Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Vagabond settles in city

December 21, 2006

It was one cold winter when Mickey Sebes and her husband moved to the area.

To make matters worse, they were returning from living in Japan and had stopped in Hawaii on their way to Fort Leavenworth. The tropical heat made the chill seem all the colder.

Mickey Sebes

Mickey Sebes

"There was minus-20 wind chill, the roads had ice that wouldn't melt, and we were trying to house-hunt with two small children," Sebes said.

Sebes still remembers the view from the third floor of their temporary quarters at Fort Leavenworth, and though it provided a panorama of the Missouri River, it was a bleak reminder at the time.

"That winter we could see the ice flows moving down the river," she said.

But the brutal winter didn't discourage Sebes from falling in love with Lansing. She has never ceased to be touched by the thoughtful generosity of individuals in the community.

"That's what makes Lansing for me, it's the people," Sebes said. "They really try to bring people into the community."

The move to northeast Kansas was the final chapter in a long list of places that Sebes had lived since moving to Germany after college, where she taught music in an elementary school - and even performed a little of her own.

At a friend's prompting, Sebes inquired about the Frankfurt Repertory Theater's upcoming performance of "Man of La Mancha" at Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany, and was selected for the part of Aldonza. Luckily, the show was in English, so Sebes decided to play the part.

It's one show that she'll never forget.

"The setting was beautiful," she said. "It was a neat old castle."

Name: Mickey Sebes

Address: 127 S. Ethel Lane

Occupation: Homemaker

Graduate of: Northern Montana College, Columbus State College.

Family: Joe, husband; Joey, 19, John, 17, sons; Kathryn, 15, daughter.

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Since 1989, to return to Fort Leavenworth from Japan. "We were looking for somewhere that was equal distance from our families."

What do you like most about Lansing? "To look around and see all the people that give of themselves. I think we have a very generous community."

What do you do for fun? "I play bunco occasionally, I like singing with the church choir, I like driving down country roads to see what's there, I like a lot of things."

What would surprise people about you? "I played the role of Aldonza in 'Man of La Mancha' in Heidelberg Castle."

What's the best advice you've ever received? "Always do your best, and then let go and let God."

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church choir, Legion of Mary.

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