[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 tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: It’s what we do
[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 I nearly hit Saturday evening.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 30, 2014]
The smell of grease and seasoned flour wafted through the air at Elks Lodge on West Montgomery Street. Tables were filling up with couples and families out for dinner. I bartended and served meals and Eric Shawler, Dick Hammond and Monica Fastenow were sitting at the food table, taking money and serving.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: A little down home delicacy