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PAGE 8 BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH APRIL 7, 2016 Decisio hub where I spent a month, my job with liquor. I wasn't that my actions affected It worked, I guess, since a stagger in the street drunk; others, and once I was cog- I'm almost thirty years so- I sat in my wicker rockernizant of that, I had to deal Dick Geary ber, with no relapses. I see and read two or three books with it. I can't remember one Guest Columnist decisions based on their a psychiatrist occasionally, a week while I drank in the untoward incident in my life desire to escape an unten- I turned 69 years old last able situation, and others and take a couple psycho-evenings, of which I wasnt the cause Saturday. That s ancient make changes looking for tropic drugs to keep the I planned to stay in Brazil, The world dealt me some when one's emotional age something they see as better anxiety at bay. but turned my immigrationgood hands, but I misplayed is that of a maladjusted 18 or more exciting. I m part of In my retrospection I real- process into a mess, and them time after time. ized that a lot of"befores came back to the U.S. un- . My life. now is that of an year-old. It's my lot. I don't the latter group, like a child and afters" in a life marked willingly after a year and a amiable recluse in which have a choice, picking toys from a selec- This birthday elicited a lot tion hoping that thenext by radical changes, were all half of bureaucratic struggle, doses of emotional plea- of retro and introspection, .' -. - .- , made in the hope of attain-I returned to the States, sure come from a few rare, . . choice will provide more en- ing a lifestyle more fulfill- married well, :and got a people, my writing, and my most of ]t ending with the tertainment and emotional question, What in the hell reward . . ing or more exciting. I was bachelor'sdegree. I ruined " dog ...... ,, " ..... asking too much, I think. I what could have been a In actuality, life aii 't-that have I done to myself?. What marked my life lived with "... a hand full of good marriage, because the bad.. It!s net :badiat,:atL If age The majority of people deeply was my career as a'gimme,' and a mouth full of egocentrism concomitant : has; pass their lives like they're practicing alcohoiic. It was reading a book, going years after my return from 'much obliged.'" Life doesn't with alcholism stayed with it s the abilitylto be, conr, through sequential chapters Brazi . ,. , work that way- at least not me even after sobriety. I was tent with simple,pleasures. 1 when my family which progress in an orderly friends intervened, giving for me. lost in the turmoil of strug- . Simple is the predicating ..... The best segment of my gling to cope with the'world word .... manner until the end. me the option of going tolife was the six years I spent after 20 years of being a In CANDIDE, Voltaire I'm not unique in that mytreatment or sleeping in the " life hasn't been a chapter to streets It happened dur-in Brazil. I was feeding cattle lush, although: a functioning wrote of ayoung man who chapter sequence. It's been ing a cold fall Say, so the for $200 a month here in one. . - traveled the world, moving - , Montana, and on a whim It was five years after I from one misadventure to one from unfimshed book streets werent that inviting, to another unfinished book, although I considered the " filled out a Peace Corps up- quit drinking before the another. Finally he returns disparate from the last. option. I acceded, and'they plication. I didn't care what emotional fog lifted, and I home, and while watch-. country they sent me to, but became aware of a more ing the travelers pass by his Some people make lifestyle carted me off to alcohol re- I knew it would be betterrealistic world- not the one door, begins to feel some of I PattPattl[/tk A, MCt thanfeedingcowsin-40 Ihadmanufacturedinmy theoldwanderlust.Thewiz- degree blizzards, mind.I was ike the fish that " ard who had taken Candide Brazil was an alcoholic's doesn't realize it is under- "under his wing dur,!ng his [ i' _ __ . [paradise. I worked in rural water, being so.Tcohcerned