chocolate treat: Cadbury Egg.
  • Simple DIY Crafts for Easter
    Easter is a fun time to create colorful spring-like projects. The holiday represents the rebirth of spring and gives us a reason to celebrate.
  • American Job Outlook Appears to be Hopeful
    There has been a number of jobs that have been added back out into the economy-with the health care and social sector releasing the most jobs. Although many jobs are being added, there are still others who are struggling to find work.
  • Poem: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
    Did you ever feel like something was lost-or perhaps that certain part of the puzzle in your life was missing?
  • Spoken Poetry: NOT TODAY
    Ariana R. Cherry reading her poem, "Not Today." Live every day like it's your last. Don't let life get you down.
  • My Life's Battle with Digestive Disorders
    Digestive disorders can rule your life if you let them. If you find ways to treat and over-come them, they don't have to become the center of attention.
  • Poem: Not Today
    Don't let life get you down...Smile...and live life like it's your last day.
  • A Guide to Debt Negotiation
    Debt is an ugly and difficult mess to get out of-especially credit card debt. Follow a few of these tips to help get your head above the water.
  • How to Say I Love You Without Flowers
    Flowers and roses aren't always a necessity when it comes to Valentines Day. Sometimes, just using some creativity and a little bit of imagination can create the best Valentines Day gifts to remember.
  • Can't Afford Cable? No Problem!
    Yes, there is a world beyond cable. There are times that we have to cancel our subscriptions to pay for other important items. Here is a list of other ways to enjoy television and movies without cable.
  • The Sims: The Best Alternate Reality World
    When you play the Sims, you can be anybody you want to be and live in an alternate reality that you wouldn't normally live in your personal life.
  • The Importance of Network Advertising
    A successful way to drive traffic to your website is using networking advertising. You can take advantage of network advertising by using social networking or text campaigns through mobile phones. Both types can bring traffic to your website.
  • The History of the Lite-Brite Toy
    Did you ever own a Lite-Brite as a child? It had colorful light designs that we could sit and create for hours. The Lite-Brite has been around since the late 60's. Learn how this special toy became a favorite part of our childhood.
  • Tips for a Memorable Outdoor Wedding
    Planning an outdoor wedding? Before you start finalizing plans, make sure that you have a few back-up preferences too. There's always a chance that a surprise in weather can change the setting of an outdoor wedding.
  • A Guide to Moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Thinking of moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas? Hot Springs is also known as America's largest gated community and has an affordable cost of living. There is a variety of real estate to help you find a place to live within Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • The 1950's Fashion Statement: The Poodle Skirt
    Did you own a poodle skirt? Or perhaps your mother or grandmother spoke of her own poodle skirt. They were a huge fashion sensation in the 1950's. Learn about what made them so popular.
  • Home Alone: a Favorite Christmas Movie
    Home Alone has been a favorite Christmas movie by families for over the past 10 years. It is loved by both young and old alike. To some, it isn't Christmas until this movie has been watched.
  • Christmas Love
    Christmas is about spending time with your family and friends. Family is about sharing love. Jesus teaches how to love every day. He is the reason for celebrating Christmas.
  • Grandma's Christmas Tree Decorations
    Did your grandma share stories of how she decorated her Christmas tree? Perhaps you should take some of her stories and use them to inspire your own classic Christmas tree decorations.
  • A Guide to Lactobacillus Acidophilus
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a form of "good bacteria." It is commonly used to aid in digestion. Use this guide to learn more about Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
  • Pass Me My Pumpkin Pie!
    Do you love the sweet spicy taste of pumpkin pie? Are you antsy just waiting for a slice? Read this humorous poem about a little child who had to wait for his serving of pumpkin pie.
  • How to Pick a Topic for Public Speaking
    Speaking in public can make you nervous. It can be hard trying to decide what to talk about. By following this guide, you can learn what type of topics are appropriate to speak about.
  • iPod Buying Guide: How to Find the Best iPod Deals
    Are you looking for the best deals on iPods? If you would like to buy an iPod but are on a budget, follow this guide to help you find the best deals that are available.
