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Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015] Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual. Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their …

Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015] The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest. Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This …

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Series: The Hunger Games #1 Published: September 2008 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: From: Shawna Freeman Rating: 9/10 The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in …

Girl on Fire: Dolores to the rescue

Girl on Fire: Dolores to the rescue

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 29, 2015] It was the screeching noise as I turned onto the highway that caught my attention. My car had been making funny noises for awhile, but nothing that made me wonder if I should take it in to get fixed. That is, until the moment I …

Girl on Fire: Why Cecil’s death matters

Girl on Fire: Why Cecil’s death matters

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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 …

Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs

Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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 …

Girl on Fire: Firefighting: not just fighting fires

Girl on Fire: Firefighting: not just fighting fires

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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, …

Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections

Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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 …

Girl on Fire: Writing might be in the stars

Girl on Fire: Writing might be in the stars

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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. Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin

Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration

Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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 …