Your Town, June 25, 2017

I recently celebrated a birthday. It was just a plain ol’ birthday, nothing milestonish about it, but it had me stopping the car, so to speak, stepping out onto the pavement and standing up on my tippy-toes stretching a bit so I could get a better glimpse at how the road behind me looked.

It’s been a wonderful journey so far with lots of smooth roads, occasional bumpiness, ups, downs, and even the sharp hairpin curves that appear out of nowhere. Sometimes, bits and pieces of the “I wish I had” bug creep into the journey. When that happens, it’s best to crack the window and let that little bug fly out or it just might sting you. Better to have regrets spattered on the windshield than biting you on the backside.

After a milestonish birthday last year I decided to look a little harder in the mirror, seeking answers on how I could improve, inside and out, going forth. At first, the mirror seemed a bit out of whack, until I realized it was the rearview mirror I’d been looking at, and it’s always looking back.

Going forth (and analogically speaking) I’m only using the rearview mirror for putting on lip gloss, picking spinach residue out of my teeth and checking to see if the highway patrolman noticed I was going 15 mph over the speed limit when I passed him.

Last summer I started hearing voices — good voices ­— telling me what I should do and shouldn’t do. One of them told me to stop doing something I’d been doing for more than 30 years and, after I stopped laughing, I started jotting down random thoughts, like entries in a diary. Over the course of several months, those daily muses gave me insight to something trivial, yet empowering.

I hope you don’t mind if I share a few of my entries here each week for the next few months. I call this: “Diary of a Graceful Gray.”

Installment No. 1:

■ Aug. 18, 2016

Dear Diary,

Today I bought my usual hair color, Natural Instincts, dark warm brown. It’s been extremely busy these past few weeks, but I plan to color my hair one night this week. If I wash it on Tuesday, by Wednesday night we’ll be good to go. That’s the plan.

Your pal, Tammy

■ Aug. 23, 2016

OK, ready to go. I’ll wash the dinner dishes and tidy up the living room while it’s processing.

Just a heads up, though: I had this really creepy voice in my head earlier today that came out of nowhere.

“Why don’t you just let the gray grow out?” it said.

I have no idea where that came from. I Googled “growing out gray hair” today, just to get the voice out of my head.

Actually, I Googled it twice.

Fine. It was three times.

— T

■ Aug. 25, 2016

It’s already Thursday and the box of hair color is still unopened, sitting near the bathroom sink. “Something else” came up last night.

That darned voice is really loud. It planted a seed that is already growing. I’m a little smitten by the idea of growing out my gray. It’s thrilling. It’s scary. It would be like “meeting” myself for the first time in more than 35 years. I mentioned the idea of not coloring to a few people. Allen was shocked. Mom thought it was a great idea. Karen said go for it.

  ■ Aug. 26, 2016

  Second thoughts? I keep looking in the mirror at the roots. There appears to be a half-gray/half-black mix, I think. It’s hard to tell from the little bit that’s showing. My natural color is so much darker than the dark warm brown I’ve been using. The last time I colored was July 23, only five weeks ago.

  And, I really like my boxed color.

Still friends? — Tammy

To be continued ...

Central High School’s class of 1967 will have its 50-year reunion Sept. 15–17 and organizers are seeking “lost” classmates.

“We feel our class was a very special group of people, and would like to bring together as many of our classmates as possible, for this special occasion,” a news release said.

If you were in the CHS class of 1967, or if you know someone who was, call Judy at 242-5057 with contact information. For planning purposes, reunion registrations must be received by Aug. 1. 

K9s For Vets is more than halfway through a successful fundraising season and is now looking for a few success stories.

The start up organization is located in Eagle County and “through common goals we have joined together two veterans, a parent of a veteran, a veterinarian and a 501c3 specialist to launch this program,” says the organization’s bio at

“By structuring our core in this way, we hope to allow the veterans and the dogs to reclaim their lives, in turn providing normalcy for the veterans and a ‘forever home’ for the canines.”

Visit the website or the organization’s Facebook page,, to learn more.

A free clothing give away, hosted by Children’s Refuge, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, 2853 North Ave.

Children’s Refuge is a nonprofit that gathers gently used closing sizes newborn to 3XL to give to those in need. Take a bag or bags to carry away all the clothing you need.

Call 256-9424 for information.

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