  • How to Lose Weight After Pregnancy
    Wanting to shed your baby weight after pregnancy? Follow these steps to lose weight safely and efficiently.
  • A Twitter Guide for Beginners
    Are you new to Twitter? This guide provides tips and advice for those who are just starting out on Twitter.
  • A Postpartum Diet Guide for Smart Eating
    Most new mothers want to diet as soon as they give birth, but it important to let their body heal first. Follow this safe postpartum diet guide if you would like to lose your baby weight from pregnancy.
  • How to Clean Different Types of Computer Monitor Screens
    Cleaning a computer monitor is fairly easy, but different monitors require different types of cleaning methods. Be sure that you are cleaning your computer monitor the correct way to avoid damage to it.
  • IPad Owner Guide: How to Clean an IPad Screen
    Own an iPad? It is important that you keep it cleaned and take care of its delicate screen. Use the following guide to learn how to clean the screen of an iPad.
  • Berlin Travel Guide: Top 5 Hotels in Berlin
    Traveling to Berlin? Then check out some of the most peaceful and even creative hotels where you can relax and rest your head at night. Sleep in an oriental garden or sleep on a raft hanging from the ceiling...
  • Travel Guide: The Art and Gastronomy of Belgium
    Got a craving for chocolate? Or perhaps you are interested in testing 650 different types of ale ... Visit Belgium, which is home to 2,000 chocolate shops and 300 Art Nouveau buildings.
  • Walking Down Candy Land Lane
    Children have been playing the board game, Candy Land for over 50 years. Today, it is still the first board game that many of our children learn. Read more to learn about the history of Candy Land.
  • Life's Philosophy
    Life is a gift. Life isn't a show. Life is real.
  • Looking Back on the Fear of 9-11
    I don't remember a lot the day before, but I do remember September 11th, 2001. I'll never forget the look on the faces of Americans. The look of fear is engraved into our memories forever.
  • Simple Start Up Jobs During a Recession
    During a recession, competition in the job force is fierce, and there are hundreds of applicants for job openings. As you wait your turn in line to be hired, try some of these business ideas to make some extra income for your household.
  • How to Dress for a Medical Job Interview
    Have an interview for a medical job soon? First impressions are everything-especially your wardrobe attire for an interview. Here's a few tips to help you prepare.
  • Classic Paula Abdul Vs the "New" Paula Abdul
    Were you a fan of Paula Abdul back in the late 80's and early 90's? Perhaps you had posters and bought all of her tapes and CD's. For those long-term fans, its been wonderful seeing her back in the spotlight again.
  • Who is Our Congress Working For
    Read this political poem by a frustrated American citizen. It was inspired by the Vietnam song sang by Country Joe McDonald at Woodstock back in the 1960's.
  • Nerds: A Timeless Crunchy Colorful Candy
    There is nothing better than that flavorful fruitful crunch of nerd. Actually, we have been crunching on these small delicious candies for over 20 years.
  • A Look Back at the Movie: Office Space
    "Work sucks" is pretty much the motto of the beloved corporate comedy movie, Office Space. It was written and directed by Mike Judge, and still seems to be a favorite humorous movie among many today.
  • My Life, as Mr. Kitty
    Hello, I am Mr. Kitty, and here's a short little story about my life and loving family.
  • How to Grow Healthy Hair Fast
    Let's face it. We all want beautiful, shiny and soft hair. Sometimes though, it seems as if we lose more than we are growing. What are the key ingredients to growing healthy hair...fast?
  • Avon Shower Gel Products Review
    If you have been wondering what Avon Shower Gel products are like, here is your chance to learn more about them. Find out how you can use them to create your own spa-feeling in your shower at home.
  • Remembering Mr.Fred Rogers and His Neighborhood
    He was our best friend and our neighbor. He took us to the land of make-believe with King Friday and Queen Wednesday. Mr Roger's neighborhood is a show that many of us fondly remember and grew up with.
  • Remembering Girl Power: The Spice Girls
    The all girl group was all about "Girl Power," and became a hit sensation in the U.K and the United States. Spice Girls had many hit singles, were loved by many teenage girls as well as young women and even starred in their own movie.