journey, tells him,,, Just tend [ Support the Lincoln Ambulance, sam ors of Lincoln an I extension, but never mixed about myself hat t was at-yourown garden. J the Community Hall.. [ times an emotional onus on So I guess it s time for me ] my friends and colleagues, to do that._ J .... ,., SIGN A]" IMi AND ' J ]l tI J I finally became aware --One could do worse. I REnAIIibt#rll#row#. :J I '}]'.k . Pre-registrotion byMoy, he.pswimschedu,ing J I Thoj I- but we'lltokereg'istra.h6nuntilMoy7 I 1"o all the talented people in Lincoln and surrounding J / " areas, we're Io some donation items- I [ for our silent auction. . [ / . Your help and suppo is _greatlyaPPreclated. [ [J T'" we culd have auctin "aemsin bY May Jthat wuld J J' *" " be great, tI ]" J Any queslions, pleose coil Conlods: WencB/Gehring-362-4864; Reggi Hell{kilo I [ - 788-5717; Verno Foley-438-3716~ Bonnie Christian- I l 5902672. [ LUNCH MENU THURSDAY, APRIL 7 HAM & POTATO SOUP, CORN BREAD, LETTUCE SALAD W/ BEANS, APPLE CRISP FRIDAY, APRIL 8 TACO SALAD, MEXICAN BEANS, FRUIT IN SEASON, ICE CREAM MONDAY, APRIL 11 MEETING DAY, HAMBURGERS, LETTUCE/TOMATO, TATER TOTS, BAKED BEANS, FRUIT TUESDAY, APRIL 12 BIRTHDAY DINNER CHICKEN & RICE, DINNER ROLL, CARROT COINS, CRANBERRIES, CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 MEAT LOAF, RED POTATOES, MIXED VEGGIES, DICED BEETS, GOLDEN PEARS THURSDAY, APRIL 14 BBQ PORK STRIPS, MACARONI & CHEESE, BAKED BEANS, COLESLAW, APPLESAUCE, ICE CREAM Lunch is served weekdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Reservations are not required. Menus are subject to change. MONDA "/S Cribbage and Mexican Dominoes 7p.m. ADril 5 Domino Scores 10 Players Hi: Jesse Sallin Low: Kirsti Bjork-Malmo TUESDAYS Pinochle -- 7 p.m. March 29 Pinochle Score 10 Players Hi: BonnieShown 2nd: Harry Arvidson Low: Marion Morris Pinochle: Loin Arvidson WEDNESDAYS Blood Pressure Check -- 11:30 a.m. Woodcarving -- 1- 4 p.m. Lincoln Community United Methodist Church NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS THRIFT STORE PROCEEDS GO BACK TO THE LINCOLN COMMUNITY OPEN FRIDAYS 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Drop off donations of clean, usable items with Diane Men -Thurs at the Senior Center Call 362- 4504 with question's Parker Medical Center Hours: Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Noon to I p.m. Telephone; 406 362-4603 Lincoln Lincoln Container Library Hours Site Hours Monday: 4-8 p.m. Sat., Sun., Mon. Tuesday: 1-6 p.m. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday: 1-6 p.m All Holidays Except: Thursday: New Year, Easter, Memorial 10:30 a.rn.-2:30 p.m.Day, July 4th, LaborDay & Friday: 3-6 p.m. Christmas Sunday: 1-4 p.m. LINCOLN LINCOLN BAPTIST CHURCH COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Worship Service, 11 a.m. METHODIST CHURCH OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. First and Third Sunday of the Sunday Worship,10 a.m. Gene Young, Pastor, Church month, Pastor Loren Gustafson. 1349 Lone Point Dr.; 362-4422 Phone 362-4137; 204 Sleepy or 362-4602. Hollow Lane For Food Bank information, please contact Diane Ironi at COMMUNITY BIBLE ST. THOMAS CATHOLIC the Senior Center or Chris Mcl- CHURCH OF LINCOLN CHURCH. HELMVILLE nally, 362-4342. Sunday Worship Service, 11:00 Mass, 9 a.m. Sunday. a.m. at the Senior Center. Father John Robertson, BLACKFOOT VALLEY Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. rectory: 793-5697. BIBLE CHURCH Everyone Welcome HELMVILLE COMMUNITY Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Holding forth the word of life. FELLOWSHIP Adult Sunday Bible Study, 9:45 Pastor Ed Etzwiler, 362-4142. a.m.; Ladies Bible Class, 2:45 Sunday Service, 7 p.m. p.m. Tuesday at the church; 793-5700; Pastor Don Men's Breakfast and Bible Niemeir, 793-5018. Study, Friday 7 a.m.; Sunday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m. Pastor Art McCafferty, 362- 4714. ST. JUDES CA THOLIC CHURCH, LINCOLN Mass, 11 a.m. Sunday Father John Robertson, Admin- istrator, 362-3210, or call the Diocese of Helena at 442-5820. BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH, OVANDO Sunday Service, 10 a.m. Come worship with us!