Girl on Fire

This is my bi-weekly column at Creston News Advertiser

  • Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015] Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include: • the American Civil War ended in 1866, • NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977, • in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War, • in […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Why Cecil’s death matters

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 6, 2015] There has been a lot of uproar about Cecil the Lion, a mascot of Zimbabwe, Africa, and his death by an American dentist. I saw so many posts on social media and news stories by Time and BBC that I couldn’t read anything else online for […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 30, 2015] The sun baked my skin and scents of wood chips, tilled Iowa earth and cow manure wafted on the warm breeze. I stood with my arms resting on a large metal gate at the south end of the Union County Fair show arena talking to several […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Firefighting: not just fighting fires

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 17, 2015] The sound of nails hammered into wooden planks echoed through a maintenance shed, and voices rang as men yelled to each other for building materials. I was one of more than 10 participants to attend a trench excavation and rescue class at Southwestern Community College, and […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 7, 2015] First, before I start in on my column’s main focus, I’d like to wish my coworker Jake Waddingham all the best as he continues his education at Iowa State University. I truly hope he reaches his goals! Now, I want to apologize to the police officer […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Writing might be in the stars

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 18, 2015] One of my favorite things to do with my coworkers is talk about books and movies. We have such varying degrees of respect for different genres that sometimes it makes for interesting conversation hearing what two opposite-thinkers think about one bit of entertainment.

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  • Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 2015] Part of the job of a news reporter is to be unbiased: we tell the whole story, both sides, without including any personal thoughts into our stories because it’s up to our readers to form their own opinions. However, sometimes you find that one thing that […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 7, 2015] Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a modern production of “The Lion King” Saturday at the Des Moines Civic Center. That was probably one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.

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  • Girl on Fire: Comics, firefighting blurring gender lines

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 16, 2015] A few months ago, I sat on the couch of my friend Nicole Shope watching something on Netflix. We were talking, and she mentioned she had started buying a comic book series focusing on the life of Kara Zor-El, or Supergirl. I flipped through the pages […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Life is short

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 2, 2015] As I get older, I keep learning new life lessons. Recently, the lesson that has been playing over and over in front of me is that life is short, and we must take chances. My heart goes out to fellow firefighter Kevin Webb, his son Tanner […]

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