The Postscript - Nov 14, 2019 - Temporary Worries

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My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

Peter ran out of lotion and for several days used something he found in the house which turned out to be soap. (“I wondered why it wasn’t soaking in!” Peter said.) He doesn’t like my lotion (“axle grease!” Peter complains) so he ventured out yesterday to buy some more. He came home with some lotion in a metal tin and immediately began worrying if this container would travel well.

“I don’t want grease leaking all over my luggage!” Peter worried.

In the absence of a real grocery store, we worry if we will be able to find olives we like and, once we find them, if we will ever find them again. We feed the cats on the roof every day, then worry how they will survive after we are gone. (But then we remember they were not overly slim when we arrived.) 

Earlier this week we hiked to a neighboring town, spent the night, and returned. The hike was wonderful, crossing through mountains and fording a stream. We had dinner in the square with two ladies in their sixties—an Englishwoman who had come to live in this remote town several years earlier and a Dane, who was on her way to explore Argentina. Hiking home the following day, I thought (as I always do while traveling) of the endless variety of ways there are to live. 

It was nice to get back in our funny little house, but I worried we were running out of time. Peter made soup, as he does. “This will be my last batch this trip!” Peter announced. 

I will miss this little house more than Peter will. The doors are very low, and the stairs are very steep, so Peter walks around the house slightly stooped and carries a hiking pole up and down the stairs, as if he is herding sheep to and from the upstairs bathroom. I try not to laugh—but sometimes I fail.

Yesterday I hiked to the top of a hill that overlooks the town. There used to be a Moorish castle on the top hundreds of years ago. The view is amazing. I looked down on the white houses and the Mediterranean in the distance and thought of all the people who had been exactly where I was, looking at that view. 

Sometimes they were worried, I imagined, looking for invaders, or bad weather, or some other trouble coming by sea. But most of the time I imagine they sat where I did for the same reason—to wonder how long they would get to look at something so glorious, to wonder why they spent so much time worrying. 

When I got home, Peter read about a ship that was having mechanical troubles in the Mediterranean. Once they finish cruising the Mediterranean for the season, the bigger ships cross the ocean to spend the winter in the Caribbean. Peter reads these articles because we are taking one of those ships home.

It turns out, the ship in trouble was ours.

“Someone said they heard an explosion and reported a fire in the engine room!” Peter exclaimed, reading the article (which was not from a major news source and seemed a little short on facts). 

“Goodness!” I said. 

I guess—since we need something to worry about—this is as good a worry as any. 

Till next time, 

Carrie

POSTSCRIPT

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The Postscript - Nov 28, 2019 - The Lost Feather

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The Postscript - Nov 21, 2019 - Season's Edge

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The Postscript - Nov 7, 2019 - Good Pear

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The Postscript - Oct 24, 2019 - An Autumn Tale

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The Postscript - Oct 17, 2019 - The Kind of Dog I Am

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The Postscript - Oct 10, 2019 - Slow Travelers

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COURT

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

Traffic Court reports Apr 11, 2019

Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

March District Court

On March 13th, 2019 Charlene Valdez appeared in Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland in the matter of case number 2017 CR 42. Valdez had been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, within 1,000’ of a school,... [More]

Traffic Court reports for February

Chandler, Garrett Scott, of Pueblo, Colo, cited for driving 79 mph in a 65-mph zone, ordered to pay $65 in fines and $108 in court costs. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, of Birmingham, Ala, cited for driving 84 mph in a 65-mph zone, ordered to pay $99 in fines and $108 in court... [More]

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NEWS

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Weekend Activities Offered Something For Everyone

The Wallace County Rec organized the 2nd Annual Fall Fun Day on Saturday.  Activities included a 5K Turkey Trot, bounce house, free matinee sponsored by the Lyle Finley Trust, a soup supper sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance, and wrapped up with s’mores with the... [More]

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wallce County residents enjoyed a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center. Thank you to all those who helped prepare the delicious meal.

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Wallace County Foundation Endowment Match Month Continues through December

As we move into the month of December and begin the Match Month fund drive, the Wallace County Foundation would like to recognize past contributors.  As a reminder, the fund drive is part of the Dane G. Hansen Matching Grant Initiative and is used as a way to build a sustainable... [More]

Sheriff's Log for November 2019

11-01  One inmate transferred from SH Co jail to GL Co jail  11-01  S.S. ambulance paged out  11-02  One arrest for DUI—placed in WA Co jail  11-03  S.S. ambulance paged out  11-03  S.S. ambulance paged out  11-03 ... [More]

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Big Boy Visits Sharon Springs

The highly anticipated visit of Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 brought a large crowd to Sharon Springs, where it stopped for the night.   The excitement filled the streets of Sharon Springs with cars bringing those anxious to get a glimpse of the steam engine. ... [More]

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Library Dedicates Best Friends Reading Sculpture

The Sharon Springs Public Library held a dedication event for their latest additions to the library. This library has been blessed with so many generous donations from some wonderful people in our community.  Milford Becker made the new building a reality with his endowment. ... [More]

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Northwest Kansas experts help those with mental health problems

The public is invited to participate in a Mental Health Forum from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Bird City American Legion Hall, 107 W. Bressler.   Anyone from the entire northwest Kansas region who is interested should attend, especially school faculty,... [More]

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Wallace County Foundation Designates December as Match Month For Dane G. Hansen Matching Grant Initiative

The Hansen Foundation recognizes that residents are the most knowledgeable about the needs of their own communities. Providing the opportunity for a community to create or build a sustainable pool of dollars that would be available to meet ongoing and future needs enables community... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Dec 5, 2019

In 1865, David Butterfield raised money from New York investors to create Butterfield’s Overland Despatch Stage Line along the Smoky Hill Trail - the shortest route from commerce centers near Atchison, Kansas to the gold fields near Denver Colorado. In 2019, Butterfield’s... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Nov 7, 2019

On Saturday, the Fort Wallace Museum welcomed author Chuck Warner and his wife Karen to the Museum to discuss his new book “Birds, Bones and Beetles,” about his grandfather Charles “Bunk” Bunker, who was a KU Naturalist that explored Wallace County and... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 31, 2019

The 2019 Smoky Hill Trail Conference held at the Fort Wallace Museum is now in the rearview mirror! The event hosted 75 folks, including several national names in Western History research, as the role of Fort Wallace in Trail history was explored. Tours, lectures, networking,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 17, 2019

The Smoky Hill Trail Conference weekend is here, and we are excited to host folks from all over Kansas, Colorado and beyond! The theme of the weekend is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail,” and presentations will explore the events,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 10, 2019

This Saturday night, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran “The Singer and the Songwriter” to the Fort Wallace Museum for an evening of live music at 7pm as part of the High Plains Public Radio Artists Series! The Singer and The Songwriter is the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 3, 2019

The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is truly excited about the upcoming Smoky Hill Trail Conference taking place on Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20. This year’s conference theme is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail.”... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Sep 26, 2019

For anyone that loves history, the upcoming Smoky Hill Trail Conference is not to be missed!  This 2019 Annual Conference is being held right here at the Fort Wallace Museum, on Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th. The title and theme for the Conference is... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Sep 19, 2019

As fall arrives, the Fort Wallace Memorial Association is looking forward to another season of events and programming.  On October 18-20, the Museum is proud to host the 2019 Smoky Hill Trail Association Annual Conference.  This organization connects communities,... [More]

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