Post 779: afternoon at the museum…and thoughts on a cousin

I spent the afternoon at the Sallows Military Museum yesterday, Wednesday, my usual day for volunteering there. Several people came in, which always is encouraging, and some were from out of town. Nice!

Some volunteers put 1000-piece puzzles together. The conference table works fine for that!

Some volunteers put 1000-piece puzzles together. The conference table works fine for that.

I used some of the time to read my cousin Sharon’s 2015 Special Beef Issue, a masterpiece of journalism and local history, if this proud cousin says so himself! Sharon is something else — a dynamo, a hard-working, intelligent, and thorough historian/journalist for this part of the Nebraska Sandhills. Though many people help on the annual beef paper, it largely is the work and effort of my cousin and a staff of one.

Fifty-six pages

Fifty-six pages. Sharon Outdid herself…again!

I turned to the editorial page of Sharon’s annual beef paper and got something like confirmation of why she missed decorating graves here this year:

“Sass and Sentiments”, Sharon’s lead editorial each issue.

Yeah, take a closer look at what she wrote in this week’s special edition “Sass and Sentiments”:

“…work hard — like ’till you drop…!‘”

Sharon sticks with a job till it’s done, which often enough is long after she should hand it over to someone else to finish.

She’s something else, my cousin Sharon! She views documenting the history of Grant County as a holy quest, something she must do, will do till she draws her last breath. She’s a Thomas. We’re stubborn as hell that way!



A fly got in the house yesterday, and the boys are having great fun trying to catch it. I’m fighting the urge to get out the swatter and end its miserable existence as long as the cats show interest. (Andy just about caught it a moment ago by the fountain!.Now he’s poised to pounce again. Good kitty!)

11 thoughts on “Post 779: afternoon at the museum…and thoughts on a cousin

  1. Determination, strength, and overdeveloped sense of responsibility seems to run in the family, my good sir! I am glad to know she accomplished her goal in superb fashion! Being a former history teacher, you can imagine that I just love, love, love researching history and the service of your cousin is fantastic. It was always these local, town accounts that always provided the most detailed, and often, most accurate accounts of an event. By the time a historical event gets to the national level, details are smudged, changed, or outright altered to make the host country, county, town, community look good. I respect your cousin’s efforts greatly, for accurate histories are pieces of a much larger puzzle that can be used to clean up the smudged areas elsewhere.

    It would be so cool to spend the afternoon in a museum! I am so glad you can do this for your community.

    My female dog was my bug catcher, tormentor, and killer. They all chased a fly or creepy crawly but she always won the prize. I never had to bother with an insect until it was no longer “fun” for her as it was dead then I would simply throw it away. Most of the time it was great comedy to watch until something got broken through their exuberance. One time, my female grabbed a regular frog or toad and got so sick. I made her drop it right away but in her stubbornness, she clamped in her mouth harder causing it to release its skin toxins. Well, she was bouncing off the walls, I think she was actually “tripping”, but I really thought she was going to die from the toxin. I had no idea that every frog was poisonous. I thought that danger was only found in cane toads or in the tropics but I learned the hard way that all frog have toxins, ugh.

    • My cousin approaches family history the same way. The history of her county could easily fade away without someone like my cousin taking on the task of documenting it. By publishing it in her annual beef paper, she also creates a demand for more of the same, which in turn encourages more people to share their family stories and photos for publication.

  2. You are much kinder than i am. The moth Ali took to climbing wall trying to catch, met it’s demise at the hands of the old swatter.
    i am thrilled she feel swell enough again to chase the darn things but running across me in the middle of the might in hot pursuit gets a bit old at times.
    You and the boys have a good week end coming up way to fast.

    • Hope you have a great weekend, too! Glad you got your Kia fixed — it looked brand new! As for cats charging across me in the middle of the night, Andy sometimes does that, and it definitely wakes you up!

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