Tag: Girl on Fire

  • Girl on Fire: You only live once

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 31, 2015] Tonight marks the final of the past 365 days in 2015. At midnight tonight, we will ring in a shiny new year. And with 2016 comes all those things people try to achieve, but may not actually accomplish: resolutions. Resolution: /reze-looSH(e)n/: noun, a firm decision […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Can anonymous really accomplish something?

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 19, 2015] The devastation of France has been written in blood all over the newspapers and cyberspace. The horrors that have occurred in that country, just one in a vast world of war, have brought out the true nature of humanity. The United States and the world […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Mother nature can be so breathtaking

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 15, 2015] The sunlight was warm on my face as I trudged up a steep incline, little clouds of dust forming around my Nikes with each step. The dirt and grass were dappled with light until I reached an opening in the trees at the top of […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Back in the classroom

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 17, 2015] I walked into the hospital, unsure where the conference room was. There were two men leaning against the wall, and one asked if I was with the class. I said yes, and he led me down a long hallway and pointed at a door with […]

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  • 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, • […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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