  • Memories of Saved by the Bell
    As young teenagers or "tweens," many of us might have fawned over the ever so popular-Zach Morris. We tuned in every week to our favorite show, Saved by the Bell. Now get ready to read about the memories.
  • Setting Up a Home Office on a Small Budget
    It shouldn't break your bank account to set up a home office. There are plenty of places to browse or shop for used office furniture and computers. Try some of these suggestions to set up an affordable office in your home.
  • McDonald's Strawberry Lemonade and Rolo McFlurry: The Taste Experience
    McDonald's has come up with a couple more sweet treats for their menu: The Rolo McFlurry and the Strawberry Lemonade. If you are wondering what they taste like, here is a personal experience of my own taste test.
  • The Fight of Their Lives
    This is a poem that I specifically wrote and read for the Luminary Ceremony for the Douglas County Cancer Relay for Life 2011. May this poem inspire you and also help you remember those we have lost and have cared for in the battle of Cancer.
  • Remembering the Tamagotchi:Children's Virtual Best Friend
    Did you ever own a Tamagotchi pet? These were virtual pets that you carried with you on a small keychain. Today,Tamagotchis are still available in some stores and online. It could be a simple game to show to today's generation of children.
  • No LIHEAP Cooling Program for Summer 2011
    Seniors over the age of 60, disabled individuals and households with children under 3 will have to find other assistance to help pay their electrical bills this summer.
  • The Smurfs of Yesterday and Today
    Did you used to watch the Smurfs as a child? Do you remember their Saturday morning cartoon? Now they will be hitting the big screen in theaters. The Smurfs are a great classic cartoon that we will be able to introduce our children too.
  • Our Hometown Arthur: WCIA Channel 3 News Shoots Live from Arthur, IL
    Arthur was the first visit on WCIA's tour of "Our Hometown" series. WCIA visited Arthur throughout the week reporting stories about its residents and businesses. It ended its tour with a live broadcast of the 5:00 and 6:00 news.
  • My Little Muse Has Left Me
    A little story about the disappearance of my muse. Has your muse ever left you with nothing to say?
  • Poem: There is No Predicting Rapture
    It was predicted the day of rapture would be May 21st, 2011. That day has came and gone, yet others continue to predict the end of the world. Only God knows when that day will be.
  • Activities to Keep Children Busy at Weddings
    Weddings are full of romance and most often an event for adults. Although, if children are invited, sometimes they get bored. Read about some of the ways to keep them busy during a wedding.
  • How to Fake Your Death on the Young and the Restless
    It seems the soap opera characters are immortal-especially a few on the Young and the Restless. Looking to fake your own death? Perhaps you could get tips from these characters...
  • It Comes in Threes
    You ever had one of those bad weeks where everything seemed to go wrong? As the saying, it is only supposed to come in 3's... after that--its supposed to get better!
  • Online Zoo Web-Cams
    Would you like to take a look at the animal kingdom up close and personal-but you can't get out to visit your nearest zoo? Go online and check out a variety of animals at the zoo via webcam.
  • Online Tax Tools for Small Businesses
    Are you worried about a small business tax audit? You aren't alone. In fact, many business owners worry every year. There are online tools that can assist you so that you don't have to stress about an audit from the IRS.
  • 3 Great Online Grammar Checkers
    It is always advisable to double check your grammar and spelling issues before submitting the final copy. There are online grammar checkers that can help you correct your work so that you have professional looking content.
  • 'The Young and Restless': The Death of Cane Ashby
    Viewers of "The Young and the Restless" were shocked that one of our favorite characters, Cane Ashby, was shot to death. Will we or Lilly ever get over his passing?
  • The Battle of the Nook and the Kindle
    The Nook and the Kindle are at war... Bookworms will love the ease and simplicity of an eBook reader-but which one will they choose?
  • The Rein of the Cabbage Patch Kids
    Did you own a cabbage patch doll? Find out how these cute huggable dolls came to be a favorite toy in our childhood bedrooms.
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