Your Town, July 30, 2017

The suspense is killing me!

Last week’s cliffhanger had a number of readers asking the big question and the answer is no — I did not shave my head. I did however, walk away from the beauty supply store in a state of shock after it was suggested. Along the way, I gave myself a swift kick in the behind with a self-reprimand, vowing to quit being so impatient.

This is Installment No. 5 of “Diary of a Graceful Gray” and, at this point in the diary, it had been about 3 1/2 months since I last colored my hair. It was becoming an awkward and self-conscious transition from the 35-year-long “habit” of coloring, and I just wanted it to be done.

■ Oct. 12, 2016

I cut another 1/2-inch off the dark ends at the back and around my ears a couple of nights ago. Any more would have been pretty drastic. From here on out it will be just baby snips. I am really liking the total look. I can sweep my bangs over to one side and the white/gray peeking through looks like highlights.

  The word “mature” came to mind again the other day while I was sitting in traffic and caught a glimpse in the rearview mirror. At this point, there’s no going back — at least until it’s all grown out. Who knows what will happen then. If I went back to coloring, I could go for a totally different approach — like a strawberry blonde shade on the white hair to contrast with the natural dark hair … or, after I meet the new me, I could go back to the same ol’ same ol’ hair color.

Something tells me it’s not going to be the latter.

■ Oct. 18, 2016

Why are we humans such a strange breed?

I cut off another 1/2 inch of dark hair — this time on the top of my head ­­— and the roots sure are noticeable. When I arrived at church on Sunday, a couple of my favorite ladies stood at a distance, looking at me, as if they didn’t recognize me, and were whispering in a hush-hush tone.

I could only imagine their conversation.

Sweet Lady No. 1: “Who is that?” (squinting) “She looks familiar.”

Sweet Lady No. 2: “Isn’t that ... Tammy?”

Sweet Lady No. 1: “I think you may be right ... but what’s wrong with her hair?”

They approached me together and Sweet Lady No. 1 smiled and reached out — complimenting my blouse — while staring at my hair.

Teenagers, on the other hand, have no filter. One of the girls from youth group asked straight up: “Are we giving you gray hairs, or what?”

Note: Two days later, I got a text from my son in the wee hours of the morning: “4:22 a.m. October 20th a little angel was born. You’re a grandma!” it said.

■ Oct. 24, 2016


What image comes to mind when you say “Grandma?”

Thin, wide, short, tall, elder, young, blonde/brown/gray/white?

I’ve just learned that none of that applies.

Grandma is the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you look into the eyes of the sweet little angel that your son and his wife have presented to you as your grandchild. It’s the love in your heart. Not the color, not the stature, not the age, not the stereotype.

Grandma = love.

To be continued ...

They’re baaaaack!

Mesa County’s The Giving Club and Guys’ Giving Club continue the tradition of giving funds with their meetings taking place in August. 

“With more than 250 members, the groups would like to expand membership to have even more impact in our community,” a news release said.

The total giving for August is anticipated to be in the $25,000 range. The Guys Giving Club meets Tuesday, Aug. 1 and The Giving Club (women) meets Monday, Aug. 7, at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St. 

Club members pledge four-$100 tax-deductible contributions each year, and also kick in for food and drink at each meeting. The clubs conduct a simple nominating process, considering three Mesa County nonprofit organizations at each quarterly meeting, and members votes to determine one agency to receive all contributions. 

More than $200,000 has been raised since the clubs’ inception.

Visit or call Judy Vanderleest at 260-6140 (women) or Kevin Van Gundy, 243-8829, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (guys) for more information.

Do you like to sing?

The Grand Mesa Sweet Adelines Chorus invites women in the Grand Valley to attend its weekly rehearsals and participate in the fall show, happening Nov. 18–19.

The chorus sings fun songs, a capella, in four-part harmony, barbershop style. Membership is not required.

Rehearsals will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Aug. 8, at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way. Call Shirley at 255-9419 or Bette at 523-3464, or go to to learn more.

Park stewards are needed Aug. 6, to help with the Clifton Nature Park clean-up.

Volunteers will pull weeds and pick up trash from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., at the park, on the south side of D Road, between 32 1/4 Road and 32 1/2 Road. Pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and water.

It is recommended that you wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Gloves are available but if you have a favorite pair, bring them along.  Call Teresa Nees at 255-7121 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Submit Calendar and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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