[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 words on the walls.
Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.
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[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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