2015 Book Review

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to read one book per month. I have never been very successful at keeping these promises but reading more was something that I really did want to start doing and this seemed like a reasonable way to keep me accountable.

I was doing really well; I had a strategy to read shorter books when the previous month took too long and longer books when I finished the previous one quickly. This went well until September and October came and I was busy with our wedding and honeymoon plans. I ended up reading 10 books this year which compared to the year before, is still a good accomplishment. Below are short reviews and my opinions on my 10 books of 2015.

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Erin Funk

Holiday Help for Furry Friends: Part 2

Last year, during the holiday season, I made an effort to not only buy presents for my family but donate money to some of my favorite animal organizations. In Part 1, I contributed to New Nodaway Humane SocietyThe Jane Goodall Institute and the World Wildlife Federation. All three are wonderful non-profits that are close to my heart but this year I have decided to offer a couple more organizations that could also use some extra love this holiday season.

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Six Months Later, Six Lessons Learned

In May I moved a tassel and was expected to be a ‘grown up’. I am not a grown up. I still eat string cheese so I can pull it apart, hope to be a Disney princess one day and use words like poopy in daily conversations.

Regardless of my obvious denial, I have done a lot of said growing up in the time since my last class. I accepted my first full time position, six hours away from home. I started my retirement fund, got my own insurance and started paying for most of my bills. Nick and I made the decision to bring another four-legged life into our family. Then, for the first time I had to help make the decision to say good bye.

Though I am still in daily turmoil over being an adult and believing that my stuffed animals come to life when I leave, I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned over the last six months.

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Erin Funk

October Offers Opportunity to Open Your Heart

October 31 is my favorite holiday and the last day of one of my favorite months. Not just because I love fall and pumpkin flavored everything but because it’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

I discovered this fact last year when researching for my New Nodaway Humane Society duties. I even wrote an opinion piece on the significance of the month for The Missourian. But I never knew how much more this month, dedicated to the dogs, would mean to me after one year.

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