Girl on Fire

This is my bi-weekly column at Creston News Advertiser

  • Girl on Fire: I feel lucky knowing those in law enforcement

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 16, 2014] Recently, I met a man who had a very cynical view of the world. He thought everyone was out to ruin others’ reputations, and he certainly disliked any and all forms of law enforcement. I will say I’m an idealist, but I’m also a realist. […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Why celebrations are good for local communities

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 2, 2014] During the last weekend in September, Centerville hosts a local festival called Pancake Day. It’s similar to Creston’s Balloon Days in that there’s a parade and it focuses on one unique thing. In Centerville’s case, that unique thing is pancakes. Pancake Day was started in […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Cats are big, but fun, responsibilities

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 4, 2014] For those who don’t know yet, I recently got a cat. He’s a black and white thing, about a year and a-half old, and is named Pawter (since I’m a big Harry Potter nerd and love puns). Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin

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  • Girl on Fire: The cost of children

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 21, 2014] Recently, I have been seeing news stories pop up about raising children and how much it costs to do that. Having children is one of the furthest things from my mind. I’m 25 years old, single and working a job with inconsistent hours. To be […]

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  • Girl on Fire: My relaxing vacation is next week

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 7, 2014] Studies show taking vacations is healthy. And, while I covered Osceola Sentinel-Tribune for Amy during her week of vacation, I will be taking my week vacation starting Monday. But, instead of going to South Dakota, like Amy, or some trendy beachside city on the west […]

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  • Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 31, 2014] Monday night I spent three training hours in the company of several other Creston firefighters practicing hooking up to a fire hydrant and laying hose in the event of a structure fire. After training we met at the station and washed fire trucks, then I […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Coming to realizations through the help of the media

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 3, 2014] Recently, United States Supreme Court voted on a very controversial issue revolving around women’s health and religion. I’m not going to comment on the decision. As a reporter, I realize the media has to be as unbiased as possible, especially within the workplace and pages […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Fitness is my summer focus

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 19, 2014] Tuesday morning was breezy, wet and thick. The rain had stopped by 5:45 a.m., when Shawna Creveling and I were trekking the walking trail through McKinley Park toward Greater Regional Medical Center. Somehow, I let Shawna talk me into walking at 5:30 a.m. three times […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Challenge accepted

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 5, 2014] Recently, Kate Padilla, a friend of mine who is also a staff reporter for Spencer’s newspaper Spencer Daily Reporter, started an all-things blog (www.katepadilla.net) that includes do-it-yourself projects, recipes and notes about her life with her husband in Iowa. I was perusing the site, […]

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  • Girl on Fire: More races in my future

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 29, 2014] Saturday I will be up before 5 a.m. to hitch a ride on a bus from Valley West Mall to Saylorville Dam for the Dam to Dam half marathon. This is something I am both looking forward to and dreading. My first half marathon in […]

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