Tag Archives: Family

Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

[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 families through it all.

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Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

CFD Bench 1[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.

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Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Time ParadoxTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl
Published: July 2008
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

Finally, after months and months of failing miserably and being distracted by so many other adventures, I finally finished Eoin Colfer’s sixth Artemis Fowl novel, The Time Paradox.

The Time Paradox takes us along an adventure through time with Artemis and his faerie friend Holly Short so Artemis can save his mother from a horrible disease called spelltropy, which he believes he caused in her.

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Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

HeirTitle: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 6/10

I didn’t think it was possible, but The Heir made me want to be a princess even less than The Selection.

American author Kiera Cass continued her Selection series with The Heir, which focuses on the eldest child of America Singer and Maxon Schreave, Eadlyn. In order to quell unrest in the country, Eadlyn’s royal parents convince her to host her own Bachelorette-style Selection, and she gets a variety of suitors. Some look at her breasts, others are easy to get along with, and one even doesn’t speak fluent English. He’s probably my favorite. He’s adorable.

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Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Dark EdenTitle: Dark Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden
Published: 2012
Publisher: Corvus
Pages: 441
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Imagine a world with no sun. The air is chilled, everything is dark. But, thanks to the darkness, creatures and plants have developed amazing ways to light the way. Then, imagine living on that planet. Your family consists of two adults and children. Yet, your family grows.

This is the world of Eden, built and woven into a story that lights up like the fauna and flora by British novelist Chris Beckett.

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Girl on Fire: Life is short

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 2, 2015]

As I get older, I keep learning new life lessons. Recently, the lesson that has been playing over and over in front of me is that life is short, and we must take chances.

My heart goes out to fellow firefighter Kevin Webb, his son Tanner and their family during such a harsh and sad time.

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Girl on Fire: Being respectful is still important

[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 the drive, Brianna and I talked about the festivities, focusing on my dad’s family. My grandparents on my mom’s side passed away when I was in high school and college, but my dad’s parents are both still alive and kicking. Being around them this holiday reinstated the fact that I know they won’t be around forever.

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Book of LifeTitle: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 561
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

In any series, the last book stands up to the most scrutiny as it has to live up to the hype from those that came before it. Deborah HarknessThe Book of Life is no exception, and it stands up to the scrutiny well.

The last in the All Souls trilogy is a long, action-packed novel about the life Diana Bishop has made with her husband Matthew Clairmont, as well as how she’s come full circle from a historian who never used magic to one of the most powerful witches in the world.

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Girl on Fire: The cost of children

Pawter 1[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 honest, even if I had a job with steady hours and a husband, I’m not sure I would want a child.

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Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life

[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 left for home. It was a normal Monday training night.

Tuesday morning, I went into work after hearing about a drowning at Twelve Mile Lake. We went on with our morning, typing up news and asking questions about the event, until a coworker asked if I knew Rich Gander.

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