Tag: Des Moines

Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015] I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted …

Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[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, • …

Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend

Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend

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

Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Fellowship of the Ring Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Series: Lord of the Rings #1 and #2 Published: 1954 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 I love the Lord of the Rings. I’m so much of a nerd that last month at a bar in Des Moines a guy …

Girl on Fire: Just a few updates

Girl on Fire: Just a few updates

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 19, 2015] Recently, the other reporters and I have been working on Progress, a special section in the Creston News Advertiser that will last five days next week. I have to say, everyone in the newsroom and other news departments have been working so hard for this …

Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

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 …

Girl on Fire: Why celebrations are good for local communities

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 …

Girl on Fire: More races in my future

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 …

Girl on Fire: My first half marathon finished, second coming up

Girl on Fire: My first half marathon finished, second coming up

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 1, 2014] Rain and hail felt like pinpricks against my skin as I ran, staring at the sidewalk, through Olathe, Kan. Soon after, the rain slowed to the occasional drop and the sun peaked out through the clouds while I ran along an asphalt trail through trees. …

Girl on Fire: A trip to sunny Phoenix in the dead of winter

Girl on Fire: A trip to sunny Phoenix in the dead of winter

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 6, 2014] Over the weekend I took a short vacation in Phoenix, Ariz., a nice break from the snow and bitter Iowa cold. While I was there, I saw Russel Finehout, my boyfriend, and my aunt and uncle, who winter there. My flight from Des Moines to …