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Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Sweet Far Thing Author: Libba Bray Series: Gemma Doyle Published: April 28, 2009 Publisher: Random House Pages: 819 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 10/10 American author Libba Bray’s novel The Sweet Far Thing, the third installment to her Gemma Doyle trilogy, came to me at the perfect time. I had read the …

Girl on Fire: My education baby step is taken

Girl on Fire: My education baby step is taken

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 6, 2014] Ice crystals flickered in the moonlight against the black paint of my car as I left my house and threw open the car door. I tugged my turquoise hat down over my ears, started the car and pulled out of my driveway, trying not to …

Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life

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 …

Girl on Fire: Dispatchers deserve recognition, too

Girl on Fire: Dispatchers deserve recognition, too

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 17, 2014] What I love about having a column is being able to describe what so many people do in the community to make it a better place. This includes local fire departments and rescue teams, usually. But, this week is dedicated to a group of people …

Girl on Fire: How meth has slowly changed the firefighting game

Girl on Fire: How meth has slowly changed the firefighting game

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 20, 2014] Sitting in a classroom full of firefighters from across the state of Iowa, I watched as John Ticer, special agent with Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office, flipped through a PowerPoint slideshow explaining the recipe and how to make methamphetamine. Ticer taught Meth Lab Awareness, a class …

Girl on Fire: Art on the brain

Girl on Fire: Art on the brain

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 7, 2013] With the help of my friend and coworker Sarah Brown, I got into an artsy mindset and made a piece of crayon art Sunday. Crayon art is really easy. Hot glue crayons to a canvas and melt the colorful wax with a hair dryer. The …

Girl on Fire: Appreciating what firefighters do

Girl on Fire: Appreciating what firefighters do

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 3, 2013] I climbed the ladder and stepped onto a roof of wooden shingles and moss. The slant made it hard to climb, as did the uncertainty of whether the wood would give. I followed firefighters Lee Freeman and Jake Winkler up near the peak, and Jake …