Girl on Fire

This is my bi-weekly column at Creston News Advertiser

  • Girl on Fire: Pack it up and travel

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 5, 2015] It’s been four years since I flew on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean, the deep blue water miles below me, and landed back in the Midwest after a six-month stint in England. Ever since then, I have had a feeling nagging at me to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: U.S. in comparison to international education

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 19, 2015] Recently, I’ve read stories about the nation’s education system, and the different pieces of legislation being considered to improve and expand graduation rates and work force. I want to commend several people I know who are continuing their education. My friend and former coworker Sarah […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Unboiled eggs leads to improved scientific process

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 5, 2015] Can you imagine boiling an egg while you whip up breakfast one morning, and then deciding you would rather have pancakes, so you unboil that egg? A study done by a group of scientists with University of California, Irvine, in California, University of Western Australia […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 29, 2015] On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn’t want to go alone. I rode along, and we bounced from Jordan Creek Mall, where we stopped at Scheel’s and Lush, to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Rememberlutions instead of resolutions

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 31, 2014] [Note: This column was meant for January 1, 2015, but since New Year’s Day fell on a Thursday, my usual publish date, it ran a day early.] Tomorrow it will be a new year, so I spent several days thinking of things to add to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Rage, rage against the dying of the light

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 18, 2014] A week or so ago, I was sitting in a movie theater, the lights low and the sounds of people munching popcorn reverberating through the room. Then, when trailer after trailer of upcoming films finished, the adventure began. Warning: spoiler alert. The adventure was “Interstellar,” […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Being respectful is still important

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 4, 2014] During Thanksgiving and the following weekend, I spent my time with my mom’s family in Auburn, and dad’s family in Parkersburg and Clarion. Saturday I drove the three hours home, with a stop in Ankeny to drop my sister Brianna off at her apartment. During […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My head is in the fitness game

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser November 20, 2014] I had my final outside run of the year late last week. My neighbors have a chocolate lab, a friendly pup named Diesel, who loves running alongside me in the sunshine, but wasn’t around while my feet crunched on the country gravel. Since then, winter […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My education baby step is taken

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 6, 2014] Ice crystals flickered in the moonlight against the black paint of my car as I left my house and threw open the car door. I tugged my turquoise hat down over my ears, started the car and pulled out of my driveway, trying not to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Baby steps to further education

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 30, 2014] Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I’ve been able to keep up with what my high school and college friends have been doing since graduation. Many have gotten married and had babies, while others have focused on themselves and climbed the career ladder. This […]

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