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About GMFarthing

Gina Farthing is a freelance journalist, writer and graphic designer. She earned her BFA majoring in graphic design and minoring in advertising, marketing and business communications. Gina has worked in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia as a copy editor, ad designer, features editor, reporter, website designer, interim city editor, graphic designer, newsletter editor and photographer for the last 18 years. She has produced various communications materials for local, national and international academic, governmental, public and private organizations, including for news media and public broadcasting service audiences. Prior to going into business for herself, Gina’s most recent employers included. Her work encompassed publications such as The Waynesboro News Virginian, the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, the Reidsville Review, Eden Daily News, Danville Register & Bee, the Draft, Rocktown Weekly, Shenandoah Journal, North Fork Journal, the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal, The Valley Banner, Real Estate Weekly and Bloom magazine.

To receive or not to receive


You know — well, maybe you don’t. It’s not easy to decide to continue to receive help. On one hand, you feel like a mooch. Sure, everyone else is working as much as they can, some, just to survive — … Continue reading

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SNAP embarrassment


I was trying to think of what else I could tell you about living on SNAP.  It’s really pretty basic: you apply for the benefit, you fill out paperwork and send in copies of requested information, which could include tax … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Red Velvet


I’ve never had red velvet cake.  But I did have a red velvet cake mix that we got from the food pantry. So, what better day to make it on? That’s right: Valentine’s Day, though I didn’t have a heart-shaped … Continue reading

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